Bluegrass in Bridge

The Gawlers are known for their ballads and more raucous fiddle tunes.

   A concert featuring the Gawler Family and Bennett Konesni of Shelter Island’s Sylvester Manor will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the meetinghouse of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork in Bridgehampton.
   The Gawlers, who hark back to folk traditions from throughout the world, are known for their ballads and more raucous fiddle tunes. Edith Gawler has brought her new husband, Mr. Konesni, to the group. He plays ancient work songs on his banjo and guitar.
   Molly Gawler plays the fiddle and has produced an album of lullabies, “Honey Dreams,” which features her singing and a wooden banjo. She has been traveling and performing with the Pilobolus Dance Theatre’s international touring company, and has appeared on the Academy Awards show and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien.”
   John Gawler has taken his guitar and banjo to Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Poland, and Cuba with the group Old Grey Goose International. Ellen Gawler is a Maine fiddler who captures maritime, Irish, New England, Shetland, and Quebecois styles in her work. She has toured the Northeast, Northwest, and Europe, and she has recorded with the Pineland Fiddlers, Village Harmony, the Pine Hill Band, the Maine Country Dance Orchestra, and others.
   Another Gawler, Elsie, incorporates the cello into folk music, with lively jigs and reels added to her melancholy waltzes.
   The concert is the first of three benefits for the congregation and food pantries on the South Fork. Tickets cost $20, or $50 for all three concerts. Reservations can be made by e-mailing Tip Brolin at Future concerts will be by DuneGrass and Eastbound Freight in November and December.