photo by Janet Buck-Marusov

Timberhead Music Presents Gordon Bok

Welcome to Maine folk musician/composer Gordon Bok's website.  Here  you can find all the latest news about Gordon: upcoming concerts and events, CDs and updates on our latest projects.

Timberhead Music is your online music store for Gordon Bok's recordings and a hand-picked selection of others you might enjoy.

It has come to our attention that several musicians wanting to record songs composed by Gordon Bok have received mechanical licenses from agencies not associated with Timberhead Music LLC, the sole agency representing him. All of Gordon’s songs are copyrighted and registered with Timberhead Music and only Timberhead Music can legally license recordings of them. Please be advised that any other agency claiming to have the authority to issue mechanical licenses does not in fact have that authority. All permission requests need to be directed to Timberhead in order to be legal. We all want to do the right thing, so please respect copyright procedures.

Upcoming Concerts

Sun Nov 6: Woods Hole, MA: Woods Hole Folk Music Society, 7:30 pm

Sat Nov 12: Rockland, ME: Working on the Water VII, 1:00 pm

Sun Dec 4: Camden, ME:: Anne Dodson & Friends' Annual Winter Program, 7:00 pm

for full details about Gordon's concerts see Gordon's schedule page or his Facebook event page

Then and NowLatest Release (2016)

Then and Now

"Here's a bit of a landmark: selections from my first commercial recording in a New York Studio, and tracks from sessions at home - 50 years later. Peggy Seeger wrote "I am old, I am young, I am all that I've been," and it's true that all the songs I have sung have guided my life and are still a part of me.
So here are songs (and tunes) from that 1965 album, some recently made or learned, and some old songs recently visited. Carol says it feels like thumbing through a musical photo-album.
After all, now wouldn't have have ever gotten here if it wasn't for all that then, eh?"
                          ~Gordon Bok

Available now at Timberhead Music.

Gordon's News:

This is from my friend Ulla SKšld from Vara, Sweden:

"Incidentally--doing research is easy these days--I found on there is an author given (although with a "?") for "Call The Ewes": by Isobel Pagan (1741-1821). "Rise Up Singing" attributed it to Robert Burns. (Harvard Classics Vol. 41) also says that Sir Walter Scott wrote the words to "Jock O'Hazeldean."

We are updating our records accordingly.

Carol's Corner:

          Our Australian friends, Penny Davies and Roger Ilott, were the anchor of our New Zealand/Australia tour in 2003. A year later I had my stroke (note: Do things now, what are you waiting for?!). In October 2010, after visiting with us, Penny wrote the poem, “Counting Quarters.”

          Gordon’s brother, Tony Bok, while living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), used to say he felt like he woke up each morning with a pile of energy “quarters” and he knew by the end of the day they would be gone. So he had to be very smart about how he chose to spend those quarters.

          This fall, Penny and Roger visited us in Maine. Unbeknownst to me, Gordon had recently put music to Penny’s poem and the three of them quietly worked up this version. When they came outside to the picnic table where I was sitting on a golden September afternoon and sang it, I completely melted into a heap, drenched in love and caring. And I still do when I hear it now.

October 2015          

Listen to the whole song here: Counting Quarters

What Gordon's up to lately

  • Gordon's Notes: Info about Gordon's work with Kalmyk music.
  • Touring Update: Gordon will still be the occasional concert, but he has decided it's time to retire from official performance tours. Thank you all so much for your support and attendance all these years.
  • Check out Gordon's CDs and ongoing sales at Timberhead Music.
  • Gordon's Woodcarvings: Catalogue available Click here to order Songs in the Wood. See the carvings website for current gallery information.
  • Look for Gordon Bok, and Timberhead Music on Facebook.