Her new album, recorded for their own label, comes after an extended career break following the premature birth of her twins, and features all the Lakemans, with Sam providing most of the guitar, piano and percussion work, and also working as producer, co-arranger and even photographer. The result is a cool, relaxed treatment of almost exclusively traditional songs on which Dillon's singing is as fine as ever and the variety is provided by the changes in instrumentation. So there's a swirl of whistle and uilleann pipes on the title track, drifting piano settings from Sam on well-known songs such as The Parting Glass or She Moved Through the Fair, and a more urgent, upbeat treatment of Spencer the Rover, driven on by Seth Lakeman's guitar, vocals and fiddle work. A classy set.
Cara Dillon - The Verdant Braes of Skreen
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