Time flies, when you’re out making music! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since singer/songwriter (and former Wailin’ Jenny) Cara Luft last toured across Canada. The good news is she’s back and she’s making a stop in Fernie.
After a Western Canadian tour and several showcase performances at the International Folk Alliance in Toronto last February, Luft spent the majority of 2013 touring throughout the U.K. and Europe in support of her latest album Darlingford, with the odd touch-down back in North American to teach and perform at various summer festivals and music camps. Now 2014 finds her back in Canada, and on January 25, Cara Luft will kick-off a western Canadian tour.
On top of touring overseas last year, Cara Luft was chosen to represent Canada in a new musical collaboration project between Canada and the U.K., alongside British artist Bella Hardy, a project spearheaded by Folk Music Canada and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Luft has spent time writing and recording songs with several different collaborators.
“I’ve been doing some co-writing since Darlingford, particularly with Edmonton-area songwriter Karla Anderson, U.K. artist Bella Hardy, and my U.K. sideman Scott Poley,” says Luft. “A lot of the new material and song ideas are around the theme of home. I’ve been without a home since Christmas 2012 and it’s something I long for. It’s interesting to see how that desire has crept into my ideas for songs.”
Though Cara Luft is working on songs for a new album, this upcoming tour is in support of her latest album Darlingford. Released in June 2012 through Blue Case Tunes/Fontana North, the album received much critical acclaim and was one of the most played Canadian folk albums on the International Folk DJ list for 2013. Several of Luft’s songs on Darlingford made it as semi-finalists in both the International Songwriting Competition and the Unsigned Only Competition.
Don’t miss your chance to see Cara Luft live at Fernie’s own Clawhammer Letterpress on Wednesday, February 5.