Workshop with the Gawler Family Band

Saturday, January 29 at 12:30 PM


Join Mayo Street Arts for a master class with the Gawler Family Band– a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing family from the heart of Maine!

Bring an instrument, and have some solid time working on music the Gawler’s adore. If you are a beginner or advanced, or anywhere in between, join in and the Gawlers will be able to accommodate all levels.

Ellen Gawler & Molly Gawler will be on Fiddle, John Gawler & Edith Gawler on banjo, Elsie Gawler on cello, and Bennett Konesni & Ethan Tischler on guitar. 


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.


Doors open at 12:30 PM; Workshop begins at 1:00 PM; 120 Minutes

$25 workshop admission; $15 when purchased with a ticket to the Gawler Family Band show on Saturday, January 29 at 7:30 PM! 

No one will be turned away for lack of funds; contact MSA at 207-879-4629 or for information on our sliding scale admission policy.

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