KARA's new album - Some Other Shore - out now

"An exceptionally fine and enjoyable album" (Andy McMillan, Bright Young Folk)

"A stunning mix of English music and Russian folklore" (Dai Jeffries,

"A great album, and Daria Kulesh's voice is just... well..." (Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show)

"A must for any music collection. The tracks are varied and entertaining. Never a chance to get bored. I love it." (Liz Franklin, Radio Teesdale)

More reviews

Album of the Week on Paul Dover's A World of Difference, Trent Sound (30/05/16)

Artist of the Week on Tracey Edges' Sunday Girl, Siren 107.3FM (05/06/16)

Album of the Week on Gary Hazlehurst's Folk Show, Nova FM (05/06/16)

Album of the Week on Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe, Blues & Roots Radio (17/06/16)
Album of the Week
on Fatea Magazine's Along the Tracks (17/06/16)
Album of the Week on Roots & Shoots with Roger Pettit, Felixstowe Radio (20/06/16)
Album of the Week on Paul Mansell's World Folk Show, Marlow FM (27/08/16)

Introducing new band member from January 2017

NEW member singer and songwriter Pete Morton has been touring the folk circuits of Europe, North America & beyond since the late eighties. With his energetic and passionate style of performance, he brings together his love of the tradition with contemporary social commentary. His song “Another Train” has been widely covered by choirs, bands and solo artists around the world. The Guardian described him as “Not only original, but a revelation”. Mojo magazine wrote, “fiercely creative, proudly independent and terminally unpredictable!” Perfect addition to KARA then!

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 (to be replaced by Pete Morton from January 2017), 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 Daria Kulesh has “one of the most refined and enjoyable voices around”, backed by an “interesting and strikingly different” combination of instruments: hammered dulcimer (Kate Rouse), melodeon (Phil Underwood) and guitar (Ben Honey). 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
KARA 2016.pdf
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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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