Cara Wildman is a seasoned percussionist and bodhran player that hails from Dorchester, Texas. 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 earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Texas Christian University, continuing on to complete a second master’s in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick, graduating with honors. .
While in Limerick she was fortunate to study with bodhran greats Jim Higgins, Eamon Murray, Colm Murphy, Martin O’Neill, Colm Phelan, Cormac Byrne, and Junior Davey. Dónal Lunny describes Cara’s playing as having “great taste, which bespeaks an overview of the music and her part in it…the development of the bodhran 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 bodhran.”
Cara has taught in a variety of educational settings including presenting at the Texas Music Educator’s Association (TMEA) convention, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), as a bodhran instructor at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, and private percussion instruction/freelancing in the DFW area. Cara is an active teacher, adjudicator, and performer, and spends her free time fishing and riding her horse Rocket at the 5W Ranch in Dorchester. You can find more info about her and her new line of bodhrans at www.carawildman.com.
Workshop — Bodhran Friendly Session