If Ever I Return was recorded in the Crask of Aigas, a village in the Scottish Highlands, and home of the album's producer, Phil Cunningham. Dover, who was born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri, traveled to Scotland to collaborate with Cunningham (who also produced her two previous releases) and the other Scots and Irish musicians who joined her on the album. Recording took place in the "Old Smiddy", the old village blacksmith shop Cunningham has converted into a world-class studio.
Perhaps nowhere else in the world do the topics of love and parting find a more passionate and beguiling voice than in the music of the Celts. In their passage from generation to generation, these songs do not lose their meaning, but offer the contemporary listener deeper insight into a subject that transcends both centuries and nationalities. In If Ever I Return, Connie Dover's sensitive interpretation of traditional singing styles blends with the collective expertise of her accompanying musicians to create an album of exceptional beauty and integrity.