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Cara Dillon: new interview

Colin Randall 08 Jan 09 - 10:34 PM
michaelr 08 Jan 09 - 11:02 PM
Colin Randall 08 Jan 09 - 11:21 PM
Bonnie Shaljean 09 Jan 09 - 05:49 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 09 Jan 09 - 05:50 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 09 Jan 09 - 05:21 PM
caitlin rua 09 Jan 09 - 05:29 PM
The Borchester Echo 09 Jan 09 - 06:19 PM
Colin Randall 10 Jan 09 - 03:39 AM
The Borchester Echo 10 Jan 09 - 03:56 AM
The Borchester Echo 10 Jan 09 - 04:06 AM
GUEST,High Hopes 10 Jan 09 - 12:28 PM
caitlin rua 10 Jan 09 - 01:04 PM
The Borchester Echo 10 Jan 09 - 01:15 PM
GUEST,davemcb 10 Jan 09 - 04:55 PM
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Subject: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Colin Randall
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 10:34 PM

For those who urge me to alert fellow Mudcatters to new material at Salut! Live, I have posted the first and main part of an interview with Cara Dillon at

http://www.salutlive.com/2009/01/cara.html
(I hope that works - I have real trouble these days with Typepad, my site's host, and cannot even test the link from home...if it doesn't, I can rectify it in a few hours unless someone beats me to it)


Cara's answers are great, ranging from her response to occasional criticism of her version of There Were Roses (one visitor to Salut! Live has called it "fey"; as it happens, I strongly disagree) to a Anglo-Irish dispute on how Rotherham is pronounced.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: michaelr
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 11:02 PM

Excellent interview! I applaud both you and Cara. I had no idea of her ordeal when I heard her sing at our local festival last year.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Colin Randall
Date: 08 Jan 09 - 11:21 PM

Just took a look at your site Michael.

I see Cara's slot was on the same day as Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Must have been some show.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 05:49 AM


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 05:50 AM

WOOOPS sorry about that. Meant to click "Add To Tracer" and hit Submit instead. I've saved the interview to my desktop and will read it as soon as I have a mo to think clearly.

Bonnie (battling with all the wait-till-after-Christmas work piled up around her door)


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 05:21 PM

Great interview. And the introductory sentence speaks volumes about relative values. I hadn't realised that the twins had been premature. And as an almost casual aside she speaks of having to pass armed soldiers on her way to school as a child. It really levels out your thinking.

Whether people like her voice or not, there's clearly a lot to this lady. Thanks for the reality-check, Colin; not to mention the insights shown by this artist. It's bound to attract new interest in her.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: caitlin rua
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 05:29 PM

Relative values, no kidding. Someone should compel all those people squabbling and trading insults in other threads to read it. Might make them think twice about what's really important and worth expending emotional energy on.

Good job as usual Colin.

[was GUEST caitlín]


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 09 Jan 09 - 06:19 PM

So Cara Dillon had to pass British Army checkpoints on her way to school near Stroke City. So did everybody. I reported from Ireland in the early 70s and was regularly insulted (along with Irish women with whom they equated me) until, in desperation to get through the barricades, I had to produce my British passport. I lived on the Falls Road and was thus very aware of the imbalance and discrimination. I loathe the song There Were Roses. It is a ridiculous simplification of what is, historically, a centuries-old class issue whereby it suited the Protestant ascendancy to divide the Irish working class against each other on religious lines. Thus neatly carved into two chunks, they could never unite as a class and win overall civil rights.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: Colin Randall
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 03:39 AM

I am as sceptical of Diane's analysis as I was of the late Maire Drumm's claim that the working class people of the Catholic Falls and the Protestants of the Shankill could settle the conflict over a pot of tea.

Interestingly, I remember one republican-minded singer producing a comparable argument when appropriating the song for his own use some years ago. Diane is as entitled to think of it as a "ridiculous simplification" as I am to thank Tommy Sands for telling a tragic story, with whatever licence had to be applied to the details of the two deaths, in such a powerfully moving way. And to Cara for her outstanding interpretation.

The remainder of my interview with Cara - just a very short Q&A with a couple of clips, one Cara/Sam/Paul Brady and the other Cara's sister Mary - has now been posted at Salut! Live


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 03:56 AM

If it's an "analysis" you want I wouldn't pretend to provide it in a couple of lines on a scribbling board or in a song. I knew Cumann na mBan commander and Sinn Féin vice president Máire Drumm before her murder by Loyalist thugs and agree such a "claim" woud be far too simplistic if it were the whole truth. In reality, she advocated the obviously essential initial step of a political solution, which is still far from being implemented. Only then would the two communities be free or even safe in getting out the teapot or whatever.

And trilling pretty little over-emotional, romanticised songs (of whatever provenance) doesn't help.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 04:06 AM

. . . I should have added (so I will) that there is a parallel in Pete Morton's song about two brothers (might even be entitled The Two Brothers in which he stereotypes Israel and Palestine as two whingeing, squabbling brats winding up their harassed parent / carer.

I don't care who started it . . .

No, well when you consider that both conflicts arose largely from an imposition of British imperialism on populations without a voice, there is a vested interest in pulling wool over eyes.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: GUEST,High Hopes
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 12:28 PM

It DOESN'T matter who started it, regardless of where or when the conflicts happened, the fact that they has to stop is the important factor here. Those who state that it does matter who starts something? I wonder if they really want an end to conflicts, after all, perhaps they wouldn't have anything to to say if the said conflicts were ended.....


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: caitlin rua
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 01:04 PM

I think the original point being made was just that it's an abnormally stressful situation for a child to deal with. That article is a good reminder that a lot of the everyday stuff people argue and get upset about on the internet pales into nothingness by comparison.

In the seriousness stakes, wars or your children's health being in peril really put things into perspective. And in the cyber world they often need putting into perspective, that's all.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 01:15 PM

Just dropped by the Israeli embassy to watch the English police treating pro-Palestinian demonstrators with similar brutality that the RUC and British Army used against Irish civil rights marchers. I don't need any perspective and least of all do I need lisped, dangerously simplistic ditties.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: GUEST,davemcb
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 04:55 PM

Diane itching for a scrap and being aggressive as usual. Not so very different from other warring parties.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 05:05 PM

I went to Kensington then filed copy.
Working, in other words.
Whatever was the male guest (who doesn't know me and ought therefore, to address me as Ms Easby but preferably not at all) doing to overcome imperialism and save lives (other than sitting on his backside in a centrally heated building)?
I recommend a look at some of the Middle East-related compositions of Leon Rosselson, though I appreciate you will have comprehension difficulties.


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Subject: RE: Cara Dillon: new interview
From: GUEST,davemcb
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 06:14 PM

I humbly crave your indulgence, ma'am. Could you, perhaps, recommend a Cara Dillon CD where she sweetly intones one of Leon's wee ditties? I normally found him a little de trop, but obviously anything Princess Di recommends is bound to be spiffing unlike all that nasty stuff anyone else likes. I'd also be grateful for any personal insights you could give on your rejection of the Nobel Peace Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Crufts Supreme Champion, etc...


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