The family that plays together ... Gawlers serve folk music, family-style, on Saturday at First Baptist Church
BRATTLEBORO -- Family and music are as natural together as sugar on snow, at least for Molly Gawler, who grew up steeped in music and is lucky enough to continue making music with her parents and sisters.
"It’s just a joy to play music with my family," said Gawler, who now lives in Brattleboro and is enrolled in the New England Center for Circus Arts’ Professional Track program. "I can’t imagine my life without it."
On Saturday, she will share this part of her life with Brattleboro audiences when the Gawler Family performs at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. Tickets are $15 each, $30 maximum for families.
Self-styled "fiddling songsters from Maine," the Gawler Family features proud parents John and Ellen, and daughters Molly, Edith and Elsie in a program of old and new sounds drawn from many folk traditions.
Featuring beautifully blended three-part vocal harmonies and playing on fiddles, guitar, banjo, cello and ukelele, the Gawler Family performs dance tunes from the Scots-Irish and French-Canadian traditions, Sweet Honey in the Rock-style a cappella songs and many tracks from its 2010 CD, "Home Again, Home Again."
"We generally play a bunch of tunes from the record, and we’ve got some new ones," Molly said.
Though she lives in Brattleboro, she still performs regularly with the family, which calls Maine home. They’ve been playing gigs nearly every weekend. They’ve recently added a new member, Bennett Konesni, who married Edith in 2011, and knew what he was getting into. A talented musician in his own right, he and Edith have put out a CD of their own, filled with folky-goodness, work songs and love songs.
The Gawlers will arrive in a bunch to perform in Brattleboro, where they can count on support not only from Molly’s friends in town but also from their biggest fan in the world, Edie Thomas, mom of Ellen and grandma to the Gawler sisters.
"I’m excited to play in my hometown, and Grandma Edie is really excited to have us," said Molly, crediting Grandma Ede for planting strong musical roots in the family. "We like to think Grandma Edie and Grandpa Tom as the apple tree we sprang from."
Those close family ties come across in the music and are part of the treat for audiences when they hear the Gawler Family.
"It’s one thing to sing solo, but to sing in harmony, for me, it’s like a community. The blend of us three together is filling out the circle," Molly said. "There’s nothing else like three-part harmony."
For more information on the concert, call 802-254-9566. For more on the musicians, visit www.gawlerfamily.com.
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