Ken Bonfield will perform a solo concert Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library.

Fingerstyle guitarist Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals and has released seven albums. His latest CD, Legacy, is a solo effort that focuses on harp and baritone guitars, with several new arrangements of original tunes Bonfield recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with the new-age music early in his career. Today, his sound is more akin to the American primitive tradition of John Fahey and Leo Kottke, with a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences.

Over the last two decades, Bonfield has been working with New Hampshire luthier Alan Carruth on creating a set of five instruments that perfectly suit his ergonomic and sonic ideals. Besides two standard six-string guitars he built in the mid-90s, Carruth made a couple of baritone guitars, one in 2007 and another in 2012, and a harp guitar in 2010 for Bonfield. As one of the country’s premier harp guitarists, Bonfield has been a participant at the annual Harp Guitar Gathering, and the instrument in prominently featured on Legacy. Bonfield will be performing with his harp guitar, baritone guitar, and high string guitar May 1.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of Rockland Public Library, and is free for all to attend.