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Winter Music Series: Elsie Gawler and Ethan Tischler

February 14 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

Elsie Gawler and Ethan Stokes Tischler deliver original and traditional songs and tunes that come straight from the heart. These New England based songsters, on fiddle, guitar, vocals, cello, and banjo, bring together their unique musical backgrounds to create rich original sounds that weave together musical worlds of past, present, and a hopeful future. Elsie and Ethan have each shared their music and spirits with audiences across New England and beyond while maintaining a deeply rooted connection to the thriving Vermont and Maine based folk music communities from which they’ve emerged.

This Valentine’s Day concert offers a welcome midday break in the relaxed atmosphere of the Farnsworth’s library. Arrive a few minutes early to get a coffee and tasty Valentine’s Day snack and enjoy the concert! The performance includes free admission to the museum following the performance.


Elsie Gawler is a multi-instrumentalist and songster rooted in Maine’s traditional folk music and culture. With her family, the Gawler Family Band, she has played throughout the state and beyond, sharing traditional fiddle tunes, songs, and original works since she was 6 years old. From this foundation she has branched out and launched her debut solo album, Sweet As Honey. The album is a collection of 9 original songs inspired by sacred connection to earth and community. While continuing to play regularly with The Gawler Family Band, her other projects include duo Elsie & Ethan, and trio The Gawler Sisters. She has also been a long-time member of the group Childsplay.

Ethan Tischler is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from just outside of Burlington, Vermont. Though his principal focus in music has been singing and songwriting, Ethan plays concerts and dances on guitar (standard / DADGAD), fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. His present projects include leading the Youth Choir at the Belfast UU Church, teaching guitar and sound recording at the Bagaduce Music Library in Blue Hill, and teaching participatory song and dance residencies at public schools through Belfast Flying Shoes. Outside of teaching music, he records and performs with the Gawler Family Band, the dance trio Springtide, and his partner Elsie Gawler as Elsie & Ethan.

Listen to a sample of their work here.

Cost: $35; $30 for members; students 17 and over $10 ; children 16 and younger are free

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Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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