Spirited acoustic folk with a Russian twist...
Spirited acoustic folk with a Russian twist...

What venues and promoters say about us:

"Vibrant rising stars of new folk"

(Jon McNamara, Stortfolk Music Club)

"Not just good, but magical"

(John Farndon, The Cauldron)

"They can capture imagination and keep people enthralled with theatrical, lively performances"
(Unicorn magazine).

"Sensational. Absolutely marvellous" (Brian Doran, Culture Show on Radio Dacorum)


"Highly unique, wonderful sound – KARA were simply superb and just fizzled with such spirit and positive energy"

(Nick Stephenson, Mid-Week Music)

“An outstanding performance from guest artists KARA... (who) brought us songs from such exotic, faraway places as Mother Russia, Ukraine, France – and the Isle of Wight.
They produced a spellbinding sound, blending eastern and western influences, on traditional and original songs and even managed to get the HaverFolk Choir singing in Russian.​Their material was wide-ranging, covering translations of poems by Pushkin and Lermontov and Russian folk songs, through a version of that old favourite Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme (but with different herbs) and even two songs about the Isle of Wight. Their music had HaverFolk swaying gently or stomping along during this fine evening.”
(Peter Walters, Haverfolk)

"Highly professional, but always fun, they delivered an excellent international set"

(Archie Macaulay, Uxbridge Folk Club)

"KARA gave us a great night's entertainment. They have a fascinating mix of material which took us from County Clare to the Russian steppes via Venezuela and many other stops in between!! Apparently this was their first full gig - you would never have guessed it!"
(Malcolm Hobbs, Redbourn Folk Club)

"KARA's blend of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material has fantastic drive, energy and commitment. Daria Kulesh who adds a strong Eastern European flair is a charismatic and energetic front woman who is backed by a very capable band. They will be back"

(Bob Templeman, Chesham Folk Club)

"What a brilliant night! KARA were something refreshingly different from the norm, if there is such a thing, taking us on a whistlestop tour of England, Ireland, France and Russia. They displayed some virtuoso musicianship with Kate performing an impressive solo piece on the hammered dulcimer, Gary's fingers flew across the accordion keys when required or worked more delicately evoking those sounds we associate with the music of Paris a few decades back, Ben deftly completed the overall sound with a guitar. Daria, the Russian element in the group and lead singer (with occasional help from a bodhran), sang well, slipping effortlessly from Russian to English and back as the songs required with all the emotions expressed, but always an underlying smile, one felt. A great group!"

(Steve Primarolo, Bracknell Folk)

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