From: Martin Snodin [martin.snodin_at_homecall_dot_co_dot_uk]

Sent: 05 April 2011 21:43

Subject: Acoustic Sussex Newsletter 2011-04-05 - Cara Dillon last remaining tickets


Newsletter                       5 April 2011

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"What may well be the world's most beautiful female voice..." Mojo

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

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

8 April 2011
Cara Dillon

at Chequer Mead
East Grinstead

Support: James Findlay

£17.50 ((£15 conc)
Box Office 01342 302000











Returning two years after her last visit to Chequer Mead, Irish songstress Cara Dillon has that 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.

Cara was brought up 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 the music. 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.

In 2010, she released independently her widely acclaimed 4th album 'Hill Of Thieves', which won Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2010, a DVD 'Live At The Grand Opera House' was also released, with Cara performing the album and other selected songs, for one night only in Belfast.

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.

James Findlay won the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award title in December 2009. Acoustic Sussex was there, and among a stunning group of finalists, James' amazing voice and distinctive guitar and fiddle-style impressed everyone, causing judge Jon Boden from Bellowhead to exclaim a widely-reported“Bloody hell, what a voice!'.

James is influenced by all genres of music, but his love lies in traditional English folk music and ballads. In a short space of time he's developed a stage presence all of his own.

As well as the Young Folk Award James was a winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition for up-and-coming folk performers in 2008.  He's warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.

 His debut album Sport and Play has just been released on the major folk label, Fellside.


Cara Dillon performing at Chequer Mead in 2009




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