About Us

About Us

Edith & Bennett (Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni) are musicians and worksong scholars who together play old-time fiddle, banjo, Swedish dance tunes, and farmer’s ballads and hollers. Edith Gawler grew up in Maine as a member of the legendary Gawler Family Band, which has now grown to include her husband, Bennett Konesni. As...
Edith & Bennett in the New York Times

Edith & Bennett in the New York Times

We were so honored to be featured in the Home & Gardens section of the New York Times last Thursday. Written by Anne Raver and photographed by Randy Harris, the piece tells the story of the complex history here at Sylvester Manor and how Bennett and the staff here are...
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B&E in the Sag Harbor Express

B&E in the Sag Harbor Express

Edith & Bennett: Partners in Life, Living in Harmony Posted on 22 January 2014 Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni strumming away at Sylvester Manor. Photo by Brian Halweil Article Written By Annette Hinkle Husband and wife Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler are not only partners in life, they are also partners in music. Gawler, a fiddle...
We're really excited about this one: B&E at the Parrish Art Museum

We’re really excited about this one: B&E at the Parrish Art Museum

The Lounge: Edith and Bennett Friday, January 31, 2014 – 6:00pm Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY $10 | Free for Members, Children, and Students Includes Museum admission. Space is limited; advance reservations recommended Edith and Bennett will kick-off The Lounge – an eclectic music program of talented singers and instrumentalists performing in an informal...
Teaching a Yootz at Stone Barns YFC

Teaching a Yootz at Stone Barns YFC

Teaching Utes at YFC 2013 from Susan Paykin on Vimeo. Bennett & Edith teach worksongs, including this Swiss ute, at the 2013 Young Farmers Conference at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Workshop participants are learning songs over a common farm task: shelling beans, in this case, black edamame beans. Wa-hoo-hoo-hoo! December 5,...
6th Annual Young Farmers Concert at Stone Barns Center

6th Annual Young Farmers Concert at Stone Barns Center

We are still on cloud nine, and are likely to be up there for a good while longer. Why? This year’s Young Farmers Conference that we participated in again last week was absolutely epic. In addition to teaching our usual worksong workshop while digging parsnips and shelling edemame beans, we were the soundtrack for “Farmscape”...
Worksongs and Workhorses at North Branch Farm, July 31!

Worksongs and Workhorses at North Branch Farm, July 31!

You won’t want to miss this workshop hosted by North Branch Farm, MOFGA, and Bennett & Edith! Wednesday, July 31, 5pm at North Branch Farm, Monroe Using animals for draft power has a number of economic, environmental, and social benefits; but it is not easy. North Branch Farm is a highly diversified, multi-family farm that incorporates...
Bennett on BBC World

Bennett on BBC World

From the BBC News Magazine, First Person Series: “ 8 June 2013 Last updated at 19:33 ET, Produced by Michael Maher from BBC World One of the oldest estates in the US is being turned into a not-for-profit study centre by the family that has owned it for more than 360 years. Sylvester Manor – on Shelter Island...
B&E Upstate New York Worksong Tour, going on NOW!

B&E Upstate New York Worksong Tour, going on NOW!

Upstate New York Worksong Tour Sunday, May 5 Peaceworks Organic CSA 40th Anniversary & May Day Party – Music, Maypole, Worksongs, 2pm – 6pm Newark, NY (near Rochester) Monday, May 6 House Concert with Fruition Seeds, 7pm Potluck, music to follow 290 Basset Road, Naples NY $10 – $30 sliding scale suggested donation Tuesday, May...
B&E in the Bangor Daily News: "Midcoast couple reviving traditional work songs among younger generations"

B&E in the Bangor Daily News: “Midcoast couple reviving traditional work songs among younger generations”

Watch the Video ON BDN.COM! By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff Posted April 28, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. BELFAST, Maine — When the smiling young woman with a banjo and the man with a guitar started to play some tunes on Saturday night during the Free Range Music Festival in Belfast, the audience started tapping their toes. Then they started to...
Edith & Bennett at the Free Range Music Festival

Edith & Bennett at the Free Range Music Festival

Come join us in what we consider Maine’s awesome-sauciest town, BELFAST, for the Free Range Music Festival, this Saturday!! We, Bennett & Edith, are playing at 6:30 in the Waterfall Arts building. There are tons of great acts playing all day, the tickets are actually super cheap, and it looks like the weather is going to...
Stone Barns Films, ft. B&E

Stone Barns Films, ft. B&E

We’re honored to have our music present on some of the Stone Barns Films on their AWESOME new website, virtualgrange.org. Here, young farmers are asking great questions and getting great answers. Kudos to everyone working hard to build this amazing support system. Cross Pollinating Peas from Stone Barns Center on Vimeo. Challenges Facing Young Farmers from...
Edith, Bennett & the Worksongers at Stone Barns

Edith, Bennett & the Worksongers at Stone Barns

We’re preparing with the rest of the worksong crew for this year’s YOUNG FARMERS CONFERENCE at STONE BARNS CENTER FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE.   This conference is one of the most anticipated events for any young farmer in the area (all the conference tickets sold out in less than a day!!!), and WE get to...
Living at Sylvester Manor

Living at Sylvester Manor

It’s great fun working and living at Sylvester Manor, and we try to play music as often as we can. I wonder how Bennett’s ancestors feel about fiddle tunes in the great hall…