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Folk artists Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka to perform Sept. 11

Renowned folk artists Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka will perform songs from their hit album “Red Horse” Sunday, Sept. 11.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-7-11]

Renowned folk artists Eliza Gilkyson and John Gorka will perform songs from their hit album “Red Horse” Sunday, Sept. 11, at Minnesota State Mankato.

The rare Gilkyson-Gorka concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

Gilkyson also will perform songs from her new release, “Roses at the End of Time,” sequel to her acclaimed 2008 album “Beautiful World.” Gorka will share songs from his latest solo album, “So Dark You See,” featuring “Ignorance & Privilege,” one of National Public Radio’s top 2009 top folk songs.

Gilkyson began her career recording vocal tracks on soundtracks and demos for her father, Terry Gilkyson, a singer-composer for 1960s Disney films. Her brother, Tony Gilkyson, is a well-known guitarist in Los Angeles.

Many of her songs are rooted in socio-political issues; she is an advocate for the Worker’s Defense Project in Austin, Texas, and water conservation projects. Her 2005 song “Requiem” was about the Indian Ocean tsunami. The piece became a song of comfort and prayer after Hurricane Katrina.

She has recorded 19 studio albums, some with the help of her son and co-producer, Cisco Ryder. She was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Gorka, of St. Paul, began playing banjo as a young boy in a church folk music group. His music expresses everyday life, rather than reflecting trends. He has appeared on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, e-town and CNN, and has released 11 studio albums.

Admission is $12 for members of the public, and $11 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online may go to Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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