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CARA brought their own very identifiable brand of Irish/Celtic based music to The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh tonight as part of their Scottish tour to an audience that immediately connected with their performance and stayed connected with them throughout the whole show.

This was my first visit to experience CARA live on stage, and I have to admit that the name that drew me initially to the band was Edinburgh’s very own Kim Edgar.  Over the past few years I have watched Kim Edgar perform a few times and her 2016 album “Stories Untold” still remains one of my favourite albums of that year.  Kim is one of the best songwriters that Scotland has produced in many years with the gift of writing haunting lyrics and melodies that just stay in your head for a very long time.  I was curious here to see what attracted Kim to CARA and how her own unique vocals and musical talents would fit into the wider group’s.  The first question is now obvious – the depth of talent that individually and collectively add up to the group.  The second question was also answered – CARA is an obvious musical home for Kim as musically their contrasts blend and shift into each other to create something new without losing individual identity.  Kim’s talents as a singer/songwriter for me always deserve a far higher profile than home-grown audiences sometimes give her, so it is... read the rest of the review here.

Image by James Duncan.