Show Reviews 2018

"Their entertaining flair and delightful combination of musical instruments engaged an ever changing combination of sound and song. It was a wondrous sight to see siblings so given to their art and each other and it was very evident in their selections for the evening.
— The Write Exchange, Bangor Maine

Amazing sold out show by Greta, Willow, and Solana last night. When these sisters start with their step dancing, the stage becomes a drum. The act is mixed with humor, emotion, and inspiration. The Gothard Sisters are not to be missed.
- Scot Grassette, Mystic Theatre

Falling Snow Reviews

The Gothard Sisters are truly a beautiful anomaly in our modern musical world.
- Skope Magazine

The sisters are top flight musicians who rely on a variety of traditional instrumentation to get their work across with a modern audience and their ever-growing itinerary of more than one hundred and twenty shows a year proves that their unique visual presentation, undeniable musical talents, and 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

The sisters, unsurprisingly perhaps, have excellent musical chemistry between them and trade off instrumental lines with a fluidity born of experience and artistic telepathy. They tackle the songs with a breadth of musical knowledge that often incorporates unexpected instruments and their interpretations of much of the material have subtle and imaginative variations on what we might expect.” 
— Vents Magazine

Live Show Reviews 2016

The varied skill set of this trio is prodigious. The future holds a lot of promise for The Gothard Sisters. Beyond their individual talents is the pleasure derived from performing together, and nobody's in charge here. These girls truly love sharing ideas and working together. The result is pure joy.” 
— Tom Perotti, Common Fence Music - Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Thank you SO much for inspiring a passion for learning for my students and sharing your multi-faceted repertoire of talent to put on an EPIC show!!!” 
— Heather Cochrane, Teacher - Omak, Washington

Live Show Reviews 2017

"Amazing fiddlers, beautiful voice(s!), enchanting tales."
- Tom, Audience Member @ The Old Church Concert Hall, Portland Oregon

Mountain Rose Reviews

Beautiful musicianship.” 
— Michael Johnathon, Woodsongs Oldtime Radio Hour - Lexington, Kentucky

Mountain Rose highlights the band's talents, with their youthful takes on traditional music and new songs written by the sisters. Especially beautiful are the instrumental offerings and soaring violin solos written by the sisters, including the drum and fiddle tune The Bandit, Mountain Rose Waltz and the jazzy Cat in a Bush. The three-part vocal harmonies are spot-on.” 
— Everett Herald Review (Mountain Rose, 2015)

Their music is a delightful blend of Irish, Scottish, Welsh, American Folk and original songs played on fiddle, guitar, bodhran, whistle and sung with just a taste of western influence that gives them a sound all their own.  Their original pieces are bright and well written and their original arrangements of classic tunes are clever, intelligent and very easy on the ear.” 
— Irish American News Review (Mountain Rose, 2015)

Celtic music travels well.  The natural roving instinct in the Celtic blood has sent its generations across the world.  Along with their restless spirits they took with them their enduring and infectious music, and that music remained happy to accept inspiration and invention from the lands it encountered.  Mixing originals with tradition, the album "Mountain Rose" from Seattle-based The Gothard Sisters - Greta, Willow and Solana - demonstrates the persistent force of Celtic influence coupled with its eternal freedom to innovate and evolve. ‘Mountain Rose’ doesn’t simply replay tradition, it adds zest and flavour mixing new arrangements with self-penned work that blends spritely tunes, irresistible melodies and the purity of sibling harmony. The production of this album brings out every nuance of the music and along the way places you close to the band - dynamic bounce of bodhran, silky swish of fiddle, fluid flow of guitar and precision vocals are brought out to perfection.  The original songs include the love-song narrative of the lushly seductive ‘The Boatman’s Call’ and the powerful ‘girl-dressed-as-boy’ sea faring tale of ‘Grace O'Malley’, both typical folk music story-telling fare, and the inspirational ‘It Was Beautiful’ - all splendid songs. They include a couple of re-arranged covers, both given the Gothard treatment - Andy M. Stewart’s ‘Queen of Argyll’ and Kate Rusby’s ‘I Courted A Sailor’, both doing more than justice to the originals. Naturally, there’s a crop of vivacious tunes, original and traditional - the foot stomping rush of ‘The Bandit’, the spritely ‘Cat in a Bush’ and the traditional American/Irish/Shetland (take your pick as to its origins) tune ‘St Anne’s Reel’. They walk once more with tradition through their versions of the ever-popular Welsh folk song, ‘All Through the Night’ (in Welsh language ‘Ar Hyd y Nos’) and the oft-sung at New Year celebrations, Robert Burns’ poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Lovers of tradition and innovation will find much to relish in ‘Mountain Rose’. Its respect for both the enduring line of heritage and its continued advance to the future both powerful and evident.” 
— Tim Carroll, Folk Words Review (Mountain Rose, 2015)

