Traditional Irish Music
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Yet We Sing is the new release by Cara, a band that we have followed with interest over the years. Comprising both German and Scottish members they have gained a loyal following on the European circuit, winning awards for ‘Best New Irish Artist’ and ‘Top Group’ along the way. They have been recording and touring for over a decade and have started to accumulate an impressive back catalogue. We reviewed their previous release Horizon back in 2013, and it was a revelation in terms of arrangements and sound. This time, they have pared everything back to their core sound utilising only the band members in the recording process. They say that this was a by-product of developing the whole album organically, driven by the desire to create a recording that they could reproduce on stage.
They attribute the Cara sound to “the two charismatic singers and songwriters, Gudrun Walther (Germany) and Kim Edgar (Scotland)." This recording they say “deals with the hard stuff - love, death, religion, war and hope - drawing the listener near. It captures the live energy that has earned them their enthusiastic fanbase and their reputation within the folk scene.”
Our exclusive track is Little Musgrave, on which they give a detailed background : “Ever since Planxty recorded this, it has been an all-time favourite of Jürgen, Gudrun and Rolf (which is a very rare thing. It might well be the only ‘desert island song’ that we have in common!). When we decided that we would like to tackle a ‘big song’ again, Gudrun said “well there’s Musgrave, but I suppose that’s out of the question...” – and we agreed. Planxty had nailed this, so there was no need for another version. We continued to look for ballads, but Little Musgrave kept creeping back, again and again, until one day Jürgen and Gudrun sat down with just guitar and voice, and gave it a try. The results of this session ended up on a rough demo that was sent to the other band members, and we agreed that we all would love to deliver this, Cara-style – so here you go, this is our version of this fantastic, spine-tingling story!”
The band have been touring and recording for 13 years and achieving that kind of longevity is not easy. We asked Gudrun how they have managed to survive for so long, with very little change in their lineup. “I'm in it from the very beginning, and so is Jürgen,” she says. “It was our first project together as musicians following years of touring separately. It gave us the chance to play the music we love and to spend time together. Rolf Wagels, another mutual friend, joined soon after and has never looked back since. So, at the core of the band, we have always been some sort of family enterprise and first and foremost friends (hence the name!). As you get older (I was in my early twenties when we started out), some people start a family and need to stay home more, others want to keep touring - so we had to part ways with two of our original members. We are very blessed that we have found fantastic replacements in both Kim Edgar and Hendrik Morgenbrodt, who are not only musicians we respect and love working with, but also are great friends that you can count on. We are still in touch with all our past members - you never really leave the family! For our tenth birthday, we had a great reunion concert with everyone. Way too much fun. We might do it again for our 20th.”
In approaching the recording they have opted to get back to basics: very little overdubs and a very live sound. “For this record, we focused even more on being a band,” Gudrun said. “We went to Italy together for a week in May, and played through all the song and tune suggestions that were proposed, and even wrote some new music together. From there we arranged the music in a way that we could play it live. We ignored the layers of studio sound that become redundant when you are on stage. One of the most important guest instruments on previous recordings has always been bass (double bass, fretless bass, electric bass). This time, however, we recorded with a beautiful Steinway grand, giving the bass hand on the piano a more prominent role. We have also used some effects that we use in our live shows: an octave pedal on the guitar, a stomp box and an octave pedal on the accordion bass.”
“This album’s very special to us, as we have managed to realise a few things that we’ve been talking about for a long time. Also, many of the new songs reflect the fact that we’ve been talking about the bigger issues of life a lot whilst on tour, continuing to grow as individuals, and as a group of friends making the music that matters to us.”
Following this release, there will be extensive touring in Germany throughout January and February. They also celebrate the album launch at Celtic Connections on Wednesday 27th January, followed by a brief Scottish tour taking in Eden Court, Inverness (28th), Dunfermline's Carnegie Hall (29th) and Edinburgh's Queen’s Hall (30th).
The album is now available, and you can purchase or download it from Cara's website www.cara-music.com
For broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre, the album is FREE and all liner notes are included. Follow the link below.
Kim Edgar : lead vocals, grand piano
Hendrik Morgenbrodt : uilleann pipes, flute, whistles, backing vocals
Gudrun Walther : lead vocals, fiddle, diatonic accordion, viola
Jürgen Treyz : guitar, dobro, backing vocals
Rolf Wagels : bodhrán, new spirit drum
First and foremost our heartfelt gratitude to all our families, partners and close friends for your support and understanding. It’s not easy having a musician in the family or being friends with one... without you, this would not have been possible!!
To our instrument makers Heiner Dreizehnter (guitars), Tom Aebi (flute), Colin Goldie (whistles), Frans van der Aa (accordion), Christian Hedwitschak (bodhráns), Martin Berghammer (new spirit drum, used on "Elfin Knight"), Stevie Moises (bodhrán tippers), Jiri Lebeda (Dobro).
Also to the following instrument makers:
Karel van der Leeuw and Michael Nille for accordion maintenance and tuning, Andreas Rogge, uilleann pipe maker extraordinaire, who taught Hendrik his trade, Steffen Gabriel for great flutes and friendship,Günther Schlotz for Steinway tuning and support, Ernst Käshammer for keeping Gudrun's very old violin in good shape
To all the people who were involved in making or contributed to this album:
Eva Giovannini (artwork, graphic design, photography, creative input and great friendship), Siobhán Peoples, Ronan Ryan, Yoann An Nedeleg, Calum Stewart, Leslie Harris and Anthony Davis - composers of some brilliant tunes,
Claus Steinort for the flute and still being involved and helpful, KUZ Dieselstrasse Esslingen (Martin Friedrich, Martin Bretting and Dörte Nevermann) for letting us use your amazing venue and stage for rehearsals and filming, Ingeborg Wagels for her support
To our tireless, hard working crew:
Steffen Wutzke and Ingo Rau (live sound and great friendship), Falk Bruder (artes Konzertbuero), Kristina Handtrack (filming and video work),
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