From: Martin Snodin [martin_dot_snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 11 May 2009 22:01
Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2009-05-11 - CARA DILLON - Thursday 21 May

Newsletter             11th May 2009


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COMING UP     CARA DILLON   Thursday 21 May

Click to listen to sample tracks of upcoming shows on our MySpace jukebox
(including Cara’s BBC radio interview and live session on the Bob Harris programme)

21 May
Cara Dillon
at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Support: Horses Brawl
£16.50 (£ 14 conc)    8pm
Box Office 01342 302000
Tickets are also available at Hobgoblin in Crawley and Bullfrog in East Grinstead

Click here for News Release (PDF file)


Click here for a FREE online copy of the current Properganda magazine featuring an interview with Cara




Irish songstress Cara Dillon has a rare talent that you only come across a handful times in your whole life. Her staggeringly beautiful voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song and imbue material with not only profound sweetness but also poignancy and depth.

Born in Dungiven in 1975, Cara was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native Co. Derry. Having won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14 she went on to sing with Oige, De Dannan and then Equation. It was in this band that she met her husband and musical collaborator Sam Lakeman. The combination of Cara's expressive vocals and Lakeman's rippling piano and fresh production squeezed new life into ancient material. Their original songs sit happily alongside the traditional, reinforcing the debt they owe, whilst pointing to a distinct and distinguished musical identity all of their own.

It was Cara's unrivalled vocal talent and Sam's musical and arranging skills that have seen them signed to major record labels since they were 19. First, Blanco Y Negro (Warners) and then the enviably hip Rough Trade Records who released her 3 solo albums to date, which have earned astonishing critical success and showered her with countless awards and accolades. During the course of their careers they've performed to appreciative audiences the world over and have featured in some of the most exciting projects and events around. Apart from giving birth to premature twins, 2008 saw the release of Cara's first live DVD called " The Redcastle Sessions" and in February 2009, she released her acclaimed 4th album " Hill Of Thieves". The album immediately went to No 7 in the official UK Indie album charts.

Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll be there for a very long time.

Support: Innovative instrumental duo from Norfolk, Horses Brawl, who have won critical acclaim from the national music press and have appeared live in concert several times on BBC Radio 3.

"Featuring majestic and wistful songs full of romantic notion and coveted love...I adore the honesty of this music, the trusting softness and clarity of her voice...certainly one of my favourites this year. If you haven't got it already, it's a must buy."  Maverick

"The Irish, of course, breed prize winning musicians like racehorses, but even among these Dillon’s a wide-eyed all-Ireland champion… Dillon’s vocals, expressive beyond her years, are right on the money." Q

"Dillon's crystalline, angelic voice is an instrument of rare beauty capable of melting the sternest of hearts." BBC

Support: Innovative instrumental duo from Norfolk, Horses Brawl, who have won critical acclaim from the national music press and have appeared live in concert several times on BBC Radio 3.


Cara Dillon

"...there hasn't been a single track from any album released in 2009 that gives me as much pleasure and buzz as Cara's Spencer the Rover." Colin Randall, Salut Live

Read a full review of the album on the Spiral Earth website

Horses Brawl

Don’t forget that as well as our own shows, the Acoustic Sussex website has a Regional Gig Guide and links to venues and clubs in the South East that offer folk, roots and acoustic music – and our MySpace site contains over 500 links to a variety of other MySpace ‘friends’ sites, including musicians, venues, magazines and lots more.


Regional Gig Guide

For your future diaries...


Future 2009 dates in the Acoustic Sussex programme include:

Ø     8 June – Dick Gaughan + Mary Hampton

Ø     19 June – Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes (SOLD OUT)

Ø     26-28 June – Crawley Folk Festival

Ø     6 July – Christine Collister + Alex Hall

Ø     20 July - Iain Matthews + Mary Leay

Ø     7 September – Sam Baker (band) + The Haley Sisters

Ø     21 September – Corinne West + Tinderbox

Ø     12 October – Uiscedwr + Luke Sital Singh

Ø     9 November – Chris & Kellie While + Joseph Topping

Ø     23 November – Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies

Ø     11 December – Rachel Unthank & The Winterset


More information on all up-and-coming artists can be found on our website: You can also find us on MySpace (with samples from some of the artists appearing) at: If you know anyone who you think may enjoy our events, please forward this email to them.


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