Cherish The Ladies Fuses Country and Irish Music

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Thursday April 12, 2012

From The South Bend Tribune

Irish group cherishes country road
By: Howard Dukes

It will be understating things to call Cherish the Ladies’ show Saturday at Goshen College a concert.

Joanie Madden, the ensemble’s whistle and flute player and Cherish the Ladies’ leader, says there will be as many as 11 musicians, vocalists and dancers on stage most of the time.

Performers will include singer Maura O’Connell and dancer Michael Holland, who won the Irish dancing world championship on Easter.

“There will be five dancers and six musicians,” Madden says.

The event might have the feel of a party, and that’s the hope, she says.

In a way, the show will serve as sort of a homecoming for several of the performers. Dancer Heather Timm is a University of Notre Dame graduate. She will perform with her husband, John, and Holland and Canadian fiddle and dance champion Dan Stacey.

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