T with the Maggies, a group of individual international singers came together in 2007 to celebrate the life and music of Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Triona and Maighread's older brother. The members, good friends for four decades, began touring together and started recording in July 2009. They began recording the album in An Bhráid, County Donegal in 2010.
The band travelled to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre creative retreat in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan to come up with a sound different form their past projects and solo albums. There they met American artist Megan Marlatt, who would later send them a picture of similar-looking puppets that would become the album's front cover image.
On 15 June 2010, Mairéad wrote the song Domhnach na Fola (English: Bloody Sunday), a few hours after the findings of the Saville Inquiry were read live on television around the world by British Prime MinisterDavid Cameron. The music was co-written with fellow band-member Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. Other songs written on the retreat were Ógánaigh Uasail and Mother's Song. They also arranged their own version of Richard Thompson's Farewell, Farewell.