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Tuesday December 06, 2011

From Mahwah Patch

Irish Group Will Help Mahwah ‘Cherish’ The Holiday Season This Weekend
By: Jessica Mazzola

A singing, dancing, instrument-playing musical group is celebrating the holidays in Mahwah this weekend. Putting an Irish twist on Christmas, Cherish the Ladies is taking over the Berrie Center at Ramapo College this Sunday. Performing Celtic Christmas tunes, the all-female ensemble is anxiously anticipating returning to Mahwah.

“We’ve been at Ramapo before, and we are looking forward to coming back because this is a great time of the year to perform,” Joanie Madden, the group’s leader and flutist, said. “It’s totally a family show. This is the time of year that everyone in the family can come together and all have a really great time together, and we like to celebrate that in our shows.”

The five ladies that make up the band are commemorating their 25th year together. Hailing from different parts of the globe – New York, Boston, Ireland and Scotland – the musicians were assembled in 1985 by Dr. Mick Moloney and the Ethnic Folk Arts Center in NYC. The group’s name was borrowed from a traditional Irish jig, Madden said.

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