Enjoy the music of Éiníní!
Éiníní is a musical duo, made up of Fergus na mEabhrac, the bard, and Winifred, the minstrel. These two musicians have decided to combine their efforts and share their love of folk music from all over the world and from many points in history. We truly love creating beautiful music, and we sincerely hope that you will love listening to the music we create!
We take our name from the traditional Irish Gaelic lullaby, It is pronounced eh-NEE-nee, and it means 'Little Birds.'
Our new CD is available! On the Wing, including ten songs and our musical story, 'The Story of Lúsmor,' is now available in our online store! You can also purchase it from us in person at any of our performances!
- Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic is keeping us from performing at any fairs. We know that the medieval fair of Norman will be occurring virtually, and we look forward to sharing more details of that when we get them. Otherwise, we currently have no fairs or festivals.
- We have begun performing at Sean Cumming's Irish Restaurant again. With the useful Singer's Masks and social distancing procedures, we are able to provide music for your dining experience! We are currently scheduled to perform there again on the 24th of October and the 14th of November, from 6:30 to 8:30 on both dates.
We have performed for the last six years at the University of Oklahoma Medieval Fair in Norman, from 2014 to 2019. We look forward to performing there again many times in the future!
We've also performed at a couple of private events, including a wake, a medieval re-enactment group's Samhain feast, and a special church event. We even performed a fan appreciation concert in 2015!
Other performances include:
- Cowley County Renaissance Festival - 2014 Harvest Festival
- Grand Lakes Renaissance Festival - 2015 to 2016
- Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts - 2015 and 2018
- Heavener Runestone Viking/Celtic Festival - Autumn 2016 to Autumn 2019
- Great Plains Renaissance Festival - Autumn 2017 to Autumn 2019
- Ada Medieval Fair - 2017
- Route 66 Renaissance Festival - 2017
- Sean Cumming's Irish Restaurant - 2018 to 2020
We're always on the lookout for chances to perform at festivals or private venues. If you'd like to have us play for you, then by all means, please contact us!
If you're on Facebook, please like our page to keep up with what we're doing! You can get notifications of upcoming performances, see photos and videos, and even contact us through the Facebook messenger.
Do you want to purchase one of our CDs, or maybe get the album as a digital download? Our webstore is available for just that purpose! Head on over to see what we've got!
Below are two mp3s, recorded during rehearsal sessions, to give you an idea of how we sound. You can listen to the songs in the embedded media player (the gray bar with the play button) or download the mp3 to your computer to listen to us whenever you want. Some web browsers (especially on mobile devices such as smartphones or iPads) may not recognise the media player; just tap the file name (in blue) next to the speaker icon to hear the song.
The first track, called 'Over by the Riverside,' is a traditional 16th century French piece which has been translated into modern English. The second is a traditional Irish song called 'Old Maid in the Garret.'
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In addition to singing songs, we have added musical stories to our repertoire. Below is a video of 'The Story of Lúsmor,' our first musical story, unveiled at the 2018 Medieval Fair. Special thanks to Fugli for recording and sharing this video!
We love music of all kinds, from all different points in history. We like to take traditional music and put our own particular twist on it. Sometimes, that means just playing a simple song in a straightforward way; singing with strumming guitar for accompaniment. Sometimes, that means coming up with a beautiful arrangement and finding some simple but beautiful harmony (like we did for "Over By the Riverside," "Nottamun Town," and the rounds: "Heigh Ho/Bird/Rose/Soul Cakes"). We don't limit ourselves to any one style; though most of our music tends to be of Irish origin, we've sung in Spanish and Swedish, and have performed music from England and France as well.
For us, making music is its own reward, and getting to share that music with others is an even greater reward! We very much look forward to having a lasting presence and making new friends. As long as we can make beautiful music, we will always enjoy the process and the results, and we hope that you will too!