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Wednesday March 13, 2019

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Cherish the Ladies’ Joanie Madden talks life on the road as band celebrate March tour

Celebrating their 34th year, Irish group Cherish the Ladies bring their “Heart of the Home” tour to the US this St Patrick’s Day. Grammy-nominated Irish American super-group Cherish The Ladies have just celebrated a milestone anniversary of 34 years together since their first concert on Jan 5, 1985, but there’s no stopping them yet.

Throughout February and March 2019, the group will play 22 shows in 16 cities on the “Heart of the Home” tour, taking to the road once more with a remarkable ensemble to celebrate their 34th year. We caught up with frontwoman Joanie Madden as the group makes their way across the country.

Is it special to bring Cherish the Ladies on tour during Women’s History Month as well as Irish American Heritage Month?
For me, I consider it such a privilege to get the opportunity to tour period. It’s just an added bonus to get to celebrate not only being Irish-American but also the fact that as the leader of an all-female band, we get to play at the finest performing arts centers, representing women as Irish-American traditional music, song and dance ensemble.

Tell us a little about the people joining Cherish the Ladies on this tour and what it was like to bring these acts together.

I’m so fortunate to tour with some of the most talented people in the business. Mary Coogan (guitar), Mirella Murray (accordion), Kathleen Boyle (piano, harmony vocals), Nollaig Casey (fiddle), Kate Purcell (vocals, guitar) and incredible dancing from world champions David Geaney and Michael Holland. We’re all incredibly close and have been performing for so many years together there is always magic when we join forces together to entertain an audience.

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