After the Morning (Cara Dillon album)

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After The Morning
Studio album by Cara Dillon
Released February 27, 2006 (UK)
September 12, 2006 (US)
Recorded 2005
Genre Folk, rock, pop, Celtic
Length 55:29
Label Rough Trade; Compass Records
Producer Sam Lakeman; Mike "Spike" Drake & Sam Lakeman (tracks 6 & 9)
Cara Dillon chronology
Sweet Liberty
(2003)
After the Morning
(2006)
Hill of Thieves
(2009)
Singles from After The Morning
  1. "Never In A Million Years"
    Released: 2006
  2. "This Time/I Wish You Well"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Hot Press 8/10 stars[3]
The Scotsman 4/5 stars[4]

After The Morning is the third solo album from folk artist Cara Dillon. It was recorded at their home studio in Frome, Somerset, Mayfair, Kore[disambiguation needed], Amberville and Sun Street Studios. The strings and brass were recorded in Prague. Similar to her previous albums, After The Morning was produced by Sam Lakeman, her husband and musical partner. Additional production was by Mike 'Spike' Drake, who also mixed the album. The album features the singles Never In A Million Years, I Wish You Well and This Time.

The lead single, Never In A Million Years, was a fairly successful radio hit given the genre (Folk) Dillon's music is associated with. It spent six weeks on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, as well as the RTÉ Radio One playlist, and was Record of the Week on BBC Radio Ulster. Due to a lack interest on the part of the record label (Rough Trade), the second single, This Time/I Wish You Well was cancelled. "This Time" was remixed with additional vocals, electric guitar and percussion for the single. The release date of the double A-side single was originally July 31, 2006, to coincide with Cambridge Folk Festival (which Dillon was to perform at), but was changed to August 14, 2006 and finally the release was cancelled.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never in a Million Years" (Cara Dillon, Sam Lakeman) – 3:49
  2. "I Wish You Well" (Dillon, Lakeman) 4:19
  3. "Here's a Health" (Dillon, Lakeman) – 4:46
  4. "Brockagh Braes" (Traditional) – 5:11
  5. "Garden Valley" (Dougie MacLean) – 4:08
  6. "October Winds" (Dillon, Lakeman) – 4:02
  7. "Bold Jamie" (Dillon, Lakeman) – 5:00
  8. "The Streets of Derry" (Traditional) – 4:27
  9. "This Time" (Dillon, Lakeman, Katie Marne, Chuck Norman) – 3:59
  10. "The Snow They Melt the Soonest" (Traditional) – 4:18
  11. "Walls" (Mary Ann Kennedy, Pamela Rose, Randy Sharp) – 3:02
  12. "Grace" (Dillon, Lakeman) – 3:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Brady – vocals
  • Cara Dillon – arranger, vocals
  • Mary Dillon – backing vocals
  • Roy Dodds – percussion
  • Spike Drake – producer, mixing
  • Frank Gallagher – string arrangements
  • Cathal Hayden – fiddle
  • Sam Lakeman – Producer, Piano, acoustic guitar, organ, percussion
  • Simon Lea – drums
  • Neill MacColl – guitar, mandolin
  • Ben Nicholls – upright bass
  • Martin O'Connor – button accordion
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Martin Simpson – guitar

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[5] 124
Irish Albums Chart[6] 50
UK Indie Albums Chart 20

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Steve Cummins. "After the Morning". Hotpress.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D - Dyverse". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Cara Dillon - After The Morning - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-08-22.