American fingerstyle guitarist Ken Bonfield will appear in concert Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. Doors will open 6:30 p.m. Bonfield will be featured on the airwaves June 9 through 14 as the WERU Artist of the Week.

Bonfield is celebrating his 40th year playing the guitar and will be bringing along all five of his Alan Carruth custom guitars: a standard guitar; two baritone guitars; a high-string guitar; and his 11-string harp guitar.

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 recorded on earlier albums. Although he came out of the 1960s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with 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 Carruth on creating a set of five instruments that perfectly suit his ergonomic and sonic ideals. 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.”

Suggested donation for the concert is $5 at the door. For more information about this distinctive artist, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or