The Ennis Sisters conjure legacy with their latest offering, Keeping Time. As a collection of 11 songs, Keeping Time is a concept album that honours and preserves our most precious gift – time, and what we do with it.
“It’s about the passing of time, the loss of traditions, the things we do to hold on to what matters most,” says Maureen Ennis. “At the end of our lives, when the edges of our memories are fraying, and we are falling in and out of time, hopefully, looking back we’ll feel we lived our lives to the fullest with little regret.”
The first single “Wheels,” penned by Maureen and Alan Doyle, charts life on the road and how musicians find home on the stage in front of an audience.
ALBUM DETAILS & TRACK LISTINGS:
TITLE: KEEPING TIME
OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: JUNE 15, 2018
100% CanCon, St. John’s NL
1. OWN SWEET TIME 4:15 (Maureen Ennis)
2. CALIFORNIA WINE 4:15 (Maureen Ennis/Mark Murphy)
3. SUNKEN GARDEN 4:25 (Maureen Ennis)
4. WHEELS 3:55 (Maureen Ennis/Alan Doyle)
5. KEEPING TIME 3:34 (Maureen Ennis/Perry Chafe)
6. GO ROSIE GO 3:13 (Maureen Ennis/Mark Murphy)
7. DAUGHTERS OF NEWFOUNDLAND 3:52 (Maureen Ennis/Perry Chafe)
8. MEANT TO BE 3:51 (Maureen Ennis/Alan Doyle)
9. LAST OF A KIND 4:03 (Maureen Ennis/Perry Chafe)
10. GOODBYE 4:07 (Maureen Ennis/Mark Murphy)
11. WASTED ON THE WAY 3:35 (Graham Nash)
*Produced by Alan Doyle and recorded at Sonic Temple Recording Studio in Halifax and at Skinner’s Hill Music Studio in St. John’s.
Mixed and Mastered by Cory Tetford.
Vocal arrangements by The Ennis Sisters.
Musical arrangements by The Ennis Sisters and Alan Doyle.
2018 TOUR DATES:
May 27- St John’s, NL @ Arts & Culture Centre
June 10- Calgary, AB @ Corporate event
June 29-30- St. John’s, NL @ MUN music school
July 28 Stratford, ON @ Stratford summer music series
July 29 Burlington, ON @ Burlington summer music series
Aug 3-5 St John’s, NL @ NL Folk Festival
Aug 10-12 Lunenburg, NS @ Lunenburg Harbour Folk Festival
Aug 17 Indian River, PEI @ Indian River summer music series
Aug 25-26 Peterborough, ON @ Folk Festival
ABOUT THE ENNIS SISTERS - KEEPING TIME (2018)
With a Juno Award, SOCAN Award, multiple East Coast Music Awards, and Music Newfoundland and Labrador Awards, The Ennis Sisters are Maureen, Karen and Teresa. Their extensive discography spans multiple musical explorations: including; Upon a Winter’s Day (2016), Stages (2015), It’s Christmas (2012), The Fortunate Ones (2012), Lessons Learned (2009), Be Here For Awhile (2007), Can’t Be The Same (2003), Ennis Sisters (2001), Three (2000), Christmas On Ennis Road (1998), and Red Is The Rose (1997). Their video “Sing You Home,” was featured for The Rooms’ 100th anniversary of WW1 Battle of Beaumont Hamel Campaign and won provincial, national, and international awards.
Keeping Time is reflective yet uplifting, as the album is about keeping time in both life and music. Inspired by the unraveling and tethering of memory, Keeping Time is part homage, part celebration of life, as the album honours their father, who they recently lost to dementia.
The album’s title track “Keeping Time,” was written by Maureen and Perry Chafe for Karen’s wedding, as her first dance with her father, and references several classic Newfoundland waltzes.
“The idea was to keep the song happy and upbeat rather than too emotional on such a joyful day. Dad has always been a great dancer, and we have many fond memories of waltzing with him at the dances in Cape Broyle.”
“California Wine,” pays homage to losing a loved one to dementia, and the long painful process of watching them gradually fade away like grapes on the vine. Songs like “Last of a Kind,” “Sunken Garden,” and “Own Sweet Time,” look at tradition, letting go, simpler times and moving through hardship.
As there are many transitions in life, “Good-bye,” “Go Rosie Go,” and Graham Nash’s “Wasted On the Way,” explores maturation, confidence and courage, and how we can only live the day we’ve been given.
Keeping Time’s epic song, “Daughters of Newfoundland,” showcases the power of timelessness and honours the many generations of strong, resilient Newfoundland and Labrador women.
“We are proud of where we came from. We are the product of the women who came before us and we’re helping to carve the way and be an inspiration for the generations of women to come.”
ENNIS SISTERS’ SOCIAL MEDIA:
Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount
Kimberly@spincount.com | (902) 350-3968
Teresa Ennis | Limehouse Media
LimehouseMediaPR@gmail.com | (709) 763-7929