Cara Dillon UK Tour playing Southport Atkinson Saturday 9th November 2013

The  Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB

Show 8pm Tickets £17adv/£19door Tel 01704 533333

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth. Born in Dungiven in 1975, she was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry. Having won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14 she went on to sing with Oige, De-Dannan and then Equation. It was in this band that she met her husband and musical collaborator Sam Lakeman.

The combination of Cara’s expressive vocals and Lakeman’s rippling piano and fresh production squeezed new life into ancient material. Their original songs sit happily alongside the traditional, reinforcing the debt they owe, whilst pointing to a distinct and distinguished musical identity all of their own.

It’s Cara’s unrivalled vocal talent and Sam’s musical and arranging skills that have seen them signed to major record labels since they were 19. First, Blanco Y Negro (Warners) and then the enviably hip Rough Trade Records who released her three solo albums to date, earning astonishing critical success and showering her with countless awards and accolades. In 2009 Cara set up her own record label, Charcoal Records and released the award winning Hill Of Thieves CD.

Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she’ll be there for a very long time.

Cara Dillon will be appearing on the Janice Long Album Review show on Vintage TV on September 15th and she will also be performing on the latest series of the iconic TV production Transatlantic Sessions, the first of which will be broadcast on BBC Two in Scotland starting on September 15th for six week, the series will then be broadcast on BBC 4 starting on September 27th for six weeks. Cara and Sam Lakeman will be appearing in the first show as well as two further episodes.

For her 2013 UK tour Cara will be performing songs from her highly anticipated new album A THOUSAND HEARTS alongside favourites from her award winning back catalogue.

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“…her voice is a thing of wonder: a warm yet precise tool that locks into the expansive humanity at the heart of these ancient songs” The Guardian

“The Musicianship was of the highest quality with Cara’s sweet and heavenly voice a joy to listen to…” Maverick magazine

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