Episode #007 Work Songs

December 16, 2013
Brett Sykes
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Episode 7 takes us up to MOFGA certified North Branch Farm in Monroe. Every year MOFGA conducts a series of farming traineeships throughout the summer for aspiring organic farmers. We were fortunate enough to go take part in this particular training event which was split into two focuses: drafting work horses and work songs. This episode is all about the Work Songs.

Husband and wife Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler lead us through the work songs, or songs that are used by laborers to make work a little easier and pass the day. Bennet and Edith are engrained in the folk music scene of Maine, each with their own rich background in farming and music. Bennett was the recipient of the TJ Watson fellowship in 2005, which gave him the chance to travel to three continents over the course of a year to study work songs in different cultures. Since then he primarily worked on his family land at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island in NY, before moving back to Maine in 2013.

Episode 7 is a divergence from our normal show, but it was so much fun to record that I couldn’t resist letting you all share as well. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe on the links above!


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