After the Morning

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Cara Dillon has one of those magical voices -- magical in the way that Niamh Parsons' or Mary Black's is magical, though without sounding very much like either one of them. It's soft without being breathy, and clear without being hard, and absolutely lovely. Her repertoire is similarly hard to define; obviously reared on traditional Irish song, she has spent much of her career so far working in more of a folk-pop mode notably as Kate Rusby's replacement in the successful band Equation, but both aspects of her musical background are fully in evidence on her American debut album. She recorded it in collaboration with Sam Lakeman, her former bandmate in Equation, and it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Cara Dillon has one of those magical voices -- magical in the way that Niamh Parsons' or Mary Black's is magical, though without sounding very much like either one of them. It's soft without being breathy, and clear without being hard, and absolutely lovely. Her repertoire is similarly hard to define; obviously reared on traditional Irish song, she has spent much of her career so far working in more of a folk-pop mode notably as Kate Rusby's replacement in the successful band Equation, but both aspects of her musical background are fully in evidence on her American debut album. She recorded it in collaboration with Sam Lakeman, her former bandmate in Equation, and it features a nice mix of modern and traditional fare with something of an emphasis on the latter. The album's first single, "Never in a Million Years," could have been an Equation song, whereas Dillon's quietly spectacular take on the Dougie MacLean composition "Garden Valley" takes more of a trad approach to a modern song. There are a few minor missteps: the slide guitar on "Grace" doesn't work as well as it should, and the rhythm is a bit heavy-handed on "Bold Jamie." But the cameo appearance by Paul Brady on "Streets of Derry" makes up for a lot, and her gorgeous arrangement of "Brockagh Braes" is alone almost worth the price of the disc. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397443928
  • Catalog Number: 4439
  • Sales rank: 31,332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never in a Million Years (3:49)
  2. 2 I Wish You Well (4:19)
  3. 3 Here's a Health (4:46)
  4. 4 Brockagh Braes (5:11)
  5. 5 Garden Valley (4:08)
  6. 6 October Winds (4:02)
  7. 7 Bold Jamie (5:00)
  8. 8 The Streets of Derry (4:27)
  9. 9 This Time (3:59)
  10. 10 The Snows They Melt the Soonest (4:18)
  11. 11 Walls (3:02)
  12. 12 Grace (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cara Dillon Primary Artist, Vocals
Paul Brady Vocals
Martin Simpson Guitar
Roy Dodds Percussion
Neill MacColl Guitar, Mandolin
Máirtín O'Connor Button Accordion
Cathal Hayden Fiddle
Mary Dillon Background Vocals
Sam Lakeman Various
Ben Nicholls Upright Bass
Simon Lea Drums
Technical Credits
Dougie MacLean Composer
Spike Drake Producer
Mary Ann Kennedy Composer
Pamela Rose Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Randy Sharp Composer
Frank Gallagher String Arrangements
Chuck Norman Composer
Traditional Composer
Cara Dillon Arranger, Composer
Katie Marne Composer
Sam Lakeman Composer, Audio Production
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