Published in the Big list and got me some free tickets to see Lisa Hannigan in the Empire.
Dungiven-born Cara Dillon has gone from strength to strength. Her third album, Hill of Thieves, produced in collaboration with her husband Sam Lakeman, won Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year. The pair continue to tour extensively while raising their three young children. The Big List caught up with Cara who is preparing for a gig in Mandela Hall on March 12.
Hill of Thieves was the first album from your own label, Charcoal Records. It has proved to be your greatest success to date, yet did you find cutting loose from established record labels a frightening or liberating experience?
To be honest it wasn’t frightening at all. We’d been with major labels since we were 19 years old and know their ins and outs very well. Sam and I felt great to finally not be beholden to anyone and to be able to decide every facet of the business and music.
Did you enjoy working on Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue?
I loved working on that movie. The executives and creative directors they sent over from LA were so professional and we recorded it all in Abbey Road in London which was a real pleasure. To be honest the greatest part of it was taking our twin boys to the cinema to see the movie and to see their faces when they heard their mammy talking and singing on the big screen. That was a moment I will never forget and since then I suppose we have all become big Disney fans.