Ennis Ceili Band
Traditional Dance Music from County Clare
Rath Records RRCD002
1. Martin Mulhaire’s /Cregg’s Pipes
2. The Maid at the Spinning Wheel / Port an Bhrathar
3. The Signal Fire
4. The Wonder Hornpipe
5. Tie the Bonnet / The Pride of the Bronx
6. Claire Griffin’s / The King of the Pipers
7. The Ballyoran
8. The Fourth Dragoons
9. The Hunter’s House / Rakish Paddy
10. McHugh’s Jig / Mary’s Shoes
11. Grier Collection # 101
12. Cross the Fence
13. The Humours of Miltown / Jimmy Shand’s
14. The Hunter’s House / Rip the Calico
Click on underlined titles to hear MP3 sound samples
Ennis Ceili Band
Traditional Dance Music from County Clare
Rath Records RRCD002
Ceili Band win third All Ireland Championship
The Ennis Céilí Band rewrote the history books once again last weekend by retaining their All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band title for the second year running. In doing so, they became only the fifth ceili band ever to achieve the illustrious 3-in-a-row, joining the Siamsa and Táin Céilí Bands from Dundalk, and the Ormond Céilí Band from Tipperary. The Kilfenora Céilí Band captured the coveted treble twice in their history - with the original band in the fifties, and again with the current line-up in the mid-nineties.
The competition rules of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann mean that Ennis must now retire from competition for at least one year, meaning there will be new champions in 2004. In fact, band leader Padraic O'Reilly says that it's "very unlikely" the current line-up as a unit will return to competitive action. Instead, they will be concentrating on touring, both in Ireland and abroad, and promoting their new CD, "Traditional Dance Music from Co. Clare", which was launched earlier in the year.
The band's journey towards their third title will be featured on Léargas on RTÉ1 in September, in a documentary produced and directed by Pat Butler. It will also feature footage of the band appearing at Fleadh Nua 2003, interviews with the chief protagonists, among them band leader Padraic O'Reilly and musical advisor Garry Shannon (himself a member of the current Kilfenora Céilí Band), and interviews with Kilfenora legends Jerry Lynch and Gus Tierney. The competition can also be viewed online on the Comhaltas Internet Broadcast Service, www.comhaltaslive.com, and on the Tipperary Institute website - http://www.trbdi.ie/fleadh.htm. Their performance to win the title will be shown later in the year on Forefront Productions annual Fleadh programme on RTÉ1, as will their open-air midnight performance on the Guinness Gig Rig from Clonmel town centre, where they played for up to 10,000 Fleadh revellers.
In what was a hugely successful Fleadh for Clare Céilí Bands, the Ennis-based Turloughmore Céilí Band finished runners-up to Ennis in the Senior category. The Inis Óg U-15 Céilí Band acheived their own 3-in-a-row in their age-group, while their U-18 counterparts finished runners-up in their catgeory for the second year running. Both bands were coached by Ennis band leader Padraic O'Reilly. the Barefield and Burren Céilí Bands also kept the Clare flag flying in the U-12 age-group, finishing first and second respectively. These bands were coached by Denis Liddy and Garry Shannon.
The Ennis Céilí Band was originally formed as a junior band in 1992 by Garry Shannon, who stepped into the void left by the retirement of Kilfenora stalwart Gus Tierney. The band enjoyed much success over the years and there were very few changes in personnel.
In Listowel 2001, the Ennis Céilí Band became only the third Clare Band ever to win the All-Ireland senior title, sharing that distinction with the illustrious names of the Tulla and Kilfenora. They were accorded a civic recognition by the town of Ennis to mark their achievement.
Céilí Band are:
Padraic O'Reilly (piano), Brendan Vaughan (drums), Niamh O'Dea (flute), Eilis Faherty (flute),
Pat Nolan (concertina), Monica Queally (fiddle), Liz Gaughan (fiddle), Mark Sheehan (fiddle), Rena Queally (banjo), Nuala Hehir (button accordion)
Copperplate send's congratulations to all involved, well done!
RTE 1 TV Monday Sept. 15 7.30
Ennis Ceili Band in ‘Briseann an Dúchas…’ (The Battle of the Bands.)
Forget about any pre-conceived image of the traditional céilí band – todays champions adorn the music of the elders with a youthful zest and glamour.
The mobile phone expert, the lady showjumper, the farmer and the debt collector share common cause and purpose – legendary status awaits the Ennis Céilí Band if they can match the achievement of those who have won three All-Ireland
Championships in a row.
They would never have it all their own way – local pride and passion motivates their neighbours, the Turloughmore Céilí Band, to make their own bid for All-Ireland glory.
‘Léargas’ returns with an exploration of what drives a contemporary céilí band – pride in the music, loyalty to the local style and a deep respect for those who have passed on so rich an inheritance.
Computer programmer Pádraic O’Reilly wants his band to be respected as worthy inheritors of the likes of Gus Tierney and Jerry Lynch, whose three-in-a-row achievement with the 1950’s Kilfenora Céilí Band is still remembered with a mixture of awe and affection.
Produced and Directed by
Executive Producer Seán Ó Méalóid
Series Editor Frank Hand
current twice all Ireland Ceili Band Champions finally available in the UK.
They are currently being filmed by Irish TV as they gear up for the hat trick
this year in August in Clonmel. One of the best loved bands currently playing
in Ireland. The swing like crazy. Much loved by set dancers all over the
This album contains the best selections from the past 11 years and does justice to their proud North Clare musical heritage.
Ennis Ceili Band was originally formed as a junior band in 1992 by Garry
Shannon, who stepped into the void left by the retirement of Kilfenora stalwart,
Gus Tierney. The band enjoyed much success over the years and there were very
few changes in personnel.
