CANTARA was formed in 1998.
An Edinburgh based Celtic/world music band, the lineup is currently , Spanish and electric Guitars, Pipes/Whistle, Electric Bass, accordian/keyboards, Drums and Percussion.

Cantara members originate from various musical backgrounds.
As a result of our contrasting backgrounds we have developed a unique fusion of styles.

The band has featured on 'Celtic Connections' (Radio Scotland) and has made live appearances on WAM TV, Tartan TV, Cable TV and Sky TV
These performances took place on the Ross Band Stand -Princes Street Gardens 2002, 2003 and 2004) as part of the Edinburgh international festival.

Cantara won the Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections festival Glasgow 2003.
As a consequence of our success at Celtic Connections Cantara performed alongside "The Afro Celts"(main stage- Glasgow Royal Concert Hall) and" Ali Mullers World Orchestra"(The Barrowlands) during Glasgows Celtic Connections festival 2004)
We have also appeared at the 'Tinto Folk Festival 98/99' & ' Dunbar Folk Festival '98', Knockengorragh festival 2004.
Over the following years Cantara have ventured further afield with many short tours of italy, headlining some of the countrys' major Celtic music festivals including "Celtica"(Val D Aosta).

Cantara have had a few years out from the gigging circuit but are soon to be back
playing again with a slight change of lineup and new material so be sure o keep your eyes and ears open .

To listen to some sample tracks from Cantara's 1st album "Celtic World" click on the links below.
To purchase any of Cantara's music please go to the store link on this site. You can preview all the tracks in full here by clicking on the track names.

TTo book Cantara please phone Martin on 07734946306 or contact Cantara at

 click on links below to listen to some tracks off the Cantara album "Celtic World "
El Paco Grande
Breton Afric
The Sleeping Tune

Breton Reggie (video)