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, 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.
The band celebrated their 15 year anniversary in 2018, with the release of a new live album to critical acclaim:
„Cara affirms its well-deserved reputation as an outstanding concert band, and the collective energy is prodigious.“
Boston Irish Reporter (USA)
„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.“
„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.”
With two Irish Music Awards (Best New Irish Artist 2010, and Top Group 2011), the “Freiburger Leiter” 2018 award, the „Kaarster Stern“ 2020 (cultural award of the German city Kaarst), six 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. Forced by unforeseen events 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 2021 album, “Grounded”.
Since January 2022 CARA perform in a new line-up: Simon Pfisterer is the new man on uilleann pipes. Aimée Farrell Courtney joins with her bodhrán whenever they play as a five piece band.