Sunday 18 November 2018

Music: Cara Dillon * * *

Hill of Thieves (Charcoal Records)

The Derry singer is on solid ground with this fourth album, which finds her returning to her folk roots after offering a more middle-of-the-road Dido-esque collection last time around.

Dillon's captivating vocals work best with a plaintive accompaniment and that's generally the case here.

It takes something special to make a song as ubiquitous as the old trad standard She Moved Through The Fair worth yet another interpretation, but she's certainly up to the task. In fact, it's one of the better versions you're likely to hear.

Elsewhere, the title track packs quite a punch. It was co-written with her husband, collaborator and producer Sam Lakeman -- the less celebrated, but no less talented, brother of Seth.

Ultimately, though, Cara Dillon has yet to release an album to really stop the listener in their tracks -- in that regard, UK folkies such as Julie Fowlis are one step ahead.

Burn it: The Hill of Thieves

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