- 23 Aug 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Cara Dillon performs 'Memory Lane', and shares her reflections on Van's music and influence.
Multiple award-winning trad singer Cara Dillon from Derry has been performing since the age of 14. Dillon made a name for herself as a solo artist after leaving folk supergroup Equation, later collaborating with her husband Sam Lakeman and releasing her debut solo album in 2001. She was awarded the Meteor Irish Music Award for Best Irish Female in 2004 for her second album.
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"In terms doing a cover, I knew everyone would be tripping over themselves to record one of the hits – ‘Moondance’, ‘Brown Eyed Girl’, ‘Have I Told You Lately’, ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ etc... I also knew that some of those songs are too big for me to sing. For the past couple of years, I've been playing Van's 2016 album Keep Me Singing as warm-up music before my concerts. I've grown to love that album; Sam and I have often noodled along to it while we're waiting to go onstage. It was a very easy choice."
Read more in the upcoming Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch Cara Dillon perform 'Memory Lane' below:
See the full schedule for the upcoming performances on 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- Mon Aug 24 Damien Rice Crazy Love (7pm); ROE Lifetimes (8pm)
- Tues Aug 25 Moncrieff Hungry For Your Love (7pm); Loah If I Ever Needed Someone (8pm)
- Wed Aug 26 Rosie Carney Gypsy Queen (7pm); Whenyoung Irish Heartbeat (8pm)
- Thur Aug 27 Mary Stokes Band Roll With The Punches (7pm); Wyvern Lingo Domino (8pm)
- Fri Aug 28 Beoga Scandinavia (7pm); Reevah Ballerina (8pm)
- Sat Aug 29 Luka Bloom Madame George (7pm); Conor Marcus Rough God Goes Riding (8pm)
- Sun Aug 30 David Lyttle feat. Liam Neeson On Hyndford Street (7pm); Paul Brady Cry For Home (8pm)
Hot Press is also publishing a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Sinéad O'Connor, Gary Lightbody, Tim Wheeler, Una Healy and David Keenan – who reflect on Van's music and influence. The issue will also look back at five decades of landmark Hot Press interviews with Van, in which he discusses everything from Ray Charles and his other musical heroes, to the inspiration behind the seminal Astral Weeks. Plus, you can expect exclusive photos from the archives, ten ways Van has changed the world, and much more. This historic publication is set to be a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to pre-order now.