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"They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!"
Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland
CARA celebrate their 15th anniversary on the international folk scene with their seventh release: a new live album, recorded during their 2017 tour. The album features favourites from the band’s live set:innovative arrangements of material frmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish traditions, critically acclaimed original songs and tunes, and several brand new tracks.
"A world class band in top form." Irish Music Magazine
"Strong on emotion, story and poetry… impressive, dramatic and accomplished" FolkRadio.UK
"Genial musicianship… delicious" Living Tradition
Uplifting, energising and expressive, with lead vocalists Gudrun Walther (Germany) and Kim Edgar (Scotland) alongside piano,fddle, fute, guitar, dobro, bodhrán, uilleann pipes and accordion, CARA have been described as “a whole festival wrapped up in one band” (Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio Scotland).
Winners of the Irish Music Awards for "Best New Irish Artist” (2010) and "Top Group” (2011), CARA have toured the USA seven times, headlining at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including Milwaukee Irish Fest, Kansas City Irish Fest, ICONS, and Dublin Irish Fest. CARA perform regularly in Ireland and Scotland; recent visits have included the 30th Cork Folk Festival, and launching their studio album, “Yet We Sing” at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections (2016) followed by a Scottish tour taking in Edinburgh’s Queens Hall and Eden Court, Inverness. In 2017, they completed their frst English tour and headlined Main Stage 2 at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
“They boldly go where others fear to tread” The Irish Times
"Great musicianship […] total respect for the material. Wonderful." Mike Harding
"Real passion...stunningly good." Moors Magazine
"A musical force to be reckoned with...they can really fy” **** The Scotsman
The group’s distinctive approach and creativity in recording and live performance have enjoyed international critical acclaim, and for their anniversary year, CARA look forward to touring Australia for the frst time, with a 4 week tour in April 2018.
Kim Edgar (vocals, piano) from Edinburgh, Scotland and Gudrun Walther (vocals, fiddle, diatonic accordion) from Southern Germany are in perfect command of their instruments but above all it is their voices that enthral the audience. They are expressive in their solos and magnificent if they blend to become one sound. They bring new life to traditional ballads and their interpretations of their own songs are guaranteed to raise goose pimples!
It would be difficult to find a more talented young musician to emerge from the vibrant German trad music scene than Hendrik Morgenbrodt (uilleann pipes, flute, whistles) - anywhere! He is not only a brilliant piper, but also a pipe maker. This allows him to adjust his instruments to the unique sound of CARA.
Juergen Treyz (guitars) from South Germany has his own concept of "backing". His sound is chracterised by well thought out and exciting harmonic and rhythmic accompaniment and beautiful solos. His playing inspires and lifts the CARA sound.
With Rolf Wagels the band adds Germanys best (and biggest) bodhrán player whenever he's available. He has played in Germany, Ireland and the US with an ever growing impressive list of well-known musicians and bands.
Their unique mix of songs and tunes, their charismatic stage presence and dry-witted humour unites hard-core trad fans with acoustic-pop listeners and in the end they all end up dancing and singing together.