After the Morning

After the Morning

by Cara DillonCara Dillon


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Cara Dillon has one of those magical voices -- magical in the way that Niamh Parsons' or Mary Black's is magical, though without sounding very much like either one of them. It's soft without being breathy, and clear without being hard, and absolutely lovely. Her repertoire is similarly hard to define; obviously reared on traditional Irish song, she has spent much of her career so far working in more of a folk-pop mode (notably as Kate Rusby's replacement in the successful band Equation), but both aspects of her musical background are fully in evidence on her American debut album. She recorded it in collaboration with Sam Lakeman, her former bandmate in Equation, and it features a nice mix of modern and traditional fare with something of an emphasis on the latter. The album's first single, "Never in a Million Years," could have been an Equation song, whereas Dillon's quietly spectacular take on the Dougie MacLean composition "Garden Valley" takes more of a trad approach to a modern song. There are a few minor missteps: the slide guitar on "Grace" doesn't work as well as it should, and the rhythm is a bit heavy-handed on "Bold Jamie." But the cameo appearance by Paul Brady (on "Streets of Derry") makes up for a lot, and her gorgeous arrangement of "Brockagh Braes" is alone almost worth the price of the disc. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397443928
catalogNumber: 4439
Rank: 89403

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cara Dillon   Primary Artist,Vocals
Paul Brady   Vocals
Martin Simpson   Guitar
Roy Dodds   Percussion
Neill MacColl   Guitar,Mandolin
Máirtín O'Connor   Button Accordion
Cathal Hayden   Fiddle
Mary Dillon   Background Vocals
Sam Lakeman   Various
Ben Nicholls   Upright Bass
Simon Lea   Drums

Technical Credits

Dougie MacLean   Composer
Spike Drake   Producer
Mary Ann Kennedy   Composer
Pamela Rose   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
Frank Gallagher   String Arrangements
Chuck Norman   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Cara Dillon   Arranger,Composer
Katie Marne   Composer
Sam Lakeman   Composer,Audio Production

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