The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts will be hosting this warm family of musicians on a January night as they present an assortment of old and new sounds from many traditions. They accompany their interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, wooden banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano, as well as a few surprises.
With the CD “Golden Thread” to their credit, the Gawlers have earned a special place in the hearts of their audiences for their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship to the merriment of folks of all ages.
Mom Ellen Gawler is a celebrated Maine fiddler conversant in many styles, including Maritime, Irish, New England, Shetland and Quebecois. Dad John Gawler, a true Maine songster, is known for his fun-loving and original renditions of traditional music. With his finger picking guitar and frailing banjo he lends an underpinning to the family that is at the same time authentic and unique. Daughter Molly Gawler plays the fiddle and is particularly fond of breathing life into old traditional songs and tunes. Daughter Edith Gawler fills in the Gawler ensemble with her rich low harmonies and her musicianship on banjo and fiddle. Meanwhile, daughter Elsie Gawler incorporates the cello into folk music with a range of chops, backup rhythms and innovative chord structures. Fiddle music is deeply embedded in her musical sensibilities, and she delivers lively jigs and reels with the cello as easily and solidly as she backs the band on the low end.
Tickets for this memorable night of music are $15 per person and available at Fiddleheads at 110 Main Street in Colebrook or at the door on the night of the concert. The Tillotson Center is accessed from Rte. 26 in downtown Colebrook, near the Colebrook Post Office. For more information on the concert, call 237-9302 or 246-8998.