The Gothard Sisters
|The Gothard Sisters|
|Genres||Celtic, pop, rock, world|
The Gothard Sisters are three sisters from the Pacific Northwest. They are all violinists, as well as championship Irish dancers, having won awards in America as well as Ireland. Greta, Willow and Solana originally started as an Irish dance group, then added their violins and now have guitar, bodhran and voice to add to their repertoire. They are based on the Pacific coast, but regularly tour all over the US.
Greta Gothard started playing violin when she was 5 years old by studying the Suzuki method for classical violin. Greta was home-schooled through high school. She was an active member of the Seattle Youth Symphonies for over 10 years, holding leadership positions in the Junior and youth orchestras.
Greta is also an Open championship level Irish dancer and 3-time World qualifier in the Western region, placing 8th and 9th at the Oireachtas. In 2007, she started playing guitar to expand her musical knowledge, and has since become fascinated by Celtic music played in a variety of different ways. Greta enjoys arranging music, composing, teaching, running websites, studying videography and video editing, and performing regularly as part of her active performance group, the Gothard Sisters, with her sisters Willow and Solana. Her instruments includid the guitar, keys, cajon and she sings backup vocals to help round out the sound of the Gothard Sisters.
Willow Gothard is an accomplished Irish dancer, having placed repeatedly in Open Championship, earning 5th and 4th at the Western Region Oireachtas, 20th at the North American National Championships and earning the elusive recall at the 2008 World Championships of Irish dance in Philadelphia. Willow, who was homeschooled, has played classical violin since the age of 5 and has performed in orchestras and chamber music ensembles. In 2010 she also started to play the mandolin and bodhran and continues to expand her musical knowledge, as reflected in her growing compositions and original Celtic tunes and melodies. Willow sews every single costume that the Gothard Sisters wear in their live shows and videos by hand so they are completely unique.
Solana Gothard was the youngest dancer from the Pacific Northwest ever to qualify for the World Championships of Irish dancing when she placed 6th at the Western Region Oireachtas in 2006. She was 11 years old at the time. Solana, who is homeschooled and mostly self-taught, has always been fond of words and song, and is the lead singer for the Gothard Sisters. Solana has also played classical violin since she was 3 years old, which is also around the same time that she started Irish dance lessons. She has recently learned how to play the bodhran and other rhythm and percussion instruments to add to the sound variety in the Gothard Sisters' live shows. She also plays the Irish penny whistle in a few of their songs. 
Title Release Year Media format ...And to all a Good Night 2006 CD Now is the Hour 2006 CD Daughters of Erin 2008 CD Celtic Rainbow 2009 CD Christmas 2013 DVD Story Girl 2011 CD, DVD Fairy Dance Jig 2012 CD (single) Compass 2013 CD,DVD Christmas with the Gothard Sisters 2013 DVD