Seamus Ennis

Genres: Folk World
Descriptive "tags": irish folk celtic irish traditional world irish folk bagpipes celtic folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia


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...

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