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Fáilte! Welcome!

Posted by caeracruitire on February 24, 2010

photo credit: (c) Bob Stegmeier

From haunting Celtic lullabies, through songs of intense grief and pain, to strains of healing and hope, Caera’s music always contains an authenticity that can be hard to find in today’s music, or even in today’s world in general.  Beautiful, powerful soprano vocals blend with the bell-like tones of her brass-strung Gaelic harp to create music that carries people through emotional, physical, and spiritual realms.

Caera performs a variety of songs from a variety of time periods and places.  She performs songs and chants from the Middle Ages, mostly from northern and western Europe.  She also has an ever-growing repertoire of traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isle of Man.  Many of these songs are in the native languages of these countries.  She has a particularly strong interest in the sean nos singing tradition of Ireland, and in the puirt a beul (mouth music) singing tradition in Scotland.  She has studied these styles in the Boston area and in Ireland.  In addition, Caera writes her own original songs, in English as well as in Irish Gaelic.

While Caera is very passionate about the music, languages, history, and spirituality of her Celtic ancestors, she is also very concerned with the real struggles of real people in today’s world.  She may write and sing about timeless goddesses and fairies or modern women and children with the same passion and intensity.  Her music is imbued with Celtic mysticism but it also stays real.

Throughout her career as a performing musician, Caera’s singing has been compared to that of Máire ‘Moya’ Brennan (of Clannad), Nóirín ní Riain, Karen Mattheson (of Capercaillie), Karan Casey, Loreena McKennitt, and several other notable singers in Celtic music.  She has also collected such comments from her audiences as “Now I know the angels sing in Gaelic,” and “I would walk on broken glass to hear you sing.”

Caera has released five full-length albums, and has performed and sold CD’s throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe.  She has won at least 9 gold medals for Gaelic singing, poetry, and harp performance at various Feisean (Gaelic competitions).  Several publications, including “The Boston Globe” and Canada’s “Celtic Heritage” magazine, have run feature articles about Caera and her music.  And her biggest accomplishment to date is to have been on two official ballots for the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Whether through spiritual dreamworlds or through the day to day struggles of the world we all share, this music can augment your journeys with sweetness and strength.

In recent years, Caera has been a member of Seattle’s Celtic WorldBeat band Chronilus. For more information on Chronilus, see or .

For more information or booking, please call (206)495-8193, or email caerasinger[at]gmail[dot]com (type it correctly to prove you’re not a spambot).  Caera’s electronic press kit is available online at .  Her own web site is , and her music can also be found at and .


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