Joanie Madden receives USA Fellowship from United States Artists

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Monday December 03, 2012

From United States Artists
Madden named 2012 USA Artists and receives $50,000 Grant

Joanie Madden, Irish traditional flute and whistle virtuoso and leader of the internationally renowned Irish music and dance ensemble, Cherish The Ladies is among 54 remarkable artists to receive one of 50 USA Fellowships (some collaborative) from United States Artists (USA). The national advocacy organization awarded unrestricted grants of $50,000 today to these outstanding artists.

Born in the Bronx, New York of Irish parents, Joanie is an All-Ireland champion on the concert flute and whistle. Since 1985, she has been the driving force behind the ground breaking all female band, Cherish the Ladies who have toured the world as Irish American ambassadors performing in the finest performing arts centers and international festivals.

Madden has sold over 500,000 solo albums and has performed on over 180 recordings, including three Grammy-winning albums running the gamut from Pete Seeger and Sinead O’Connor to the Boston Pops. Throughout her musical career, she has amassed a plethora of awards and citations. Her merits include being the youngest member inducted into both the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame and the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Hall of Fame, she was chosen for the Wild Geese award, where she joined an impressive list of previous honorees, including: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Tony award winning playwright Brian Friel, Nobel prize laureate Seamus Heaney and Irish dance sensation, Michael Flatley. She was twice voted as one of the Top 100 Irish-Americans in the United States by Irish-America Magazine and was also named Traditional Musician of the Year by the Irish Voice newspaper, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in the United States. In 2010, Joanie was forever immortalized on the streets of her native Bronx when a street was named after her on the Grand Concourse: “Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies”. In 2011, she was bestowed one of the nation’s highest awards as she was chosen for the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, joining an illustrious list of distinguished American citizens, including six United States Presidents as well as Ambassadors, Senators, Congressmen and Supreme Court Justices, all singled out for their exemplary service to the United States.

Joanie has become one of the most visible Irish musicians in the world over the past two and a half decades. Not only is she renowned as a composer but also as a highly energetic and invariably entertaining stage performer. Her huge repertoire of music spans a wide range of expression, from exuberant dance tunes to slow, stately and evocative pieces. She is a consummate musician and one of the most mercurial and revered figures in Irish music today.

The 2012 USA Fellows represent the most innovative and influential artists in their fields. Reflecting the diversity of artistic practice in America, they include cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.

Out of the 54 winners, only seven are in the music field. Madden Becomes the first Irish traditional musical artist to ever win this prestigious award.

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