For more than thirty years, the talented women of Cherish the Ladies have been delighting audiences with their expert musicianship and dynamic live performances. Founded in a time when the traditional Irish folk genre was dominated by men, the Grammy-nominated Celtic supergroup continues to showcase the artistry of some of the finest female Celtic musicians in the world.

"passionate, tender, and rambunctious" –The New York Times

Formed in New York City in 1985 by the acclaimed Bronx-born Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies has gone on to worldwide acclaim, performing at high profile venues such as the White House and the Olympics, recording 16 outstanding albums including their most recent, An Irish Homecoming. Former Ladies that have gone on to their own thriving careers include fiddlers Eileen Ivers and Winifred Horan (of Solas), as well as vocalist Heidi Talbot among many others.

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 package.

They’ve been named the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and the 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 on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx; Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies! Over the course of 30 years, the Ladies have performed thousands of concerts and have collaborated with such musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, Nanci Griffith, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie as well as being the featured soloist with over 300 performances with symphony orchestras.  If you haven’t yet seen these impressive Ladies on stage, do yourself a favor.


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