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Cherish the Ladies at Tarpon Springs
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Cherish the Ladies bring Irish song and dance to the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center Jan. 31.
TARPON SPRINGS – Cherish the Ladies bring Celtic music and dance to Pinellas County Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St.

Admission is $30 for adults and $28 for students and members of Tarpon Springs Cultural Treasures. Call 942-5605 or visit Tarpo­narts­.org.

The all-female Irish-American super group Cherish the Ladies is fast approaching its 30th anniversary.

Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, the group initially began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in once a male dominated scene. The concerts were held in New York City and organized by Mick Moloney and the Ethnic Folk Arts Center.

The troupe initially won recognition as the first all-women traditional music and dance ensemble, but they soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have since won many thousands of fans of their music.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible Joanie Madden on flutes and whistles, they have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation and are the most successful and sought after Irish-American group in Celtic music.

Cherish the Ladies boasts a unique and spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. The powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.

The past years have seen the group touring all over North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand performing in the finest concert halls and international festivals. They are equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra, a performing arts center, a folk festival or even the White House.

During their travels, they have attained numerous awards and achievements. Cherish the Ladies was named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards and Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper.

The group was chosen the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and voted Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radio "Thistle and Shamrock" program.

In 2010, the ladies were immortalized as they were bestowed a street naming as "Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies" became a permanent street sign on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York.

Cherish the Ladies has shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens of symphony orchestras. The "Celtic Album", the troupe’s collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony, led to a 1999 Grammy nomination.

Their latest release, "Country Crossroads," sees the ensemble joining forces with the Nashville music scene. The album features collaborations with top session musicians and guest vocals by legendary singers Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith and Maura O'Connell.

Cherish the Ladies has recorded 14 highly acclaimed albums which were all released to rave reviews including their Christmas album which was chosen as one of the top Albums of the Year by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Village Voice and many other nationally syndicated Newspapers. The troupe’s discography is as follows:

• “Cherish the Ladies: Traditional Irish Music in America,” 1985
• “The Back Door,” 1992
• “Out and About,” 1993
• “New Day Dawning,” 1996
• “One and All: The Best of Cherish the Ladies,” 1998
• “Cherish the Ladies – Live,” 1997
• “Threads of Time,” 1998
• “At Home,” 1998
• “The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone,” 2001
• “On Christmas Night,” 2004
• “Across the Waves,” 2004
• “Woman of the House,” 2005
• “A Star in the East,” 2009
• “Country Crossroads,” 2011

Cherish the Ladies has appeared on “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America,” “Evening at Pops,” C-Span, PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas.

At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad.
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