Here at Ceol FM we have created different streams/playlists to suit your mood and so again today I have taken a singer I heard while listening to the songs only stream while driving in the car with family. Cara Dillon has such a sweet voice but it is equally powerful and full of emotion when she sings. Cara who was born in Dungiven county Derry in an area steeped in Irish traditional music. She learned her songs from teachers and workshops in the town and by age 14 had won the All Ireland singing trophy at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. Cara is not only an excellent singer but plays the fiddle and whistles too. Singing clearly runs in the Dillon family, her sister Mary Dillon was the singer with the group Déanta. Cara began her professional singing career in 1995 joining a group called Equation and signed a record deal with Warner Music Group. When she left that group she collaborated with Sam Lakeman (now husband) under the alias Polar Star. Her first solo album Cara Dillon was released in 2001 comprising of traditional songs and two original compositions of Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman. The album took the folk world by storm and resulted in Cara being nominated for several BBC Radio 2 folk awards in 2002. In 2004 she received the Meteor Irish Music Award for Best Irish Female. She has collaborated with artists such as Paul Brady in 2006 for her album after the Morning she also collaborated with the Czech Philharmonic orchestra on the same album. Cara has a very popular following in China where some English curriculums encompass her first solo album calling her to embark on several Chinese tours which have proven extremely popular. Last year Cara released a beautiful Christmas album entitled upon a winter’s Night. Before her solo recordings Cara was a founding member of the group Óige, the Gaelic word for youth and gained experience in recording and performing with the group. Cara has also lent her voice to the popular children’s film Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue singing 2 songs. With six solo albums and a live DVD recorded we were delighted to learn recently that Cara is working on her 7th studio album and it is due to be released very soon.

To find out more about Cara visit her website

Cara’s music is available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Here’s Cara singing The Hill of Thieves title track of that album.