The Gothard Sisters, Winners of the Best New Irish Artists return to Calais

Calais Celtic Concerts will present Irish Step Champions, “The Gothard Sisters”, at the Calais High School, in Calais, Maine, on Friday September 9th, at 7:00 PM US/ 8:00 PM Canadian time. Doors will open at 6:00 PM US.

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Irish music dance group, from the Pacific Northwest, USA. The three girls (who are truly sisters!) perform and record new Celtic arrangements of well-known traditional tunes and songs, as well as their own original compositions from their 6 recorded studio albums.

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' latest recording “Mountain Rose” 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- Greta competed at the World Championships of Irish dance four years in a row as a solist and a team member on a figure choreography that placed 2nd 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- Willow has always enjoyed the influence of Irish Celtic music and other dance music. This lead 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, Willows interest in traditional Irish music grew and subsequently she began writing her own tunes.

 

Solana Gothard- 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 being 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, penny-whistle, cajon and various percussion instruments to her repertoire. She is also an accomplished Irish dancer and was the youngest dancer from the Pacific Northwest ever to qualify for the World Championships.