Saturday 23rd September, The Guildhall, 8pm (doors open 7pm)
No support. £22. Unreserved seating
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 have something special in store.
A Thousand Hearts, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true.
The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition. “To me, you can go anywhere with every song. The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do. I don’t really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It’s whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?”
Raised in the small village of Dungiven, Northern Ireland, Cara has been singing all her life. “I do believe I am part of a continuing story, a story that’s still unfolding, that reaches back through songs I’ve grown up with, and uncles that emigrated to America, and stuff that happened in my own family, and reaches forward to stuff that’s still happening now.”
It has been five years since the world last heard from Cara. She has taken time off to embrace motherhood and combat serious illness. But along with her husband and collaborator, Sam Lakeman (brother of Mercury nominated folk rocker Seth) she has returned with her most gorgeous album yet.
When she sings, Cara’s voice embraces the divine. Cara’s Black Is The Colour was an Ibiza club sensation in a techno remix by 2Devine, she appeared on 2009 Children In Need single All You Need Is Love alongside Peter Gabriel and Terry Wogan, and sang and narrated on the Disney soundtrack for Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue. In January 2012, she recorded Come Dream A Dream as the climax for Disneyland Paris’s night-time spectacular. “It is the most Disney song you can ever imagine,” says Sam. “It goes out to 15,000 people a night. About eight million people have seen it so far. It’s bonkers.”
Cara Dillon and her band perform on the last night of the St Ives September Festival – guaranteed to be a great night!