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Paul Winter came to regard Gordon Bok as “the Bard of Maine.” Paul was introduced to his music in the late 1960s by Noel Stookey, who produced Gordon’s first album. Paul was beguiled by his soulful low voice, and by his repertoire as well. Gordon grew up around the boatyards of Camden, Maine, and worked 44 Disc II 4 4 Disc II 45 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. About “The Good Wish,” Gordon says: “Alexander Carmichael collected these words more than a century ago, in Gaelic, from the people of the Scottish Hebrides. This is his translation, which Kate Barnes (poet laureate of the High Ridges of Maine) sent to Jan Harmon, who set it to this tune and these chords.” Gordon led the solstice audience in the only singalong they’ve ever had. There’s a powerful magic in the sound of a throng of people singing together. “The Good Wish,” to Paul, is like a benediction.


from Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice (The Singers), released December 6, 2019
Gordon Bok / 12-string guitar, voice
Paul Winter / soprano sax
Eugene Friesen / cello
Dorothy Papadakos / organ
Glen Velez / percussion


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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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