CHERISH THE LADIES
Oct 30th - Thur evening at 7:300 P.M. $38
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Named after a traditional Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies initially won recognition as the first and only all-women, Irish-American traditional Celtic band. In a relatively short time, the group's members soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer. With their unique 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 them forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Cherish the Ladies has been chosen "Best Musical Group of the Year" by the BBC and has recorded a dozen highly acclaimed albums, including the Grammy-nominated Celtic Album, a collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony.
When describing Cherish the Ladies – the critics say it best…
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. 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.
Joanie Madden (flute, whistles & harmony vocals)
JOANIE MADDEN is the Grammy Award winning
whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies
since its inception. Born in New York of Irish parents, she is the second
oldest of seven children raised in a musical household; her mother Helen,
a dancer of traditional sets hails from Miltown Malbay, County Clare
and her father Joe, an All-Ireland Champion on the accordion, comes
from Portumna in East Galway.
She has many awards and citations to her credit including; the youngest member inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame, recipient of the Wild Geese Award, voted one of the Top 100 Irish-Americans in the country and Traditional Musician of the Year, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in America.
She is in constant demand as a studio musician and has performed on over a hundred albums running the gamut from Pete Seeger to Sinead O'Connor. Joanie has played on three Grammy award-winning albums and her involvement on the Hearts of Space labels’ “Celtic Twilight” CD led to a platinum album with over 1,000,000 sales. In the past year she has toured with the Eagles’ Don Henley and was also a featured soloist on the final Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
She has recorded three highly successful solo albums;
"A Whistle on the Wind", "Song of the Irish Whistle"
(named the most successful whistle album in history selling over 280,000
copies) and "Song of the Irish Whistle 2".
Kathleen Boyle (piano)
Boyle, from Glasgow, comes from a family steeped in the traditional
music of Donegal. Her father Hughie is a talented musician and handed
down his love of music to her. Kathleen is a talented pianist and accordion
player and has won All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on both instruments.
She has won All-Scotland and All-Britain titles on the accordion and
piano. In 1999, she earned a degree from the Royal Scottish Academy
of Music & Drama, becoming the first graduate of traditional music
in Scotland. She now teaches at that revered institution. Kathleen tours
with four bands, including Cherish The Ladie
She has extensively toured the UK, America and Canada
having performed at Festivals in Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy,
Denmark, Austria and Czech Republic. This past year, Kathleen released
her first solo album An Cailin Rua which as been released to rave reviews.
Mirella Murray (accordian)
MIRELLA MURRAY grew up in Claddaghduff,
near Clifden, on the north west coast of Connemara. Her father John
Joe, a notable sean nós dancer, comes from Inishark Island and
has a deep understanding of, and love for, traditional music. Mirella
learnt the piano accordion from Mary Finn, herself a great player from
the musical Finn family of Ballymote, Co. Sligo. She met up with fiddler
Liz Kane from Letterfrack, and they played and learned a lot of their
music together going through the Fleadh Cheoil competitions. They won
the All-Ireland duet in 1995, while Mirella gained the title on the
piano accordion that same year. The pair performed together for years
and toured in France and in North America with Comhaltas. They formed
the Hydledoodles, a short-lived band which featured at the Fiddle and
Accordion festival in Shetland and returned to the Folk Festival there
the following year.
Mirella has also toured Austria with the Bumblebees; performed with harper Laoise Kelly at the International Women's Day Festival in Moscow; featured in the Galway Arts Festival 2001,2002 and 2003 with Laoise and young fiddler Michelle O'Brien; toured with various line-ups in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Spain and France; and also recorded with Laoise on the Geantraí Christmas Special 2001, TG4. From September to November 2002 Mirella joined up with the late Johnny Cunningham to perform in the theatrical production, "Peter & Wendy", winner of two OBIE Awards which Johnny composed the music and lyrics for this adaptation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan".
Mirella also has a flair for teaching, and it is a credit to her musicianship that two of her pupils have gained All-Ireland titles. She has accumulated a vast store of tunes from her travels, and musicians such as Sharon Shannon, Lunasa and the Bumblebees credit her as a source for many uncommon melodies.
Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin)
MARY COOGAN was born in New York and
also raised in a musical household. Her mother is from County Roscommon
and her father is a first generation Irish-American
accordion player. Mary is a self taught guitar, mandolin and banjo player.
She began playing at an early age listening to various types of acoustic
music and is a highly sought after accompanist.
Roisin Dillon (fiddle)
ROISIN DILLON was born and raised in Belfast, Northern
Ireland, and has relocated to the United States. Her interest in music
was mainly inherited from her father, Eamonn, who taught her the whistle
at the tender age of 11. At the age of 13, Roisin placed 2nd in the
All Irelands Competition on the tin whistle and was just picking up
the fiddle as a primary instrument. At 15 she placed first in the Oireachtas
Competition again on the tin whistle but since then she has been playing
the fiddle exclusively. At 18 Roisin came to America for three months
with a tour of musicians sponsered by "The International Fund for
Ireland", and within a few years had decided to move permenantly
to the U.S.
Michelle Burke (vocals)
MICHELLE BURKE is the newest member of Cherish the Ladies.
She grew up in the village of Ballynoe in East County Cork into a musical
household where Irish ballads and folk songs were the norm. Her father
had a local band that played weddings, dances and parties and as soon
as Michelle was old enough she was traveling and singing with him.
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