The Gothard Sisters managed to stir quite a buzz surrounding their live performances and studio work. These young and talented ladies seem to get better and better every single time they hit the recording studio, as showcased by their latest effort, Mountain Rose.
This record showcases a more pure and traditional approach to folk music with Celtic roots at its core: the pair’s third studio album features new original songs as well as inventive renditions of classic tracks and ballads. It’s fascinating to hear how timeless and beloved evergreens the likes of Auld Lang Syne seamlessly blend in with The Gothard Sisters’ own material, making for a really refreshing blend of old and new.
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’s 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.
The Mountain Rose does not have an easily life: unlike a meadow flower, it needs to hold on to a rock and seek out for life and nourishment in an environment that could turn out rather unforgiving. This stark and poetic image visually embodies the power of folk music and the way this duo is re-inventing classic songs according to their own sensibilities, helping them to remain alive and exciting for newcomers and long-time folk aficionados alike.
Like when old friends meet, Mountain Rose is a welcomed edition to the Gothard Sisters repertoire of music. They are truly set for even greater success as their brand of music, their undeniable talent, dancing, customs, unlimited energy and distinct look (three blonde sisters) are working in a perfect storm of Celtic bliss! We expect to be seeing these girls continue to climb the Mountain of musical success, but for now Mountain Rose earns 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
1. Queen of Argyll
2. The Bandit
3. I Courted a Sailor
4. Cat in a Bush
5. The Boatman’s Call
6. St. Anne’s Reel
7. Grace O’malley
8. Mountain Rose Waltz
9. Auld Lang Syne
10. Chaos in La Casa
11. All Through the Night
12. It Was Beautiful