If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat. If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store. A Thousand Hearts, Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true.
The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. She has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition. “To me, you can go anywhere with every song.
It has been five years since the world last heard from Cara. She has taken time off to embrace motherhood and combat serious illness. But along with her husband and collaborator, Sam Lakeman (brother of Mercury nominated folk rocker Seth) she has returned with her most gorgeous album yet. A Thousand Hearts was recorded entirely by Cara, Sam and their band, although a member of the Eagles did drop in and sing backing vocals. Timothy B Schmidt called Cara out of the blue to tell her she was practically the only singer he had listened to for four years. Timothy later added his distinctive harmonies to Bright Morning Star.