BATH — The Chocolate Church Arts Center’s 2016-17 performance season culminates with an evening with Cheryl Wheeler and John Gorka. This dynamic musical pairing will provide an unforgettable entertainment experience, starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, on the main stage, 804 Washington St.

Wheeler is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. Her respect as a songwriter is evidenced by the artists who cover her songs, such as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Bette Midler and Kathy Mattea. She is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. Her live performances create an immediate and undeniable connection with the audience. Her concerts include comic routines and serious discussions in addition to the songs themselves. About half of the songs she performs in concerts are not available on any of her albums.

Audiences are enthralled by Gorka’s stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting. Hailing from New Jersey but forged in the Greenwich Village Fast Folk scene, Gorka honed his craft and persona into an unmistakable image. The shy, wry, insightful and sensitive singer-songwriter has been copied and parodied. But the old musical coat he wove still fits and still suits him well. The old songs ring as true as they ever did and the new ones are just as good.

Gorka’s career has continued to grow and expand through nearly three decades, with new songs and recordings that have consistently received rave reviews. His live performances exhibit the hand of the master craftsman he has become, both moving and hilarious, with audiences requesting countless of his original songs — songs that have become part of their lives and standards in the folk canon.

Tickets are $42, $35 and $30 in advance, $42 at the door.

FMI, tickets: 207-442-8455, www.chocolatechurcharts.org.


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