“A world class band in top form.”
Irish Music Magazine (IRL)

Founded 18 years ago, Cara is one of the busiest and most successful touring bands in the Irish folk scene in Germany.

The German-Scottish formation is made up of four of the most accomplished musicians in their genre. CARA stakes out its own unique territory, with a repertoire featuring original compositions and songs alongside finely detailed arrangements of traditional Scots and Irish ballads and tune sets. The band has established an excellent international reputation, with two Irish Music Awards, European tours taking in the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Great Britain and Denmark, and many tours further afield to the USA and Australia.

Much has happened since the band released their live album in 2018: Cara played the winners’ concert at the International Freiburg Cultural Exchange in 2019 (after winning “best performance” the year before” and were also invited to perform at the Swiss Artists’ Showcase in Thun. In spring 2019 their charity single “Mòran Taing” raised funds for Cancer Research UK. Their most recent concert highlights include appearances at the Sligo Live Festival (Ireland), Priddy Folk Festival (England) and at Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival – one of the largest classical music festivals in Europe. In 2020 Cara was awarded the “Kaarster Stern”, the city of Kaarst’s culture award.

Forced by events of the past eighteen months to pause an otherwise extremely active touring life, CARA have responded to the global pandemic with a thoughtful, philosophical and life-affirming emotional testimony to some big questions in their new album, “Grounded”.

„Cara have proven once again that they are the gold standard of Continental Celtic Music, original and respectful in equal measure, at home with tunes and songs both old and new and are now surely part of our living tradition.“

Irish Music Magazine (IRE)

„(…)there’s a real sense of togetherness and non-competitive authority about the playing, key features being Kim’s masterful and forthright yet elegant piano work, Gudrun’s blazing, beacon-like fiddling with its exemplary command of phrasing, and the relaxed chameleon-like instrumental talents of Hendrik and Jürgen – elements all faultlessly executed and brilliantly coordinated with a strong feel for complementary textures. At the same time, both Kim and Gudrun once again prove themselves to be outstanding song interpreters. You can’t lose with this band.“

The Living Tradition (UK)

„(They) combine to make an album of sheer quality, each note soars, each response to another’s insight is cast with opportunity, philosophical ingenuity and spirit; a vast and incredible feat in a world that always is on the edge of jealousy and rivalry.
In their eighth studio album, Cara have reached a pinnacle of performance, whether that is down to the circumstances that have been around us for the last 18 months, or because they gel so well that they, as a unique form, can triumph with solemnity is not for others to chat over, instead it is just to be accepted that they hold decorum in their hand and deliver an album of worth, of sublime interpretation.“

Liverpool Sound and Vision (UK)

„A whole festival wrapped up in one band“

Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland (UK)

„Cara affirms its well-deserved reputation as an outstanding concert band, and the collective energy is prodigious.“

Boston Irish Reporter (USA)

„Cara klingen wie Cara – es kann keine bessere Empfehlung geben!“

Folker (D)

„Nach 15 Jahren haben Cara nicht nur eine technische Reife erreicht, die ihres gleichen sucht, sondern auch einen selbstbewussten eigenen Stil entwickelt, der Einflüsse von beiden Seiten des Atlantik organisch verbindet.“

Celtic-Rock.de (D)

„Irish/German/Scots aggregation Cara work best in the live arena, their amphidexterous [sic] abilities and musical know how 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)

„A world class band in top form.“

Irish Music Magazine  (IRL)

„They boldly go where others fear to tread“

The Irish Times (IRL)

„a musical force to be reckoned with…they can really fly“

The Scotsman (UK)

„Great musicianship, great production and total respect for the material. Wonderful, what a great band.“

Mike Harding (UK)

„They’ve been achieving wonders on the Celtic circuit. Look out for them!“

BBC Radio Scotland (UK)

„Décoiffant en tous points“

Trad Magazine (F)

„Cara have joined the ranks of Solas, Dervish and Altan, big tunes, big ideas and superb playing, what more would you want?“

Irish Music Magazine  (IRL)