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Gawler Family Band

Molly, Edith, Elsie, Ellen, John Gawler, Bennett Konesni, Ethan Tischler

Gawler Family Band Bio 


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, back up their intertwining family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar, and sometimes, a few surprises. 


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 worksong, 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 have 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.

Gawler Family

The Gawlers are a fun-loving, fiddling family band 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.

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Gig Calendar

Bennett Konesni
Mountain Movers

Friday April 29, 2022
The Bazz 
Belfast Maine

Molly Gawler
Little River Speaks

May 7, 2022
Water District Litter River
Belfast, Maine

Molly Gawler
Droplet Dance at Arts Fest

May 26,2022
1:30 pm
George Stevens Academy
Blue Hill, Maine

Gawler Family Band
June 11, 2022
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Union Hall 
Vienna Maine

Gawler Family Band 
July 5, 2022
Union Meeting House
Readfield, Maine
Gawler Family Band
July 10, 2022
Morgan Bay Zendo 
Surry, Maine
Molly Gawler music
July 11, 2022
Deer Isle Library
Deer Isle, Maine

Molly Gawler Circle Songs for Kiddos
with Blue Hill Herritage Trust
and Open Air Arts Innitiative
July 12, 2022
Meadow Brook Preserve 
Brooksville, Maine

Gawler Sisters
Ethan and Elsie

Belfast Summer Nights
July 14, 2022
5:30 pm
Belfast Gazebo, Maine

Gawler Sisters
July 15, 2022
Johnson Hall
Gardiner, Maine

Gawler Family Band
Apprentice Shop

July 21, 2022
50th Anniversary Gala night
Rockland, Maine
Droplet Dance
Schootic Arts for All Festival
Molly Gawler, Shepsi Eaton, Shana Bloomstein, Elsie Gawler
August 4, 2022
GouldsboroTown Park
Prospect Harbor, Maine
Gawler Family Band 
August 5, 2022
Bread and Butter Farm
Shelburne, VT
Gawler Family Band
August 6, 2022
Crawford Notch
Highland Center 
New Hampshire
Gawlers and Paul Kelly at
Maritime Herritage Festival

August 13, 2022
Blue Hill, Maine
Gawler Family Band and
a Bagaduce Lending Library concert

August 14, 2022
Little Deer Isle
Gawler Family Band
and Frigg
at TinderHearth

August 15, 2022
Brooksville, Maine
Gawler Family Band
Common Ground Fair
September 24, 2022
Unity, Maine


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