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Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon Audio CD
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1. BLACK IS THE COLOUR
2. DONALD OF GLENCOE
3. CRAIGIE HILL
4. GREEN GROWS THE LAUREL
5. LARK IN THE CLEAR AIR
6. THE LONESOME SCENES OF WINTER
7. BLUE MOUNTAIN RIVER
8. I WISH I WAS
9. THE MAID OF CULMORE
10. SHE'S LIKE THE SWALLLOW
11. I AM A YOUTH THAT'S INCLINED TO RAMBLE

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless ! Oct. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Born and raised in Dungiven, County Derry, this is Cara's first solo album - she has released albums as part of the bands Oige and Equation. It was when she joined Equation she met the man who became her musical partner (and soon to be husband) Sam Lakeman. Together, they left the band within a year of Cara joining and started working towards this release. Recorded in Donegal and Devon, produced by Sam and released in July 2001 this album is a must-have if (i) you like music of a traditional / folk leaning or (ii) regardless of the musical style, you can appreciate a truly outstanding singing voice.
All but three of the eleven songs on the album are traditional. "Lark in the Clear Air", one of these three, is probably the album's weakest. The lyrics are brimming with so much sweetness, listening too closely to them could cause a feeling of nausea. In fairness to Cara and Sam, it wasn't penned by them - "Blue Mountain River", one of their own compositions, is a much stronger song musically and lyrically.
On the whole, though, I'd have to say I prefer the traditional songs. The album starts with what I'd consider to be the best - "Black is the Colour" and "Donald of Glencoe". However, the rest of the album is far from disappointing - the remaining tracks are all very good and would be the highlights of many other albums. "She's Like the Swallow" especially deserves an honourable mention. Like the rest of the album, it's beautifully played sung - it also has the benefit of not being a straightforward love song !
I'd say this album would be the sort of recording that would suit nicely when you've had a rotten day at work - draw the curtains, stretch out on the sofa, start listening and relax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Newcomer makes her mark Aug. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
Cara Dillon is (by deduction) Mary Dillon's sister, lead singer of Irish band Deanta. This is Cara's debut album featuring nine traditional songs and two originals in both acoustic and contemporary electric arrangements. Cara has a sweet almost wispy voice, akin to both Mary Dillon and Karan Casey, well suited to this repertoire. The arrangements are all very tasteful, and Cara's style pulls each together and makes them work. The highlights for me are "Black Is The Colour" and "The Maid of Culmore", both tender, romantic and captivating. Others include "Donald of Glencoe", "Craigie Hill", "Green Grows The Laurel", "The Lark In The Clear Air" and "I Am A Youth That's Inclined To Ramble". Production values are not quite as assured as say, Karan Casey's "Distant Shore", but Cara's fine talent will quickly make its mark with a wide audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeping the tradition alive March 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
I suppose there has been a lot of hype about Cara Dillon-BBC Folk awards etc. but this CD provides the reason, along with her backing tracks on Billy Connolly's latest rambles! The opening track, 'Black is the Colour' is just wonderful, the arrangement, particularly Sam Lakerman's piano, totally transposing something traditional into a vital 21st century song. And so for all the tracks. Much has been written about her beautiful voice, and indeed it is beautiful, but what really hits home with this record is the feeling that here are some young musicians really keeping the flame of traditional music burning brightly for the next generation. Simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeping the tradition alive March 20 2002
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I suppose there has been a lot of hype about Cara Dillon-BBC Folk awards etc. but this CD provides the reason, along with her backing tracks on Billy Connolly's latest rambles! The opening track, 'Black is the Colour' is just wonderful, the arrangement, particularly Sam Lakeman's piano, totally transposing something traditional into a vital 21st century song. And so for all the tracks. Much has been written about her beautiful voice, and indeed it is beautiful, but what really hits home with this record is the feeling that here are some young musicians really keeping the flame of traditional music burning brightly for the next generation. Simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winning package! July 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
Cara Dillon is young, and she has the voice of an angel. She has an obvious appreciation for pop music, but an abiding love for her Irish traditions. And this, her self-titled debut album, blends both in a winning package.
Most of the songs on Cara's first CD are traditional pieces, arranged by Cara and producer Sam Lakeman to appeal to an audience with a love for Irish traditional ballads and modern pop. With vocals this delightfully vivid, I can only hope Cara continues to explore her traditional roots with an ear for modern arrangements.
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