Cara Dillon was born in 1975 in Dungiven, County Derry, Northern Ireland. She has formerly been a member of the folk groups 'Oige' and 'Equation'. She and Sam Lakeman (whom she married in 2002) left Equation and signed to Blanco y Negro records going under the name 'Polar Star'. Dillon released her eponymous first solo album in 2001, a mixture of tradtional songs with 2 original compositions. This album garnered the best newcomer award and the best song for 'Black Is the Colour' at the 2002 Radio 2 folk awards.