Edith & Bennett // FIELD HOLLER

Edith & Bennett

Returning for their fifth year (the first four were blissful: part campfire, part field chant, part pub sing), Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni are work-song scholars who ply old-time fiddle and banjo music, Swedish dance tunes, historic ballads and hollers, and work-songs from fields, farms, ships, mines, prisons, and kitchens. Gawler is a member of Maine's legendary Gawler Family Band. Konesni, farmer-musician, is co-founder of Shelter Island, NY's Sylvester Manor, the "singing farm" for international student field hands known as "woofers." He travels the world collecting worksongs. Edith & Bennett are the one constant of the Parlor Sessions; we invite them back every year for the sheer mutinous joy of singing their worksongs in the dead of winter.

About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, some good hot soup, and an all-comers' jam -- or in this case, an all-comers jam and sing. These Parlor Sessions, now in their fifth year, are our antidote to the dark of winter. They're a little like home, if home is a houseful of wicked great musicians. The Parlor Sessions are sponsored by Goat Peak Strings of Easthampton, where you can find rare, vintage, and handmade stringed instruments; and by generous donations from Captain Jack's Roadside Shack, Bread Euphoria, Hungry Ghost, and Florence Pie Bar.


Riverteeth is two musicians and artists, Mary Lauren Fraser and Kiah Mae Raymond. Named for the hardwood knots that resist decay, carried down rivers to the sea, Mary and Kiah collaborate to hold and tell the stories that still have a sharp bite. Weaving together storytelling, shadow puppetry, papercut visuals and traditional tunes, they perform ancient ballads, haunting tales and fiddle tunes from Appalachia, Scandinavia, and beyond.

$12/Adv, $15/Door, $8/Students, $0/Farmers


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