Cara Wildman is an experienced musician and dancer from Dorchester, Texas. She has performed in a variety of musical ensembles and genres around the United States and internationally, including 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’Neill, and Cormac Byrne, among others.
Cara’s playing has garnered several accolades, including the 2016 Limerick and 2018 and 2019 Midwest Senior Bodhrán Championships. 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…”