Lagan Love

Nora Garver with Immigrant's Daughter


This Irish air was taught to me by Killian Robinson, a fine whistle and pipe player from Dublin.  The first time I heard him play it the haunting melody spoke to me.  This tune appears on "Over the Whistle and Through the Strings" by Immigrant's Daughter. It was recorded in an hour at the very end of all our recording. I hadn't intended to put it on the CD, but as an afterthought I asked Robert Kirk, our recording engineer, if he had an organ in his studio.  He did!  He taped down two keys to create a continuous drone.  I played Lagan Love with the drone in the background and it sounded very mysterious.  Ann Borden, just kidding around, started making spooky wind noises.  I thought it sounded so realistic that I asked her to record them.  Also, if you listen closely, you can hear something in the background of the recording that sounds like distant bagpipes.  This comes from me doing a second take and recording over another track that had the volume turned completely down, yet there is still a small leakage of sound from it.  Robert Kirk took Ann's wind, and my two recorded tracks and worked his sound engineer magic on it all, coming up with a very moody and mystical mix.  It was so good we decided to add it to the CD as the final track.