Cherish The Ladies
Main Auditorium GRCH Wed 23rd January 2019
From Celtic Connections Festival 17 Jan to 3 Feb 2019
By DANNY MATHESON
Cherish The Ladies are a female Irish / American band formed in 1985 to stand up against the male domination in this genre of music. They play predominantly Irish music ranging from slow airs to reels and everything in between. This was their 20th year attending Celtic Connections which in itself is a testimony as to how good they are. A complete sell out concert is further proof should any be needed.
Led by Joannie Madden, a lady born and brought up in New York to Irish descendants, they played a fantastic set of tunes and songs which had the audience tapping their feet away from the outset. Playing material mainly from their most recent album “Heart of the Home” along with earlier material they were highly entertaining. The band consists of Joannie Madden (whistles, flute and vocals), Mary Coogan (guitar), Nollaig Casey (fiddle),Mirella Murray (accordion), Kathleen Boyle (piano) and honorary woman Donnchadgh Gough (bodhran). Addition to the band for this concert were Trevor Hutchison (bass) and Peter McSkimmie (drums). Collectively they were quite superb. Add some special guest vocalists including Kate Purcell, Molly O’Riorden, Don Stiffeand Bruce Foley, all of whom appeared on Heart Of The Homeand you could just imagine yourself in the lush green land of Ireland.
As if the wonderful music wasn’t enough Cherish The Ladies always tour with a team of world champion Irish and Step dancers, some of whom are from the Riverdance and Lord of the Dance productions. I’m convinced that these dancers have rubber limbs and springs in their footwear such is their flexibility and heights they can reach with their kicks and jumps. They are quite breathtaking to watch and defy gravity with their movement.
All in all you would be hard pushed to find a more entertaining night and I would highly recommend should you get the chance to attend one of their gigs you grab it with both hands.