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Thursday December 08, 2011

From The Columbus Dispatch

Pioneering ensemble lends Celtic spirit to holidays
By: Kevin Joy

When the holidays roll around, Joanie Madden has plenty to cherish.

Her Celtic music ensemble, Cherish the Ladies, last year celebrated a quarter-century of performances — far beyond what the flutist and award-winning tin-whistle player anticipated.

“It’s great to be accepted and respected,” said Madden, 46, a New York native who speaks with a slight Irish lilt. “We were here before Riverdance, before Celtic Woman.

“I think we’ll still be here when they’re all gone.”

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