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You might not expect Germany to be a powerhouse of Celtic music. In fact, CARA can hold their heads up very high to any band from Ireland, or any other Celtic nation. They can handle traditional styles perfectly, while at the same time adding a nicely updated “now” sound to the music. Their female lead singers are perfectly matched to each other, and the fresh original material is unique while at the same time “stay in your mind catchy”. The band magically weaves together flute, guitar, piano, fiddle, pipes and bodhrán. (info taken from their official website)

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When you look at the mass of talented musicians coming out of Ireland these days and all the young and energetic bands trying to get to where bands as Lúnasa, Altan, Dervish, Beoga or Gráda already are, you might well ask, why a german band should even try to go professional and tour the world with their own interpretation of Celtic Music. Surely this is not going to work out! That's what the members of CARA heard over and over again when they started.

But their debut CD "In Colour" was a massive success, and festivals and venues all around Europe booked the band. In 2006 they woke interest and got signed by one of the best booking agencies in the US, RealGoodMusic (RGM), the second CD "In Between Times" won them a nomination for the German Critics Award, a nomination for CD of the year by "Folker" magazine and they were voted as one of the 10 most influential bands of the last decade by "Folkworld" magazine. Since then, they've got 3 successful tours through the United States under their belts, sharing the big American stages with the named above top-bands of the genre.

A live concert DVD and CD was released in spring 2008, with extensive extras like interviews and on-the-road footage as a thank you to the ever-growing fanbase all around the world. Cara have gone a long way since they started out in 2003 and set a milestone in the history of folk bands from Germany - and they never looked back!

About the music:
Cara is a quintet and plays a well-balanced mix of songs and tunes, of traditional and newly composed material, most of which is written by the band members themselves.

Cara in the U.S.
The two female lead singers are surely a hallmark of the band, but the quality standard for instrumentals and arrangements is equally high.
Cara combines their mastery of vocals, piano, fiddle, flute, guitar, bodhrán, uilleann pipes, accordion and concertina with a dry-witted and very entertaining stage presence. (info taken from their Facebook page)
Cara band members

(info taken from official website)

About Cara

  • May 2003: Cara was formed to continue what "KWT" - Cara's predecessor - had started. In the original line-up: Gudrun Walther, Jürgen Treyz, Sandra Gunkel, Claus Steinort.
  • Summer 2003: First gigs in Germany and France
  • Autumn 2003: Rolf Wagels joined the band.
  • 2004: Release of their first album "In Colour"
  • 2005: Concerts in various European countries, Ireland, etc. Tour of France in Summer
  • 2006: Tola Custy (fiddle) joines for several gigs in Europe and Britain.
  • Spring 2007: Release of the album"In Between Times"
  • Summer 2007: First US-tour
  • Spring 2008: Release of the live CD & DVD "In Full Swing – live"
  • March and September 2008: 2nd und 3rd US-Tour. Amanda Kehoe joins in for the 3rd tour.
  • August 2009: 4th US-tour; with Patricia Clark.
  • May 2010: New line up with Jeana Leslie and Ryan Murphy
  • all the time: Over 60 concerts a year in Germany, USA, Ireland and other European countries.
After seven years of touring and recording together, Sandra and Claus have decided to leave the band to spend more time together as a family. They have had a hard time balancing touring and family life during the last few years – as you all know Sandra couldn’t be with us for the last three US tours – and, although this is a painful decision for us all, it is also quite understandable. We have had a fantastic time together and we’d like to say good luck and a big thank you to you both!

The new Cara...

So this means it is time to move on and open a new chapter – Cara 2.0 if you will – and lift the curtain on a new line-up. It wasn’t an easy task to find worthy successors to follow in Claus’ and Sandra’s footsteps and we didn’t just look for replacement, but rather for musicians who would also add fresh and inspiring influences to the band sound. We were lucky to find the ideal people after only a short search and happier still, as they were both totally up for joining without hesitating which gave us the feeling that this was meant to happen!


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Bands, Germany, Folk Music, Celtic Music, Irish Music, Cara, Traditional and Contemporary Folk


Genre:  World Music
Label:  Artes Records
Years Active:  2003-present
Country:  Germany
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Quick Tip by . December 29, 2009
A wonderful band that does amazing live shows. If you enjoy traditional or contemporary Irish folk music, then Cara is definitely for you!!!
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