Traditional Irish Music
Cherish the Ladies are the long-running, 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 and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 15 outstanding albums including their latest, “An Irish Homecoming” which was also videotaped for an Emmy winning Public Television Special that is airing across America.
2015 see’s the ground breaking collectives 30th anniversary and what better way to celebrate that with a 11-night Irish tour covering the length and breadth of the county.
Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.
The Irish tour will feature:
Joanie Madden - Flute / Whistles / Harmony vocals
Mary Coogan - Guitar
Mirella Murray - Accordion
Nollaig Casey - Fiddle
Kathleen Boyle - Piano / Harmony vocals
Hannah Rarity - Lead vocals
Nathan Pilatzke Ottawa Valley - step dancer (has toured with The Chieftains for last 20 years)
Declan McHale - 4 times world champion step dancer
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 the Irish Music Awards and NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock – not to mention having a street named after them in the Bronx! They’ve collaborated with such notable musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O’Connell as well as being the featured soloist with over 250 nights of symphony orchestras.
18th -Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland - The Watergate Theatre www.watergatetheatre.com
19th -Ennis, County Clare, Ireland - Glor Music Centre www.glor.ie/ with special guests - Donnchadgh Gough - Bodhran, PJ Murrihy - Guest vocals, Liz Kane - Fiddle and dancers - Jason Oremus - Principal lead dancer Riverdance Australia, Michael Donnellan - World Champion Irish dancer
20th - Birr, County Offaly, Ireland - The Birr Theatre and Arts Center www.birrtheatre.com/ email@example.com
22nd - Clifden, County Galway, Ireland - The Clifden Arts Festival www.clifdenartsweek.ie/cherish-the-ladies-live-in-concert/
25th -Sligo Town, County Sligo - The Hawk's Well Theatre www.hawkswell.com/
26th - Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland - The Johnny Doherty Irish Music Festival www.ardarafestivals.com/
27th - Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland - The Glens Arts Centre www.theglenscentre.com with special guests - Donnchadgh Gough - Bodhran, PJ Murrihy - Guest vocals and dancer - Jason Oremus - Principal lead dancer Riverdance Australia
2nd - Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland - Dun Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre www.dunuladh.ie/
4th - Cork City, County Cork, Ireland - The Cork Folk Festival www.corkfolkfestival.com
9th - Westport, County Mayo Ireland - Town Hall Theatre Westport www.westporttheatre.com
10th - Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland - The INEC Acoustic Room - Nathan Carter Weekend www.inec.ie
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