Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon

Born in Dungiven, Co Londonderry in 1975, Cara won the All Ireland singing Trophy at the age of 14. 

  • Known for having ‘what may well be the world’s most beautiful female voice’, (Mojo magazine) Cara came from a musical family and began singing at an early age. 
  • Cara went on to sing with bands Oige, De Danaan, and Equation. 
  • It was in Equation that she met future husband Sam Lakeland, leaving the band in 1996 and formed duo ‘Polar Star’
  • Signing to Warner Bros for 4years, they left the company without releasing an album. 
  • Soon after they signed to Rough Trade Records, and released Irish traditional album ‘Cara Dillon’ in 2001.
  • The album was immensely popular in Ireland; it was critically acclaimed and picked up a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award amongst others.  Cara also won Irish Tatler’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award. 
  • Her 2003 album ‘Sweet Liberty’ was another critical success.  Cara picked up the Irish Meteor award for Best Female Singer.
  • Cara appeared on the sold-out ‘A Woman’s Heart’ tour of the USA, alongside Mary Black and Sharon Shannon. 
  • Her third album ‘After the Morning’ as released in 2006, and the single ‘Never In A Million Years’ was a big radio hit.
  • The birth of her twin sons in 2006 and her daughter in 2010 has meant that Cara had been concentrating on family life for the past few years.