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Headline: The Gothard Sisters bring Family Celtic Christmas Concerts to Pacific Northwest
The Gothard Sisters’ 2016 Pacific Northwest Christmas Tour will present Celtic folk rising stars the Gothard Sisters at the Old Church Concert Hall in Portland Oregon on Friday December 2; at Edmonds Center for the Arts in Edmonds Washington on Thursday December 8; and Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington on December 9. Curtain time is 7:30 in Portland and Edmonds, 7 PM in Ellensburg.
ABOUT THE GOTHARD SISTERS
The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Celtic-inspired folk music group from the Pacific Northwest, USA. The three women (who are truly sisters!) have become internationally recognized as multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA. This concert will feature your favorite holiday melodies, with a Celtic twist!
Beginning their career by playing for tips at the local farmer’s market, now the sisters regularly perform more than 120 shows a year nationally and internationally. Their special brand of Celtic-inspired original music pays respect to the older traditions of folk and classical music, while reintroducing them to a modern audience through beautiful new arrangements.
Although much of the sisters’ inspiration comes with a distinct Celtic flair, hints of their western American heritage can be heard in what Irish Central calls “an earthiness that gives the songs a lively, approachable, down-home sound.” In addition to their musical endeavors, each of the sisters are highly trained in competitive Irish dance, bringing the exciting rhythms of Ireland to their live shows through dance, music, song, and storytelling.
Over the last nine years the band has built a loyal following, independent of any music label, by connecting with audiences in a lively, entertaining and touching way and by insisting on a DIY approach in everything they do - self producing their award-winning albums, energetic live shows and imaginative music videos. In 2013, the Irish Music Awards presented the Gothard Sisters with Best New Irish Artist, and they were awarded with Album of the Year for Celtic Radio in 2011 for their album Story Girl. In March 2015, their music video covering the old English ballad, Scarborough Fair, reached over 1 million views on youtube.
ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS TOUR
The Christmas tour will include Celtic-inspired arrangements of Christmas favorites, ancient carols re-imagined in new ways, Irish step dancing, sibling antics, storytelling and a magical holiday evening concert for the whole family.
“Their grasp of style and presentation is big league, even when playing in more intimate settings. This is a trio that comes off like an orchestra.” - Celtic Beat Magazine
“These women are talented, beautiful, conscientious purveyors of beautifully crafted Irish music.” - Victory Music Magazine
Reservation information, ticket pricing, venue locations and all other information is available at The Gothard Sisters’ website at www.gothardsisters.com
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Friday December 2 – Portland, OR. The Gothard Sisters, “Best New Irish Artists” by Irish Music Awards. Celtic-Inspired Folk Music Family Celtic Christmas Concert. 7:30 pm. At Old Church Concert Hall 1422 SW 11th Ave at Clay Street, Portland OR. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets $22 adults, $18 students/seniors, $10 kids under 12. Groups of 4 or more discount of 25% each when bought online. Call 503 222 2031 or go online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2602258. Artist website: http://www.gothardsisters.com
Thursday December 8 – Edmonds, WA. The Gothard Sisters, “Best New Irish Artists” by Irish Music Awards. Celtic-Inspired Folk Music Family Celtic Christmas Concert. 7:30 pm. At Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave N Edmonds, WA. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets $22 adults, $18 students/seniors, $10 kids under 12. Groups of 4 or more discount of 25% each. Call 425 275 9595 or go online at http://edmondscenterforthearts.org.onexcale.net/events/the-third-annual-christmas-with-the-gothard-s Artists website: http://www.gothardsisters.com
Friday December 9 – Ellensburg, WA. The Gothard Sisters, “Best New Irish Artists” by Irish Music Awards. Celtic-Inspired Folk Music Family Celtic Christmas Concert. 7:00 pm. At Central Washington University, McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall 400 E University Way in Ellensburg WA. Tickets are $12 adults, $7 students/seniors. Tickets available online https://www.cwu.edu/music/gothard-sisters-holiday-concert or at the door. Artist website: http://www.gothardsisters.com
“[The Gothard Sisters’] grasp of style and presentation is big league, even when playing in more intimate settings. This is a trio that comes off like an orchestra.”
- Celtic Beat Magazine.
The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic group of three sisters, whose impressive array of talents have set them apart as one of the most refreshing and compelling acts in Celtic music today. The sisters' unpredictable and theatrical flair brings a youthful splash to the time-honored tradition of Celtic folk music, bridging the gap between modern Pop and Folk-Rock with a sunny, optimistic style that has been described as "beautifully-arranged, melodic-minded Celtic Folk-Pop."
Hitting the streets of their hometown - Edmonds, Washington - in 2006, The Gothard Sisters first began playing together as a violin trio busking for tips at the local farmer's market, working their way onto stages at local fairs and festivals. Audiences responded with enthusiasm, and over 1,000 performances later the band recently performed at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., completed several national concert tours of the United States, regularly perform as guest entertainers on Disney Cruise Line in Europe and South America and are well-known musicians on the national Celtic festival circuit. In December 2016 The Gothard Sisters charted on Billboard's World Music Chart with their latest Christmas album, Falling Snow, alongside notable Irish music phenomena Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder.
When sisters Greta Gothard, Willow Gothard, and Solana Gothard fuse their musical talents together, the result is an irresistible mix of spritely violin and fiddle tones, pure sibling vocal harmonies, mandolin and pennywhistle accents, all supported by the powerful and exuberant rhythms of the Irish bodhran, African djembe, and acoustic guitar - creating what Irish Central calls "an earthiness that gives the songs a lively, approachable, down-home sound."
To compliment their albums Story Girl, Compass and Mountain Rose - and just for the fun of it - the sisters self-produced, filmed and edited a collection of music videos at beautiful outdoor locations across Washington's wild landscape, striking chords with hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Their video of Scarborough Fair has received nearly 2 million views on Youtube. Since then their music has been featured on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock program and PBS's Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour broadcast.
After ten years of playing together and a lifetime of getting to know one another, The Gothard Sisters' collaborative process and eclectic style has evolved into a jubilant live performance, full of entertaining sibling-banter, Irish step-dancing, foot-stomping tunes, lyrical melodies, storytelling, and a genuine lightness of heart that leaves audiences feeling refreshed and inspired.
"[The Gothard Sisters'] command over traditional and original material alike are striking chords with a wide audience. They accomplish none of this through taking shortcuts or pandering to a modern sensibility; instead, sincerity is their byword."
- Skope Magazine
"Seattle-based The Gothard Sisters demonstrate the persistent force of Celtic influence, coupled with its eternal freedom to innovate and evolve."
- Folk Words Review
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