Cara Dillon – Wanderer (Charcoal Records, 2017)
Wanderer is the 7th album by Cara Dillon, one of the great voices in Irish folk music. The album includes a set of rearranged traditional pieces and a handful of originals.
The essential subjects in the album’s lyrics are migration, longing and love. Cara Dillon’s heartfelt, expressive and beautiful vocals are naturally the highlight of the album as she has one the best voices in the Irish music scene.
The arrangements are mostly piano and acoustic guitar, with classical and strong American folk influences except on “Sailor Boy.” With such a rich musical tradition in Ireland, it’s hard to know why there’s an intention to Americanize her music.
Wanderer features Sam Lakeman on piano and acoustic guitar as well as guest performances by familiar names in British folk and rock music scene: Kris Drever on vocals and acoustic guitar, John Smith on guitar, Justin Adams on electric guitar, Niall Murphy on fiddle and Ben Nicholls on bass.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.