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Folk musician to play at StageOne

Published 6:53 pm, Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Fairfield Theatre Co. will present a performance by folk, blues and bluegrass musician John Gorka at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at StageOne, 70 Sanford St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Gorka, who grew up in Colonia, N.J., at 10 got his first guitar as a Christmas present, but his older brother claimed the guitar for himself and carved his name in it. The younger Gorka, who took up the banjo a few years later to retaliate, started writing songs and singing with a church folk group while in high school, according to a release.

He started performing in the school coffeehouse when he moved away from home to go to Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. By the early 1980s, he was the opening act at Godfrey Daniels, where he met people who opened doors for him in other parts of the country.

In addition to his 11 albums, Gorka released a collector's edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called "The Gypsy Life." Windham Hill also released a collection of his greatest hits from the label called "Pure John Gorka."

In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name "Red Horse."

Tickets, $22 in advance, $26 at the door, $3 off for FTC members, may be purchased at www.fairfieldtheatre.org.