Gawler Megaband at Flying Shoes

Feb 25, 2014
The Gawler Family Dance Megaband

Belfast — The Gawler Family Dance Megaband will play for the Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series Friday, March 7, with caller Will Mentor at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Sound is provided by Eric Weest Johnson.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler with music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in. The contra dance will run from 8 to about 11 p.m.

The Gawler Family Dance Megaband is a fun-loving, foot-stomping, folk-singing, banjo-playing family of seven who come from the heart of Maine. John (banjo, guitar, harmonica) and Ellen (fiddle) Gawler and their daughters Molly (fiddle), Edith (fiddle, banjo) and Elsie (cello) offer an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. Joining the family band is Edith's husband, Bennett Konesni, on guitar; and Elsie's partner, Tyler Yentes, on the fiddle.

The Gawler Family Dance Megaband’s contra dance repertoire includes tunes from Downeast, Scots-Irish, Swedish and French Canadian traditions. Whether crooning a poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content.

Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit and relaxed stage presence.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the contra, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, there is a dollar discount for every box fan brought in for the windows. For more information, call Fowler at 338-0979 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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