As champion Irish dancers who have competed overseas multiple times at the World Championships, they include the visual elements and the exciting rhythms of Irish step dancing into tightly choreographed, high-energy variety shows.
The signature sound of the Gothard Sisters’ recording (their album “Story Girl” was awarded Album of the Year in 2011 by Celtic Radio) blends the freedom and lyricism of traditional folk forms with the discipline gained from years of training as classical musicians and the competitive world of Irish dance.
Greta Gothard is trained classically as a violinist; she started playing at the age of five and has performed as a youth symphony member and a soloist in such venues as Benaroya Hall in Seattle and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. As an Irish step dancer, Greta competed at the World Championships of Irish dance four years in a row as a soloist and a team member on a figure choreography that placed second in the world. Greta now plays guitar, keys, Cajon and several more instruments and sings backup vocals to help round out the sound of the Gothard Sisters.
Willow Gothard also learned to play the violin at an early age, following the footsteps of her older sister. Willow has always enjoyed the influence of Irish and Celtic music and other dance music. This led to, among other things, a very successful competitive Irish dance career in which she placed in the top five several times in the Western Region and competed in solos, recalling at the World Championships in 2009. During this time, Willow’s interest in traditional Irish music grew and subsequently she began writing her own tunes.
Solana Gothard was trained as a classical violinist starting at the age of three. Solana has always followed in the musical footsteps of her older sisters. Having studied violin with teachers and mentors from an early age, Solana also found herself drawn to singing and vocals as well as her violin playing. Putting her vocal talents to use as the lead singer of the Gothard Sisters, Solana has also added Bodhran, pennywhistle, Cajon and various percussion instruments to her repertoire. Solana is also an accomplished Irish dancer--she was the youngest dancer from the Pacific Northwest ever to qualify for the World Championships at the Western Region Championships in 2006.
The Gothards will be bringing with them their brand-new CD, “Mountain Rose,” which features 12 tunes ranging from “Queen of Argyll” to the ever-popular “St. Anne’s Reel” done in the inimitable Gothard style.
These three sisters were a hit when they first played in Colebrook last year and, with a new album to promote, they will once again please the crowds. The show will start at 7 p.m. and advance tickets are available for $15 at Fiddleheads on 110 Main St. in Colebrook or at the door on the night of the concert. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, visit www.gnwca.org or call 237-9302 or 246-8998.