Cara Dillon (album)

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Cara Dillon
Cover caradillon.jpg
Studio album by Cara Dillon
Released 16 July 2001 (UK)
5 February 2002 (worldwide)
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Folk, Rock, Pop, Celtic
Length 45:38
Label Rough Trade
Producer Sam Lakeman
Cara Dillon chronology
Cara Dillon
Sweet Liberty
(2003)Sweet Liberty2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Q 4/5 stars 9/01
Artists Direct 4/5 stars link
Hot Press 9/12 stars link

Cara Dillon is the debut solo album from the Irish folk artist Cara Dillon. It was recorded at The Firs, producer/partner Sam Lakeman's parents' house. There were also recordings made in County Donegal, Ireland. The album was mixed by John Reynolds (Sinéad O'Connor, Damien Dempsey). It contained nine traditional songs Dillon had known since her schooldays and also had two original songs "Blue Mountain River" (which was released to radio in Ireland) and "I Wish I Was". The album was released to critical acclaim, earning Dillon four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominations, two of which she won, a Hot Press Irish Music Award and charting in the top 10 of several music critics polls, including HMV Choice Reader's Poll. The opening track of the album, Black Is the Colour, won Best Traditional Track at the BBC Folk Awards and has proved to be her most widely acclaimed song to date, experiencing a revival in 2006 in the form of a successful trance remix single by Derry-based DJs 2Devine. Throughout 2001 and 2002, Dillon toured the album in the UK, Ireland and Europe, and several dates with WOMAD took her to New Zealand and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

All songs traditional/arranged by Dillon/Lakeman, except: 7 & 8 (written by Dillon/Lakeman)

  1. "Black Is the Colour" – 4:04
  2. "Donald of Glencoe" – 5:32
  3. "Craigie Hill" – 4:45
  4. "Green Grows the Laurel" – 4:30
  5. "The Lark in the Clear Air" – 2:24
  6. "The Lonesome Scenes of Winter" – 4:48
  7. "Blue Mountain River" – 3:46
  8. "I Wish I Was" – 3:14
  9. "The Maid of Culmore" – 3:09
  10. "She's Like the Swallow" – 3:20
  11. "I Am a Youth That's Inclined to Ramble" – 6:07