Irish folk singer Cara Dillon plays The Connaught Theatre, Worthing as part of her UK tour on Saturday October 26th performing songs from her highly anticipated new album ‘A thousand hearts’.
Cara is described as 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.
Cara said: “I’m really looking forward to performing in The Connaught Theatre in Worthing in October as my brother-in-law, Seth Lakeman, says it’s a real favourite of his, so I hope we get a good turnout as we’ll be performing songs from my new album along with some favourites.”
Born in Dungiven in 1975, Cara 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.
Tickets are £18.50 and are available from Worthing Theatres on 01903 206206 or on line at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk. The performance starts at 7.30 pm.