Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/18/01

Trillium MusiciansMARLBORO, VT - The Maine femme folk trio "Trillium" will perform in Marlboro College's Campus Center at 7 p.m. November 9.

Known for stylistic versatility, Trillium uses banjo, fiddle, stand-up bass, guitar, and three-part harmony to hold the attention of young and old alike. The talented trio has swept many venues ­ garnering ovations on campuses, fairs, and cafes alike.

According to folk historian Michael Cooney, "These three women, Trillium, performing a wonderful assortment of songs and tunes, will take you away for an evening and bring you back refreshed. That's entertainment. The best group of women singers I've heard in years and years ­ highly professional and fun ­ what more could you ask?"

The songs represented by the range of Trillium's repertoire are as unique and diverse as the backgrounds of the singers themselves ­ folk songs from New England, Appalachia, Quebec, and the British Isles. Also included are contemporary folk, country, and gospel singing.

The group is comprised of three women, the first of whom is Ellen Gawler, a fiddler of great renown well versed in French-Canadian, Irish, and Scottish styles. She spent a large portion of her life traveling in Ireland, Scotland, and the Shetland Isles, studying traditional music and learning from native experts. Gawler is a member of the Maine Country Dance Orchestra, and her intricate and masterful fiddling has won many a prize in various contests. She is also known for her strong, lilting voice and adaptability when it comes to multiple styles.

The second member of Trillium is bassist Megan MacArthur, who has played solo and with the legendary local MacArthur family since childhood. She has been delighting audiences for more than 20 years, blending a solid style with harmonic genius to re-create contemporary folk, country, traditional ballads, and gospel singing.

Last and certainly not least is guitarist and banjo wizard Elisabeth Wolfe, who is always sure to please with her straightforward vocal style, sparkling banjo, and steady backup guitar. Wolfe is well known for her vibrant performances for children, and for reaching into the past for treasured tunes and styles -- that is not to say she is not talented when it comes to incorporating songs from newer folk repertoires.

This event is free and open to the public. The Campus Center is fully accessible. For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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