After a GREAT St. Patrick's Day season it is time to release the new video! This is the fifth music video off of Story Girl, and one of the most exciting to film. It was filmed at a World War I memorial in Washington on the Columbia River in Maryhill. It is a life-size replica of Stonehenge, and we thought it would be the perfect fit for our "Celtic" marching song, also to honor our veterans for their continuing to "march on" in defense of our country.
However, there were so many tourists at the memorial during the day that we had to get up early in the morning and film before anyone else got there - it worked out really well to also include the glorious sunrise there that morning! I hope you enjoy the video, and the music.
This year we got to spend our St. Patrick's day in the little town of Heppner, Oregon. We arrived a day early and also go to spend St. Patrick's day walking around the town, which is basically a huge Irish festival. There are shamrocks and Irish flags all over town, and everyone is dressed in green. Along the main street there is piped Irish music on every street corner, a parade, kids' races, a "welly toss" and lots of other fun activities. The whole town gets involved. We had a great time earlier on in the day (including a great breakfast from our hosts) and then a really fun evening concert for the community. It was a great way to spend St. Patrick's day - thanks to everyone who came, and for the town of Heppner for inviting us!!
Solana all decked out in Heppner, ready to walk the streets and not get pinched!
Outside the house that we got to stay in!
Greta enjoying a mocha at Panera Bread in between shows.
Willow backstage before the main show
Solana and her special peppermint Italian soda.
Hanging out at the Elks club before playing a little mini set at the Ceilidh.
I finally finished the video looking back on all the fun times we had this year. Hope you enjoy!
We had a lovely Valentine’s day, thank you to everyone who wished us a happy holiday. Although we spent all of “actual” Valentine’s day practicing (sounds really bad but it was actually really fun), we had a great concert on Sunday that was a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s day.
We performed in Astoria, which is a beautiful little town in the Northwestern tip of Oregon that we have driven through but never really gotten to stick around in for very long. We didn’t get to do much sightseeing but we DID drive up to see the Astoria tower:
Later on, we played the main event, a concert with Kim Angelis
, the gypsy violinist who gave us so many hours of joyful dancing in the living room as kids to her recordings. It was actually the first time we’d ever met her in person, and she is such a lovely person! The audience was also wonderful – thank you so much for your warm welcome to Astoria!! We had a great time.
Here are some pictures of before and after the show, as well as some video of Greta and Kim playing a duet:
Us with Kim Angelis after the concert
Us with a beautiful little girl who danced all the way through the concert! She’s homeschooling, too!
Willow trying out a bouzouki after the show... hmmm more instruments already?? lol
Now we’re home and working hard at “Gothard Sisters Band Camp” where we are coming up with new numbers and doing all kinds of cool hard work stuff. There will be more on that later.
See ya ’till then!
Here is a new video that I just put together with clips from all of our shows, like a 7-minute long show sampling. So if you weren't able to make it to one of our shows this Summer, here is a "mini show" for you. :-)
We just got back from our tour yesterday and have been spending our time unpacking and getting ready for our Autumn schedule.
Our last stop on the tour was Montana, where we performed at two different fairs, first in Glasgow and then in Glendive. The weather was hot, but the people were very friendly and we had a great time!
We met some other performers in Glasgow, two magicians from Canada called "Double Vision." They are twins and they talk at the same time. It is kind of fascinating.
In Glendive, we had some time off and got to perform at the local senior center and Veteran's home in the morning before our shows, which was awesome. A lot of the residents there ended up coming to see our shows later on in the week.
On the last day Connie (at the Glendive fair) surprised us with Meet and Greet passes to meet Jason Michael Carroll backstage before his grandstand show. That was awesome, and he is a really nice person with a great voice.
Here are our memories of 2010 - all squeezed into one video!