Cara Dillon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal World
Decades: 2000s


1975, Dungiven, Co. Derry, Eire. The sister of Mary Dillon, former singer with the group Déanta, Cara demonstrated the same vocal talents in winning the All Ireland Singing Trophy at the age of 14. She went on to sing with Óige and then the folk supergroup Equation, joining the latter in 1995 as the replacement for Kate Rusby. Dillon left Equation before the release of their Blanco y Negro debut, and began working with another previous member, Sam Lakeman (of the Lakeman Brothers). A new contract was signed with Blanco y Negro and material recorded with a number of collaborators, but after four years of sessions Dillon and Lakeman, who were now personal partners as well, parted company with the Warners organisation. They recorded an album of largely traditional material, which was released (under Dillon’s name) by the newly revived Rough Trade Records label in 2001. Dillon’s expressive vocals and Lakeman’s piano work squeezed new life...

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