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Enda Seery

Enda Seery from Streamstown, Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland is a musician, composer, singer and teacher fully engrossed in his music career as a professional music teacher and performer.

Enda grew up with music, song and dance from an early age with his musical siblings Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig (fiddle) all gaining a reputation for their musicality and tradition as part of The Mona Dubh Céili Band. Indeed the areas of Streamstown and Castletown Geoghegan are steeped in the tradition with well known musicians, the late John John Gannon, his father James Gannon and Billy Whelan (The Whistling Postman) all coming from those areas. Nowadays Enda's cousin Colin Nea, All Ireland Champion Button Accordion player and Davy Joe Fallon of the well known Céilí band Davy Joe and Carousel have brought Westmeath's tradition of Irish music, song and dance to the fore to an even wider audience. Enda Seery of course is very much part of this.

As a teenager and moving into his mid-twenties: Enda was a consistent achiever at Fleadh Cheoil competitions at Provincial and All-Ireland level. He has multiple whistle titles at Provincial level and in 2011, he was honoured with a 3rd place for his hornpipe composition Langton’s of Kilkenny at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan added to a Leinster Title for his composition The Longwood Reel in 2013. Indeed Enda’s compositions are now being recorded by other artists with his cousin, the aforementioned Colin Nea recently recording Enda’s composition Sam’s Delight (reel) for his new album Between the Jigs and the Reels. Colin lives in Kilfenora, Co. Clare.

Enda was delighted to release his debut album The Winding Clock in November 2010 and the launch night in the Uisneach Inn, Killare, Co. Westmeath was certainly a memorable one with the venue packed to the rafters. The album has received great reviews from critics and musicians alike. Much praise has been given to Enda’s own traditional compositions. Eileen McCabe of The Irish Music Magazine notes that ‘Enda includes many of his own tunes and they intertwine seamlessly with the more traditional with regards to the quality of workmanship’. Tony Lawless of www.tradconnect.com describes Enda’a playing as having ‘an earthy, old school traditional feel, delivered in a precise and punchy way that is quite entrancing’. Zac Leger, musician and reviewer for www.folkworks.org notes that The Winding Clock is ‘an album worth losing time over, again and again’.

In September 2012, Enda Seery completed a Masters in Traditional Irish Music Performance at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick graduating in January 2013 with First Class Honours. Enda gained valuable tuition and advice from an array of whistle and flute masters including Kevin Crawford, Mary Bergin, Sean Ryan, Mikie Smyth, Bríd Donohue, Majella Bartley, Brian Finnegan and Carmel Gunning.

Enda has featured as a performer on RTÉ, TG4, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Lyric FM and Raidió na Gaeltachta. He has appeared on broadcasts such as RTÉ’s Céilí House and Forefront Productions Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann series on RTÉ and Geantraí on TG4.

After completing his studies in Limerick, Enda has become a full-time professional music teacher and performer and this led to the release of his second studio album Síocháin na Tuaithe:Peace of the Countryside in April 2013 followed by a tour of launches around Ireland. Again the album has been highly praised with flute and whistle maestro Kevin Crawford of Lúnasa and The Teetotallers fame stating that Enda is 'a man on top of his game musically'.Sean Laffey, Editor of Irish Music Magazine states that this is 'a lovely second album from a stylish player who thinks deeply about the music'.

Enda performed in the Sean Ó Riada Gold Medal competition for flute/whistle live on Ráidió na Gaeltachta in February 2016 playing flute. Soon after this on Easter Monday, 28th March, Enda performed a suite of his newly composed music to honour the contribution of Westmeath women Eilis and Emily Elliott in the 1916 Easter Rising. ​

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