The Gothard Sisters have recorded their second album of completely original songs, this one inspired by their travels in the West.
The Edmonds trio will release the Celtic-folk album “Dragonfly” on June 4th.
Sisters Greta, 34, Willow, 31, and Solana, 26, agreed they wanted to make an album that reminds them why they fell in love with Celtic music.
As children, the sisters listened to tapes of “The Thistle & Shamrock” on NPR in the family car while traveling through Washington, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.
“It was the music of choice every time we went on trips,” said Greta Gothard. “We actually called it ‘travel music’ and associated it with looking out the window at mountains, lakes and rivers – that feeling of adventure.
“When we write our own Celtic music, it is also uplifting, joyful and inspired by nature. ”
Although the album was written, recorded and produced during a pandemic, its songs are full of hope.
“We’ve spent a lot of time with these songs, and they’ve cheered us up all year,” said Greta Gothard. “Now we look forward to everyone hearing them – and I hope that can lift everyone’s spirits as well.”
The 12-track recording includes “Wise One”, “Shadow and Sun”, “Long Road”, “Hurricane Ridge” and “Wildflower Jigs”. The title song tells about the adventure of a dragonfly. This song is inspired by a trip to the hot springs of Montana where dragonflies were everywhere they looked.
“Dragonflies are unique in that they can fly in all directions – they can go up and down and come and go – so the song symbolizes freedom of choice,” said Greta Gothard. “It probably has a lot to do with being stuck in at home, but I imagined the freedom to go where I want.
The sisters have released nine albums in all – including three Christmas recordings – during their 11 years of touring and performing as a Celtic-folk trio. Their fully original debut album, “Midnight Sun”, reached No. 6 on Billboard’s World Music Chart in 2018.
The title track for this album was inspired by the trio’s travels to Norway, the land of the midnight sun. The sun does not set during Norwegian summers as the Arctic Circle passes through Norway.
In 2008, after forming their Celtic band, the sisters started adding layers to their sound. All together, they now play six different instruments: violin, guitar, mandolin, bodran, djembe and whistles. Greta and Willow sing the backing vocals, while Solana is the lead singer.
They also added cello to four songs on the new album, courtesy of Seattle-based Willie Braun of the Seattle-based Skyros Quartet.
They present “Dragonfly” as the most authentic Gothard Sisters record to date, as it most closely resembles the songs “The Thistle and Shamrock” they have listened to on the radio. Fun fact: A few Gotthard Sisters songs have since been featured on the NPR program.
“It was one of our dreams to have our music on ‘Thistle and Shamrock’,” said Greta Gothard. “It’s really cool; we’ve come full circle.
The sisters also give free mini-concerts – “The Hummingbird Sessions” – once a month through Patreon. A new video with five or six songs each is published every 15th of the month on the Patreon page of the Gothard Sisters. You don’t need to be a Patreon subscriber to watch them.
In each video, lasting 20 to 30 minutes, the trio share a mix of original, cover and traditional songs that they hardly ever play live.
“I guess you could say that we realized by doing these shows that we were running out of songs,” said Greta Gothard. “We wrote all of these songs during the pandemic. ”
Hence the new album with 12 original songs.
Now that Snohomish County is OK for Phase 3, the Gothard Sisters are looking to book shows here. Expect a Gotthard Sisters concert in September at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater in Snohomish.
Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; [email protected]; @sarabruestle.
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The new Gothard Sisters album “Dragonfly” will be available on June 4th. www.gothardsisters.com for more information.
Also: Watch the Celtic-Folk Trio perform a mini-concert on the 15th of each month for “The Hummingbird Sessions” via Patreon. You don’t need to be a Patreon subscriber to watch these shows for free. Find the Patreon of the Celtic-folk trio on www.patreon.com/gothardsisters.