The Gothard Sisters have the approach and style of the big showcase acts (Celtic Woman, Celtic Tenors), but because of this they have an even stronger impact.  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. You can grasp this readily enough on this CD alone.  The Gothard Sisters open up strongly with Andy M. Stewart's "Queen of Argyll."  There is a well-rendered and on the mark note of Welsh tradition in "All Through the Night."  And there is also "Grace O'Malley," which I had heard them perform so strongly at Blackstone River Solstice Festival.  The vocal cut I liked the best, which had something different to it and which waxed lyrical was "The Boatman's Call." The instrumental cuts are sublime, beginning with "The Bandit."  The Gothard Sisters continue with a great ever-so-jubilant "St. Anne's Reel," (not bad, group of lasses from the Pacific Northwest!) and the beautiful title cut "Mountain Rose Waltz," to another favorite of mine, "Chaos in La Casa."  ​The skill, the style, and from that the art all comes together logically with The Gothard Sisters.” 
— Celtic Beat Magazine (Mountain Rose Review, 2015)

Celtic folk songs are a bit like old delta blues numbers. The songs are very simple, but they are like sponges, absorbing the personality of the performers who reinvent them, adapt them and make them their own in a very special way. This is exactly what is happening here with the Gothard Sisters. This elegant production is all about highlighting the value and integrity of the performances, as the girls set out to embrace a very compelling blend of traditional sonic aesthetics and contemporary energy, almost getting into folk-rock territory.” 
— Celtic Radio Review (Mountain Rose, 2015)

Live Show Reviews 2014

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic performance group that mesmerizes the crowds at the Washington State Fair and Spring Fair in Puyallup. They are one of the biggest hits for our Fountain stage, packing it for performance after performance.” 
— Andrea Thayer, Entertainment - Washington State Fair

"Fun and truly entertaining sisters. Very lively show. A must see if you like Celtic music and dance."
- Bob Lundin, Audience Member, Irving TX

My expectations were blown out of the water!  First and foremost, these ladies are very down to earth but yet professional.  If you are a presenter and have room in your schedule, grab them for your performance series - they will not disappoint! They are great family entertainment.  [They] put on a superb show that really drew in the audience with their singing and musicianship; but when they start to dance, look out, you're in for a treat!” 
— Jim Kleinbeck, Auburn Avenue Theater - Auburn, Washington

Their on-stage charisma, energy, enthusiasm and extraordinary talent is second to none.  They have a unique talent of being able to captivate their audience for the entirety of their show, leaving spectators wanting more.  Furthermore, the Gothard Sisters' eclectic style and theatrical performance is something that will continue to flourish as these artists will no doubt take the World by storm.  A must-see!” 

— Keith Doherty, Lannadoo Festival - Jacksonville Beach, Florida

One of our faves.  We were thrilled to have the Gothard Sisters last year, and beyond thrilled this year!” 
— Annapolis Irish Festival - Annapolis, Maryland

The chemistry between the sisters is amazing and comes through in the ease with which they go from song to song and their antics on stage.  The audience at Caras park sat mesmerized by the music, while quite a few people, especially children, could not contain themselves and danced and danced to the music.  I highly recommend seeing them whenever they perform in your area and see why the were the winners of the Best New Irish Artist in the recent Irish Music Awards.” 
— Bob Leggett, Missoula Music Examiner - Missoula, Montana

Live Show Reviews 2011

What the audience came to see was the youthful Celtic dancing and fiddling.  They got it.  But they weren't prepared for the elaborate show they received... multiple instruments, enhancing vocals, genre variety and even great storytelling.  Then the sisters mixed it all together with the hand of a master choreographer.  They had our audience on the edge of their seats and leaning forward with excitement.  The people watching had no idea what was coming next, but they knew they didn't want to miss it.” 
— Chas Cantlon, Ronan Performing Arts Center - Ronan, Montana

I am pleased to submit a letter of support for the Gothard Sisters on behalf of the Sunburst Arts Foundation, an arts non-profit in northwest Montana. Recently the Gothard Sisters performed for our community concert se- ries. I don’t know of a harder working group of artists; while in our community, the Gothard Sisters per- formed a school-wide assembly for the local middle school, conducted a dance workshop after school and then performed a community concert—all in the same day. Their performances were extremely well-received in our community.  The Gothard Sisters have a great work ethic, they are professional and they are extremely accommodating, not to mention incredibly talented performers. I highly recommend them.” 
— Keri Goodwin, Arts and Education Sunburst Foundation - Eureka, Montana

They were here last year for the first time and just blew our socks off - so fantastic we had to have them back!  We're so excited they're here.” 
— Bob Lukes, Missoula Celtic Festival - Missoula, Montana

Story Girl Reviews

Enchanting original tunes and songs.” 
— Celtic Mp3s Magazine

On Fire!” 
— Celtic Radio

What the Gothard Sisters manage to achieve in just 12 tracks [on Story Girl] is a harmonious blend of traditional Celtic with hints of Americana. There's a country-western earthiness that gives the songs a lively, approachable, down-home sound.” 
— Irish Central Review (Story Girl, 2011)

These women are talented, beautiful, conscientious purveyors of beautifully crafted Irish music.  There is an attention to detail and earnestness in how they present a variety of Celtic and Celtic-inspired original material.” 
— Victory Music Magazine Review (Story Girl, 2011)