2012-12-26 / Arts & Entertainment

Gawler Family to perform at Skye Theatre, Unity

SOUTH CARTHAGE & UNITY — New England Celtic Arts will present The Gawler Family at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center Wednesday, Dec. 26 and at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity Friday, Dec. 28. Curtain is 7 at Skye and 7:30 p.m. in Unity. A pre-show jam session at Skye will start one hour prior to curtain. A brief contra dance will be held at both venues at the close of the concert.

Although the Gawlers are best known for their collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French- Canadian traditions, their repertoire may include a gutsy Appalachian work song, a “Sweet Honey in the Rock” a cappella number or an ode to everyday life. As with any Gawler concert, one can expect guests to join in the program at any time.

Joining John and Ellen Gawler on stage will be their three daughters, Molly, Edith, Elsie, son-in-law Bennet and Elsie’s partner Tyler. They bring an eclectic assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. They accompany their warm interweaving family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, wooden banjo, cello, guitar, ukulele and piano as well as a few surprises. Whether they are crooning a quietly poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content. The Gawlers 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.

Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in South Carthage. UCCPA is at 42 Depot Street in Unity.

Ticket price is $20 at the door. For reservations call Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469. Reservations are strongly suggested at both venues.

More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.

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