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JOHN GORKA PLAYS TONIGHT

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John Gorka performed once for former New York Mayor Ed Koch and the governor of Cairo. He has appeared on National Public Radio's "Good Evening, Mountain Stage" and he records for Windham Hill and Red House Records. But it's John Gorka the songwriter that Salt Lakers love.

After his two shows here in 1987 and 1988, Gorka songs became a popular request on KRCL. His fans can find a Gorka tune on Windham's "New Folk Sampler" and his follow-up LP "Land of the Bottom Line" (Windham Hill) will be released next spring.While Gorka's delivery of his enchanting ballads is flawless, the compositions themselves are beautifully crafted and poignant.

John Gorka will appear tonight at the Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door with a $1 discount to members of the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association. Tickets are available at Acoustic Music, Great Salt Lake Guitar in Provo, Intermountain Guitar & Banjo, Smokey's, Gypsy Moon, Wild Rose and Music Village in Ogden.