Legendary performers bring their “Celtic Christmas” show to the Mohawk Valley.
Central New York fans of this internationally known, award winning traditional Irish music ensemble are in for a special treat as this will be the first time that Cherish the Ladies has brought their Irish Christmas show to our area. It is an all-Christmas music show featuring traditional American and Irish Christmas music. The line-up of musicians is world class, featuring:
Joanie Madden Flute ~ Whistles, Harmony Vocals
Mary Coogan ~ Guitar, Mandolin
Mirella Murray ~ Accordion
Nollaig Casey ~ Fiddle
Gabriel Donohue ~ Piano, Vocals
Cathie Ryan ~ Lead Vocals
Bruce Foley ~ Vocals, Uilleann Pipes
Noel Spillane ~ Step Dancer (3rd in the worlds)
Under the leadership of National Heritage Award winner and All-Ireland flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, these musicians create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensemble’s ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.
The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and the Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They’ve won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and were named Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards. If that’s not enough, they even have a street named after them in the Bronx!
They’ve collaborated with such musicians as The Boston Pops, The Clancy Brothers, the Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie and Maura O’Connell, as well as being the featured soloist with over 300 nights of symphony orchestras.