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Tuesday May 15, 2012

From The Daily Item

Cherish the Ladies local connection
By: Rick Dandes

LEWISBURG — When the traditional Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies takes to the stage Friday night in Bucknell’s inaugural Commencement Concert at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Grammy-winner Joanie Madden, one of the world’s finest Irish flute players and the leader of group, will not only be performing before about a thousand adoring fans, but also some members of her own family.

Madden, you see, is third cousins with Pete Mackey, Bucknell’s vice president for communications and community relations. When Bucknell was trying to create — in a short-time frame —a new commencement concert that could become a public television special, Mackey turned to his family member for help.

“We were lucky that Joanie could find time in her schedule for this show,” Mackey said.

He wasn’t kidding — Cherish the Ladies is much in demand worldwide, and averages about 240 concerts a year.

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