Canadian Folk Singer Cara Luft is coming to the Pearl Company Sunday, April 13! $15, or $10 for students/seniors/artists. Details here.
Cara is an award winning Canadian singer from Winnipeg who blends folk and traditional music with a taste of rock. We interviewed Cara about her experiences in Hamilton, her most recent record, and her collaborations with other artists:
Have you ever been to Hamilton before?
I have, I played the Festival of Friends maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I think I’ve played 2 or 3 times in Hamilton the last 8 years, but I think Festival of Friends is the last time I officially played in the city, so it’s really exciting to get back.
Do you have a favourite spot in Hamilton?
Well I knew some people who lived there, so going to see the people I knew was my favourite thing to do! But one of them worked at the Royal Botanical Gardens, I remember meeting her there and riding my bike, or something involving my bike and wandering around and looking at how beautiful everything was. So, that would definitely be one of my highlights.
What inspired you to write the songs on your most recent record Darlingford?
I was going through some upheaval in my life and knew that I, like most musicians, write a lot about life experiences and that was kind of the inspiration behind those songs. The trick is, when you’re writing about your personal experiences, how do you write about it so that other people can relate to it? I would talk about there being this fine line between the personal and the universal, so I was aware of that as I was getting ready to write for the project. I brought a friend on board to help me co-write a lot of the material to kind of keep that balance in check and make sure that we were able to write songs that audience members could nod their heads to and say “oh yeah, I relate to that experience”. I found that I was writing around the theme of friendship, family, love lost – things that are really heart-centric and personal.
Can you tell me a bit about your upcoming 4th album?
I’m actually doing a duo project with JD Edwards […] We got partnered about a year and a half ago to sing at a 25th anniversary of one of the main venues in [Winnipeg], and we realized we had never actually sung together before. We didn’t really know each other’s material and we really hit it off, but nothing really developed after this one off concert because we both had really heavy tour schedules. So this January I had asked him to join me for a portion of that tour I was doing out west, and he came on the tour with me [...] We went and did a bunch of shows together and the feedback we got was like none I’ve had really experienced since perhaps my time with the Jenny’s. And so we kind of kept looking at each other and were like ‘huh!’ this is a case of the sum being greater than the parts.
We are actually going to be flying from Ontario after the Ontario tour to BC to do pre-production for the record, then we are heading into the studio to in end of May early June to record the project together [...] On the tour, we will be doing some of the material I had been doing with Darlingford and introduce some of the new stuff as well.
Make sure to see Cara’s show in Hamilton on Sunday April 13, or catch it in another city: