CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present its New Year’s bash with the popular Maine-based Gawler Family at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

A preshow jam will start at 2 p.m. and will include musicians from all over Maine. Audience members are encouraged to bring their favorite holiday treat and to share the music, fun and food.

John and Ellen Gawler and their three daughters, Edith, Elsie and Molly, will perform 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.

Whether they are crooning a quietly poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their arrangements are engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content. Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, their program may include a gutsy Appalachian work song, a “Sweet Honey in the Rock” a cappella number or an amusing ode to everyday life.

Skye Theatre is located at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. Tickets are $10 at the door. Reservations are suggested; call 562-4445. For more information, log on to www.necelticarts.com.


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