We’re looking forward to Cara Dillon’s gig on Sun 25 May and to whet your appetite for what’s in store check out the video for Shotgun Down The Avalanche, the first single from her brand new album, A Thousand Hearts, which is released today.
Cara has been very busy since she released her previous album Hill of Thieves in 2009. She’s had another baby with her husband Sam Lakeman and in 2010 sang the title track to the Disney movie “Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue” and also narrated the opening sequence of the film. Closing track Come Flying With Me has become a favourite at her live gigs. Again, for Disney, they recorded an original song to be played at the close of the night-time spectacular show, “Disney Dreams”, in Disneyland Paris entitled “Come Dream A Dream”
Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has successfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.
We’re also excited to see Cara’s support act Winter Mountain. Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain are Joseph Francis and Martin Smyth. They blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other.