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If Ever I Return

Album: If Ever I Return
# Song Title   Time
1)    Fear an Bhata
2)    Lady Keith's Lament
3)    Peggy and the Soldier
4)    Ned of the Hill
5)    Holland Handkerchief, The
6)    Fontaine, La
7)    Mally Leigh
8)    Who Will Comfort Me?
9)    Shady Grove
10)    Miss Lillian Williams
11)    How Can I Live at the Top of a Mountain?
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Connie Dover (vocals); Manus Lunny (guitar, bouzouki, background vocals); Aly Bain, Duncan Chisolm (fiddle); Phil Cunningham (penny whistle, accordion, keyboards, background vocals); Iain MacDonald (Scottish Highland bagpipes, wooden flute, penny whistle); Christy O'Leary (Uilleann pipes); David Paton (bass).
  • Recorded at Cunningham Audio Productions Studios, The Crask of Aigas, Inverness-Shire, Scotland.
  • Personnel: Connie Dover (vocals); Manus Lunny (guitar, bouzouki); Aly Bain, Duncan Chisholm (fiddle); Iain MacDonald (flute, pennywhistle, bagpipe); Phil Cunningham (pennywhistle, accordion, trumpet, keyboards); Christy O'Leary (Uilleann pipe); James MacIntosh (percussion).
  • Liner Note Author: Connie Dover.
  • Recording information: Cunningham, Inverness-Shire, Scotland.
  • Illustrator: Jackie Ahlstrom.
  • Connie Dover has a voice that rings like a crystal bell. Whether singing cowboy songs or forlorn Irish love ballads, she can make angels appear and dance in your head. But while critics across the country have rhapsodized about her voice, what is often overlooked is her ability to write strikingly beautiful original music in traditional idioms (an ability overlooked probably because you would rarely guess that her original tunes aren't ageless folk melodies). On this disc, she sets the Gaelic poem "Fear an Bhata" to a lovely, haunting tune and also offers a stately air dedicated to the memory of her paternal grandmother. Elsewhere, she covers such traditional fare as "Lady Keith's Lament," a song of longing for the return of the Scottish monarchy, and the heartbroken "How Can I Live at the Top of the Mountain?" She sings in French on "La Fontaine" (set to another original tune) and comes up with an interesting major-key arrangement of the traditional Appalachian song "Shady Grove." This disc finds her using a bit more percussion and synthesizer than usual, a move which might cause some die-hard traditionalists to raise an eyebrow, but her exquisite singing will erase any doubts. ~ Rick Anderson
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