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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Cara Dillon - Hill of Thieves LP 2009

What is it?
After serving her folk music apprenticeship, Cara Dillon presents a selection of  near perfect Irish flavoured, acoustic masterpieces.

Why should you listen?
Rarely does an album change your perception of a whole genre of music, but Hill of Dreams certainly fits into that category. My previous experiences of female singer/songwriter Irish folk were Clannad and Enya, of which neither had engaged me in the least. Cara Dillon removes the clichés and commercialism, and adds authenticity and integrity to introduce this corner of folk music to a whole new audience. Her voice is fragile, lilting and beautiful and combines perfectly with the traditional instruments and sparse arrangements. The songs are on first listen simple and straightforward, but later reveal a rich and complex combination of melody and lyrics. A great album that you should buy immediately.

What's it like?
It's like someone mixed up all the ingredients for the perfect Irish singer, sprinkled them with magic dust, blessed her with amazing song writing ability, and out popped Cara Dillon.

What's the best song?
'False False' is typically sparse, delicate and enchanting.

Who does it sound like?
I have no reference points but next on the list is Karine Polwart.

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