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There is a saying that it takes seven years of learning, seven years of practice and seven years of playing to become a uilleann piper. Seamus Ennis must have studied diligently during his 21-year apprenticeship because he... more »
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There is a saying that it takes seven years of learning, seven years of practice and seven years of playing to become a uilleann piper. Seamus Ennis must have studied diligently during his 21-year apprenticeship because he is one of the pipe's true masters. The Wandering Minstrel presents a collection of jigs, reels, hornpipes, and airs--traditional Irish music played in the ancient manner, without accompaniment. Too often solo performance degenerates into a display of technical prowess at the expense of the music. Ennis, however, never lets his ability on the pipes overpower the music. Storyteller, tune collector, linguist, radio producer, and folklorist, Ennis is most fondly remembered as an uilleann piper of rare distinction, a standing that's illustrated with The Wandering Minstrel. -- Michael Simmons
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Good album from one of the greats
Kevin L. Rietmann | Oregon | 06/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ennis in his later days was a bit of a hit or miss proposition; drink, car wrecks, and heart attacks had unsteadied his fingers much of the time, and he seemed to be intent, in a sense, on more of a pure expression than keeping a firm beat, lingering on notes for long durations in the fastest music, holding the chanter off the knee and applying vibrato, making his music far more unsuitable for dancing than it ever had been before, not that he ever considered it such. His ancient set of pipes had apparently always required a bit of extra strength to work properly, too, and this album has more than its fair share of flat bottom Ds and wavering drones, which will put off a casual listener at times in tunes like the jig the Freize Breeches; and in the recording the drones and regulators are a bit prominent at the expense of the chanter. Never the less, the recording quality is excellent, and Ennis gets in many magical moments here, a fine display of his mature style, warts and all."
Essential album of Irish piping
Allen T. Garvin | Dallas, TX USA | 02/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an absolutely marvellous album primarily of Ennis' piping (he plays whistle on a couple tracks). Unaccompanied, he frequently makes full use of the regulators in his very rhythmic, utterly unique style. Along with albums by Willie Clancy and Leo Rowsome, this is essential for fans of the union pipes."