An Evening with John Gorka and Cliff Eberhardt

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Date(s) - September 23, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Chocolate Church Arts Center


From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads.

Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers. His songs are rich, multifaceted and full of depth, beauty and emotion. They gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe. Many well-known artists have recorded and/or performed his songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black, and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN.

Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. Fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point, he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt.

He received an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. During the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters. Those artists, like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. Cliff is well-known as a songwriting teacher all over the U.S. at songwriting camps and private lessons. He also produces, arranges, and advises on other artist’s recordings. He tours constantly.


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