90 – Cara Dillon

Happy hump day everyone! It’s a lazy Wednesday up here in Edinburgh, the sun is shining over the historic city rooftops and the ancient, extinct volcano that I can see from my office window – so I thought I’d delve back into some folk sounds.

In a slight break from the modern indie folk stuff I’ve published recently, here’s a piece of Celtic-fringed loveliness from veteran Irish folk singer-songwriter Cara Dillon. The song is called My Donald and you can hear it on her 2014 album A Thousand Hearts. And it’s lovely.

A proper violin-and-guitar-picked love ballad and traditional-sounding folk ode, this is tremendous stuff – and a throwback for me to my late teenage years when I was exploring some of the Clannad, Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention back catalogues. In particular, I love how the song essentially comes in two parts: dreamy love ballad first, and then slowly merging into a more frenetic folk jig.

Hope you like the live performance too. Not as atmospheric as the studio version, but I actually think it showcases Dillon’s amazing voice far more effectively.


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