Society of Sound: Cara Dillon

Listen to Cara Dillon's evocative take on Christmas

The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release for December 2018 fully embraces the festive season.

Cara Dillon‘s Upon A Winter’s Night is an evocative take on Christmas, capturing the essence of this time of year with a collection of songs ancient and modern that provide a much-needed antidote to 21st century Yuletide excess. In a brave and intensely satisfying decision Dillon, and musical partner/producer (and husband) Sam Lakeman, have chosen to steer the musical tone of the album into much darker territory.

Society of Sound subscribers can download the album here

Cara Dillon. Photo credit: Matt Austin.
"This album is dedicated to anyone who yearns for the company of someone they love, may it bring you some comfort, especially at Christmas time.” Cara & Sam

Beautifully recorded in a variety of locations including Gorbals Sound, Cooper Hall and Cara and Sam’s own Random Sounds Studio, Upon A Winter’s Night features acoustic arrangements that are simple, open and dynamic with performances that are both sympathetic and full of character.

Further Listening

  • Go Tell It On The Mountain

    The Blind Boys of Alabama

    Released 11 April 2003

    With their third album for Real World in little more than two years, these septuagenarians still possessed a work ethic that put everyone else in the shade. A record celebrating Yuletide, the album boasted a phenomenal roster of guest artists who'd queued around the block to share the same studio as these gospel titans.

By Online Editor

Published on Mon, 24 December 18

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