Kara Barnard

Kara Barnard is a singer-songwriter, nationally competing multi-instrumentalist, instructor and talented visual artist. She owns the Weed Patch Music Company in Nashville, Indiana.

When Kara's not playing or creating art, you'll probably find her hiking or biking through the hills of Brown County.

Barnard, already counted among the nation's finest fingerstyle guitarists, is also Indiana's top ranked female mandolinist. Her mountain dulcimer skills landed her a top five spot in the 2009 Walnut Valley Festival National competition and also earned her an invitation to perform and give workshops at an international convention in Bogota, Colombia in 1997. Kara does more outside studio work and side player gigs on banjo than on any other instrument.

Kara's seven CDs, Cheshire Cat Moon, The Water's Edge, Home, Fret Hopping in Brown County, Dishpan Brigade, Brown County Waltz and Flying Down King Street, see yearly sales in the thousands. She has cut down on her formerly extensive touring schedule, and now performs mostly in Indiana and South Carolina as a solo performer and with her sister, Pam Barnard Hays (as one half of The Barnard Sisters).

Kara has worked live and/or in the studio with many nationally recognized artists and bands such as Tret Fure, Ferron, Wishing Chair, Jamie Anderson, Sindacato (co-producing their critically acclaimed third CD, Logan County), Slats Klug, and Buzzy Jones.

Kara instructs hundreds of guitar, mandolin, banjo and dulcimer students each year. Beginner to advanced students seek her out for her technical excellence and outstanding teaching skills. She is one of the most highly respected music teachers in Indiana.

Before Kara discovered the guitar at ten she was the curator of her own art gallery, showing her work behind several roped off areas of her converted bedroom. Weak attendance forced the young Kara into the music business but she has since resumed her career in the visual arts. Today, people hire Kara to design everything from signs to T-shirts to book covers, but she is best known for what she terms "cartoon cartography," folk art influenced hand-drawn maps.

Kara working on a map of Bloomington, Indiana in 2009
Kara working on a map of Bloomington, Indiana

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