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Cherish the Ladies celebrate 30th incredible years with an Irish tour, September and October 2015

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience

that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,”

Boston Globe

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

and dancers:

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.

So come celebrate and enjoy Cherish the Ladies live…

The six women who form the Celtic band delivered a thoroughly engaging performance brimming with spirit, precision, wit and soul.” The Washington Post


18th -Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland - The Watergate Theatre

19th -Ennis, County Clare, Ireland - Glor Music Centre

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

22nd - Clifden, County Galway, Ireland - The Clifden Arts Festival

25th -Sligo Town, County Sligo - The Hawk’s Well Theatre

26th - Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland - The Johnny Doherty Irish Music Festival

27th - Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland - The Glens Arts Centre

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

4th - Cork City, County Cork, Ireland - The Cork Folk Festival

9th - Westport, County Mayo Ireland - Town Hall Theatre Westport

10th - Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland - The INEC Acoustic Room - Nathan Carter Weekend

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