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Thursday August 01, 2013

From Montgomery Media

Cherish the Ladies at Sellersville
By: Mary Cantell

They’re the triple threat of Irish music — equal parts of singing, dancing and music. The highly esteemed five-member all-Irish female band (considered by critics to be the female equivalent of the Chieftains) calls itself Cherish the Ladies. Named for an Irish jig and led by founder and lead singer Joanie Madden, the ladies are indeed cherished — all around the world. There’s even a street sign named after them on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

Since 1985, the five Irish gals — all daughters of musicians — have taken their talents and made a living out of it. Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Mirella Murray (accordion), Grainie Murphy (fiddle) and Kathleen Boyle (piano, vocals) join Madden, who is lead vocalist and flutist.

They began their career performing traditional concerts in New York City at the Ethnic Folk Arts Center. Soon thereafter, they began to establish a name for themselves in a previously all-male-dominated field.

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