Cara Dillon to appear at Ropery Hall
Irish folk singer Cara Dillon makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going and in February she will be appearing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall thanks to Mark Keable of mtm promotions.
“If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you will have something special in store,” said Mark.
Known for being both an original artist and one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song throughout the world, Cara has successfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. In doing so she has earned both commercial success and critical acclaim.
Cara’s musical journey began when she won the All Ireland Singing Trophy at only 14 years and her teenage years were spent performing with bands including Irish music legends, De Dannan. Signed to Warners at the age of 19 as part of “Equation” it was in this band that she met her future husband, Sam Lakeman. The two left the band after only a year craving a more adventurous musical path and so began an extraordinary journey together.
Cara Dillon’s eponymous debut album was recorded in 2—1 immediately after the couple ended their relationship with Warners. When released in July 2001 it become one of the biggest selling folk records of the decade, was critically acclaimed in the music press for being inspirational, energising, and evocative, and won Cara two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Her second album “Sweet Liberty” was released in September 2003 and was no less successful with Cara picking up one of the biggest awards in Ireland, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female” alongside the Tatler magazine “Woman of The Year in Music”.
“Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she’ll remain there for a very long time,” Mark went on. “When she sings, Cara’s voice embraces the divine. In person, she can be blunt and ebullient, with a vigorous and enchanting character“.
Interspersed within their musical journey together, Cara and Sam have had the privilege to have been asked to guest on some remarkable projects and have chosen to explore some surprising avenues. In the late 1990s they worked on tracks with the likes of Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), Richard Hawley and Robin Millar and Cara recorded the lead single, “Man In The Rain”, on Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells III” and was a featured vocalist alongside Sinead O’Connor on the Ghostland album.
She guested on the title track to the hit movie “Keeping Mum” starring Rowen Atkinson, Maggie Smith, and Patrick Swayze and sang live to a televised audience of several hundred million at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup.
Four years later Cara was asked to record the title track to Disney’s “Tinker Bell and The Great Fairy Rescue” in Abbey Road Studios and also narrated the opening sequence of the movie. The couple also recorded a lullaby for the end credits of the movie as well as 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”.
Her latest album A Thousand Hearts, released in 2014, was recorded entirely by Cara, Sam and their band, although a member of the Eagles, Timothy B Schmidt, did drop in and sing backing vocals on Bright Morning Star.
Cara’s gig on Friday, February 19, starts at 8pm and tickets cost £20 in advance or £22 on the door. They can be purchased via www.roperyhall.co.uk, by telephoning 01652 660380 or in person at The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery.