ALMA was formed in 1998.
An Edinburgh based Celtic/world music group, the band lineup has changed
a few times over the years since its formation and up until 2009 was known
as Cantara. Reformed in 2016 with new lineup by original founding member
Martin Struthers it has retained its original concept of a fusion of celtic
and world music styles and melody.
is Spanish and electric Guitars, piano accordian/keyboards & Whistle,
Electric Bass, Drums and Percussion and now goes by the name Cantara Alma
(alma meaning "with spirit" in spanish.
as it was know in its earlier days 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.
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)
The band have also appeared at the 'Tinto Folk Festival 98/99' & ' Dunbar
Folk Festival '98', Knockengorragh festival 2004.
Over the following years Cantara ventured further afield with many short
tours of italy, headlining some of the countrys' major Celtic music
festivals including "Celtica"(Val D Aosta).
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.
book Cantara Alma please phone Martin on 07734946306 or contact Cantara
click on links below to listen
to some preview tracks off the Cantara album "Celtic World "
The Sleeping Tune