Cherish the Ladies at the Celtic Cafe

If you are in the Boston area, mark your calendar for Sunday, October 13, 2002! Our Featured Artists of the Month will be performing at 7 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. See the website for details.

For those who want to spend a week in January basking in the Caribbean sunshine as well as listening to Irish music, including that of Cherish the Ladies, here's a special highlight: An Irish Festival Cruise from January 12th to 19th. See below for more details.

Cherish the Ladies is one of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world. The six women who form the Celtic band deliver a thoroughly engaging performance brimming with spirit, precision, wit and soul. Their pure love of the music jumps off the stage and into the hearts of the audience.

The extraordinary group has shared a stage with the best in the world including Emmy Lou Harris, James Taylor, Joan Baez, Kathy Mattea, the Clancy Brothers, and were chosen to pay tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison in 1992. The group leader, Joanie Madden has performed on over a hundred albums, including three Grammy-winning records running the gamut from Pete Seeger to Sinead O'Connor.

From their bio page at Cherish the

Joanie Madden (flute, whistles & harmony vocals)
Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin)
Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistles & concertina) See a review of Mary Rafferty's CD by clicking here.
Heidi Talbot (lead vocals)
Donna Long (piano, fiddle & harmony vocals)
Marie Reilly (fiddle, whistles) See the Celtic Cafe feature on Marie and brother Martin by clicking here.

Over the past fourteen years, the name of a time-honored Irish traditional jig has become equally well known as the name for one of the most engaging ensembles in Irish music; Cherish the Ladies. They have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation, literally the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music history. Organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney and sponsored by the Ethnic Folk Arts Center and the National Endowment for the Arts, they began as a concert series featuring the brightest lights in Irish traditional music. Though initially the group won recognition as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band, they soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have won many thousands of listeners and fans of their music. With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. The past years have seen the group traveling all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. They have been named Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper and received the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. They have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of symphony orchestras. The "Celtic Album", their collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony led to a 1999 Grammy nomination. They have recorded seven highly acclaimed albums and have appeared on CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Evening at Pops, C-Span, PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad. Their rising star continues to blaze forward with their latest album, "The Girls Won't Leave The Boys Alone", their third major label release on BMG.


The 12th Annual Irish Festival Cruise will be from January 12 to 19th, 2003. From the site:

Join us as we mingle Celtic and Caribbean flavors on a tropical hooley. Whether you are sipping a Piña Colada, a Jameson or a Guinness, you'll enjoy the revelries of our upcoming Irish Festival Cruise. You can learn a jig, a reel or a hornpipe; or the cha-cha or rumba as we sail the serene Caribbean Sea. Take your pick of a midnight buffet or a late night sing-along. Challenge a friend to a game of shuffleboard or learn how to play the tin whistle.

Enjoy shopping, snorkeling or touring as we call on the tropical ports of San Juan, St. John and St. Thomas, Catalina Island and Casa de Campo and Nassau while unpacking just once. Brush up on some Italian phrases or tackle some conversational Gaelic. While you will certainly enjoy all the activities of a cruise, this sailing offers you the Irish music you love so well. Delight in over 40 hours of Irish entertainment throughout the week. In addition to evening concerts, take in Irish theatre, learn the harmonica, bodhran or some Celtic mythology.

Entertainers include: Frank McCourt, The Black Family (Shay, Mary, Michael, Martin and Frances), Paddy Reilly, Cherish the Ladies, Senator David Norris, The Dublin City Ramblers, Tom Sweeney, Derek McCormack, Liam Tiernan, George Casey, John Gleeson, The John Morrison Band, World Champion Irish Dancers Eileen Golden, Donny Golden, Rosemarie Timoney and more.

The full touring schedule for Cherish can be found on their itinerary page by clicking here.

Feature: Bernadette Price
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