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Karen Matheson and Cara Dillon

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Karen Matheson and Cara Dillon

Widely recognised as the compelling vocals of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie, Karen Matheson’s life in the limelight began a child in Argyll, where she was brought up immersed in the deep well of traditional songs that have been her inspiration for over 30 years of recording and performing worldwide.

Fast forward to last summer, where her stunning rendition of ‘Ae fond kiss’ stole the show at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games in Glasgow, to a televised audience of over a billion people.

Her new solo album (October 2015) is a musical love letter to her family’s Hebridean roots, with a collection of timeless Gaelic songs that evoke the character and atmosphere of Island life, through waulking songs, love songs, lullabies, mouth music and evocative poems to the surroundings.

She has produced three acclaimed solo albums and enjoyed a steller career with Capercaillie, selling more than a million albums and performing in over thirty countries.

‘..has the ability to inject pure emotion into a song. The kind of voice that can leave you shell-shocked’ The Sunday Times.

Karen Matheson has a throat that is surely touched by God’’ Sean Connery.

Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your whole life.

She was brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry and won the All Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged only 14.

The combination of Cara’s expressive vocals and husband and collaborator Sam Lakeman’s rippling piano and fresh production squeezes new life into ancient material.

Whether she’s singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer

Cara Dillon is one of Ireland’s truly great singers” The Guardian

Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice…” Q Magazine

Karen and Cara will perform their own material, as well as a unique collaboration at the end of the show.