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Gordon Bok To Perform at the Clark March 13

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2004

Folksinger Gordon Bok, called the "poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships" by Time Magazine, will perform at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members) and are available at the Clark museum shop or by telephone at 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Bok grew up in the coastal town of Camden, Maine, where he started singing and playing guitar at an early age. In his youth he worked in shipyards and on sailing vessels in every capacity from dishwasher to captain and learned many of his seafaring songs and stories from the people with whom he worked. As the first mate on the sloop "Clearwater," Bok toured the New England coast with the Hudson River Sloop Singers. His mastery of 6- and 12- string guitar and his vocal expression have made him one of folk music's most cherished artists. His repertoire consists of a rich trove of ballads of Maine and the Maritimes, songs and dances from abroad, stories of boats and sailors, and songs of his own composition. Bok has recorded more than thirty albums, including his newest CD Herrings in the Bay, and has performed at folk clubs, concert halls, and festivals across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Scandinavia.

The Gordon Bok concert will be preceded by an afternoon of music called "New England Sampler," on March 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. Local musicians will play traditional music of New England in continuing, free performances throughout the afternoon. Scheduled to perform are Luthien, the Housatonic Philharmonic, Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, and the Flying Garbanzos. "New England Sampler" is offered in connection with the Clark's current exhibition, Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson.

Bok's appearance is part of the series "Songs and Stories." The final performer in the series will be Richard Shindell on Friday, March 26, at 8 p.m.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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