Bok to bring bass-baritone voice to Bath

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BATH – Folk singer Gordon Bok, deemed the “poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships” by Time magazine, will perform a benefit concert Saturday, April 22, at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

Bok’s repertoire consists of ballads of Maine and the Maritimes, songs and dances of the Americas and abroad, and stories of boats and sailors, cantefables of his own composition, contemporary songs and instrumentals. His work has been inspired by his experiences working in shipyards and on sailing vessels.

He has been writing and performing music since the ’60s, when he was a major influence in the folk music revival.

Bok grew up in Camden, where he started singing and playing guitar at an early age, inspired by his musical family and his coastal environment. He worked on or near the water much of his earlier life – in shipyards and on fishing boats, passenger schooners and yachts – on the East and other coasts.

Bok’s music is largely self-taught. He learned many songs and stories from people he worked with and continues to do so. He performs with 6- and 12-string guitars as well as a baritone viol da gamba of his own design. He also sings a cappella with his resonant bass-baritone voice that has become a Bok trademark.

He has recorded more than 30 albums, solo and with other musicians, and performs throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Scandinavia. He has appeared with the Paul Winter Consort and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Concert proceeds will help support the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

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