Mountain Rose

by The Gothard Sisters

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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 writers - 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. We wish you joy with this album! It is for you.

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released June 23, 2015

All songs and arrangements by the Gothard Sisters
All performances and instrumentals by the Gothard Sisters
Recorded at Sammamish Sounds Studios - Sammamish, WA
Mixed at Sammamish Sounds Studios - Sammamish, WA
Mastered by Rick Fisher at RFI Mastering - Seattle, WA
Album artwork by Molly Hashimoto - Seattle, WA
Album graphic design by Jim Bockstall - Florida
All rights reserved, copyright 2015

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The Gothard Sisters Seattle, Washington

The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic all-female Celtic folk music and dance group from the Pacific Northwest, USA.
Historical fiction songwriting, fiddle tunes about cats and raccoons, and a love for folk heritage.

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Track Name: Queen of Argyll
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
Track Name: I Courted a Sailor
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
Track Name: The Boatman's Call
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
Track Name: Grace O'Malley
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
Track Name: Auld Lang Syne
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
Track Name: All Through the Night
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
Track Name: It Was Beautiful
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