Tag: Seamus Ennis

Born on 5 May 1919: Séamus Ennis

Sunday, 5 May, 2019

It was Liam O’Flynn who summed up the music of his friend and mentor Séamus Ennis best: “His taste was impeccable. He never aimed to impress by showing off; restraint and elegance were the hallmarks of his piping.”

Memento mori

Friday, 16 March, 2018 0 Comments

The 8th of October 1982 was a Friday and it didn’t rain in north County Dublin. In the wider world, it was the day when Poland banned the Solidarity trade union and the musical Cats opened on Broadway, but it was also the day when Séamus Ennis, the legendary piper and music collector, was buried in Naul. One person, and only one person, could have played the obligatory lament at the graveside and the honour went to Liam O’Flynn, who had studied and lived with the master himself, and who best embodied that tradition to which Ennis had devoted his life.

Today, the lament will be played for Liam O’Flynn and all the grace and gravitas that marked a career and a life that gave so much joy to so many people will fulfill the inexorable mortal destiny of “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” RIP.

Liam O'Flynn lament

Somebody That I Used To Know

Saturday, 13 April, 2013 0 Comments

Before turning to the music of the phenomenal young English guitarist, Mike Dawes, we should mention one of his role models, Pierre Bensusan, a French guitarist from a family of Sephardic Jews that migrated from Spain to Morocco to Algeria. Much of the aesthetic that Dawes has incorporated in his playing can be found in Bensusan’s interpretation of “The Return From Fingal“, a march he learned from the piping of Séamus Ennis. Apart from Bensusan, the other finger-style players who have influenced Mike Dawes are Jon Gomm and Michael Hedges.