Profile: Cherish the Ladies
Formed in 1985 and named after a well-known jig, this 6-woman New York-
Irish band are regular performers on the US East Coast. They have also
toured worldwide and released three albums. Their playing is strongly
based on traditional dance music with a rich sound from a variety of
instruments and songs featuring the vibrant voice of Cathie Ryan (now
replaced by Aoife Clancy). They are
usually accompanied by set dancers whose percussive footwork adds audibly
as well as visually to the performance.
Joanie Madden flute, whistle, harmony vocals
Mary Coogan guitar, mandolin, banjo
Mary Rafferty accordion, harmony whistle
Donna Long piano, whistle, harmony vocals
Siobhan Egan fiddle, bodhran, harmony whistle
Aoife Clancy lead vocals, guitar, bodhran
The dancers seem to come and go an have included Eileen and Donny Golden,
Kevin Broesler and Sheila Ryan. Other alumni of the band include Cathie Ryan,
Winifred Horan and Maureen Doherty Macken.
1985 Cherish the Ladies Shanachie 79053
(Irish Women Musicians)
19?? Fathers and Daughters Shanachie 79054
1992 The Back Door Green Linnet 1119
1993 Out and About Green Linnet 1134
1996 New Day Dawning Green Linnet 1175
1998 Threads Of Time RCA Victor 63131
Also, by Joanie Madden
1994 A Whistle on the Wind Green Linnet 1142
1996 Song of the Irish Whistle HS 11060.2
sells most of their albums online at a pretty good price, and carries Real Audio sound samples on some of them.
See this review of the group from the Aug/Sep 1995 issue of Dirty Linen magazine.
No official news from the band in a while, but a number of people have written to
inform me that Cathie Ryan has been replaced by Aoife Clancy, Win Horan has left
to play with Solas (Seamus Egan's band) and maybe Sharon Shannon, and one of
the dancers is Cara Butler, sister of Jean (of Riverdance fame, and who also
danced with Cherish the Ladies for a while).
Copyright (c) 1994, 1996, 1998 Ceolas.
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