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The Sailor and the Mermaid 2
Raglan Road 0
Celebration Reel 2
Scarborough Fair 6
Lucille 1
Willow's Waltz 13
A Girl You Don't Meet Every Day 1
Midsummer Jigs 2
It's the Little Things 3
The Three Coins 6
Fields of Athenry 2
Marching On 0
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Story Girl

Story Girl is an original and Celtic album, featuring exuberant Celtic dance songs and soulful folk ballads. Winner of 2011's Celtic Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio, this album features Gothard Sisters originals like It's the Little Things, The Sailor and the Mermaid, and Willow's Waltz, along with covers of traditional favorites like Raglan Road, Fields of Athenry and Scarborough Fair.

Lyrics and Credits

1. The Sailor and the Mermaid
(G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, synth, strings 
Willow Gothard - violin, strings, percussion 
Solana Gothard - bodhran, tambourine, percussion, strings

2. Raglan Road
(P. Kavanagh, arr. G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin pizzicato, bass, guitar, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin pizzicato 
Solana Gothard - vocals

Lyrics
On Raglan Road on an Autumn day he saw her first and knew 
That her dark hair would weave a snare that he might someday rue 
He saw the danger and yet he passed along the enchanted way 
CHORUS: And he said let grief be a falling leaf at the dawning of the day 
And he said let grief be a falling leaf at the dawning of the day 

On Grafton street in November they tripped lightly along the ledge 
Of a deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge 
the Queen of hearts still making tarts, and him not making hay 
CHORUS: Oh he loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away 
He loved too much and by such by such is happiness thrown away 

He gave her gifts of the mind, he gave her the secret sign 
That's known to artists who have known true gods of sound and stone 
And word and tint without stint, he gave her poems to say 
CHORUS: With her own dark hair, and her own name there, like clouds o'er fields of May 
With her own dark hair, and her own name there, like clouds o'er fields of May 

On a quiet street, where old ghosts meet, he sees her walking now 
Away from him so hurriedly, his reason must allow 
That he has loved not as he should a creature made of clay 
CHORUS: When the angel woos the clay he'll lose his wings at the dawn of day 
When the angel woos the clay he'll lose his wings at the dawn of day

3. Celebration Reel
(G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, guitar, cajon, synths 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran, mandolin 
Solana Gothard - violin, percussion 
Darin Watkins - drums 
Laurence Knight - bass

4. Scarborough Fair 
(Traditional English, arr. The Gothard Sisters) 
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, cajon, synth, percussion, strings 
Willow Gothard - violin, strings, bells 
Solana Gothard - vocals, djembe, strings 
Darin Watkins - drums 
Ariana Nelson - cello

Lyrics
Are you going to Scarborough fair? / Parsley sage rosemary and thyme 
Remember me to one who lives there / he once was a true love of mine 

Tell him to make me a cambric shirt / Parsley sage rosemary and thyme 
Without no seam, nor needlework / then he'll be a true love of mine 

Tell him to find me an acre of land / Parsley sage rosemary and thyme 
Between the salt water and the sea strand / then he'll be a true love of mine 

Are you going to Scarborough fair? / Parsley sage rosemary and thyme 
Remember me to one who lives there / he once was a true love of mine

5. Lucille
(G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, electric guitar, bass, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin 
Solana Gothard - violin 
Darin Watkins - drums
6. Willow's Waltz
(W. Gothard, S. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, violin, cajon 
Willow Gothard - violin, mandolin 
Solana Gothard - violin

7. A Girl You Don't Meet Every Day
(Traditional Irish, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, synth, cajon, piano, vocals 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - vocals, bodhran 
Darin Watkins - drums

Lyrics
Well my name is Jane Stewart I'm a Cannington lass 
And today I have come a long way 
CHORUS: So be easy and free / when you're walking with me 
I'm a girl you don't meet every day 

I've got acres of land and men I command 
I've always a penny to spare 
CHORUS 

If you come close to me I will sing just for thee 
I have done so on many a day 
CHORUS

8. Midsummer Jigs
(Blue Bonnets over the Border / O'Carolan / Quidich 'n Righ / the Cat's Meow)
(Traditional Irish, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, synth, guitar, electric guitar 
Willow Gothard - violin, synths, cajon, bodhran, piano, bass 
Solana Gothard - violin, percussion 
Darin Watkins - drums

9. It's the Little Things
(G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - vocals, guitar, violin, synth, bass 
Willow Gothard - violin, mandolin, backing vocals 
Solana Gothard - violin, backing vocals

Lyrics
It's the little things that make a difference, little things 
It's the little things that make a difference, be the change you wish to see in the world

10. The Three Coins
(W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - violin, percussion, dance taps, bass, hand claps 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran, dance taps, synth, hand claps 
Solana Gothard - violin, percussion, bodhran, dance taps, hand claps 

11. Fields of Athenry
(Pete St. John, arr. G. Gothard, W. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, bass, cajon, backing vocals 
Willow Gothard - violin, bodhran 
Solana Gothard - vocals, violin 
Laurence Knight - bass

Lyrics
By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling 
Michael they have taken you away 
For you stole Trevelyn's corn, so the young might see the morn 
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay 
CHORUS: Low lie the fields of Athenry / where once we watched the small free birds fly 
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing 
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry 

By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling 
Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free 
Against the famine and the crown, I rebelled, they struck me down 
Now you must raise our child with dignity 
CHORUS 

By a lonely harbor wall she watched the last star falling 
As the prison ship sailed out against the sky 
For she'll live to hope and pray, for her love in Botany bay 
It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry 
CHORUS

12. Marching On
(W. Gothard, G. Gothard)
Greta Gothard - guitar, cajon, djembe, violin, synth 
Willow Gothard - violin, electric violin, piano, mandolin 
Solana Gothard - violin, tambourine 
Darin Watkins - drums
Recording
Kent Harrison (Sammamish Sounds Recording)

Mixing
Willow Gothard and Kent Harrison

Mastering
Rick Fisher (RFI Mastering Seattle)

Art and Design

Cover Photography
Gabriel Bienczycki, Zebra Visual Photography (website)

Design
Jim Bockstall (Bockstall Design Associates)
Greta Gothard