Cara Dillon to perform at Bristol church

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 October 2017

Cara Dillon. Picture: Matt Austin

Cara Dillon. Picture: Matt Austin


An award-winning Northern Irish folk singer will perform at a Bristol church in December.

Cara Dillon will be at All Saints Church in Pembroke Road, Clifton, at 8pm on December 6 as part of a national tour to promote her latest album.

The show will be packed full of festive favourites and Celtic hymns from her 2016 album Upon A Winter’s Night, which topped the Indie Breakers chart on two occasions.

It is the latest chapter in a musical journey spanning more than 20 years which has taken her from 1990s supergroup Equation, through a spell as a duo with husband Sam Lakeman, to a hugely successful solo career which began in 2001.

Cara, who grew up in the small village of Dungiven said: “To me, you can go everywhere with every song.

“The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do.

“I don’t really care where the song came from, how old it is and who did it first.

“It’s whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?

“I do believe I am part of a continuing story, a story that’s still unfolding, that reaches back through songs I’ve grown up with, and uncles that emigrated to America, and stuff that happended in my own family, and reaches forward to stuff that’s still happening now.”

“Some folk musicians want to know every detail about a song, and I really empathise with that – but it’s not what’s important to me.

“I just identify with a song, I’m looking for something that touches me deeply, and I feel like I’m the vessel for letting it live on.”

As well as her success as a solo artist, Cara appeared on the 2009 Children In Need charity single, All You Need Is Love, alongside Peter Gabriel and Terry Wogan.

She also recorded Come Dream A Dream as the climax of the Disneyland Paris night-time spectacular in 2012, while her music has been used to teach English as part of the education curriculum in China.

Concerts in Germany, the USA and China are also scheduled for Cara this year while her latest solo album, Wanderer, was released earlier this month.

Tickets to the Bristol concert, priced £22, are available here.

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