GARDINER — John Gorka will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, 280 Water St.

Gorka is a folk musician, many artists have recorded and/or performed his songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell.

Now, over three decades later, “Before Beginning: The UnReleased I Know” — Nashville, 1985, is a fascinating document of the road not taken, an alternate musical direction the now well-known singer/songwriter chose to forego.

Tickets cost $28.

For more information, call 582-7144 or visit www.johnsonhall.org.