NEWS
March 14th, 2014

Update

We had an amazing fall and winter. We toured in Alberta and Ontario and returned to Newfoundland to do 22 Christmas shows in 25 days!

We had a short holiday break and were back on the road in no time. We did another run of lovely theaters and assorted shows before heading to Miami for one of the most memorable weeks aboard the Norwegian Epic with Joanie Madden and her Folk ‘N Irish Cruise!

While we were away we were thrilled to win Album of the Year and Group of the year at the MUSICNL awards which leads us to share that our latest news. Our album The Fortunate Ones has been nominated for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year at the upcoming ECMA’s. We could not be happier! Congratulations to all our fellow Nominees and thanks so much to the East Coast Music Association!

We are booking shows for the summer and fall now but so far we can say that we are so excited to be part of  Mariposa Folk Festival in (Ontario) on the July 4-6 weekend and the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival (Nova Scotia) Aug. 7-10 weekend. Other shows will be announced soon!

In the meantime, here are a couple of videos from recent shows we thought you might enjoy.

 

November 23rd, 2013

New Ennis Sisters T-Shirts available!

Just in time for Christmas, we are very excited to show you our latest Ennis Sisters T-Shirts, now available for purchase.

Printed on top quality 50/50 American Apparel shirts, these are about a comfortable a t-shirt as you’ll ever find. Available in Black or Red and in adult sizes small to extra large.

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Please state which size and colour you want when submitting your order. Thanks!

November 20th, 2013

Ennis/Ennis Sisters announce their Christmas Tour of Newfoundland

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ENNIS/Ennis Sisters Announce Their Annual “It’s Christmas Tour”
Tickets on Sale Now!
For more information visit:
www.TheEnnisSisters.com
www.ennismusic.com

St. John’s, NL– Hot on the heels of a three win night at the MusicNL Awards, Newfoundland sibling songbirds, Ennis, announce their Annual Christmas Tour. This year, Maureen and Karen will make 22 stops across the province, with youngest sister (and brand new mom), Teresa, joining in for shows on the Avalon. The tour begins in Stephenville on November 27th.

As in previous years, a portion of the revenue raised at each performance will be donated back into the communities. In 2012 alone, the Ennis Sisters helped raise over $60,000.

“It’s a great feeling knowing we’re helping to make a difference to communities across the Province, especially this time of year,” says Karen. “It’s always amazing to see people come together in the true spirit of Christmas.”

The Ennis Sisters’ 2012 holiday release, It’s Christmas, earned them MusicNL’s 2013 Celtic Group of the Year. The album is a collection of unique traditional Christmas songs and features five originals penned by Maureen and her writing partner, Mark Murphy.

The powerful title track and single, ‘It’s Christmas’, shares a theme of enduring peace, while ‘My First Christmas’ is a heart felt song about spending Christmas for the first time without someone you love. The group channels bygone vocal stylings reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters on ‘Coming Down the Chimney’, and ‘Harbour Lights’ tells a familiar story of how communities come alive when Newfoundlanders living away return home for the holidays. The Ennis Sisters capture the gentle beauty of ‘Mary’s Lullaby’ by Wince Coles, and pay tribute to the great Dermot O’Reilly with their touching rendition of ‘A Children’s Winter’.

Like so many Newfoundlanders, The Ennis Sisters have always celebrated Christmas with music. Nearly 20 years ago, they got their start singing Christmas Eve mass at Sacred Heart Church in their mother’s home town of Cape Broyle. In 1998, the sisters taped a popular CBC Television holiday special and the following year they released their first Christmas CD, ‘Christmas on Ennis Road’.

“We’ll be singing old and new Christmas songs on this tour, with stories and fun recitations as well,” says Maureen. “It’s a family friendly show all around.”

For more information:
www.TheEnnisSisters.com
www.ennismusic.com

“The Ennis Sisters – It’s Christmas” CD Available at Fred’s Records, O’Brien’s Music, Costco and online.

