Dungiven’s own Cara Dillon will perform a spectacular headline concert that will appeal to fans of all kinds of music. Brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry~Londonderry she won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged 12. The combination of Cara’s expressive vocals and Lakeman’s rippling piano and fresh production squeeze new life into ancient material. Their original songs sit happily alongside the traditional, whilst pointing to a distinct and distinguished musical identity all of their own.
Her last album was named the 2010 BBC Folk Album of the Year, and title track, ‘The Hill of Thieves’, was voted among Northern Ireland’s all-time Top 10 original songs by BBC Radio Ulster listeners in 2012. Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or her own compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara will be accompanied by the Orchestra of Ireland (An Ceolfhoireann na hÉireann), a collection of Ireland’s leading and most talented musicians, having recently played with artists including Andrea Bocelli, Bill Whelan and Katherine Jenkins.