Songwriters Gorka, Werner to perform

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008

Acclaimed songwriters John Gorka and Susan Werner are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. tonight at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

The event is a fundraising event for the JACC, the new arts center located in the former Alaska National Guard armory downtown.

Gorka has been an established artist in the realm of folk music for more that 20 years, winning the New Folk Award in 1984 at Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. His debut album, "I Know," was released in 1987 by Minnesota-based Red House Records to praise from critics and music enthusiasts alike.

Over the years, dozens of artists have either recorded or performed Gorka's songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O'Connell.

In 1992, Werner self-released her first album "Midwestern Saturday Night" and has been recording and performing ever since. In 2004, she released the album "I Can't Be New" on Koch Records, earning acclaim from critics and fans alike.

In 2007, she released "The Gospel Truth," her latest album. Werner is also the recent recipient of the Contemporary Artist of the Year award at the 2008 International Folk Alliance Conference.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council office in the arts center, and at Hearthside Books or Rainy Day Books. Seating is limited.

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