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What's Your Favorite Mountain Rose Song?

Queen of Argyll 11
The Bandit 3
I Courted a Sailor 0
Cat in a Bush 6
The Boatman's Call 9
St. Anne's Reel 1
Grace O'Malley 2
Mountain Rose Waltz 6
Auld Lang Syne 4
Chaos in La Casa 3
All Through the Night 2
It Was Beautiful 1
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Mountain Rose

Mountain Rose is a vibrant collection of songs about simple, timeless and transcendent things - patience, courage, community, the passing of the torch from old to young, the beauty and adventure of nature, fireside stories, wildflowers, and the feeling of comfort in being with those you love as the sun sets on Summer nights. 
 

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Mountain Rose was inspired by the love of simple, timeless and transcendent things - patience, courage, community, the passing of the torch from old to young, the beauty and adventure of nature, and the feeling of comfort in being with those you love as the sun sets on Summer nights. 

The musical album features fresh, inventive and melodic violin lines, the rhythmic drive of bodhran, djembe, percussion, Irish dance and guitar, and three-part vocal sibling harmony.  There are brand new originals on this album -  "It Was Beautiful," is a song about different perceptions of beauty.  "Grace O'Malley" is a story-song about a 9-year-old girl with a lot of gumption, and "The Boatman's Call" tells a simple love story that takes place across a rushing river.   

Of course there are the songs where the violin/fiddle shines as well - propulsive, energetic and spunky original tunes like "The Bandit," written about a raccoon in the woods, "Cat in a Bush," lovingly dedicated to the silly cat that keeps squashing the lavender bush in the front yard whenever he smells dinner cooking inside, "Mountain Rose Waltz" which evokes a lovely evening community dance, and "Chaos in La Casa," an Irish/Spanish/Gypsy/English Country Dance tune that was written about the lovely chaos that every once in a while occurs in a home full of kids!   

The album is rounded out by more traditional songs as well, like the beautiful Welsh lullaby, "All Through the Night," traditional Americana tune "St. Anne's Reel," and Scottish anthem "Auld Lang Syne," as well as covers of songs by outstanding contemporary Celtic writiers - Andy M. Stewart's "Queen of Argyll," and Kate Rusby's "I Courted A Sailor" are both arranged in new and special ways by the Gothard Sisters for the album.  

The mountain rose may live in a harsh environment, but it survives the elements and gives hope to all who pass by and see it.

Lyrics and Credits

1.  Queen of Argyll  
(A. Stewart, arr. Gothard Sisters)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, bodhran, whistle  
Willow Gothard - violin, octave mandolin, vocals  
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, cajon, vocals 

LYRICS 

Gentlemen it is my duty to inform you of one beauty  
Though I’d ask of you a favor not to seek her for a while  
Though I own she is a creature of character and feature  
No words can paint the picture of the Queen of all Argyll  
CHORUS  
If you could have seen her there, boys if you had just been there  
The swan was in her movements and the morning in her smile  
All the roses in the garden would bow and ask her pardon  
For not one could match the beauty of the Queen of all Argyll  

On that evening that I mentioned, I passed with light intention  
Through a part of our dear country known for beauty and for style  
In the place of noble thinkers, of scholars and great drinkers  
But above them all for splendor shone the Queen of all Argyll  

So my lads I needs must leave you, my intentions not to grieve you  
Nor indeed would I deceive you, oh I’ll see you in a while  
I must find some way to gain her, to court her and to claim her  
I fear my heart’s in danger from the Queen of all Argyll  
CHORUS

2.  The Bandit
(The Bandit / The Farmer’s Market)  
(W. Gothard, arr. Gothard Sisters)  
Greta Gothard - fiddle  
Willow Gothard - fiddle, dancing  
Solana Gothard - djembe, percussion

3.  I Courted A Sailor  
(K. Rusby, arr. G. Gothard)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, octave violin, bass  
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, cajon, vocals  
Willow Gothard - mandolin, vocals 

LYRICS 

I courted a sailor for six months and many  
I courted a sailor now he is far from me  
I courted a sailor for six months and many  
I courted a sailor now he is far from me  
On a fine summer’s evening he said his heart was grievin'  
On a fine summer’s evening these words he said to me  
CHORUS  
I’m bound for the waves, the waves dearest Annie  
I’m bound for the waves, the waves upon the sea  
I’m bound for the waves, the waves dearest Annie  
I’m bound for the waves, the captain calls me  

My heart has been yours now for six months and many  
My heart has been yours now and will always remain  
My heart has been yours now for six months and many  
My heart has been yours now and will always remain  
Take with you my ring and my heart you’ll always bring  
Take with you my ring when you sail away to sea  
CHORUS 

I’ve married my sailor for six months and many  
I’ve married my sailor now he is safe with me  
I’ve married my sailor for six months and many  
I’ve married my sailor no more he’ll say to me  
CHORUS  
CHORUS

4.  Cat in a Bush  
(Cat in a Bush / Stealth)  
(W. Gothard, arr. Gothard Sisters)  
Willow Gothard - fiddle, mandolin  
Solana Gothard - whistle, bodhran  
Greta Gothard - guitar