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Caracana is an uplifting Nos Lowen or Cornish Ceilidh folk group, with music deriving from their native land of Cornwall, as well as Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Brittany, Galicia, Eastern Europe and from their own compositions.

The spirit of Caracana is reflected in their name, which means ‘the love of music’ in the Cornish language. The group was first formed over a decade ago, and their heartfelt music has been enjoyed by audiences throughout Cornwall. They have also represented Cornwall at the Interceltic Lorient Festival in France and were the support act for The Incredible String Band at The Eden Project.

Well known for playing a diverse range of folk, Caracana has become a sought after Ceilidh Band on the Cornish folk scene. Their music covers a wide range of genres and their close harmony singing is a delight to experience.

Screen name:
Member since:
Mar 05 2014
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
43 years

Members Of Band

Pema Wainwright - (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vocals & Percussion) - As a founding member of the band, Pema brings a youthful energy with her quirky percussion and mesmerising clarinet.

Frank Pickering - (Fiddle, Guitar & Vocals) - A singer/songwriter who embraced the Cornish revival, joining Caracana when he moved to Cornwall.

Alastair Russell - (Guitar & Vocals) - With the band for over a decade, Alastair's driving rhythm is the metronome to Caracana's unique sound.

Emma Packer - (Fiddle & Vocals) - Caracana's newest member, her natural ear for harmony combined with her joy of playing are a delight to behold.

Anita W. Cock - (Double-Bass & Vocals) - A rare talent, performing in countless bands throughout the county, we are lucky to have Anita on board and she is well loved by all.


Full PA including front of house speakers, monitors and mixing desk.