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Tuesday June 15, 2021

Congratulations to Joanie Madden of Cherish The Ladies – one of this year’s National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows!

The National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon its folk and traditional artists. Each year, nine to thirteen individuals, “national living treasures” from across the nation, are chosen to receive this one-time-only Fellowship in recognition of lifetime achievement, artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s cultural heritage.

Joanie Madden is recognized as one of the most influential women in Irish music worldwide, with an accomplished career as a composer, recording artist, and performer. One of the great flute and whistle players of her generation – and steeped in a generations-long musical tradition that she proudly champions to audiences around the world – she is a leading presence in the advancement of traditional Irish music, from its community grassroots to its modern presentation in the international concert hall.

Just 3% of the awards since its inception have gone to celebrate Celtic musicians and of those, Joanie is the second woman – 27 years after fiddler Liz Carroll.

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