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Highly Acclaimed Folk Singers Come to Hamilton

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Posted April 15, 1996
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John Gorka, who was named the "preeminent male singer/songwriter of the New Folk Movement" by Rolling Stone magazine, will perform at Hamilton College on Tuesday, April 23, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. (Doors open at 7:15 p.m.) He will be joined with special guest Lucy Kaplansky, who returns to Hamilton after an outstanding fall headline performance. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public and free with a Hamilton I.D. There will also be free refreshments available.

Gorka, who is known for applying his rich baritone vocals to a wide range of song forms, has toured with Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter. On his newest album, Out of the Valley, he continues to broaden his multifaceted approach to songcraft with intimate confessional songs, humorous observations about daily life and poignant commentary on political moods.

Kaplansky began her career singing in Chicago, but has long been a fixture of the Greenwich Village music scene. She made her mark as a Folk City regular, as part of the Fast Folk Co-op crowd and with Song Project, a group which earned critical acclaim doing material by Greenwich Village writers. For several years, she performed with Shawn Colvin as a duo, and has lent her voice to many of her colleagues' releases. She has also landed soundtrack credits, such as Pretty in Pink and The Firm. Her debut album, The Tide, was named "one of the true hidden gems of the year" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The performance is part of the Acoustic Coffeehouse Series, sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

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