Traditional and Original Irish Tunes

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Friday February 08, 2019

From The Gardner News

Entertain the Arts: All-female group brings traditional and original Irish tunes to Hardwick
By: Chance Viles

Celebrated traditional folk music group Cherish the Ladies will perform a show in Hardwick later this month, bringing old style Celtic music to the area.

‘The title is named Cherish the Ladies, because it’s an Irish jig we all liked to play,’ Madden said. ‘Our first three concerts (in Ireland) sold out, we recorded an album, that album was chosen by the Library of Congress as best folk album of year, and then got an endowment for arts and have been on tour since.’

[…] Cherish the Ladies plays traditional Celtic songs that date back over a hundred years, but they also release original music in that traditional style, creating a good blend of new and old.

‘In a night we probably play eight or nine pieces from the 1800s, but in our band we have our own material, especially on the new album,’ Madden said. ‘We always write our music in the official idiom. We were handed this music down, it was the most important thing my father gave to me is the legacy of his music, and he wanted us to respect it. I was fortunate, even though I grew up in the Bronx, I grew up around so many musicians from Ireland.’

‘Heart of the Home’ is the bands 17th album, a large milestone for them. While the album was written and recorded in Ireland in a house by the ocean, the band is excited to perform its work over the pond for a Massachusetts audience.

‘It’s been an amazing ride for us. To think our 17th record was released this year, not a lot of bands can say they did that,’ Madden said. ‘Whatever was in the air on the ocean front, it brought the best of us out in the music and singing. To me it’s the best album we have created. We pay homage to old music, but we still write our own music, and I don’t think we sound like any band but carry down music in a traditional vein.’

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