Multi-talented trio performing in Rumford and Farmington 

The dynamic Gothard Sisters, a group of three sisters, whose impressive array of talents have set them apart as one of the most refreshing and compelling acts in Celtic-roots music today will perform back-to-back concerts at Rumford and Farmington, Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12. 

On  April 11, the trio will perform at 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater in Rumford as part of the Celtic Cabaret Music Series. On April 12, the group will perform at the Old South First Congregational Church as the second event in its 2018 concert series. The Farmington concert will be preceded by a jam session at 6:15 p.m.; both concerts are at 7.  Refreshments will be available in Farmington and the Rumford event will offer a pub-style menu. The doors open at 6 p.m. at both venues.

The sisters’ 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 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.”

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 that leaves audiences feeling refreshed and inspired.

Tickets for the 49 Franklin performance on April 11 are $15 in advance; available in downtown Rumford 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.

Tickets for the Old South Church event on April 12 are adults $15, students $10/$5. Students playing in the jam session receive free admission to the concert. Call 207-491-5919 for ticket reservations for the Farmington concert.

Visit www.gothardsisters.com to watch videos and for more information about the sisters.


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