Jacynth and Heather met in Belfast in the 1980’s. In 1998 Caim celtic harmony duo was born when Heather invited Jacynth to sing with her and to research and arrange most of the music for their first album, Caim, Sung Prayers in the Celtic Tradition, based on the writings of David Adam, former vicar of Lindisfarne.
Since those early days Jacynth and Heather have recorded nine CDs of Celtic prayers and folk songs – the most recent being a special CD of chants and silence as an aid to meditation.
As well as Celtic sung prayers and Irish and Scottish folk songs in their concerts and recordings, Jacynth and Heather include songs collected on their tours in Canada, USA and Australia.A highlight of their international travels came in 2009 and 2010 when they were invited to sing for children in the Karen Burmese refugee camps, schools and orphanages in Thailand.
Caim continue to give concerts to raise awareness of and funds for Umphang orphanage, Thailand.
In the past couple of years Pauline Vallance has joined Caim to add a third harmony plus clarsach and flute backing to their music – and a few songs of her own!
Pauline has played flute for many years, in orchestras and in folk sessions. She began playing clarsach in 2007. This inspired her to start writing songs. In 2009, she was a prizewinner at the Glasgow Songwright Festival and she has played a number of folk festivals and clubs in Scotland and northern England.
A feature of Caim concerts has always been some Irish dancing for fun, with Jacynth demonstrating Irish dance steps to Heather’s singing and bodhran beat. Now Pauline’s hornpipes and reels on the flute accompanied by Heather’s bodhran set Jacynth’s wee feet a-dancin’!
Caim can be booked for worship services, meditative retreats, conferences, folk clubs, festivals and concerts, including ‘House Concerts’ and fund raising concerts for your church or charity. They perform as a trio wherever possible but you might find the occasional Caim duo singing somewhere!
Caim music touches the heart, bringing a sense of calm, uplift and peace.
“Music to take with you on life’s journey and an aid to your travelling” Canon David Adam.
“Your music is breathtakingly beautiful and has a profoundly centering effect for me” L. Mann. Florida USA
“an impressive and eclectic collection of songs that reflect their disparate but conjoint Celtic backgrounds” Alasdair MacLean, The Scots Magazine