They’ve released fifteen albums, toured in New Zealand, China, and Europe, performed for President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and shared the stage with James Taylor, Joan Baez, and Emmy Lou Harris.
“They” are Kathleen, Grainnie, Mirella, Mary, and Joanie of Cherish the Ladies, and Irish-American group that plays Traditional Irish Celtic music that is “passionate, tender, and rambunctious” (N.Y. Times).
Joanie Madden is a native of the Bronx and plays flutes and whistles. She’s been the leader since the band’s inception in 1985. “She is the top selling whistle player in history, having sold over 500,000 solo albums.”
Mary Coogan was born in New York and is a self-taught guitar, mandolin, and banjo player.
Mirella Murray plays the piano accordion and grew up in Claddaghduff, near Clifden, on the northwest coast of Connemara district on the west coast of Ireland.
Grainne Murphy is from Boston and learned to play the fiddle from ten-time All Ireland champion Séamus Connolly. After she recorded an album at the age of fifteen, Grainne took time off to pursue studies in law and literature, followed by a legal career, before moving to N.Y.C. and resuming her life as a musician.
Kathleen Boyle is from Glasgow, Scotland. She won All-Scotland and All-Britian titles on both the piano and the accordion. She has performed for His Royal Highness Prince Charles and for Irish President Mary McAleese. Her latest album, Back to Donegal, she recorded with her father and family.
These ladies dusted the perceived cobwebs off traditional music by presenting it in a new light, with a mixture of first class ‘kick-ass’ playing, sensational singing, dynamic dancing and infectious humour… (The Belfast Telegraph, U.K.)
Cherish the Ladies
Friday, March 7th, 8 p.m.
Caltech, Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena
Cost: $19-$29, general; $10, youth
For tickets, call 626.395.4652 or email Events@Caltech.edu
For complete info, please visit Caltech Public Events