First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA
March 8, 2012, 7:30 PM

Gordon Bok

with Three Sheets to the Wind

A Boston Globe Best Bet!

Tickets: $10

Day of show suggested contribution: $12
65 or over: $7, under 18: $5, family: $24
Gordon Bok grew up around the boatyards of Camden, Maine. In his early years, he worked on a variety of vessels, from passenger schooners to yachts. He learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads from the people he worked with. Where he couldn't find songs that matched his experiences or needs, he began to write his own, and has kept up a lively flow of poems, songs, stories, choral and instrumental works. He has performed extensively in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. He has appeared on the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. Gordon's music has been sung by many other performers and has been used for films, most notably the documentary "Coaster: The Adventure of the John F. Leavitt" for which he won an award. Gordon received an honorary Doctorate of Science from the Maine Maritime Academy for his reflection of Maine's maritime heritage in his compositions and performances. His legacy includes over thirty recordings featuring his own compositions and folk tunes from around the world. His extensive repertoire provides a rich well to draw upon for his concerts; he has never sung the same solo concert twice.
"I refuse to tell my audiences what to think or feel: I respect them too much for that. I will sing to them what I honor and trust, and trust them to sort out what they can use."

"I'm drawn to songs that show me how others have lived their lives and sorted through their problems – that's the great wisdom in traditional music, and in the songs that will become the tradition in other generations. They've shown me how to live, and if others learn something from my passing them on, that's another pleasure."

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Three Sheets to the Wind's performers are many, and include both locals and people from other communities. Some have years of established song and sea history. All love supporting community spirit, good will, and cheer shared with audiences. The group is known for powerful vocals and terrific harmonies. Three Sheets to the Wind is associated with the schooner ADVENTURE out of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The group has been performing together for about eight years, celebrating ADVENTURE and community events. Performance venues are many and varied, but a nautical theme is common. Around Cape Ann, Three Sheets to the Wind has appeared at the Gloucester Mayor's Cup Schooner Races, Open House events on board Adventure, and Rockport's New Year's Rockport Eve and Harvest Festival events. Father from home, Three Sheets to the Wind has appeared at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, and the American Schooner Association annual meetings.