For Immediate Release Nov 13, 2014
The Ennis Sisters Announce New CD ‘Stages’ and 5th Annual ‘It’s Christmas’ Tour Tickets on Sale Now!
St. John’s, NL— It’s been 17 years since Newfoundland folk/roots trio, The Ennis Sisters, launched their debut album Red is the Rose to critical acclaim. Today the sisters (Maureen, Karen and Teresa) announce the release of their 8th full-length studio album, Stages, with a hefty tour of Newfoundland to follow. This year they’ll make 21 stops across the province with their 5th Annual “It’s Christmas” tour, beginning on Nov 27 in Codroy Valley and finishing up on Bell Island on Dec 21.
Stages is an 11-track collection of beautifully crafted songs inspired by the trio’s Newfoundland-folk beginnings. Produced by Maureen Ennis and sought after Newfoundland multi-instrumentalist Billy Sutton, the sibling’s trademark harmonies soar above a mix of original songs and cleverly arranged covers. Stages opens with a moving remake of an Ennis Sisters’ classic, Out From St. Leonard’s. Originally released on their 1997 debut album, Red is the Rose, the song powerfully describes the hardships endured by residents who were relocated during The Newfoundland Resettlement Program in the mid 1960’s.
The sisters’ award-winning harmonies take centre stage throughout the entire album, especially on Dreaming my Dreams With You and Killing The Blues. Maureen provokes a sense of longing for the comforts of home with her song, Take me Home, while tenderly capturing the unbreakable bond between a mother and child with A Lullaby. Lush layers of mandolins, accordions, and fiddles lazily waltz along, evoking a sound reminiscent of The Band on Teresa’s song, The Pines.
The album’s title not only makes reference to the traditional workstations of the Newfoundland fisherperson, but the name holds other meanings for the sisters as well. “Stages is the title that a close friend of ours, Perry Chafe, suggested when we were brainstorming ideas. We had been throwing around different titles for a while and as soon as “Stages” came up, there was an immediate and unanimous “that’s it!””, says Karen. Teresa adds, “It represents the workstations that our forefathers toiled over when the fishery was alive and well in Newfoundland. It also represents the way we’ve made our living, having built our career performing music on so many stages around the world, and we’ve gone through so many stages to get to this point in our nearly 20 year musical journey, personally and professionally.”
Since the tour’s inception in 2009, The Ennis Sisters have helped raise thousands of dollars for communities across the province. This year, special tickets will also be sold at the shows for a chance to win Maureen Ennis’ Stonebridge Grand Auditorium guitar, valued at $2700! All proceeds raised will be donated to CMHA’s Think Twice Program.
Stages will be available at live shows, at Fred’s and online at: www.TheEnnisSisters.com.
The Ennis Sisters Provincial It’s Christmas Tour Dates:
Nov 27: Codroy Valley, St. Anne’s @ 7:30PM
Nov 28: Stephenville, St. Augustine’s Anglican Church @ 7:00PM
Nov 29: Corner Brook, First United Church @ 8:00PM
Dec 1: Bird Cove, Our Lady of Grace @ 7:00PM
Dec 2: Port Aux Choix, Holy Family Parish @ 7:00PM
Dec 3: Deer Lake, St. Michael @ 7:00PM
Dec 4: Springdale, Indian River High School @ 7:30PM
Dec 5: St. Alban’s, St. Ignatius Church @ 7:00PM
Dec 6: Grand Falls, Memorial United Church @ 7:30PM
Dec 7: Grand Falls, Memorial United Church @ 2:30PM
Dec 9: Tilting, St. Patrick’s Church @ 7:00 PM
Dec 10: Gander, St. Joseph’s Church @ 7:30PM
Dec 11: St Lawrence, St. Thomas Aquinas @ 7:30PM
Dec 12: Marystown, Sacred Heart @ 7:00PM
Dec 13: St. Bernard’s, Sacred Heart Church @ 7:00PM
Dec 14: Clarenville, Memorial United Church @ 7:30 PM
Dec 15: Manuels, St. Thomas of Villanova Church @ 7:30PM
Dec 16: Carbonear, St. Patrick’s Carbonear @ 8:00 PM
Dec 17: St. John’s, Cochrane St. United Church @ 7:30 PM
Dec 18: St. John’s, St Patrick’s Church @ 7:00 PM
Dec 21: Bell Island, St. Michael’s, time TBA
For all publicity inquiries: Teresa Ennis | Limehouse Media