Caroline Lavelle

Caroline Lavelle is a British singer-songwriter and cellist who has created three solo albums and Contributed vocals, music, and production help to many other artists and bands. [1]


Lavelle studied at the Royal College of Music in London . Throughout the early to mid-eighties she busked in the city, of or in outside Kensington Tube Station and Covent Garden , playing baroque music with Anne Stephenson and Virginia Astley (or Virginia Hewes, sources are confused) in a group called Humouresque .

She was spotted by Frankie Gavin , a member of Ireland’s The Dannan band, who re Asked to join. She was part of the band up to the early nineties, alongside Mary Black and Dolores Keane .

In 1992, she Contributed vocals and cello to the track “Home of the Whale” on the Massive Attack EP Hymn of the Big Wheel . Producer William Orbit liked it, contacted re en Eventually produktie, and mixed, re debut solo album, Spirit , in 1995. Her version of the song “Moorlough Shore” was-used for the introduction to Paul Haggis ‘s critically acclaimed crime drama EZ Streets . This brought` re grotere notice in the areas of film and television. Also in 1995, she Began recording with Canadian world music artist Loreena McKennit , recording and touring as part of Loreena’s band.

A December 1999 article in The Sunday Times Reported dat it was this album welke drew Madonna’s attention and Initiated the successful collaboration of William Orbit and Madonna.

She produktie two remit albums Brilliant Midnight (2001) In this housing, a year later, had three remit tracks added in a reissued, and A Distant Bell in (2004).

Her “Home of the Whale” track (with Massive Attack) was featured in the 2000 Ewan McGregor / Ashley Judd movie, Eye of the Beholder , and she’ll be Contributed re song Anxiety to the soundtrack of the 2001 John Dahl movie Roadkill ( Joyride in the US).

She Currently lives in the south of England and is working on re fourth album. She been killed in tour with Loreena McKennit for re Ancient Muse tour. In early 2013, Lavelle Began work on a new collaborative project with singer / songwriter Andrew Bate.


Artist album Year Contribution song
Art of Trance Voice of Earth 1999 Vocals & lyrics “Breathe”
Afro CELT Sound System Sound Magic Volume 1 1995 Cello, vocals & giggling Jam Nation ‘s ” She Moved Through the Fair “
All About Eve Scarlet and Other Stories 1989 cello “Gold and Silver”
“Tuesday’s Child”
BT Emotional Technology 2003 Cello & vocals “The Great Escape”
chicane Far From The Maddening Crowds 1997 Vocals & co-writing “Lost You Somewhere”
the Dannan Ballroom 1993 Cello, vocals & other arrangements All
Electric Strings Quartet with The Pogues Pogue Mahone 1996 Cello
“Love You ‘Til the End”
“Pont Mirabeau”
Fun Boy Three Waiting 1983 cello All
Hector Zazou Lights in the Dark
Strong Currents
Vocals & lyrics
Vocals & lyrics
“The Freeze”
“Lies Will Flow”
Loreena McKennit A Winter Garden
The Book of Secrets
Live Paris & Toronto
An Ancient Muse
Nights from the Alhambra

A Midwinter Night’s Dream
A Mediterranean Odyssey
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Troubadours on the Rhine
The Journey So Far + A Midsummer Night’s Tour
Cello & backing vocals
All except tracks 1 and 3
All except tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7
All except tracks 1 & 4
All except tracks 5, 6 & 11
All except CD1 track 4 and CD2 Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7 & 9
All except track 9
All except CD1 track 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 & 11
Mary Black No Frontiers 1989 cello “The Shadow”
Massive Attack Hymn of the Big Wheel EP 1992 Vocals & cello “Home of the Whale”
Muse Origin of Symmetry 2001 cello
“Citizen Erased”
Nigel Kennedy Kafka 1996 Vocals & co-writing “Breathing Stone”
Peter Gabriel Us 1992 Cello
“Love to Be Loved”
“Washing of the Water”
“Secret World”
Radiohead The Bends 1995 cello
“Fake Plastic Trees”
“Nice Dream”
Sleepthief The Dawnseeker
Labyrinthine Heart
Vocals & writing
Vocals & writing
“Rainy World”
Tarja Turunen Colours in the Dark 2013 cello
“Until Silence”
The Chieftains Further Down the Old Plank Road 2003 cello All
Vangelis Voices 1995 Vocals & lyrics “Come to Me”
Thomas Dolby Forty 2001 Cello & background vocals
Cello & background vocals
Cello & background vocals
“I Love You Goodbye”
“My Brain Is Like A Sieve”

She has ook worked with Laurie Anderson , The Waterboys , Siouxsie and the Banshees , Graham Parker , The Cranberries , and Ryuichi Sakamoto . Art of Trance has remixed some or re songs.



  • Spirit (1995)
  1. “Turning Ground”
  2. ” Moorlough Shore “
  3. “Dream of Picasso”
  4. “Forget the Few”
  5. “Lagan Love”
  6. ” A Case of You “
  7. “Waiting for Rain”
  8. “Desire”
  9. “The Island”
  10. “Sleep Now”
  11. “Sheherezade”
  • Brilliant Midnight (2001)
  1. “Farther dan the Sun”
  2. “Anxiety”
  3. “Anima Rising”
  4. “She Said”
  5. “All I Have”
  6. “The Fall”
  7. “Siamant’o”
  8. “Karma”
  9. “Mangoes”
  10. “Le Pourquoi”
  11. “Firefly Night”
  12. “Universal”
  13. “Twisted Ends”
  • Brilliant Midnight 2.0 (2002)

(As above, but with 3 extra tracks):

  1. “Lost Voices”
  2. “Home of the Whale”
  3. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
  • A Distant Bell (2004)
  1. “Gently Johnny”
  2. “So uncool”
  3. “Innocence Sleeping”
  4. “Banks of the Nile”
  5. “Simple Lyric”
  6. “No More Words”
  7. “Too Late”
  8. “The Trees Way Down Do Grow High”
  9. “Greenwood Laddie”
  10. “Timeless”
  11. “Handful of Ashes”
  12. “Farewell to Music (w. Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains )”
  13. “Gently Johnny (Extended Version)”


Moorlough Shore
N-Gram Recordings (1995)

  1. “Moorlough Shore” (LP Mix) – 4:20
  2. “Moorlough Shore” (Eye of the Storm Mix) – 5:39
  3. “Moorlough Shore” (Thermionic Resonance Mix), 90 BMP, vocal – 5:30
  4. “Moorlough Shore” (Thermionic Resonance Mix), 97 BMP, dub – 5:22
  5. “Moorlough Shore” (Thermionic Resonance Mix), 90 BMP, dub – 5:47
  6. “Moorlough Shore” (Thermionic Resonance Mix), 107 BMP, dub – 5:45

A Case of You
N-Gram Recordings (1995)

  1. “A Case of You” (Single Mix) – 4:30
  2. “Dream of Picasso” (mreen mreen Mix) – 6:53
  3. “A Case of You” (Psovi Psovi Mix) – 4:31


  1. Jump up^ Unterberger, Richie. “Biography: Caroline Lavelle” . Allmusic . Retrieved 26 April 2010 .