Celebrating 35 Years of Cherish The Ladies

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Wednesday January 08, 2020

Journal Of Music

Cherish the Ladies 35th Anniversary Tour

“‘It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,’ says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the Grammy-nominated, Irish-American supergroup that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since their first sold-out concert, they have exploded onto the Irish music circuit performing thousands of concerts around the globe and are now among the busiest and most admired Irish groups on the planet. 2020 celebrates the incredible milestone of 35 years of touring in the finest venues around the world including the White House and the Olympics and along the way recording a staggering 17 critically acclaimed albums.

Their show is a wonderful blend of the old and the new. Irish songs, lively jigs and reels and heart-wrenching slow airs transport the listener on an enchanted musical journey. Cherish the Ladies make centuries-old music that has been passed down from generation to generation their own with tasteful new arrangements and talented renditions. Catchy newly composed melodies, almost certain to become traditional staples in their own right, are interspersed throughout the show. Each song has been carefully selected and showcases the musicality and versatility of this outstanding ensemble that includes Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, harmony vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar) Mirella Murray (accordion), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals) and Nollaig Casey (fiddle).

The New York Times calls their music ‘passionate, tender, and rambunctious,’ and the Washington Post praises their ‘astonishing array of virtuosity.’ They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named Top North American Celtic Group by both America’s National Public Radio and the Irish Music Awards, not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx!”

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