BELFAST — Elsie and Ethan will be on the Underground Lounge stage Thursday, Sept. 21, with their heartfelt originals in the traditional style.
Lincolnville artists Elsie and Ethan (Elsie Gawler and Ethan Tischler) are deeply connected to the regional Celtic and traditional music scene, one that is cultivated in part by Maine Fiddle Camp, where they first met and now teach.
“Both accomplished multi-instrumentalists, they possess warm, transparent voices that pair beautifully on their sweet original songs,” said The Underground, in a news release.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, cash only at the door.
“Elsie (fiddle, cello, banjo) was practically predestined to follow a musical path as part of the Gawler family; her parents helped jumpstart the local trad scene in the 1970s, and she started playing fiddle at age three,” said the release.
Her debut solo album, Sweet as Honey, came out in 2020.
Ethan (guitar, fiddle, banjo) is a longtime teacher, songwriter, and performer with Burlington, Vermont roots. His solo album Across the Waking Skies came out last year.
With a constellation of friends and relatives, the two of them have played in numerous configurations, including the Gawler Family Band, the Gawler Sisters, and Springtide. They also help lead a longstanding Celtic jam session at Marshall Wharf.
The Underground Lounge is located in the basement of the Belfast Maskers Theatre at 17 Court Street, offering shows on Thursday evenings twice a month.
“The space has become a favorite of performers and audiences alike, known for its coffeehouse vibe (including couches) and a kitchen serving drinks and homemade treats,” said the Underground.
Performers later this fall will include Muskeg, Emilia Dahlin & Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, Lauren Crosby, and Ben Hunsberger & Magic 8 Ball. Those interested in receiving email notices about upcoming shows can email email@example.com.