SPEARFISH, SD – The Matthews hosts Newfoundland band, The Ennis Sisters, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. This is the third event in the 2016-17 Subscription Series season at the opera house. Individual tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. Buy tickets at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Mon.-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Tickets are available online anytime at www.matthewsopera.com
“This talented and engaging trio is the perfect antidote to a cold, dark January evening. They bring style and substance to their genre of music – and step-dancing is an added plus! Come and enjoy Irish Newfoundland music at its best,” remarks Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews.
Comprised of Maureen, Teresa, and Karen Ennis, The Ennis Sisters are world-renowned
performers whose inspirational sibling harmonies, humorous recitations, Irish step dancing, and engaging stage rapport lift spirits and warm hearts.
The Ennis Sisters were born and raised on Irish Newfoundland tunes. Their father is a traditional button accordion player, and mother grew up on the southern shore of the Avalon, surrounded by music. Throughout the Ennis Sisters’ childhood, if their parents weren’t making music, it was coming through the radio – particularly the Irish Newfoundland radio shows, which aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
“There was just no escaping the Irish Newfoundland, Traditional music growing up,” says Karen. “When we first began singing for an audience, these were the songs we sang. It’s what came easiest and most natural, and still does.”
Maureen and Karen have earned a Juno award, a SOCAN award, and multiple ECMA and Music NL awards and nominations. The sisters have also accumulated three gold records along the way. They have performed worldwide, including Australia, the Middle East, Europe, America and Canada. While touring, they’ve shared the stage with widely respected artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains.
“Music has always been such a big part of our lives,” says Maureen. “As long as we’re able to maintain the passion that we have for playing live, we’ll continue to produce the kind of music that people expect from us at our shows.
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The next event for The Matthews is “Tommy: a Bluegrass Opry” by the Hillbenders on Saturday, Jan. 21. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit www.MatthewsOpera.com.
The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 612 N. Main Street in Spearfish, South Dakota. To learn more about The Matthews either contact by phone, at 605.642.7973 or their website at www.MatthewsOpera.com.