Peter Browne on the Centenary of Séamus Ennis 1919-1980
Seamus Ennis – His Life and Music
Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival founder member, piper and former RTÉ Radio broadcaster, Peter Browne will deliver a lecture on The Life and Music of Séamus Ennis at this year’s festival in Castleisland.
Séamus Ennis 1919 – 1980
2019 marks the centenary of the birth of the great, Dublin born piper, singer, folklore collector and early Telifís Éireann presenter and contemporary and friend of O’Keeffe.
In fact, as children, Peter Browne and his brother Ronan were often guests on the programme with Ennis in the days of the station’s infancy.
Insightful Sleeve Notes
And, in more recent years, he wrote the insightful, 24 page sleeve notes to the CD, The Return from Fingal – a compilation of the best of the music of Séamus Ennis which was released in 1997 and remastered and re-issued in 2007.
Séamus Ennis was a regular visitor to Patrick O’Keeffe with Lyons’ Bar in Scartaglin their favoured meeting place.
There is at least one documented gathering there which also included Willie Clancy from Miltown Malbay.
Advertised Piping Workshop
Talking about pipers: Castleisland isn’t exactly a hotbed of the skill but at least two potential pipers / pupils have taken up the advertised piping workshop to be delivered by Peter Browne at one of the many classes during the festival.
An addition to this year’s October weekend festival is a class for children. This will be conducted by talented whistle player and singer, Sheila Heery.
Knee Deep in Music
Sheila, an addition to the festival committee this year, can be found regularly, knee deep in the Tuesday night sessions at Kearney’s Bar and now at the evolving session at Fagin’s / Hartnett’s Bar.
This year’s Patrick O’Keeffe Traditional Music Festival will be held in Castleisland over the October bank holiday weekend from and including Friday 25th to Monday 28th.