Gallant Lady

Nora Garver with Gaelwynd
Copyright Nora Garver 2002


I wrote this waltz for my mom, Joanna Garver, who passed away in 1999.  It is a lovely melody in a minor key which gives it a rather sad feel, and which seemed to me to reflect her personality.  In the beginning of the tune, you hear the fine classical guitar playing of Fred McKinney, and then the sensual percussion of Bill Smith.  Later on in the tune, you hear the ethereal voice of Rhiannon Giddens.  I always get chills when I listen to this.  This tune appears on track #10 of Gaelwynd's first CD, "Out on the Ocean".


I received a nice compliment on this tune.  I was surfing the internet one day and Googled "Gallant Lady".  Among the search results, I found this blog entry made by a professional chess instructor named Brian:

"In November, 2005, Richmond Folk Music hosted a concert by Rhiannon Giddens. At the concert, I bought Out on the Ocean, a CD by the Celtic band Gaelwynd, of which Rhiannon is a member. Track #11 on this CD is a beautiful waltz titled Gallant Lady, composed by Gaelwynd fiddler Nora Garver. I remember thinking that this moving tune would make a wonderful film soundtrack for historical dramas in the vein of Last of the Mohicans."

(Thank you Brian!)