RUMFORD — The Gothard Sisters will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, as part of the Celtic Cabaret Music Series at 99 Franklin’s Mystic Theater.

The trio’s unpredictable and theatrical flair brings a youthful splash to the time-honored tradition of Celtic folk music, bridging the gap between classical, folk, Celtic, world and roots influences.

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 farmers’ market, working their way onto stages at local fairs and festivals.

More than 1,000 performances later, the band recently performed at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., completed several 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, Willow 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, 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’ Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour broadcast.

After 10 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.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for social and seating, and a pub style menu, featuring sandwiches, salads and fried foods. Advance tickets at $15 at Bartash’s and All That Jazz, and online at www.49franklin.com.

Day of show tickets are $20. Enter the Mystic Theater on the right side drive to the back of the building.

The Gothard sisters will perform at 49 Franklin in Rumford on Wednesday, April 11.


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