No. 6 on Billboard World Music Chart: Gothard Sisters of Edmonds
The Celtic-folk musicians have released a new album of all original music.
by Sara Bruestle at the Everett Herald
The Gothard Sisters of Edmonds have a new album out featuring all original songs.
“Midnight Sun,” with new takes on traditional Celtic music, reached No. 6 on Billboard’s world music chart.
Sisters Greta, 31, Willow, 28, and Solana, 23, have put out six albums — including two Christmas recordings — in their 10 years touring and performing as a Celtic-folk trio. Their latest album, released May 4, is the first that is 100 percent their own.
After their annual Celtic Christmas concert at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, the sisterly trio, named “Best New Irish Artists” in 2013 by the Irish Music Awards, got to work recording “Midnight Sun.”
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“We didn’t set out intending to do an original album,” Greta Gothard said in a phone interview with The Herald while on the way to a tour stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “We had a bunch of traditional songs and cover songs we were thinking of doing, but we started out recording our original music, and it was so much fun that one day we were all like, ‘Hey, what if we tried doing an all-original album?’ “
They wrote all 12 Celtic-inspired songs on the new album together. Solana comes up with the rhythm, Greta writes the lyrics and Willow provides the melody. But the sisters give feedback and tweak each other’s work as they go.