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1. Séamus Ennis was raised with music. His father, James, was a prize-winning piper and his mother, Mary McCabe, was a fiddle player. Which of the towns surrounding Dublin has renamed one the main thoroughfares to 'Séamus Ennis Road'?
2. Unable to find a job after completing school, Séamus Ennis was considering joining the British Army. Instead he was hired by Colm Ó Lochlainn, the proprietor of which publishing house in Dublin?
3. In 1942, World War II brought shortages, including printing materials. Séamus Ennis was introduced to Professor Seamus Ó Duilearge, and hired for £3.00 a week to find and record Irish folk music. Which group was he now working for?
4. Séamus Ennis went to work for BBC in 1951, on a program about folk music and lore in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. Do you know which of these shows he presented for?
5. While working for the BBC, Séamus Ennis married Margaret Glynn. Do their two children, Catherine and Christopher, also have musical talent?
6. Séamus Ennis released his first album in 1959 which included tracks of him singing and playing uilleann pipes and tin whistle. Which flowery traditional song title was also used for the album?
7. One oft repeated story concerns a meeting of pipers in 1968. Others played for several hours while Séamus Ennis listened. When he was asked to play he rolled up his sleeves and spent twenty minutes tuning his pipes before playing for over an hour. Which group got its start from this meeting?
8. During the 1970s Séamus Ennis played some gigs with Sean Keane, Tommy Grogan and Liam O'Flynn. The group was called The Halfpenny Bridge Quartet. What instrument did Séamus play?
9. In the mid 1970s Séamus Ennis purchased a parcel of land that had once belonged to his grandfather and moved into a mobile home. Do you know which of these springy tunes he so favored that he used the name for his home?
10. Released in 1997, which of these CDs was compiled by piper and radio producer Peter Browne and brought Séamus Ennis to a new generation?
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