PHIPPSBURG — The Gawler Sisters will perform a holiday concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Featuring songs celebrating the season, the program will also include old and new tunes from many folk traditions, and offer interweaving harmonies backed by fiddle, banjo, cello and ukulele.

Raised in the rich folk tradition of their acclaimed Maine-based musical family, Molly, Edith and Elsie Gawler have carried on the musical legacy. Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, their extensive travels have added to the depth and wideness of their repertoire. Most recently, the sisters toured the Pacific Northwest with the Boston-based fiddle orchestra Childsplay.

In addition to playing fiddle and singing, Molly Gawler has been a featured dancer with the touring company of the internationally celebrated dance company, Pilobilus. In that capacity she has appeared on the Academy Awards, Oprah, Japanese television, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In addition to performing with her sisters on their first album, Home Again Home Again, she has recorded an album of lullabies called Honey Dreams. 

Edith Gawler supports the ensemble with rich low harmonies and her musicianship on banjo and fiddle. She has a love for agrarian music and has traveled to Ghana with her sisters, learning the djembe and a host of African songs. She also performs and records with her husband, Bennett Konesni. As a duo, they play old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, and sing farmer’s ballads and hollers. 

Elsie Gawler incorporates the cello into folk music with a range of backup rhythms and innovative chord structures. With fiddle music deeply embedded in her musical sensibilities, she delivers jigs and reels as easily as melancholy waltzes on her cello. A songwriter as well as a performer, she has also brought the ukulele to the trio’s sound.

The concert will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church. Admission at the door is $15;  students $8. $12 advance tickets at Children under eight admitted free. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

For more information, call 389-1770.