Before the two bands met, they were sending music and ideas back and forth through email.
"We'd send one thing over and they'd send something back. It was kind of nice like that."
The passing of notes and music went on for a few months until finally The Fox Hunt flew to Donegal to rehearse and hash out songs in person.
"When we got together, everything kind of fell into place," McLaughlin said. "There are big similarities in the music. The instrumentation really worked."
The Fox Hunt and The Henry Girls play their own instruments. McLaughlin and her sisters, Karen and Lorna, have all studied music and play multiple instruments including the fiddle, ukulele, banjo, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano and accordion.
She said the seven of them recorded about seven songs. Some were straight group numbers. Others were vocal duets. They rehearsed, and then wound up playing a couple sessions together in Ireland and even performed together at the Celtic Connections Festival in Dublin.
McLaughlin said she and her sisters were looking forward to returning to play in America. They've been to the United States more than just the one other time, but this is their second official tour, which is exciting.
Still, it's hard to be away from home. Like half the world, McLaughlin and her sisters are keenly watching the Olympics, which is practically next door in London.
"Everybody is loving the Olympics," she said. "Great Britain is doing very well, and we had an Irish fellow in the triathlon who came in, I think, 23, which was pretty good."
But everyone back home right now is paying attention to Katie Taylor, she said. The Irish boxer is set to take on Sofya Ochigava of Russia in the women's boxing finals Thursday.
Taylor is Ireland's best hope for a gold medal.
"We hope to see it on a television somewhere," McLaughlin said.
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