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Named by Maclean's Magazine as one of the top 100 young Canadians to watch and
chosen as a top five Finalist in YTV’s 1999 Young Achievers Awards, The Ennis
Sisters, have achieved an amazing level of success in recent years.
most recent recording,
was awarded Album of the Year at the Newfoundland and Labrador Music
Industry Awards (MIA) in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 1998 they won
of the Year and Female Artists of the Year at the MIA conference and
in 1997 The Ennis Sisters also won the MIA Folk Album of the Year on the
strength of their debut album, Red Is The Rose, which has sold over
25,000 copies independently.
Their second recording, Christmas on Ennis Road resulted in their own
CBC Television Christmas Special, which was broadcast throughout Newfoundland
and Labrador. This recording was close on the heels of their performances in the
Celtic musical Needfire at The Princess of Wales Theater in Toronto in
the summer of 1998.
Sisters Maureen, Karen and Teresa have been wowing audiences wherever they
go. Maureen, at the age of twenty-three has reached undeniable maturity as a
brilliant songwriter and leads the group with her amazing vocals and musical
talent with several instruments, including the guitar and bodhran. Karen,
twenty-one, brings vocals, flute, tin whistle, bodhran and step dancing to the
trio and Teresa, at twenty, adds vocals, bodhran and step dancing to the group.
stirring live performances, which feature their beautiful three part harmonies,
have placed them on stage with some of the best from Canada and abroad. They
have performed at numerous festivals, including The Stan Rogers Folk Festival,
Montreal Celtic Festival, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival and have
secured a spot at the prestigious Merlefest in North Carolina in April
2001. They have made special appearances on several TV shows, including The
Vicki Gabereau Show, Pamela Walin Live, Jane Hawtin LIVE, CBC
Newsworld’s This Morning and are featured on CBC’s On The Road Again.
September, 2000 made a special guest appearance on The Barra MacNeils Christmas Special,
which appeared on CMT in December, 2000.
In September, The Ennis Sisters took another big step in their career,
signing with artist manager Andre Bourgeois, who currently manages the
career of Warner Music Canada’s and Rounder Records’ Recording Artist Natalie
At the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, PEI in February, 2001, Bourgeois
and The Ennis Sisters announced a groundbreaking deal in Canada with Warner
Music Canada. They are currently putting the finishing touches on a major label
deal for the United States. Despite ongoing interest and offers from the major
labels worldwide, the sisters have remained an independently successful
recording act for the past few years. The same weekend the The Ennis Sisters
signed with Warner, they were awarded an East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional
Group of the Year . This award was handed out on Sunday, February 11, 2001.
While they wait for deals to be closed on the recording and touring side of
their careers, the girls are focusing on writing and demoing new material for
their next recording which will be released in the Fall, 2001.
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