About Us

About Us

Edith & Bennett sing worksongs and play old-time dance tunes from Maine and beyond. Reviving the culture of agriculture, they teach and perform on stage and in the field, putting a new twist on the ancient arts of field hollers, farmer’s ballads and barn dances. Recognized as worksong scholars and musical ambassadors who embody...
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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Bennett, Edith & Mia on tour in Maine

Bennett, Edith & Mia on tour in Maine

Come one come all! Grab your green beans and cups of tea! Hold on to your hats! We’ve cooked up some tasty musical treats for you composed of some of our favorite songs and tunes, stewed in the woods of mid-coast Maine, and topped off with a fine flourish of goofery. All we need now...
A feature in a Spice Catalog, of all places!

A feature in a Spice Catalog, of all places!

Penzeys Spices, a purveyor of fine foods and spices, caught wind of these musical farmers from Maine, and decided to interview & feature them in their fall catalog. The result: an amusing piece on how we met through music, our work at Sylvester Manor, worksongs, and our new farm (Duckback Farm) in Maine. They even...
Have a Listen: B&E on the Radio

Have a Listen: B&E on the Radio

Organic Farmers Bring Back Song to the Fields Nothing’s finer than singing with a group of farmers and community members in the loft of a barn. Our workshop at Sub Edge Farm brought in dozens to learn and sing worksongs from around the world. Here’s a little pre-workshop article and radio snippit from WNPR in...
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...