The Gawler Family is a fun-loving folk singing banjo playing contra calling family of five. They have earned a beloved place in the hearts of their audiences for their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship to the merriment of folks of all ages.

Molly Gawler, Dancing this July in Stonington

Molly Gawler will be performing with Fred Garbo in the Inflatable Theater Company as well as one of her solo works on roller skates. 

Molly Gawler in "Rollity Anne"  photo courtesy of Zach Stevens

Molly Gawler in “Rollity Anne”
photo courtesy of Zach Stevens

wednesday July 31 at 7:00pm

Stonington Opera House

Opera House Arts

Stonington, Maine

2013 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, August 9!

We are so excited to have been invited to play at the 2013 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Here is our full festival schedule, with more details to come: Fri – St. John’s Parish Hall 11:00 am, Bandstand 2:00 pm, United Church Hall 3:30 pm (Ellen & Jonh), Mainstage 7:00 pm

Sat – United Church 10:00 am (Edith and Bennett), St. John’s Anglican Church 1:00 pm, Zion Lutheran Church 4:00 pm (the sisters only)

Sun – Mainstage 10:00 am, Wharf 1:00 pm, St. John’s Anglican Church 3:00 pm

Join us for a MOFGA workshop: Farming with Horses and Work Song Hootenanny

April and May, the draft team at North Branch Farm.

Wednesday, July 31, 5pm at North Branch Farm, Monroe
Using animals for draft power has a number of economic, environmental, and social benefits; but it is not easy. North Branch Farm is a highly diversified, multi-family farm that incorporates draft horses into their field and woods work. Come learn the basics of this genuinely solar-based system of farming; and meet a few of Maine’s skilled horsefolk. We’ll also have a an opportunity to learn and sing work songs, led by Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler.

Learn more about the MOFGA apprenticeship program and other incredible workshops they have to offer here.

Bennett & Edith – Upstate New York Worksong Tour, May 2013

Upstate New York Worksong Tour

Sunday, May 5
Peaceworks Organic CSA 
40th Anniversary & May Day Party – Music, Maypole, Worksongs, 2pm – 6pm
Newark, NY (near Rochester)

Monday, May 6
House Concert with Fruition Seeds, 7pm Potluck, music to follow
290 Basset Road,  Naples NY
$10 – $30 sliding scale suggested donation

Tuesday, May 7
Hamilton College Community Farm
198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323
Worksong Workshop, 5pm – 7pm
Free and open to all comers

Friday, May 10
Mark Twain Camp
Saranack Lake, NY
House Concert at 7:30 PM.
Last house at west end of Lake Street – Jack & Phyllis’ house.
$10 – $30 sliding scale suggested donation

Saturday, May 11
Worksongs on the Farm – Noon to 2pm – The festival continues until 7pm and includes two other great bands.
at the Good Life Farm
Interlaken, NY

Edith & Bennett at the Free Range Music Festival

Come join us in what we consider Maine’s awesome-sauciest town, BELFAST, for the Free Range Music Festival, this Saturday, April 27th!!

We, Bennett & Edith, are playing at 6:30 in the Waterfall Arts building.

There are tons of great acts playing all day, the tickets are actually super cheap, and it looks like the weather is going to be nice… so you have no excuse! Come on out for some great live music.

Click here for more info!

Photo by Randy Harris for the New York Times

Edith & Bennett in the New York Times

We were so honored to be featured in the Home & Gardens section of the New York Times last Thursday. Written by Anne Raver and photographed by Randy Harris, the piece tells the story of the complex history here at Sylvester Manor and how Bennett and the staff here are breathing new life into this old family plantation. Read the full article Here!

We had a great time showing Anne Raver and Randy Harris around the house and grounds. We ended up cooking dinner for Anne at the manor, and ended desert with a rousing rendition of  Hal an Tow, which is one of our favorites to sing with the worksongers. When Randy was here, we played him a few tunes in the living room before our house concert with Cindy Kallet and Grey Larson, which is one of the best performances I have ever seen in my life. A banner week, for sure.

Above Photo by Randy Harris for the New York Times.