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Thursday March 10, 2016

from The Ramapo News

Crowds Cherish the Ladies at Back-to-Back Concerts
By Brian Rocha

The Irish ensemble Cherish the Ladies took the stage twice on Saturday for a matinee and an evening performance of traditional music from Ireland. The sold-out crowd that enthusiastically greeted the group in the first show was a mixture of longtime fans and local enthusiasts of Irish music, as revealed when bandleader Joanie Madden posed the question to the audience.

The group was at the forefront of change in Irish music, because, at the time of their formation, women were largely shut out from the traditional music scene in the country. The band is an assemblage of accomplished Irish-American and native Irish female musicians who have been touring on-and-off as a collaboration for over three decades. New York-born Madden, an All-Ireland champion on the tin whistle and notable concert flutist, led a number of songs with anecdotes about the music’s origin and quips about Irish culture and people.

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