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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

5.  The Boatman's Call
(G. Gothard)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, djembe, percussion, dulcimer  
Greta Gothard - guitar, cajon, vocals  
Willow Gothard - octave violin, bass, vocals 

LYRICS 

The boatman works alone, it’s the only life he’s ever known  
A young man in life alone, across the river every day  
He ferries settlers o’er the rushing cool, carries merchants through the rapids cruel  
Even royals in their crown and jewel, across the river on his own  
CHORUS  
Ya - da da da, a young man tall  
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da  
Ya- da da da, the boatman’s call  
Ya - da da da, ya da da da da da  

The young woman lone she goes, gathering flowers where the river flows  
She is lovely as the mountain rose, and she needs passage on her way  
She needs crossing late in emerald May, sitting golden in the creak and sway  
Our young boatman gave his heart that day, across the river going home  
CHORUS  
Ya - da da da, a young man tall  
Ya - da da da, ya da da da da da  
Ya - da da da, for this girl did fall  
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da  

Their world was set, planned, always they would be  
They didn’t fret, no, not like you and me  
Their world was small, there, near the river free  
Then came this fine, grand, tale of he and she  
CHORUS  
Ya- da da da, this girl did fall  
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da  
Ya - da da da, for the boatman’s call  
Ya- da da da, ya da da da da da  

And now they are not alone, their lonely life by one has grown  
Now they are not alone, they cross the river every day

6.  St. Anne’s Reel  
(Traditional folk reel. arr. W. Gothard)  
Willow Gothard - fiddle, brush cajon  
Solana Gothard - fiddle  
Greta Gothard - fiddle, guitar, bass

7.  Grace O’Malley  
(S. Gothard, W. Gothard, G. Gothard)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, bodhran, recorder  
Willow Gothard - fiddle, vocals  
Greta Gothard - guitars, drum, bass, vocal 

LYRICS 

Sunrise in the window, a vessel in the bay  
her father was the captain, and he would sail today  
She fed the kitten and the hen, jumped the gate and then  
She cut off her hair, found shoes to wear, to look like one of the men  
Her father he made fun - oh no what have you done  
I know you’d love to come my dear but Grace you’re far too young - and he said  

No woman sails the sea, they would become weak at the knee  
Stay here, be safe, on Erin’s shore just listen here to me  
For you it cannot be, there are dangers out on the sea  
Stay here, be safe, on Erin’s shore just listen here to me  

She felt the sun on her face, the waves beneath her feet  
Her father stood beside her laughing at his own defeat  
She washed the cannon and the gun, jumped the stairs and then  
The captain roared a warning - all hands on deck, my men  
Get down below my lass he said, this danger too shall pass  
My men and I will defend the ship and you will be safe at last  

CHORUS  
I will tell you a story of a girl young and bright  
Red sky at night was her favorite light  
Of saltwater, danger and true bravery  
And the day Grace O’Malley first sailed the sea  

Gunfire overhead, dust fell to the floor  
Grace refused to stay below and crept out of the door  
She climbed the rigging and the mast, looked behind and then  
A man behind her father came, a pirate with dagger in hand  

She leapt down from the mast, her cry alerted the crew  
Onto the pirate’s back she fell, before he ever knew  
Here was an answer to their prayers, victory was theirs  
She saved the ship from pirates and she saved her father’s crew - and they said  

This woman sails the sea, she won’t become weak at the knee  
She is the pride of Erin’s shore, just listen here to me  
For her it will always be a life upon the sea  
She is the pride of Erin’s shore, just listen here to me  
CHORUS

8.  Mountain Rose Waltz  
(W. Gothard)  
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, bass  
Willow Gothard - mandolin, violin, cajon  
Solana Gothard - octave violin

9.  Auld Lang Syne  
(Traditional Scottish, arr. G. Gothard)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, violin, bodhran, percussion, harmonica  
Greta Gothard - guitar, drums, violin, vocals  
Willow Gothard - fiddle, bass, violin, vocals 

LYRICS 

Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?  
Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne  
CHORUS  
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne  
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne  
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne  
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne  

And here’s a hand my trusty friend, and here’s a hand o’ thine  
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne  
CHORUS

10.  Chaos in La Casa  
(Mañana, Mañana / Chaos in La Casa / Gary and Maria's Jig)  
(W. Gothard)  
Willow Gothard - violin, mandolin  
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass  
Solana Gothard - bodhran, percussion

11.  All Through the Night  
(Traditional Welsh lullaby, arr. G. Gothard)  
Greta Gothard - vocals, guitar, violin  
Solana Gothard - vocals, violin, autoharp  
Willow Gothard - vocals, violin 

LYRICS 

Sleep my child and peace attend thee, all through the night  
Guardian angels God will send thee, all through the night  
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping, hill and dale in slumber sleeping  
I my loving vigil keeping, all through the night  

While the moon her watch is keeping, all through the night  
While the weary world is sleeping, all through the night  
O’er thy spirit gently stealing, visions of delight revealing  
Breathes a pure and holy feeling, all through the night

12.  It Was Beautiful  
(G. Gothard)  
Solana Gothard - vocals, percussion, violin  
Willow Gothard - violin, vocals  
Greta Gothard - guitar, cajon,bass, violin, vocals 

LYRICS 

A group of men sat ‘round the fire, telling old tales ’til the midnight hour  
Along came a stumbling little girl, dancing around with a smile  
Her ma came running fast in her wake, sorry kind sirs for that headache  
The group of men then a plea did make - please don’t take her away  
CHORUS  
We thought it was beautiful - oh, oh  
We thought it was beautiful - oh, oh  
We thought it was beautiful  

Walking through an ancient space, young lads say what is this place?  
Fading light through windows cold, the whole thing seems too old  
But a woman there, she seems so wise, with a nice young face and lovin’ brown eyes  
Lads don’t like the ancient place - but she goes there everyday  
CHORUS  
She thinks it is beautiful - oh, oh  
She thinks it is beautiful - oh  
She thinks it is beautiful - oh, oh  
She thinks it is beautiful - oh - hey!  

Climbing down from the mountains high, Danny’s father gave a tired sigh  
Well me boy, that’s it I’m done, sweating all day in the sun  
The mountain’s never worth the pain, climbing all day and with what gain?  
His little son then a sound did make - and Danny he did say  
CHORUS  
I thought it was beautiful - oh, oh  
I thought it was beautiful - oh, oh  
I thought it was beautiful - oh  
I thought it was beautiful - oh  
I thought it was beautiful

Recording
Kent Harrison (Sammamish Sounds Recording)

Mixing
Willow Gothard and Kent Harrison

Mastering
Rick Fisher (RFI Mastering Seattle)

Art and Design

Raccoon Block Print
Wood Block Print
Molly Hashimoto (website)

Design
Jim Bockstall (Bockstall Design Associates)
Greta Gothard