A Rogue's Gallery of Songs for 12-String

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
To call Gordon Bok the voice of the Maine coast would be kind of trite, and it would probably embarrass him. But as someone who has actually lived the seafaring life he sings about in songs like "Old Fat Boat" and "Woodworker's Litany," he delivers such material with an unusual authority, and the tunes he writes evoke with sometimes startling clarity the stark beauty and forbidding ruggedness of that region. It would be inaccurate, however, to pigeonhole him as a regional singer; although his accent is always frankly down east, the songs he sings in that accent are as likely to come from Ireland and Australia as they are to come from Maine or Nova Scotia. On this album ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
To call Gordon Bok the voice of the Maine coast would be kind of trite, and it would probably embarrass him. But as someone who has actually lived the seafaring life he sings about in songs like "Old Fat Boat" and "Woodworker's Litany," he delivers such material with an unusual authority, and the tunes he writes evoke with sometimes startling clarity the stark beauty and forbidding ruggedness of that region. It would be inaccurate, however, to pigeonhole him as a regional singer; although his accent is always frankly down east, the songs he sings in that accent are as likely to come from Ireland and Australia as they are to come from Maine or Nova Scotia. On this album made at the behest of Folk-Legacy head Sandy Paton, who requested a set made up entirely of arrangements for the 12-string guitar, Bok makes a rare foray into the blues "Duncan and Brady" and also plays a brief set of Italian tunes "Marina/Bimbo de Colonello" as well as a charming calypso number called "Belamena." Bok's deep, rumbly voice isn't exactly a natural fit with the calypso sound, but his guitar playing is so unassumingly virtuosic that the song still works beautifully. In fact, Bok's guitar playing is itself something of a wonder of nature. He's explained it in the past by saying that no one ever told him the guitar had limits, so he's always played it as if it hadn't any. That's as good an explanation as any for his astonishing technique.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1999
  • Label: Folk Legacy
  • UPC: 710146009422
  • Catalog Number: 94
  • Sales rank: 175,301

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Bok Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Bok Liner Notes
Bob Stuart Engineer
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