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Originally published in Castine Patriot, July 12, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, July 12, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, July 12, 2018
OHA to host Maine singer-songwriter

Gordon Bok to perform at Stonington Opera House

The Opera House Arts Summer Season features a concert with songwriter and folklorist Gordon Bok on July 14 at the Stonington Opera House.

Photo courtesy of Opera House Arts

Folksinger Gordon Bok, deemed the “poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships” by Time Magazine, will perform at the Stonington Opera House Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m., according to a news release.

Bok grew up in Camden, where he started singing and playing guitar at an early age, inspired by both his musical family and his coastal environment. He worked on or near the water much of his earlier years, in shipyards and on sailing vessels, serving in every capacity from dishwasher to captain. As the original first mate on the sloop Clearwater, he toured the New England coast with the Hudson River Sloop Singers.

His repertoire consists of a rich trove of ballads of Maine and the Maritimes, songs and dances of the Americas and abroad, stories of boats and sailors, tales of seafolk and chantefables of his own composition, contemporary songs and instrumentals.

He has recorded over 30 albums, solo and with other musicians, and performs at folk clubs, concert halls and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Scandinavia. He has appeared in concert with the Paul Winter Consort, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and “A Prairie Home Companion,” among others.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 367-2788.