Multi-national, award-winning band CARA tour worldwide with Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish & Scottish tradition.
Scroll down for more information about Cara
Cost: £28 for the session, or get a weekend ticket.
Cara are playing the Swanage Folk Festival 2024

When to see Cara

The main marquee (Sandpit field) in Saturday evening’s concert. Click here to see the other bands playing in that session.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets early.

Festival locations

Events are located around the town centre, mainly Sandpit Field and Shore road. Click here for a map of the locations.


You can get tickets for individual concerts, or for the whole weekend. Click here for more details.


“They sound like a whole festival wrapped up in one band!” (BBC Radio Scotland)

A multi-national, award-winning band with Scottish/Irish and German members, CARA tour worldwide with unique interpretations of Celtic music, firmly rooted in the Irish and Scottish tradition, presenting innovative arrangements of traditional material alongside critically acclaimed original compositions. Fronted by two female lead singers, CARA combine vocals, piano, fiddle, flute, guitar, uilleann pipes and accordion with a dry-witted and charismatic stage presence.

They have headlined some of the largest Irish music festivals and brought audiences to their feet across the USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria,Switzerland and Denmark. With two Irish Music Awards, the “Freiburger Leiter” 2018 award, the „Kaarster Stern“ 2020, six studio and two live albums as well as countless performances under their belts, CARA effortlessly navigate the spaces between trad, singer/songwriter, “nu-folk” and acoustic pop. 

Forced by unforeseen events to pause an otherwise extremely active touring life, CARA have responded to the global pandemic with a thoughtful, philosophical and life-affirming emotional testimony to some big questions in their new album, “Grounded”.

2023 saw the band celebrate their 20th anniversary with a special concert with guest musicians at “Celtic Connections”. 

“A world class band in top form.” (Irish Music Magazine)

“Music of the highest order.” (Mike Harding)

“They boldly go where others fear to tread“ (The Irish Times)

“An outstanding concert band“ (Boston Irish Reporter, USA)

“A musical force to be reckoned with…they can really fly”. (The Scotsman)


Craft fair, children’s entertainment, afternoon concerts – On Sandpit field

Dance displays, a procession and music – all around the town

Tickets needed

Evening concerts – on Sandpit field

Comedy Club  and concerts and in the Conservative Club  –

Ceilidh in Swanage School

Workshops – various locations