Cara is back on song at Firth Hall

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After all this time, Cara Dillon continues to win acclaim for her exquisite singing.

She was 14 when she won the All Ireland singing trophy.

Some 25 years later she has been nominated for Folk Singer Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, to be announced in Cardiff on April 22.

In between, the native of County Derry has been garnered with many other awards in becoming firmly recognised as one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song - with occasional diversions along more contemporary roads, accompanied by husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.

Family life has also intervened, starting in dramatic fashion.

Cara went into premature labour onstage, later giving birth to twin boys at only 26 weeks.

A baby girl followed three years later.

Disney was among her admirers when, in 2010, they asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

Now Cara is back on tour and brings her band to the beautiful surroundings of the University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall, off Western Bank, on Sunday.

There’s a new album, A Thousand Hearts, her first for almost five years, to showcase.

Next year she will be on the road with the Transatlantic Sessions Tour, taking its cue from the BBC2 TV series, joining luminaries such as Jerry Douglas, Aly Bain, Danny Thompson, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and Karen Matheson.

The Firth Hall show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20 in advance or £22 on the door. Visit to book.

n Forthcoming acoustic dates for The Greystones include Angaleena Presley (January 18), Uncle Lucius (January 25), The Rails (January 27), Aoife O’Donovan (January 30) and Tim O’Brien (February 3).