Feisty. That was the word I was looking for. During the first part of the Cara Dillon interview, I admitted to having floundered while searching for the right word to describe the changes I had detected in Cara's voice on her new album Hill of Thieves. Was it mischievous? No. Sultry, sensual, strident? Not really. But there was attitude, of a sort I had not noticed before in Cara's vocals; she attributes this to the "different frame of mind" she has experienced since her twin boys arrived so prematurely just over two years ago. So feisty it is. The word was banned by the features editor when I worked at The Daily Telegraph. As someone who decides and enforces newspaper style, I can see why. It had become the first port of call for too many lazy writers. But it is STILL a good word if applied sparingly. I cannot recall the last time I used it, if I've used it at all, and you don't get much more sparing than that. Here, then, is the second part of Salut! Live meets Cara, a series of quick questions; the number usually depends on how many the person in the hot seat chooses to answer. It is short but sweet, telling us just a little more about her. And see her highly talented sister Mary in an obscure clip I managed to dig out at YouTube; it sits perfectly with the gem above, Cara in duet with Paul Brady, Sam adding exquisite piano.....
What has Somerset got beyond cider, morrismen and pub skittles?
Lots of greenery and the finest milk I have ever tasted.
How famous would you want to be?
As famous as you can without anyone knowing who you are.
Has Obama's election made you more optimistic about the world your children are growing up in?
I suppose so...only time will tell.Were you good at school, or a tearaway?
I was a very, very good girl.Best subject and worst?
English Lit and MathsAt what age did you realise you could sing well?
Best gig? Worst gig?
Best gig was playing in a 3000 year old Greek amphitheatre on Sicily, worst was playing in Limerick the same time as the all Ireland Gaelic Football final when eight people showed up ... very, very drunk.What or where do you want to be 10 years from now?
I love not knowing what's around the corner... that's one of the bests part of what I do.