The Telegraph's autumn highlights and best folk albums of 2014 (see here and here)


**** stars from R2 (Rock'n'Reel) Magazine

Top 10 Independent Artists of 2014, Ladylake Music Indie Awards

Love Folk LIVE award winners for Most Exciting Live Performance

The band's dedicated website:

Daria's band KARA features Ben Honey on guitar, Phil Underwood on melodeon (formerly Gary Holbrook on accordion), and Kate Rouse on hammered dulcimer.

"A stunning new British band who should be huge" (Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine)

Following their acclaimed debut Waters So Deep – named by The Telegraph as one of the Best Folk Albums of 2014, the “unique and innovative folk quartet” KARA are releasing their sophomore album – Some Other Shore – in June 2016 with a UK tour. The Russian-born lead vocalist has “one of the most refined and enjoyable voices around”, backed by an “interesting and strikingly different” combination of instruments: hammered dulcimer, melodeon and guitar. Fusing original material with Russian and British folk for a rich mix of songs and tunes, “the quartet bring something completely different to folk music as we know it.” (Bright Young Folk).

KARA have appeared live in session and/or had their music played on multiple radio stations, shows and podcasts, including The Mike Harding Folk Show, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Shropshire, BBC Gloucestershire, BBC Radio Kent, Celtic Music Radio, Blues and Roots Radio, FolkCast, Under the Mason's Apron (UTMA) Show, Acoustic Spectrum Radio, Bishop FM, Pure 107.8FM, Radio Dacorum, Bishop FM, Insanity FM, Dapper FM, Uckfield FM, The Durham Ranger and She-Bear (DRSB) Show, Radio Verulam, Radio Teesdale, Lionheart Radio, Watford's Vibe, Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe, etc.

For venues and promoters: KARA's Artiste Profile
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Comments about KARA:

"Vibrant rising stars of new folk" (Jon McNamara, Stortfolk Music Club)

"Stylish... imaginative... a unique brand of folk" (Tim Carroll, FolkWords)

"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)

"Very fine music quite expertly played" (Julian Mount, Watford Folk Club)

"Feedback about you guys was fabulous after your gig here – I really hope you'll consider coming back soon" (Joolz Addison, Hertford Corn Exchange)

"Highly unique, wonderful sound – KARA were superb and just fizzled with such spirit and positive energy" (Nick Stephenson, Mid-Week Music)

"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)

"Well, 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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