Tickets are FREE for children 10 and under. Palaver Strings and the Gawler Sisters, Maine Natives, come to the UCCPA for a cross genera performance built around the feeling of New England. Palaver Strings describe the show: “In his 1630 account of New England, Francis Higginson describes it as “a land of divers and sundry sorts.” All these years later it is still an apt description, and in April we head to Maine, where Palaver Strings joins with long time friends The Gawler Sisters, on a double bill. From its rolling hills and lush forests to its craggy shores and rock-filled fields, we come together in a cross-genre celebration inspired by this diverse landscape. The program ranges from home-grown folk music to the lush romance of Dvorák’s impression of the New World; New England natives and new converts alike express their love of this land through music – its beauty, rich history, and rugged character.’ The Gawlers Sisters are a fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing trio based in their native Maine. On banjo, fiddle and cello, Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring beautiful songs, tunes, and stories from their roots in the heart of Maine. Their music feels cut directly from their homeland’s fields and forests, and though it is rooted in traditional “downeast” music, years of curiosity and travel into the world beyond have influenced their sense of musicianship. Their extensive collection of rollicking tunes in the Down-East, Franco-American and Scandinavian traditions is complemented by angelic three-part-harmony, gutsy worksongs, folk-blues, and amusing odes to everyday life. This music is part of their heritage as the three sisters were taught to play and sing by their Mom (Ellen Gawler, fiddler, and singer) and Dad (John Gawler, banjo player, and songster.) The Gawler’s unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content, delivered in the stoic but friendly style of true New Englanders. They are often joined by the rest of the family, their parents John and Ellen Gawler, and Edith’s husband Bennett Konesni to bring the full fledged, rip roaring, sky soaring tunes and songs to their performances. With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast. The folk music itself brings a sense of community and grassroots connection that is welcoming and from the heart. Tickets are FREE for children 10 and under.