The Gothard Sisters
Over the course of nearly 1,000 shows since they formed as a Celtic band in 2006, The Gothard Sisters – who are truly sisters – have become internationally recognized as multi-instrumentalist Celtic-influenced folk musicians, songwriters, and performers from the Pacific Northwest, USA.
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.
More recently, their music has been featured on NPR’s Thistle and Shamrockprogram and PBS’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour broadcast from Lexington Kentucky. In addition to this, the sisters have become regular performers on the Walt Disney Cruise Line, sailing to destinations in Europe and South America.
“A superb show!” – Auburn Ave Theater
“On Fire!” – Celtic Radio
"One of our faves" – Annapolis Irish Festival
"Blew our socks off!" – Missoula Celtic Festival