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Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center
Philadelphia, PA
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Following the success of last years show, the world renown Irish music and dance ensemble, Cherish the Ladies (along with their special guests) will make a return visit to the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center for a Christmas concert on Saturday, December 1st at 8:00.


Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin), Mirella Murray (accordion), Nollaig Casey (Fiddle), Kathleen Boyle (piano, vocals)
With Special Guests: Don Stiffe (lead Vocals), Seamus O'Flaherty (Harp, Vocals, Irish Dance), John Madden (Drums)!!!

One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish the Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years. In their Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols, such as O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night, in arrangements that highlight the groups unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Hailed by the New York Times as passionate, tender and rambunctious, Cherish the Ladies has released three critically acclaimed holiday albums, On Christmas Night, A Star in the East, and Christmas in Ireland.

It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldnt enjoy what they do, says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish American supergroup that was formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. They have since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and recorded sixteen outstanding albums, including An Irish Homecoming, a live recording of their Emmy-winning public television special that aired across the United States and Ireland.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies present 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 offer an immensely entertaining package.

The New York Times calls their music passionate, tender, and rambunctious, and the Washington Post praises their astonishing array of virtuosity. The band has won recognition as the BBCs Best Musical Group of the Year and was named the Top North American Celtic Group by both the Irish Music Awards and NPRs Thistle and Shamrocknot 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 thirty years, the Ladies have performed at thousands of concerts and 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 OConnell. They have also been the featured soloists in over three hundred performances of various symphony orchestras.

They are in constant demand all over the world as their reputation and the admiration from both fans and critics alike continue to grow. Their name may come from a traditional Irish jig, but after three decades, they have proven that the jig is not up and they are blazing forward into another decade of music making.

Cherish the Ladies has been a leading group in the Irish traditional world for more than a decade It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldnt enjoy what they do.
Boston Globe

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

Expands the annals of Irish music in America . . . the music is passionate, tender, and rambunctious New York Times
Saturday Dec 01, 2018 8:00 PM - Saturday Dec 01, 2018 10:30 PM | $25.00


Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center (View)
6815 Emlen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



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