Welcome to the johngorka.com website!
I am out doing shows at the moment and hope to be home soon. This is my general condition. I love playing music and am grateful that I’ve gotten to do this for a living for so many years. I realize this site needs updating and I hope to learn how to do that myself someday. I am more interested in working on new songs, recording and retrieving older songs these days as well as exploring the electric guitar world. Thank you for visiting and please sign up below for my occasional news letters. I won’t abuse your email address. Facebook makes sense to me and you can find a link on the right side of this page.
Have fun in the real world,
Just want to says thanks, thanks, thanks from all the way in to where it’s felt like ‘got to’. I am new to your music, Writing in the Margins my first exposure. I am a naturopathic physician in Montana, evolving into a psychotherapist and most of my therapy clients are combat veterans. Your lyrics are so USEFUL.SO helpful. Thank you thank you. I am so glad you are coming to Hamilton in May.
Just joined the group – first login – long-time fan, first time writer. I like your web site – lots of good stuff. Saw you at the Sellersville Theater on the last day of March, which was fortunately lamb-like that evening. Enjoyed the concert enormously, and made six devout converts of friends and wife through the musical gospel according to Gorka. That’s a great venue – hope you return very soon. We chatted briefly after the show about your early appearances at the first or second Musikfest in “Bethlum” (solo) and the Churchville Nature Center (with Gordon Bok). Just ordered a stack of the available CDs from your site – very easy and can’t beat the shipping fee – eagerly awaiting to spin them for hours. My new mission is to hunt and gather the out-of-print ones. Any plans to re-issue?
“Wings of the Harleys” was one of my mental requests at the show, but I guess my still, small thought was drowned out the those of others – I should have kicked into verbal mode for it. Was it ever recorded? Will it be? Sure to be popular at the Harley plant out in York.
Hope your upcoming tour in Maine goes well.
Stay well, all the best, godspeed.
hey john, long time fan. i first caught u w/ micheal manring at the catus cafe at the university of texas. i was/and still am a huge manring fan, and ever since a big fan of yours.
i saw where you’ll be playing w/ him in abilene, tx. On nov 30th. the night before you are back at the cactus. will u be w/ mike again? if u hadn’t planned on it, would you consider having him on board again? it’d be great to see u2 together again. you compliment each other so well.
thanx for the great music, armando eric reyes – austin,tx.
ps- sorry for the misspellings!!!!!!
I want you to know that we are out here and we are listening.
I got “Legacy” on tape when I was in high school. That was my first introduction to your work, and it has helped formed who I am today. I’ve been listening to your music for 15 years now. We have all your albums, and our five-year-old now enjoys your music and hopefully will come to appreciate it as we have.
Keep writing. Keep singing. We’re listening. And we’re being changed and challenged.
John, I just made a date with my wife for Nov.30 here in Abilene Texas at the Paramount Theater. I jsut joined , been a fan for a while, Looking Foward makes me thing about my self. Thanks for the music.
I saw and heard John for the first time in Whitehall Michigan,,,thanks for the wonderful concert John. It was great!!!!!!
I don’t usually buy new music these days but saw your site on sonicbids, gave a listen and got a new ipod & gift cert. from my children…so thought about someone to download. Not too many names left these days. the pros have gone pro and forgot their roots; decided agains the notables and grabbed your Writing in the margins. I enjoyed listening…still listening…very simple tunes and purely to the heart. You are a darn good singer-songwriter.
I did not think there were too many influences left these days, after 59 years you begin to wonder about yourself more introspectively, and somewhat less optimistically. With all this software and technology, I reframed and thought again about the tunes you played. As George Grove told me, keep it simple. So, back to the ProTools and revisions await.
Have a good new year…
Not sure if you will read this but I just wanted to say a few words just in case. We attended “Mountain Stage” in Charleston, WV. a few years ago when you were there.I’m doubtful that you will remember but after the concert we asked if you would come out and sign an autograph. Not only did you take the time for us but you came out and sat on the edge of the stage and talked to us quite a while. You took the time to patiently sign and leave a personal note on every CD we brought.. (We had eveything you had released up to that point).We took a picture of you with our two children that is still very special.Both of them are grown up now and making life’s choices of their own. Both of them love music and I believe they were influenced by our taking them to events like “Mountain Stage” and people like you who take the time to be kind.
Thank you again, John, for that time you gave us. It will not be forgotten !
David and Karen Rogers
Just a quick note to thank you for your music. I can’t tell you what it has meant to me. I’ve been listening for about 18 years. I first heard you on the Legacy album when I was at NYU. I saw you three times at the Bottom Line in the Village (with Julie Gold, Patty Larkin, and Dar Williams). The last time I saw you was at Harvard; you were with the Nields. I was happy to speak with you after the show. Now that I don’t live in the northeast any longer, when are you coming to Florida? I’m looking forward to buying the DVD soon!
I came across your music two months ago. It has been of the most awesome findings I’ve ever made. I was translating a biography of Lucy K. and your name, Gorka, attracted my attention, because here in The Basque Country, Spain is a very popular name, but I don’t suppose it is that popular over there. I guess that you have been told this before, but it means George in Basque, our language, one of the oldest in the world. I got to your web page and that was it. I can’t stop listening to your music now.
Well, enough of this, I don’t want to bore anybody.
I love your songs, especially ‘I saw a stranger’& ‘Love is our cross to bear’… Simply beautiful.
Any chance of seeing you around here? It would be great.
Thanks for the great time in Houston at the Mucky Duck. Just a note, you spelt ANNIVERSARY correctly, but 25th Adversity would have worked too. After 25 years you would think I would know how to spell it. Hope to see you soon! Two years is a long time to wait for a visit. Love you and safe travels my friend.
The show last night at the University of Hartford was absolutely brilliant. I’m ecstatic that I was able to work with you that evening, and thank you for performing the song “I’m from New Jersey” it meant a lot that you dedicated it to me.
I wish you all the best in your upcoming performances and I hope to keep in touch and work with you in the future. You’re an astounding musician.
I’m sorry I was unable to find you on myspace! Haha.
Just back from your One Longfellow Square show in Portland Maine. You were wonderful. My 9 year old son recently shared with me that kids laugh 400 times a day, and adults 15. I went beyond my quota of 15 laughs in the first 10 minutes. You are thoughtful and funny, and very engaging. You songs are delightful. Not sure when i last participated in an adult sing along- very community building.
Thank you- and forever thank you for Gypsy Life.