The contemporary Celtic folk music of The Gothard Sisters will fill the air during a free concert at Brookings’ Azalea Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, creating what critics are calling “vivid, inspirational and captivating” music.
Hailing from Edmonds, Washington, the award-winning, internationally-known Gothard Sisters – Greta, Solana and Willow – perform traditional Celtic tunes mixed with a bit of classical music, bluegrass, folk and even rock and roll. They are also known for their Irish folk dancing and storytelling skills, touring across the U.S. and performing at Kennedy Center’s Millennium stage in Washington DC, for Disney Cruise line in Europe, and a 20-city tour of Japan in 2019.
The trio’s latest album Dragonfly features the sisters playing a variety of acoustic instruments combined with harmonies on original songs that explore themes of resilience and adventure. The instruments they play include violin, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, djembe and whistles.
The 8-concert season, sponsored by Rogue Credit Union, runs on various Sundays through September 5. The concerts usually attract 500 to 1,200 people, who bring picnic lunches, lawn chairs and blankets. The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor operates the Snack Shack for all the concerts, providing food such as hot dogs and burgers, and sodas and water. In case of bad weather, the concerts will move indoors to the nearby Azalea Middle School cafeteria, 505 Pacific Ave.
Information and videos about the featured bands can be found at the American Music Festival’s Facebook page at facebook.com/AmericanMusicFestivalBrookingsOregon