Gordon Bok

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Gordon Bok
Born (1939-10-31) October 31, 1939 (age 80)
Camden, Maine
InstrumentsVocals, guitar

Gordon Bok (born October 31, 1939) is a folklorist and singer-songwriter who grew up in Camden, Maine.


Bok's first album, self-titled, was produced by Noel Paul Stookey (Paul of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and released in 1965[1] on the Verve Records' Verve Folkways subsidiary. His second album, A Tune for November, was released on Sandy Paton's Connecticut-based Folk-Legacy label in 1970. His association with Folk-Legacy has continued since that time, though his more recent work (from the early 1990s on) has been released on his own label, Timberhead Music. For a long time,[when?] he was best known[by whom?] as part of a trio with Ed Trickett and Ann Mayo Muir, Trickett accompanying with the hammered dulcimer and guitar and Muir with the harp and flute.

Bok sings in a baritone and plays six-string guitar (both the steel-string acoustic guitar and the nylon-string classical guitar) and 12-string guitar. In his playing of the nylon-string guitar, he embraces the tradition of Latin American guitar music.[according to whom?] He also plays a self-built instrument he calls the "cellamba," a six-string, fretted cello.[citation needed]

As a songwriter, Bok draws on his experience in and around the working boat culture of the Gulf of Maine. He lyrics include stories of fishermen and other sea-folk,[according to whom?]. At times (especially in the 1970s), he reaches into the wealth of sea myth of the North Atlantic.

In addition to writing songs, he is also a folklorist and gatherer of songs. His repertoire encompasses contemporary songs written by his friends from all over North America, Australia, and the British Isles. As well, Bok sings, in the original languages, folksongs from Italy, Portugal, Mongolia, French Canada, Latin America, and the Gaelic Hebrides, among other places, and knows a huge body of old anglophone folklore.

Bok is also an artist mainly dealing with sea themes done in wood carvings.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Bok is the grandson of Edward Bok, the cousin of Derek Bok, and the uncle of Gideon Bok. He is married to Carol Rohl.


Works alone and with friends[edit]

  • Gordon Bok (1965)
  • A Tune for November (1970)
  • Peter Kagan and the Wind (1971)
  • Seal Djiril's Hymn (1972)
  • Cold as a Dog and the Wind Northeast: The Spoken Ballads of Ruth Moore (1973)
  • Clearwater (1974)
  • Bay of Fundy (1975)
  • Clearwater II (1977)
  • Another Land Made of Water (1979)
  • Jeremy Brown and Jeannie Teal (1981)
  • A Rogue's Gallery of Songs for the 12-String (1983)
  • Clear Away in the Morning (1983, a thematic compilation of previously released work)
  • Ensemble (1988)
  • The Play of the Lady Odivere (1989)
  • Return to the Land (1990)
  • Schooners (1992)
  • North Wind's Clearing (1995, a thematic compilation of previously released work)
  • Neighbors (1996, with Cindy Kallet)
  • Gatherings (1998)
  • In the Kind Land (1999)
  • Dear to our Island (2001)
  • Herrings in the Bay (2003)
  • Apples in the Basket (2005)
  • Gordon Bok in Concert (2006)
  • Other Eyes (2010)
  • Because You Asked (2012)
  • Then & Now (2015)

Works with Ed Trickett and Ann Mayo Muir[edit]

  • Turning Toward the Morning (1975)
  • The Ways of Man (1978)
  • A Water Over Stone (1980)
  • All Shall Be Well Again (1983)
  • Fashioned in the Clay (1985)
  • Minneapolis Concert (live album, 1987)
  • The First 15 Years (a 2-vol. comp. from earlier recordings, 1990)
  • And So Will We Yet (1990)
  • Language of the Heart (1994)
  • Harbors of Home (1998)

Appears on[edit]

  • Ed Trickett, Gently Down the Stream of Time
  • Ann Mayo Muir, So Goes My Heart
  • Margaret MacArthur, The Old Songs (1975)
  • Anne Dodson, From Where I Sit
  • Cindy Kallet, This Way Home
  • The New Golden Ring, Five Days Singing
  • The Quasimodal Chorus, The Songs of Jan Harmon
  • Cathy Barton, Dave Para & the Paton Family, ′Twas on a Night Like This (A Christmas Legacy) (1989)


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Biography: Gordon Bok". AMG. Retrieved May 14, 2010.

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