The Gawlers are a fun-loving, fiddling family band– from the heart of Maine– with shining smiles and joyful sounds.
John and Ellen Gawler are master fiddle and banjo players and their three daughters, Molly, Edith and Elsie grew up with the music and formed a band of their own – The Gawler Sisters. The band includes “brother” Bennett Konesni and Ethan Tischler (Elsie’s partner.) The full band has a gorgeous and high-spirited sound of string instruments (fiddle, banjo, guitar, cello, bass) as well as harmony singing.
The Gawler Family brings you a delightful assortment of songs and tunes rooted in the traditional music of Maine and the Northeast. John and Ellen, together with their daughters Molly, Edith, Elsie, and “brother” Bennett Konesni, and Ethan Tischler (Elsie’s partner) join their intertwining family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, and sometimes a few jokes.
Inspired by years of playing for dances in the old Grange halls, the Gawlers may be best known for their rollicking renditions of dance tunes in ‘the Downeast style’ with its origins in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions. Their repertoire also includes a wide variety of old and new sounds, with highly spirited delivery of selections that may include a gutsy shanty or work song, a heart-wrenching ballad, a poignant a cappella number featuring the sisters, or an amusing ode to everyday life. With a particular focus on sentiments that reflect life in rural Maine, their unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content.
For many years, the Gawler Family shared their music at countless festivals, farms, concerts, and schools, joyfully enlivening a sense of grassroots connection and community. With their sparkling musicianship and infectious spirit, the Gawlers have found a warm place in the hearts of audiences of all ages.
Saturday, January 29 at Doors open at 7:00 PM
The show begins at 7:30 PM; 90-minutes with an intermission
Tickets are available for $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and $22 for preferred seating.
Purchase any ticket and gain admission to the Gawler Family Workshop for $15 instead of $25!
No one will be turned away for lack of funds; contact MSA at 207-879-4629 or email@example.com for information on our sliding scale admission policy.
All patrons and staff attending events will need to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (or negative test from within 48 hours) along with a matching photo ID. Children under 12 are exempt.
Audience members, staff, and volunteers will be asked to mask while not actively eating, or drinking.
It’s an open mic, but for DJs. Bring your Records, CDs, or Controller. All formats/genres are welcome. Every Tuesday at Flask Lounge with select resident hosts each week.
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