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Ellen Gawler (fiddle) is a veteran fiddler conversant in many styles including Irish, French-Canadian, Maritime, and New England. She began fiddling at an early age and traveled to the Brittish Isles studying with masters and collecting tunes while there. She has recorded on 8 occasions, touring the US and Eurtope with groups such as 'Old Grey Goose', 'Trillium', 'Childsplay', 'The Gawler Family', and 'Village Harmony'. Ellen is a Suzulki violin/fiddle teacher of 15 years, founding the Pineland Fiddlers, 20 youngsters playing Maine Traditional tunes. She hails from Belgrade where she lives with her family. Sharon Pyne (wooden Flute, tin whistle, and bodhrain) began playing tin whistle and wooden flute while living in Ireland in 1977. She studied for a year withmaster flute players, and by ear learned this highly ornamented, but beautifully simple genre of dance music. Returning to Boston, she became involved in 'Cornhaltas Ceoltoiri', and after playing on her first recording with this group, Sharon came to Maine with her family where she helped form the' Portland Ceili Band', playing for regular dances. She leads Music Together classes for parents and children in mid- coast Maine and spends her summers performing at weddings and festivals, and teaching at Maine Fiddle Camp. Maggie Ericson (vocals, button accordian, guitar) is an accomplished singer and instrumentalist performing an eclectic mix of folk and traditional music. As a founding member of Maine's 'Old Grey Goose', she helped to revive traditional dance in Ithica, NY by performing with such bands as the 'Traveling Rant' and 'Possom Hollow'. As a soloist, she has performed at the Chocolate Church in Bath, A Company of Women Gallery, and coffeehouses, radio stations, and concert venues throughout the Northeast and the Middle Atlantic since the 1970's. She is head of the Art and Music Library at Colby College. Surya Mitchell (piano,vocals) has a foot in several musical worlds with her heart and soul in Celtic music. Classically trained as a pianist and singer and holding a degree in music education, she has worked as a music director for several churches in Maine, been accompanist and actress in many musicals in the last 30 years, worked for the Bangor Symphony as personnel manager, and has played many contra dances with the 'Oakum Bay String Band' where she first learned the traditional celtic accompaniment style, She now teaches Music Together classes for preschool children and private piano lessons in Bangor where she lives with her family.