For anyone who missed it, RTE’s fantastic special on Seamus Ennis is now available online at the RTE Player here . Featuring, among others, Liam O’ Flynn of Planxty, Seamus’ own son and people who encountered Seamus on his journeys across Ireland to collect both words and notes to document what was a dying culture and history.
Taking in everything from the time the young 23 year old from North Dublin took off on his bike west to his time spent working with the BBC on a folk programme named As I Roved Out, this 25 minute documentary is a fitting tribute to one of the most important figures in Irish musicial history.
Below, I have embedded Seamus Ennis singing Donal Óg, a fantastic rendition. The sound of Seamus’ pipes is well known and recorded, and the mans voice could carry just as much character.