BATH – Tom Lewis, whose songs cover a range of nautical themes, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at The Chocolate Church Arts Center.

A 25-year veteran of Royal Navy, Lewis is now based on dry land in British Columbia. His songs deal with life onboard ships, the loneliness and lure of the sea, and even a funny tale of a ship’s mascot.

Lewis is the only ex-sailor in North America dealing with the traditions and lore of The Age of Sail, according to a spokesman for the arts center. He makes them come alive, demonstrates their transition to the present day and explains their relevance.

His newest album, “360 degrees,” conveys his passion for singable songs from all points of the compass. In 16 tracks, listeners find songs by Lewis and other contemporary writers, Victorian-era comic opera, traditional songs of the sea, a song to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, collaborations with Rudyard Kipling and R.L. Stevenson, and Lewis’ take on Lyle Lovett.

For more information about the arts center, people can visit the Web site, chocolatechurcharts.org.

Tickets are $8 for members and seniors, and $10 for nonmembers. They can be purchased by calling the arts center at 442-8455.


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