Seamus Ennis Biography

May 1919, Dublin, Eire, d. 5 October 1982, Naul, Eire. One of Ireland’s most influential musicians, Ennis played whistle and uillean pipes as well as singing in both English and Gaelic, and was considered to be one of the leading authorities on traditional Irish music. Ennis spent four years at college before leaving in 1938, and worked for five years at Three Candles Press. Four years later, in 1942, he joined the Irish Folklore Commission as a collector, travelling around Ireland, and some of the Gaelic areas in Scotland. He moved on, in 1947, to work for Radio Eireann, and later, in 1951, the BBC. Ennis made a number of recordings, in 78 rpm format, for the BBC during the late 40s. He had earlier recorded a number of 78s for the Irish Gael-Linn label, in the Gaelic derivation of his name, Seosamh OhEanaigh. It was at the BBC that Ennis worked with folk collector Peter Kennedy, and they were involved in a weekly series As I Roved Out. Ennis also released an influential EP, The Ace And Deuce Of Piping, in 1960, which prefigured the revival of piping in the 60s. Our Musical Heritage, produced by RTE, was a three-album boxed set. The concept was based on a series of programmes presented by Sean O’Riada in 1962, on Radio Eireann. The posthumously releasedSeamus Ennis - Master Of The Uillean Pipes, was produced, recorded and engineered by Patrick Sky. The session was recorded in Dublin, at Liam O’Flynn’s flat.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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