Originally published in Compass, June 13, 2013
Annual Blue Hill Pops concert set for July 3
Celebrate Independence Day at the 23rd annual Blue Hill Pops Concert. Kick off the 2013 summer season with this rousing program featuring an all-star lineup of area musicians. Sponsored by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, the 2013 Blue Hill Pops Concert will be held on Wednesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the George Stevens Academy gymnasium on Union Street in Blue Hill. Corporate sponsors for the 2013 Blue Hill Pops Concert are Bar Harbor Bank, Cape Air, Lambert Coffin Hanley Law Offices, PenAir and Stanley Subaru, according to a news release.
This year’s musical festival of “Sounds Around Blue Hill” will feature the renowned folksinger Gordon Bok, the Scott Cleveland Trio, the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band, the New Trad Trio, and the Bagaduce Pops Singers, under the direction of Bronwyn Kortge. As an added bonus this year, Blue Hill Pops will be air conditioned by Topp Portable Air of Boston, Mass.
Deemed by Time magazine as the “poet laureate of those who go down to the sea in ships,” Bok grew up in Camden, where he began singing and playing guitar at an early age, inspired by both his musical family and his coastal environment. He has recorded more than 30 albums and has performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. In the words of one critic, “If the sea had a voice with which to sing, it would be the voice of Gordon Bok.”
The Scott Cleveland Trio features Scott Cleveland on piano, Bill Friederich on drums and John Gallagher on bass. All three are well-known area jazz musicians who have performed widely for many years. The Bagaduce Pops Singers have been a part of every Blue Hill Pops Concert. This year the Pops Singers will perform a medley from The Lion King, with music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice. They will be accompanied by Karen Dickes on piano and Lynette Woods on drums.
The Atlantic Clarion Steel Band will perform outside the George Stevens Academy as concert-goers enter, playing their fiery and infectious Caribbean rhythms. Current members of Atlantic Clarion are Carl and Nigel Chase, Jamie Allen, Duncan Hardy, Martin Conte, Tim Semler and Vita Poole. The New Trad Trio, with Jack Moser on clarinet, Chris Harris on banjo and vocals and Don Knowles on bass, will entertain the audience from the stage before the concert begins, with traditional jazz of the ‘30s and ‘40s.
As in past years, Blue Hill Pops will conclude with a patriotic finale featuring an audience sing-along of our nation’s service songs and “America the Beautiful.” Table seats, reserved chairs and bleacher seats are available in a range of prices. For tickets, please call the Blue Hill Pops Manager Ann Boudreau at 374-5454 or stop by the Bagaduce Music Lending Library on Greene’s Hill in Blue Hill.