BATH – Legendary folk singer Gordon Bok grew up around the boatyards of Camden. In his early years, he worked on a variety of vessels, from passenger schooners to yachts. Those experiences surfaced over his lengthy musical career in his ballads of Maine and the Maritimes, songs of boats and sailors, and original compositions.
Saturday, May 2, Bok— known for his rich baritone voice and fluid work on 6- and 12-string guitar — will perform at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.
The singer-songwriter has released more than a score of albums, and many musicians have recorded his songs. His first album, which was self-titled, was produced by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary and released in 1965.
Bok’s music has been used in films and is published in folk music anthologies, including “Rise Up Singing” and his own collections, “Time and the Flying Snow” and “One to Sing, One to Haul.”
Besides performing in concert halls, coffeehouses and festivals in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, Bok has taught choral singing and songwriting at summer music camps and other gatherings. He has served both as artist-in-residence and faculty member of the College of the Atlantic.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18, $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the box office from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the Art Gallery at Washington and Centre streets; by calling 442-8455; and online at BrownPaperTickets.com.


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