Category Archives: Wicklow

Beautiful Bird

I saw a beautiful bird today, the most beautiful in our land.

In our garden, he was grand.

Made by God’s hand

Tich Ennis

28th April, 2018

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Garech and Geldof and Me

10th April, 2018

Tim,

Here are two CD’s, one as promised and the other a surprise. The surprise I call Garech and Geldof, two radio programs from RTE on Sunday last, John Bowman telling the story of Claddagh Records and Garech Browne, the founder, patron of the arts, and the other Miriam O’Callaghan interviewing Bob Geldof about his new DVD on and about the work of the poet, W.B. Yeats.

There is much of interest here and some lovely music, as well as poems read by actors and singers and the poets themselves.   I may buy that DVD of Geldof’s, who knows? Probably yes.

The other CD is myself singing under the name of Tich Ennis, my boyhood nickname. Cover designed by me and photograph of the Vale of Avoca also by me, from our previous house, Kestrel Ridge, where you visited us.

I would like your comments on these, particularly my own singing CD. One man said at least you can hear the words. Damning with faint praise? Others said they love it. My timing and rhythm are good, I think, and yes, you can hear the words. And why not, they are great words.

Claddagh Records in Temple Bar may sell my CD, that remains to be seen. I was with them on Friday, when I went up to Dublin.   Charlie there said he will play it and then contact me, I am not to ring him. Possibly the songs I chose and singing style are not purist enough for Claddagh Records, I don’t know. I would describe the songs as pub and party type songs, the type sung at a get together of Irish people wherever in the world.

So, I am not to ring Claddagh Records? As I said to George, God or life or whatever keep kicking me in the balls. George said that is because I never did anything before. Some guy in a CD shop said no one buys a CD unless it is by someone famous. He himself made a CD which he gave me for nothing, all its worth. He may be embittered.

I am a writer masquerading as a singer, I sing for fun but so also do I write. Pleasure. For all concerned, hopefully.   If anyone.

Please text or write me your comments on my CD, I value your opinion. My memory being poor if you ring me I will not remember what you say. Writing is permanent.

My choice of songs has been praised. I sing what I love.

I write this today, Monday, but will post tomorrow. I may write to you more frequently, my best friend having died. Happy listening!

David (Tich) Ennis

The Road

There is a road where our house used to be a man said to me.

My old family home has now thirteen houses on the site, alright.

The only constant is change said some Indian man.

Is this God’s plan?

If things remained the same life would be very tame.

More of the same.

Each day is different, you have good days and bad.

Don’t let the weather drive you mad.

Its not that bad.

I lived in a house with a lovely view, now I’m happy where I am.

God don’t say damn.

What a fool I am.

Someone said I should write a song.

Where do I belong?

This is my song.

Don’t let me go wrong.

How long, oh Lord, how long?

How long is the road home?

Home is where you are.

So said my guiding star.

I am, I am, you are.

Friends disappear and new ones come along.

A neverending song.

I sing my song.

Move with the times or die.

I tell no lie.

Tich Ennis

14th February, 2018

Duke Pub Letter

Ciaran Gilligan,

The Duke,

9 Duke Street,

Dublin 2.

14th February, 2018

Reasonable Rhymes and Great Irish Songs

Dear Ciaran,

I am Tich Ennis, birth name David, writer and now singer. In 2014 you kindly sold my book Pub Talk at your premises, thank you very much.

My brother George delivered to a member of your staff yesterday six each of my above book, Reasonable Rhymes, and my CD, Great Irish Songs.   He spoke to you about selling these for me before Christamas last.

Here are two plastic display stands to hold the book, to sell for five euros, as shown on the cover, and the CD’s, to sell for ten euros each.

I have been told tourists and other visitors will love my CD, and the response to it has been very favourable so far. Please listen to it yourself to see how you like it. All great songs.

People also like my book Reasonable Rhymes, humour, banter, comedy and meaningful poems and rhymes and plays and so on. The lilt of Irish laughter, to coin a phrase.

Thank you for doing your bit for literature and art, its part of what we are. The struggle of the artist to get his voice heard is a well known cliché, in this case both vocally and in print. So thanks again.

With kind regards,

Tich Ennis

14th February, 2018

 

 

 

Best Friend Dead

Michael O’Brien has died. There is a best friend shaped hole in my heart. I’ll have to make everyone my best friend. Tall order.

Tich Ennis

8th January, 2018

Book and CD’s

15th Decenber, 2017

Michael,

Here is the book you asked for, recently published, The 50 Francis Street Photographer, compiled by his grand daughter, Suzanne Behan, photographs of people and places mostly in the Liberties area of Dublin, mostly in the 50’s and 1960’s.   Black and white photographs and nice large text.

Today I got the 50 duplicated CD’s of my Great Irish Songs CD from CD Duplication, the company, costing 60 euros including courier delivery, ordered by me only a few day ago. One enclosed here, with the printing on the CD as specified by me, although not exactly laid out to my specification.   Pretty good all the same, I think.

Here also is my design work for the artwork on the CD on an A4 sheet of paper, compare with the layout on the CD itself, I prefer mine, but ok. My idea is to redesign the CD cover as on the A4 page here, complete with surrounding green square and with the existing Vale of Avoca picture on the inside of the front cover, if I can get around to it. This sort of thing requires time, thought and know how and a fair amount of experimentation. I’ll have a go, it would be an improvement.

Apart from the Great Irish Songs CD here also are the following titled CD’s:

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a Book at Bedtime from BBC radio 4, ten fifteeen minute readings, a first novel by the author and very funny it is.
  2. Eternity 5 Views, BBC radio three talks, speakers of various religions.
  3. Pop and Reality, great series of short talks from the BBC.
  4. Epicureans, Stoics, Cynics, on Greek philosophies.
  5. Irish Singers Interviewed, three of Miriam O’Callaghan’s Sunday programs on RTE radio one, Shane McGowan and others interviewed.

Also here an article about Ireland’s Own magazine taken from the Sunday Times.   I just might advertise in that magazine if I ever have the funds. Fuddy duddies like my stuff, hopefully not only them, but a person has to start somewhere. Whats wrong with the past?

Best wishes and a happy Christmas, we will speak before that of course. Here comes the turkey!   David or whatever-you-call-him Tich Ennis