Female band taps Irish folk music

Published 8:00 am Saturday, April 7, 2012

The all-female band Cherish the Ladies is bringing Irish-American folk music to Goshen. Submitted photo

The all-female band Cherish the Ladies will combine instrumental talents, vocals and step dancing for a night of traditional Irish-American folk music during a Performing Arts Series concert at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall.

The group, which launched itself with a series of concerts in New York City in 1985, takes its name from a traditional Irish jig.

Since rising from a once male-dominted music scene, the group has released 14 albums and won numerous awards, including a Grammy nomination.

Led by Joanie Madden on flute, whistle and vocals, Cherish the Ladies consists of Mary Coogan on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Mirella Murray on piano and accordion, Grainne Murphy on the fiddle and Kathleen Boyle on piano.

Together, they have toured North and South America, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand, performing in folk festivals to alongside symphony orchestras.

“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” according to the Boston Globe.

The New York Times said the group “expands the annals of Irish music in America. The music is passionate, tender and rambunctious.”

Cherish the Ladies has shared the stage with James Taylor, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains and several symphony orchestras.

The group’s “Celtic Album,” a collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, led to a 1999 Grammy nomination.

For its latest album, “Country Crossroads,” the group joins forces with the Nashville music scene, collaborating with Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith and Maura O’Connell.

Cherish the Ladies

When: 7:30 p.m. April 14

Where: Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall,  1700 S. Main St. in Goshen

Tickets: $20, $35 and $40

Call: (574) 535-7566