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.
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
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