For all publicity inquiries, contact:

Teresa Ennis – Limehouse Media – LimehouseMediaPR@gmail.com – (709) 739-0917

November 20th, 2013

ENNIS wins big at the 2013 MusicNL awards

ENNIS took home 3 awards at this year’s MusicNL Awards gala. Sisters Maureen and Karen won 2 awards for latest release “The Fortunate Ones” including FACTOR Album of the Year and Canadian AV Group of the Year. Along with their sister, Teresa, The Ennis Sisters won the Steele Communications Celtic/Traditional Artist/Group of the Year for their holiday record, “It’s Christmas.”

Maureen and Karen discovered they’d won while on tour in Ontario. Teresa was at home in St John’s with her 3 month old daughter texting them updates. “We are thrilled beyond words. Thank you so much to MusicNL and to everyone who voted for us. ” cited Maureen on the ENNIS Facebook page.

Ennis/ The Ennis Sisters will begin their 4th annual Christmas show Nov. 27 and tour it around the province until two days before Christmas.

September 23rd, 2012

Shirts and Pendants now in Store

Our new Ennis t-shirts and limited edition pendants are now available for online purchases. The shirts look and feel great, and the pendants are limited to only 100 signed and numbered in the edition so don’t wait if this is something you’re interested in.

Go to STORE now

July 5th, 2012

Rehearsals

Had a great rehearsal for our CD release party. It’s next Tuesday, July 10th at The BIS -Irish Hall. Doors open at 7:00PM. Tickets available at O’Briens Music Store.

July 4th, 2012

“We are tomorrow made from yesterday, living on stoney shallow soil. A stubborn beauty under a fickle sun, looking back to see how far we’ve come…”

These words, taken from the song, ‘Rise Up Winds’, show the deep reverence and passion for history, people and place. These are the central themes of the new CD release from Ennis, entitled, ‘The Fortunate Ones’.

Newfoundlanders have long referred to “the rock” as home, no matter how far they’ve ventured or how long they’ve been away. The Fortunate Ones, in this case, refers to those who have managed to maintain a living on the island where most Newfoundlanders long to be. “Based on conversations with many ex-patriot islanders who have had to relocate to Alberta and other places for work, we felt ‘The Fortunate Ones’ set the tone for the CD,” explains Maureen.

There are some exciting ‘firsts’ on ‘The Fortunate Ones’. This is the first record that is exclusively produced by Maureen Ennis. This was a long time coming. As the musical visionary of the group since its Ennis Sisters days, it was inevitable that this step be taken eventually. With a supporting cast of long time collaborator Mark Murphy over-seeing the vocals, and multi-instrumentalist and touring group member Billy Sutton at the engineering helm, it was a comfortable decision whose time had come.

Recorded, mixed and mastered exclusively at the Sound Solution in St John’s, Maureen oversaw every aspect of the recording with the exception of two tracks. The first was ‘Ladies Lounge’, a rollicking tune written by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle and Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. Produced by Alan, the track was recorded at Sound Solution in Alan’s home studio, at a B&B in downtown St John’s and at the Duke of Duckworth Pub (with a group of Maureen & Karen’s girlfriends, their sister, Teresa, and assorted patrons) which Alan thought would lend an air of authenticity to the song. The second is a set of traditional instrumental tunes, arranged and produced by Billy Sutton and played by some of the finest traditional players in Newfoundland, featuring Karen on the whistle.

This is also the first time in their recording career that they’ve been touring many of these songs as they’ve been written. “We’ve gotten feedback from people across North America, Australia, Ireland and Newfoundland over the last 18 months and that feedback has helped us create a project that we’re really proud of,” says Maureen.

June 15th, 2012

Garrick

Playing the Garrick Theater tomorrow in beautiful Bonavista!

Next week Festival Of Small Halls in PEI Tuesday, Wednesday (Maureen solo) Thursday & Friday (see website for details). Saturday The Albert and Crown Pub and Eatery in Alberton PEI. Sunday night we’re back at Point Rock House Concerts in Fall River; Mary (Happy Birthday) tells us that there are only about 12 seats left so get ‘em booked! pointrock@live.ca