Cara Dillon announces winter tour dates

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon, possessed of one of the most celebrated folk voices to have come out of Ireland, will be touring her Christmas show Upon A Winter’s Night for a third year running this December. The overwhelming success of previous tours has cemented this magical and memorable festive experience as a firm tradition.

Cara and her band will once again capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern providing a welcome reminder that the festive season is about more than commercialism.

There is another side to Christmas – far away from Bing crooning, Noddy screaming and a world apart from ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Santa Baby’ – it’s a place where the story of Jesus’ birth is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions as her live show and album prove.

Cara will be joined by her wonderful band who weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the renowned purity of her voice. Husband Sam Lakeman (piano, guitar) will be joined by Toby Shaer on fiddle and whistles, Ed Boyd on guitar and Luke Daniels on accordion.

With seventeen dates on sale in England, Ireland and Scotland there’s plenty of opportunity for people to catch this uplifting and moving concert, on a tour starting in her native Derry and ending at Suffolk’s celebrated Snape Maltings.

As modest and down to earth as they come, Cara admits to being taken aback by the success of her Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night when it reached Number 1 in the Indie Album Charts not once, but twice in 2016.

Throughout an enviable career which has seen her explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade to recording a Disney soundtrack and collaborating with leading UK dance DJ/producers – Cara has always chosen to plant herself firmly within the landscape of her cultural heritage.

Holding a position at the very top of the Irish Folk genre, this extraordinary singer has been captivating audiences, winning awards and achieving exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.

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Tour Dates

30 November DERRY Millennium Forum 028 7126 4455 /

01 December DÚN LAOGHAIRE Pavilion Theatre 01 231 2929 /

02 December BELFAST The Ulster Hall 028 9033 4400 /

06 December  SHEFFIELD Firth Hall

07 December GATESHEAD Sage 0191 443 461 /

08 December EDINBURGH The Queens Hall 0131 668 2019/

09 December MANCHESTER Stoller Hall 0333 130 0967 /

12 December BROMSGROVE Atrix 01527 577330/

13 December MILTON KEYNES The Stables 01908 280800/

14 December LONDON Union Chapel – See Tickets 0871 220 0260/

15 December SOUTHAMPTON Turner Sims 023 8059 5151/

16 December FROME Cheese & Grain 01373 455420/

18 December MAIDENHEAD Norden Farm Arts 01628 788997/

19 December  BRISTOL St Georges Hall 0845 4024 001 /

20 December BASINGSTOKE Haymarket Theatre 01256 844244/

21 December CANTERBURY Gulbenkian Theatre 01227 769075/

22 December SNAPE Maltings Concert Hall 01728 687110/