Mary Dillon

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Mary Dillon
Mary Dillon in 2012
Background information
Birth name Mary Dillon
Born (1964-12-16) 16 December 1964 (age 52)
Dungiven, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Genres Irish traditional, Celtic, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, Teacher
Years active 1993 - present
Labels Green Linnet Records, Back Lane Records
Associated acts Déanta, Cara Dillon
Website Official website

Mary Dillon (born 1964), is an Irish folk singer, known for her work with the traditional band Déanta. She launched her solo career in 2010 with the release of an EP entitled Army Dreamers. She is the sister of singer Cara Dillon.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mary Dillon was born in Dungiven, where she still lives with her two children, a son and a daughter. She was raised in a musical household and one of her five siblings is fellow folk singer Cara Dillon.[2] She has never pursued singing as a full-time career and currently works as an English teacher at St Cecilia's College in Derry.[3]

Music career[edit]

Mary Dillon started singing at an early age and by her mid-teens, she had twice won the All Ireland Singing Competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.[4]

In the 1990s, she recorded three albums with the Irish traditional band Déanta.[5]

In 2010, she released a digital-only EP containing covers of Army Dreamers by Kate Bush, Undone in Sorrow by Ola Belle Reed and Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen.[6]

In 2012, she joined fellow Irish folk singers Niamh Parsons and Tíona McSherry to form an a cappella group called Sí Van.[7]



As a member of Déanta[edit]

  • Déanta (1993)
  • Ready for the Storm (1994)
  • Whisper of a Secret (1997)

Collaborations and guest appearances[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ BBC - Music - Mary Dillon. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  2. ^ BBC - Music - Mary Dillon. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  3. ^ St Cecilia's College, Derry - Department Personnel Archived 23 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  4. ^ Mary Dillon > Biography. Retrieved on 2012-11-16.
  5. ^ Green Linnet > Déanta. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  6. ^ Discography « Back Lane Music. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
  7. ^ Irish Masters at Ulster Fleadh 2012. Retrieved on 2012-11-12.

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