The Ennis Sisters
Label: Self Released
Album: Keeping Time
Tracks : 11
I have been in love (musically speaking, of course) with the Ennis Sisters since I saw them at Celtic Connections in Glasgow a couple of years ago. This is their first new album since then and I am pleased to say it was worth the wait.
It is a beautifully crafted album from start to finish. The harmonies are exquisite, as always, and the songs range from the pop-tinged ‘California Wine’ to the old time waltz feel of ‘Meant To Be’.
The album is dedicated to their late father, John, and has some evocative and emotional moments like ‘Sunken Garden’ (featuring Cherish the Ladies) and the title track with its gorgeous lyric harking back to their childhood days.
The Ennis Sisters have always been proud of their Newfoundland home and nowhere is this more apparent than on the anthemic ‘Daughters of Newfoundland’. It is an immense piece of music and the choral part is a truly spine-tingling moment. “We are as solid as the rock on which we stand; we are the daughters of Newfoundland”. It is epic.
Other songs dealing with more mundane aspects of life are all beautifully written and performed. ‘Goodbye’, about children growing up and leaving home tugs on the heartstrings as does the story of a boat-building family tradition in ‘Last of a Kind’.
Maureen Ennis wrote or co-wrote all but one of the tracks (the exception being Graham Nash’s ‘Wasted on the Way’) and her song writing just keeps getting better. There are a lot of fine tracks on this album but the one that sums up the Ennis Sisters for me is the foot-tapping folk/country of ‘Go Rosie, Go’. While some tracks may bring a tear to the eye, this one just makes me smile and think life is just great and what more can you ask from music than that?
This is an excellent album and I would highly recommend it.