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Monday December 19, 2016

From CT Post

Cherish the Ladies perform Irish holiday show at The Kate
By: Linda Tuccio-Koonz

Cherish the Ladies is on the go as usual. The members of this internationally renowned group have been touring everywhere from Japan and Alaska to the Midwest. And that’s just in the last month.

This week finds them in Connecticut to present their Irish holiday show, “A Celtic Christmas.” Old Saybrook is where they will be on Thursday, Dec. 22, for a performance at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, also known as The Kate.

Cherish the Ladies is a 10-piece ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers. Formed in 1985, they have entertained everywhere from the White House to the Olympics. They also have 16 albums out, including “Irish Homecoming,” a live recording of their Emmy-winning public television special that aired across the United States and Ireland.

Led by flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies delivers a mix of beautiful music, vocals and stepdancing. Madden shared more in an email interview.

Q: Your music brings joy to so many. Can you share an experience you’ve had, perhaps with a fan, that was especially meaningful?

A: It never ceases to amaze me how far and wide Irish music has gone. And when it comes to Christmas music I think Celtic music and Christmas music blend so seamlessly. I love sharing the stories of my own parents’ immigration to America and loneliness and sadness that always came about with longing for home at Christmastime. After every show, someone will always come up and tell me they cried hearing my own family’s history and realizing what their own parents and grandparents did and what they went through. It’s such a beautiful thing to make people cry for a good reason.

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