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Folk Musician Gordon Bok Concert

and Songwriting Workshop at Bok Tower Gardens
by Cassie Jacoby
February 28, 2010

Internationally known folk musician Gordon Bok will perform at Bok Tower Gardens on March 6 at 7:30 p.m. The grandson of Gardens’ founder Edward Bok is renowned for his mastery of six- and 12-string guitars as well as the cellamba, a musical instrument with features of both a cello and viola. A superb storyteller, Bok also has taught choral singing and song writing. Tickets are $25 or $20 for members. Seating is limited. Call 863-676-1408 or e-mail phrestina@boktower.org for reservations.

At a time when folk music was experiencing a great revival, Bok became a leader in collecting, preserving, creating and sharing a wide variety of songs of both land and sea. His first album was produced by Paul Stookey, of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Besides his countless solo appearances, Bok toured for nearly 30 years with the trio Bok, Muir and Trickett, performing throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia.

On March 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bok will host a songwriting workshop at the Gardens. Participants will learn how to turn writings into music with tips from the master songwriter. A story, anecdote or poem can be brought to the workshop or left with Bok at his concert. No instruments are needed. The cost to participate is $38 or $30 for members; seating is limited. Call 863-676-1408 for information and reservations.

The next Live at the Gardens concert will be held April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tierra Negra with Muriel Anderson will be performing music featuring Anderson’s custom-made harp-guitar. Visit www.boktowergardens.org for more information.

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