In Listowel 2001 and 2002, The Ennis Ceili Band became only the third Clare band ever to win the All-Ireland senior title, sharing that distinction with the illustrious names of the great ceili bands from Tulla and Kilfenora. They were accorded a civic reception by the town of Ennis to mark their achievement.
This year their attempt for the hat trick of titles is being featured in a fly on the wall documentary by Irish TV. Their leader in pianist, Padraic O'Reilly (see RRCD001).
Ceili Band Musicians.
Flutes: Niamh O'Dea & Eilis Faherty
Fiddles: Monica Quelly, Liz Gaughan & Mark Sheehan
Concertina: Pat Nolan
Accordion: Nuala Hehir
Banjo: Rena Queally
Drums: Brendan Vaughan
Piano: Padraic O'Reilly
Brian & Carmel O'Dea, Margaret Hehir & Aodhaidin Ni She, Rachel Galligan.
Copperplate is very proud to have this title on our roster and to help it achieve its full potential will be supporting this release with a full-scale promotional mail out to media and retail.
Irish Music Review
Altogether a very enjoyable listen – recommended. Sean Quinn
Taplas, The Welsh Folk Magazine. Oct/ Now 2003.
Gary - Sharon Shannon's brother - was also the founder of the Ennis Ceili Band, whose current leader is Padraic O'Reilly. They are the current All-Ireland champions and Traditional Music from County Clare (Rath RRCD02) is straight-ahead ceill music.
Though you probably won't recognize the names of any of the individual musicians, you can't fail to be impressed by their spirited and lively playing, with plenty of lift for dancing. No,wonder they've just won the.All-Ireland for the third year running!
The Irish World
THE Ennis Ceili Band are currently one of the most respected bands playing in Ireland.
Set dancers all over the country love them and for good reason, for this band has the drive and energy of no other. Now, their classic CD is finally available in the UK. It's no surprise that the band has twice won the All Ireland Ceili Band competition.
They're also currently the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary for Irish television, as they get ready for the hat trick of wins at this year's All Ireland Championships in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary this month.
The album kicks off with the band's captivating set of reels that saw, the, band .walk away winners at the Senior All Ireland Ceili band competition in Listowel last year.
The album also includes some of the best-loved selections from the band's last 11 successful years.
This is truly a remarkable album from a remarkable band.
They’ve managed to attain musical heights beyond compare with their verve and enthusiasm.
A must for any self-respecting music lover's collection. Xenia Poole
The Irish Post
THE Ennis Ceili Band's latest CD, entitled Traditional Dance Music From County Clare, is now finally available in the UK. The album contains a great selection from the past 11 years and does justice to heritage, Garry Shannon originally formed the Ennis Ceili Band as a julior band in 1992.
They enjoyed much success over the years, winning the senior All-Ireland in Listowel in both 2001 and 2002.
They became only the third Clare band ever t o win the All-Ireland senior title, sharing that distinction with the illustrious names of the great ceili bands from Tulla and Kllfenora. They were accorded a civic reception by the town of Ennis to mark their achievement. Joe Mullarkey
The Reckoning.com web site , July 2003
The Ennis Ceili Band, under the direction of pianist Padraic O'Reilly, have built up a formidable reputation in Irish music circles. Current All-Ireland champions, the band has all the hallmarks of the ceili band sound - percussion, a driving piano accompaniment and tight musicianship with pared-to-the-bone settings.
However a band doesn't claim the hotly-contested All-Ireland title on the virtue of these alone. To achieve this ultimate accolade an outfit requires the "je ne sais quoi" that separates the confident and competent from the masterly.
Hard though this special quality may be to define, it's by no means difficult to detect. And nowhere is it more obvious than on the opening set "Martin Mulhaire's/Cregg's Pipes", captured live at 2002's Listowel Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann. The barely-restrained energy of the band mirrors the excitement and tension of the audience and the ecstatic, enthusistic ovation from the assembled crowds is richly-deserved.
The second set, "Maid At The Spinning Wheel/Port an Bhrathar (Behind The Haystack)" is a mighty piece of music. Those of you who play music may, like we have, struggled with the first tune in this set - a jig which is as intricate and wide-ranging as it is exciting to the ear and appealing to the feet. We were genuinely surprised to find a ceili band tackling this tune which, on account of its many intricacies and quirks, we have always associated with the solo player. (Seamus Ennnis, for example, played a typically majestic four-part version of the tune.) However we learn from the sleeve notes that The Kilfenora Ceili Band have recently recorded a version and so - we eat our hat and ponder the fact that we don't know ha;lf as much as we think we do! Still, we marvelled at how fluidly and expressively "The Ennis" rendered the tune and how well it sits alongside Port An Bhrathar - another big jig.
Elsewhere, keep an ear out for two marches from the Grier Collection, "The Fourth Dragoons" and "Number 101". The latter in particular is such a splendid tune that its Gan Ainm status is a complete surprise.
You will also be captivated by the jig set "Claire Griffin's/King Of The Pipers". The appearance of the second tune in this set took us by surprise. Like "The Maid At The Spinning Wheel", this elaborate jig is one which we always associate with individual musicianship and it's a mark of The Ennis' confidence that they tackle (and with such applomb!) a piece of this nature.
Ed Reavey's "Hunter's House" appears in two settings, firstly paired with "Rakish Paddy" and later with "Rip The Calico". The decision to include the tune twice is a very nice touch, demonstrating the band's versatility and flexibility.
We're well aware
that some traditional Irish fans are wary of ceili bands. We'd urge anyone to
set their prejudices to one side and give this album a listen. You may well
find that you regard ceili bands in a very different light afterwards!
Aidan Crossey, Pay The Reckoning web site July 2003