After the Morning (Cara Dillon album)

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After The Morning
Cover after the morning.jpg
Studio album by Cara Dillon
Released 27 February 2006 (UK)
12 September 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)Sweet Liberty2003
After the Morning
Hill of Thieves
(2009)Hill of Thieves2009
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, 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", and the double A-side of "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 1 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 31 July 2006, to coincide with Cambridge Folk Festival (which Dillon was to perform at) but was changed to 14 August 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 Snows They Melt the Soonest" (Traditional) – 4:18
  11. "Walls" (Mary Ann Kennedy, Pamela Rose, Randy Sharp) – 3:02
  12. "Grace" (Dillon, Lakeman) – 3:15


  • 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
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". Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Chart Log UK: Asher D - Dyverse". Archived from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  6. ^ "Cara Dillon - After The Morning - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-08-22.