Cara Wildman is an experienced and well-respected percussionist, pianist, dancer, and bodhrán player from Dorchester, TX. Cara’s talents have led her to perform in a variety of musical ensembles and genres around the world including in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Ireland, and across the United States. She has performed with Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, Celtic Thunder, and The Irish Memory Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from Texas Christian University, and a second Master's in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Cara has studied with bodhrán greats Jim Higgins, Eamon Murray, Martin O'Neil, Cormac Byrne, Colm Murphy, Colm Phelan, and Junior Davey, among others.
Cara's playing has garnered international accolades including winning the 2016, 2018, and 2019 Senior Bodhrán Champion for the Limerick and Midwest Fleadhanna, and placing 3rd at the 2019 All-Ireland fleadh in Drogheda, Ireland. Donal Lunny described her playing as having "great taste...as an artist she can be immersed in her playing while retaining perspective on its contribution to the music. The development of the bodhrán is an exciting work in progress. I think Cara is at the front edge of this development..."
"Cara Wildman is a talented percussionist with a wide diversity of experience...she continually challenges her technique and style of playing in this context and is set to make a great contribution to the tradition."
Sandra Joyce—Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
"Cara Wildman's bodhran playing is informed by her appreciation of the melody and it's subtleties. Here is the making of a fine musician; not just a percussionist, but a contributor to the weave."
Colm Murphy-De Dannan
"Cara's understanding of rhythm and syncopation is more or less absolute. Her accomplished execution of complex time signatures makes her technique seem effortless. Cara supports and reinforces the music she accompanies with what can best be described as great taste, which bespeaks an overview of the music and her part in it. As an artist, she can be immersed in her playing while retaining perspective on its contribution to the music. The development of the bodhrán is an exciting work in progress. I think Cara is at the front edge of this development, and I suspect her musical talent extends well beyond her brilliant playing of the bodhrán."
Donal Lunny-Planxty and The Bothy Band
"Cara is a highly skilled percussionist across multiple genres ranging from Irish to Classical and everything in between…"
Dermot Sheedy-Hermitage Green
"It was a real pleasure to work with Cara. Her musicality and understanding of rhythm/spacing really shone through, as well as her ability to take on new information and process it with great efficiency. I've no doubt Cara will be a huge addition to our great network of bodhrán players."
Kieran Leonard-The Recollective
"Cara is a gifted player; she's extremely technical yet so sensitive. She has class in her playing that only comes to the most musical amongst us. An amazing drummer, pianist, percussionist, etc..."
"Cara Wildman’s bodhrán playing is unique and innovative, informed by a wider knowledge of percussion and combined with an excellent understanding of the Irish Tradition."
"Good bodhrán players are worth their weight in gold. Maybe more than your weight in your case..."
Ryan Behnke-Three Pints & A Glass
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