Acclaimed Cherish the Ladies to showcase Celtic stylings

Cherish the LadiesCherish the Ladies, one of the most successful Irish-American groups in Celtic music history, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in Waterman Theatre.

The performance marks a sort of homecoming for the group’s leader, Joanie Madden, whose career took off while she attended SUNY Oswego.

The all-female group has headlined festivals all across the globe; appeared on “CBS This Morning” and shows on National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corp.; and earned such honors as Musical Group of the Year from the BBC, Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, and Top North American Celtic act by NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock.”

“Cherish the Ladies has been a leading group in the Irish traditional world for more than a decade now. . . . It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” observed Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe.

Jon Pareles of the New York Times has hailed the group’s “passionate, tender and rambunctious” music, while Fintan Vallely of the Irish Times in Dublin raved that the group “brilliantly strutted that very Irish-American sound which simultaneously exudes a tremendous joie de vivre and deep nostalgia.”

The group has released several internationally acclaimed albums, most recently 2005’s “Woman of the House” on Rounder Records. Their 1999 collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, “Celtic Album,” earned a Grammy nomination.

Taking their name from the name of a traditional Irish jig, the group initially won recognition as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band. In a relatively short time, they soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer.

Madden is the Grammy Award-winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception 18 years ago. Millions have heard her as the featured soloist on the final “Lord of the Rings” movie soundtrack. Other members of the group are Mary Coogan on banjo, mandolin and guitar; Mirella Murray on piano accordion; Roisin Dillon on fiddle; and lead vocalist Heidi Talbot.

Noting that the band sounds “more traditional than most bands from Ireland,” Madden told the Rocky Mountain News that the band plays Celtic music as construed through Irish-American culture. “We are American—that has to come across,” she said. “We represent America.”

The concert is presented by the Artswego Performing Arts Series and the Student Association Programming Board.

Tickets cost $20 for adults; $16 for seniors and students; $7 for SUNY Oswego students. For more information or reservations, contact Tyler box office at 312-2141 or

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(Posted: Feb 15, 2006)