Gordon Bok grew up around the boatyards of Maine. In his early years, he worked on fishing boats, schooners and yachts, where he learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads. After high school, he worked on the boats in the summer and as a carpenter and teacher in Philadelphia and other cities the rest of the year. There he found a thriving folk music scene and began performing. Dissatisfied with the images generally portrayed of people who work on the water, he began to write songs based on the experiences of those he knew - real people whose language was honest, whose feelings were credible.
Bok began to get attention for his rich voice and fluid guitar work. Paul Stookey, of the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, produced Bok's first album. Bok went on to create more than 20 albums.
Bok became a leader in preserving, collecting, creating and sharing a wide variety of rich and beautiful songs of land and sea. His mastery of both 6- and 12-string guitars added to his already well-developed vocal expression to create an unmistakable style. He has made more than 20 albums.
In addition to performing throughout the world, Bok has organized choral groups and taught choral singing and song writing. A superb storyteller, he often introduces songs in concert with a bit of their history.
photo courtesy of Gordon Bok Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl, will peform in Ketchikan Sept. 27 and in Juneau on Sept. 28.