“They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!” Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland (UK)
A multi-national band with Irish, Scottish and German members, CARA tour worldwide with unique interpretations of Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish tradition, presenting innovative arrangements of traditional material alongside critically acclaimed original compositions.
Fronted by two female lead singers, CARA combine vocals, piano, fiddle, flute, guitar, bodhrán, uilleann pipes and accordion with a dry-witted and charismatic stage presence. They have headlined some of the largest Irish music festivals and brought audiences to their feet across the USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. 2018 saw a line-up change with the addition of Bodhrán World-Champion (2010) Aimée Farrell Courtney from Co.Meath, Ireland. The band also celebrated their 15 year anniversary, with the release of a new live album to critical acclaim.
Musician Aimee Farrell Courtney is one of the world’s leading female bodhran players. With a unique musical approach to Ireland’s frame drum, Aimee’s style reflects Irish traditional music of today, enriched by musical and percussive influences of the world.
“Cara affirms its well-deserved reputation as an outstanding concert band, and the collective energy is prodigious.” Boston Irish Reporter (USA)
“Cara sound like Cara – there can’t be a higher recommendation.” Folker! Magazine (Germany)
“German/Scots aggregation Cara work best in the live arena, their amphidexterous [sic] abilities and musical knowhow working to their advantage. The epic ballad Little Musgrave hangs on emotional dexterity while the tune sets blend pastorality and uplift in proportion. Great.” fRoots (UK)
“Cara Live neatly bookends the band’s recent arrivals, developments and musical evolution with grace and style. Well done all.” Living Tradition (UK)
With two Irish Music Awards (Best New Irish Artist 2010, and Top Group 2011), the “Freibur – ger Leiter” 2018 award, five studio and two live albums as well as countless performances under their belts, CARA effortlessly navigate the spaces between trad, singer/songwriter, “nu-folk” and acoustic pop. They sound so blithe and full of verve, hard-core traditional music fans unite with lovers of acoustic music, and in the end they all end up dancing and singing together.
“A world class band in top form.” Irish Music Magazine (Ireland)