Mein gespräch mit der wunderbaren Cara!
When you think of great Celtic musicians and bands, you probably don't immediately think of Germany, but that's only because you aren't familiar with Cara yet.
Germany was once renowned throughout the world for its talented musicians and composers. One only has to mention names like Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, Brahms, Orff, or Strauss, and you know exactly how great this country's musical history is. Yet in recent years, here in America there have only been a few German musicians and bands to really step into the spotlight of popular music. It pretty much goes without saying that none of them were playing classical. No, in recent years it's the pop and rock bands from Germany that have broken through and entered the modern musical arena. Most of us remember New Wave artists like Nena or heavy metal bands like The Scorpions, but there's been very little of what one would call "traditional" music to receive widespread attention in the states. However, that is changing.
One of the bands that's helping to change the common perception of what a band from Germany should sound like is Cara. The group is absolutely unique and can't really be compared to most of what you might hear on the radio. The reason for this is that, though Cara is from Germany, they play mostly traditional and contemporary folk music from Ireland, Scotland, and England.
Even when it comes to what one might call Celtic music, Americans can be very limited in their perception. While there have been some top-selling performers like The Chieftains, Clannad, Enya, Loreena McKennitt, U2, Sinéad O'Connor, The Cranberries, and The Corrs, a lot of these performers fit more into the New Age or alternative rock genres than into what one would consider traditional Irish music. Today, you're most likely to find Irish folk music within the confines of a small bar … more