You can hear the beautiful sounds of Caera's wire-strung Clairseach (Celtic Harp) playing Carolan's Welcome from her album Through Misty Air as bed music in our Flag Fen Compeition Special, SP31. With her friend Myra, Caera released an album called Wake the Dragon under the band name of Môr Gwyddelig, and in our 2012 Yuletide Party Show, SP32 you can hear their haunting Ie Voz Prioz.
Caera is an award-winning Gaelic singer and harper from the Boston area who has recently relocated to Seattle, WA. She currently has 5 albums, all of which feature songs in the Irish language, as well as English and other languages. She sings in all three Gaelic languages (Irish, Scottish, and Manx) as well as Welsh, and plays a clairseach, a brass-strung harp played with the fingernails that originated in Ireland and Scotland in the middle ages.
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.”
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.
Caera has 4 albums available, and 1 as Môr Gwyddelig with Myra Hope Bobbitt.