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Cara Dillon After The Morning Review

Album. Released 6.  

BBC Review

Highly anticpated third album from the Irish singer songwriter, featuring a duet with...

Chris Long 2003

Ever since she followed her in folk group Equation, its been easy to see Cara Dillon as following in Kate Rusby's footsteps. After The Morning should see Cara come out of the shadow of Rusby, if only for its bold use of bluegrass.

Born out of her ongoing collaboration with Sam Lakeman (brother of the much-vaunted Seth), it's her third solo outing and easily her most confident.

There's a flex of songwriting muscle that ripples alongside traditional songs, particularly in the single, "Never In A Million Years", which owes more to 10,000 Maniacs than it does to Irish folk, and the bluegrass wonder "Grace", though over-production does sanitise some tracks, particularly "Bold Jamie".

An intensely emotional collection, centring on Dillon's tribute to her departed father, the sumptuous and shivering "October Winds", it shows just what a remarkable talent Dillon is.

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