DILLON,CARA - CARA DILLON ORIGINAL RECORDING
Cara Dillon, one of Ireland's leading folk artists, has announced the release
of a limited edition of her debut album on vinyl for the first time.
The release marks the 20th anniversary of the self-titled album, which was
originally released on legendary indie label Rough Trade Records to widespread
critical acclaim in July 2001.
The album was recorded immediately after Dillon and partner Sam Lakeman
decided to end their relationship with Warner Music. Having reached a creative
dead-end during their time under contract with the major label and becoming
disillusioned with their place in the industry, Cara and Sam felt a need to return
to their roots and make an album they could wholeheartedly believe in without
After four years of writing and recording sessions with countless pop and rock
producers and songwriters convened by the record label who had their eyes
set on a commercial breakthrough they decided that the answer was to relocate from London to Sam's parents' house on Dartmoor in Devon and record a
collection of nine traditional and two original songs that would, ironically, end
up earning them incredible critical and commercial success and lead to them
touring throughout the world.
Although a simple self-release was originally the plan, upon finishing the recording sessions in late 2000 their manager Geoff Travis was moved to release
the album on his own label, Rough Trade Records, a long-established haven to
alternative indie artists such as The Smiths, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and The
The critical response was both justified and far-reaching, with Dillon gaining
four nominations at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2002, and winning the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track (for ‘Black is the Colour'). That same
year, Cara also won the Best Roots Act at the Hot Press Awards in Ireland and
performed at the star-studded awards ceremony in the company of U2, Radiohead, The Corrs and Ash.
Finding itself firmly placed alongside other classic recordings in the UK and
Irish folk scene, the album enjoyed a far wider reach than was usual within the
genre, partly due to Cara and Sam's fresh and original take on traditional songs
combined with their honest and emotive performances, but also partly due to
the album's release on Rough Trade, which brought their music to a whole new
Tracks: Black Is The Colour / Donald Of Glencoe / Craigie Hill / Green Grows
The Laurel / Lark In The Clear Air / The Lonesome Scenes Of Winter / Blue
Mountain River / I Wish I Was / The Maid Of Culmore / She's Like The Swallow
/ I Am A Youth That's Inclined To Ramble