Mary Dillon releases debut album ‘North’ on 4th February

Mary Dillon NorthIrish folk singer Mary Dillon will release her first full length solo album, North, next month after a prolonged hiatus from the music scene.

Formerly the lead singer in well-known 90’s folk band Déanta, Mary has had a long absence from the music scene, but returns with a renewed energy after 15 years to release an acoustic album of Irish folk songs old and new.

Mary shares the pure and haunting vocal tone associated with her younger sister Cara Dillon, one of the biggest names on the UK and international folk scene. North will showcase the unique quality and maturity of Mary’s voice through a diverse collection of folk songs from the Ulster singing tradition.

The album was recorded in Mary’s home town of Dungiven, Co. Derry, and co-produced with her nephew Odhrán Mullan. It will feature contributions from an array of talented traditional musicians, including composer Neil Martin, Eamon McElholm (Solas), and Cara Dillon.

Several times winner of the All-Ireland Singing Trophy, Mary’s voice has achieved cult status over the years, and fans who cherish the modest collection of recordings she has to her name will be happy to finally own her first full-length record this February.

North will be released on Back Lane Records on 4th February 2013Full track listing:

1) When A Man’s In Love  2) Ballyronan Maid  3) The Boatman

4) The Banks of Claudy  5) Edward On Lough Erne Shore  6) Bleacher Boy

7) John Condon  8) Knocknashee  9) The Month of January

10) Ard Ti Chuain