Cherish The Ladies ~ Celebrating 30 Years of Irish Music Making
When describing Cherish the Ladies, the critics say it best;“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”, the Boston Globe, “An astonishing array of virtuosity”, the Washington Post, “Expands the annals of Irish music in America, the music is passionate, tender and rambunctious”, The New York Times and for the past twenty nine years, Cherish the Ladies have proven themselves worthy to live up to these accolades and in doing so have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.
Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, the group initially began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in once a male dominated scene and soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have since won many thousands of fans of their music.
Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles,recently named one of the top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, they have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation and are the most successful and sought after Irish-American group in Celtic music.
With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.
The past years have seen the group touring all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. They are equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even the White House.
During their travels, they have attained numerous awards and achievements including; named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, chosen the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and voted Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radio “Thistle and Shamrock” program. In 2010, the ladies were immortalized as they were bestowed a street naming as “Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies” became a permanent street sign on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York.
They have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of symphony orchestras. The “Celtic Album”, their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony led to a Grammy nomination. A recent release, “Country Crossroads” sees the Ladies joining forces with the Nashville music scene and they collaborate with top session musicians with guest vocals by legendary singers Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith and Maura O’Connell.
The Ladies have recorded fifteen highly acclaimed albums which were all released to rave reviews including their Christmas Album, “On Christmas Night”, which was chosen as one of the top Christmas Albums of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice and many other nationally syndicated Newspapers. 2013 sees the Ladies star burn even brighter with their first American Public Television Special which consists of a DVD / CD combo, “An Irish Homecoming – Live from Bucknell University”, where they are featured along with guest vocalist, Maura O’Connell, a dozen piece string section and seven world class dancers.
Cherish the Ladies have appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Evening at Pops, C-Span, PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad.