Spencer the Rover‘, from Cara Dillon’s forthcoming album Hill of Thieves, is a duet with brother-in-law Seth Lakeman. It’s available to listen to now on Cara’s MySpace page and is also included on the free covermount CD on this month’s WORD magazine.

Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s Seth’s tenor guitar (and fiddle) you can hear too.

Cara is married to middle Lakeman brother, Sam Lakeman. Sam is producer, musical director and pianist on Cara’s work. She was a member of Equation with Seth, Sean and Sam before the couple left in 1996 to pursue their own projects. Seth toured with Sam and Cara for a while after he too left Equation in 2001.

Discussing the track in a recent interview, Cara explained:

Sam and I were asked to do a version of the song back in 2001 for a charity album released in Ireland and we worked out the version with Seth who was on tour with us at the time. It became a firm favourite in our live repertoire but failed to make it to record as it never seemed to fit with the other material selected (until now). I’ve always loved the story and I think our version breathes a lot of life into a song that has been almost done to death.
Salut! Live ‘The Big Interview’, Jan 2009

As well as the duet with Seth, Hill of Thieves includes contributions from Sean Lakeman, and Seth Lakeman band fixture Ben Nicholls on double-bass.

Hill of Thieves is released on 26 January 2009.

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Cara Dillon links
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Cara performing ‘Jimmy Mo Mhile Stor’ and ‘The Verdant Braes of Skreen’ from Hill of Thieves at this year’s Celtic Connections festival