Cara Dillon joins a growing group of young performers that is updating traditional music with modern flavors, while preserving the integrity of the age-old originals.

Cara Dillon joins a growing group of young performers that is updating traditional music with modern flavors, while preserving the integrity of the age-old originals. Dillon, a 26-year-old from Ireland, has a sweet, breathy voice slightly reminiscent of Alison Krauss. The contemporary arrangements she's chosen for this Celtic folk set are more often piano-based and quiet, with spirited flourishes of violin, mandolin, and accordion, though a few cuts do include the unobtrusive, well-placed backing of electric guitar, bass, and drums. Of particular note are "Craigie Hill," featuring the graceful, multi-layered harmonies of Dillon and sibling Mary; and "I Wish I Was"—one of two original cuts written by Dillon and Sam Lakeman—a dreamy wisp of a song about heartache. A moving debut that deserves to rattle the music world till it gets noticed.–KIT