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“Named for tradition and raised by the sea/Their stories and songs are now pieces of me. ...” The lyrics by Maureen Ennis from the song “John William” speak of the lineage into which she and her sister, Karen, were born. Along with their sister, Teresa, the girls learned to sing around the time most people learn how to walk. And while that may not be a unique thing for many people from Newfoundland and Labrador, the level of success they have attained since then certainly is. With a Juno award, a SOCAN award, multiple ECMA and MusicNL awards and nominations, Maureen and Karen have performed in Australia, the Middle East, Europe, America and Canada, accumulating three gold records along the way and sharing the stage with such widely respected artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains. Having released six CDs as the Ennis Sisters, Ennis recently released their follow-up to the award winning album, “Lessons Learned.” Produced by Maureen, “The Fortunate Ones” is an 11-song set featuring six new original songs, some traditional tunes and writing contributions from Ron Hynes, Alan Doyle and Russell Crowe and even Bob Dylan. Click here to listen to the title track at thetelegram.com.