The lyrics by Maureen Ennis from the song “John William” speak of the lineage into which she and her sister, Karen, were born in Newfoundland. Along with their sister, Teresa, the girls learned to sing around the time most people learn how to walk, encouraged by their parents, John and Ceilie.
The two sisters have attained a high level of awards over the years. With a Juno award, a SOCAN award, multiple ECMA and Music NL awards and nominations, Maureen and Karen have performed in Australia, The Middle East, Europe, America and Canada, accumulating three gold records along the way and sharing the stage with such widely respected artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains, Altan, Danu and Tommy Makem. Touring highlights include the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival (California), Merlefest (North Carolina), The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Irish festivals and the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. They have also played Canada Day events on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada and Trafalgar Square in London, England.
Produced by Maureen, the new album is titled “The Fortunate Ones” and features an 11-song set featuring an original ballad from the internationally acclaimed artists.
“Music has always been such a big part of our lives,” said Maureen. “As long as we’re able to maintain the passion that we have for playing live, we’ll continue to produce the kind of music that people expect from us at our shows. We feel like this CD is as close as we’ve come to capturing the live performance experience and we couldn’t be happier about that.”
Tickets for the concert by the Ennis sisters are $15 and now on sale at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St. in Colebrook and at the door on the night of the concert. For more on this and other GNWCA concerts, visit www.gnwca.org or call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998.