Píobaire, An, Volume 5, Issue 5, Page 11

Píobaire, An, Volume 5, Issue 5, Page 11
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QUANTIFYING the full extent ofSeamus Ennis’ influence on modernpiping and traditional music and songis generally a futile sort of an endeavour. Hisdistinctive musical fingerprints are on songs,tunes and styles of playing, while almost thir-ty years after his death, Ennis remains tomany a fascinating character.With that in mind, the Ríonach Uí Ógáin edit-ed Going To The Well for Water: The SeamusEnnis Field Diary 1942 - 1946, is a welcomeand insightful account of how exactly the manand his music were shaped in an importantand formative period of his life.The book is essentially a translation of Ennis’diaries, published in Irish in 2007 as Mise anFear Cheoil, but thanks to the meticulouswork of Uí Ógáin, his professional life is nowaccessible to a broader audience.Doubtless, the book loses something in trans-lation but that was unavoidable. The first per-son, past tense style of the day-by-day entriesare less engaging in English and some of theentries are quite mundane but as Uí Ógáin11~ Review ~Going to the Well for WaterThe Séamus Ennis Field Diary 1942–1946CONOR MCKEONasserts in her Editorial, “had Ennis known thisdairy was to be published, he might have writ-ten it otherwise.”It is a straight-forward log book of his daysspent in various parts of Ireland during hisGoing to the Well for WaterThe Séamus Ennis Field Diary 1942-1946Edited by Ríonach uí Ógáin(Cork University Press ISBN 978 185918 437 0)Available from NPU at €49.00 each (Members: €43.00)
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Píobaire, An, Volume 5, Issue 5

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