The Manifold Cookers is the family band descending from Edie and Andy “The Old Roadhog” Konesni of Islesboro and Appleton, Maine.
Annadeene Konesni Fowler and Bennett Konesni are brother and sister. Growing up they spent many weekends travelling with their parents Edie and Andy to Bluegrass festivals and old-time fiddling conventions. It was on these trips that Andy would wire up a Kielbasa and a can of beans to the exhaust manifold of their car, and dinner would be hot upon arrival, the aromas mingling with the sounds of fiddles and mandolins picking in the parking lot.
With the creation of the Manifold Cookers they continue this tradition, bringing their spouses into the fold to create a supergroup that bridges three local musical families (Konesnis, Fowlers and Gawlers.) The band is made up two active duos: Tom and Annadeene Fowler of the Leaky Boot Jug Band and the Hay Pond Rounders; and Edith and Bennett who play as duo called “Edith and Bennett” and also with the Gawler Family Band.
Many on Islesboro have heard some combination of the family at one time or another. This performance brings us all together again in celebration of Andy near the 10th anniversary of his death, sharing his love for his family, good music and Islesboro. Friendships and memories run deep in this up tempo, toe tapping group- you need not to have known him to enjoy his continued ripples in this world.
The Manifold Cookers will play at the Free Will Baptist Church (the Up Island Church) on June 11 at 7pm. Tickets are by suggested donation of$5/adult ticket and $10/family.
If there is a group of folks from the mainland who want to go, Annadeene will work on island transportation from the last ferry to the church. Message me to let me know if this interests you!
There will be a Quicksilver back to the mainland after the performance.
Annadeene Konesni Fowler, vocals
Bennett Konesni, guitar, banjo, vocals
Edith Gawler, fiddle, banjo, vocals
Eliot Fowler, fiddle
Tom Fowler, mandolin, vocals