The Ennis Sisters
In our fast paced, technologically driven world, today’s audiences have a hunger for music that is direct, honest and real. The Ennis Sisters provides relief to that hunger with a live performance that is powerful, compelling and, above all, as clean and fresh as the wind and waves that wash over their home shores of Newfoundland.
The response to their performance at the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound reflects the sense of connection that The Ennis Sisters establishes with audiences. Experienced concert presenter Liz Scott of Irish Mountain Music had this to say:
“Their performance of the song “I Will Sing You Home” was the most magical, real, human experience that I have ever seen at a live music event. The energy of the crowd shifted to a palpable, emotional energy. It was profound.”
In an iTunes review, concert attendee James Morgan said: “These sisters from Newfoundland, Canada, grounded in traditional Irish music, use that style to create music whose themes are totally contemporary. Their harmonies are close and precise; their music is impeccable. I first heard them at Summerfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario, where they brought the house down. The audience simply would not stop their applause. In my 30+ years of attending such festivals, I have never experienced such enthusiastic support for performers…”
The Ennis Sisters are an original group with a unique contemporary voice flavored by deep roots and Celtic traditional Newfoundland influences. Maureen, Karen and Teresa are powerful, interesting and humorous story tellers with a broad mix of Maureen’s accessible original songs and uniquely interpreted tunes and ballads. The Ennis Sisters conjure legacy with their latest offering, Keeping Time. As a collection of 11 songs, Keeping Time is a concept album that honours and preserves our most precious gift – time, and what we do with it.
“It’s about the passing of time, the loss of traditions, the things we do to hold on to what matters most,” says Maureen Ennis. “At the end of our lives, when the edges of our memories are fraying, and we are falling in and out of time, hopefully, looking back we’ll feel we lived our lives to the fullest with little regret.”
With 10 albums and inclusion on countless compilation CD’s, the group has toured the Middle East, Ireland, the UK, every Canadian Province and 90% of the United States, accumulating their own gold record, plus two compilation gold records along the way. In addition to sharing stages with Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Chieftains, Mary Black and Jann Arden, career highlights include a Juno Award, a SOCAN Award, and multiple ECMAs and Music Newfoundland awards and nominations.
Touring highlights include the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Mariposa (Ontario), The Strawberry Music Festival (California), Merlefest (North Carolina), The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Irish festivals. They have also played Canada Day events on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and Trafalgar Square in London, England. In 2012, they performed at the Woodford Folk Festival (the largest festival in Australia with over 120 000 people in attendance) and got a special mention in the Australian national newspaper as a festival highlight.
Without doubt, The Ennis Sisters have established themselves as a world class act. Fiercely proud of their Newfoundland roots, these sisters who were born to sing, have been bringing their music to the stages of the world for nearly 2 decades and show no signs of slowing down.