The Band


“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”, says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene and has since toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, recorded 16 outstanding albums including “An Irish Homecoming”, a live recording of their Emmy winning Public Television Special that aired across America and Ireland.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies 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 ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package.

Cherish The Ladies
April 1, 2017 @ Marshfield High School Auditorium

All events are at 3:00PM
(doors open at 2:15pm)


"A Star In The East (Christmas Album)"

cherishtheladies2“A mistletoe treat from start to finish” says music critic Earle Hitchner, A Star in the East is the follow up to Cherish the Ladies extremely successful “On Christmas Night” hailed by critics as one of the best Christmas albums of the year. The album continues the theme with old Christmas favorite singalongs – given our unique special celtic touch, and some new catchy Christmas songs with jigs, reels, polkas, airs and slides. On the album, we are joined by a fabulous string quintet, John Madden (Joanie’s brother) on percussion and Anna Colliton on bodhran. You can email Teresa Rafferty, our extraordinary mailorder diva, at to get your orders in. You can trust that Teresa will have your CD’s shipped expediantly!

Bendan Dolan, Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey
"Pride Of New York"

61R5C3pIpdL._SL250_Joanie Madden, our leader and flute player, released a stunner of a traditional album on Compass Records entitled “Pride of New York”, with fellow veteran luminary All-Ireland Champions Brian Conway and Billy McCommiskey backed by piano virtuouso Brendan Dolan. The album pays tribute to the wonderful teachers and players of New York and has already been hailed “a classic” while being shortlisted for a grammy nomination! Named top traditional album of the year by Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo

Joe and Joanie Madden
"A Galway Afternoon"

p.txtAn album featuring Cherish the Ladies flutist Joanie Madden and her accordion player father Joe who passed away tragically from a fall in November, 2008. Thankfully they had gone into the studio a few months earlier to capture the unique father and daughter tight duet playing from two All-Ireland champions. Also featured on the album is legendary piano player Charlie Lennon, Joanie’s brother John on percussion and Gabriel Donahue on piano and guitar.

“It was a special gift from God that allowed us to celebrate one of the most important relationships in Irish traditional music. A must for any fan of traditional Irish music.” Paul Keating The Irish Voice.

“A Galway Afternoon” brims with buoyant, often brawny, always irresistible Irish traditional music, played with heart and a great feel for rhythm and tempo ideal for dancing. …my highest recommendation.” Earle Hitchner, The Irish Ech

Featured Album


Recorded in Nashville to celebrate their 25th anniversary milestone, the album features legendary guests Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell, Rob Ickes, Alison Brown, Eileen Ivers, Liz Carroll, Deirdre Connolly, Liz Knowles, Kenny Malone, Dennis Crouch, Kenny Malone, Jimmy Higgins and Brendan O’Regan. Country Crossroads is a celebration of music in all its borderless glory. Catching the zeitgeist at the heart of Irish traditional and American country music, it distills the essence of both traditions without compromising either. At the heart of this recording is a deep trust between the diverse guest artists and the band. Married with no less than nine newly-minted tunes (with six from Madden herself), and some of the most inventive and invigorating arrangements that Cherish The Ladies have ever created, the result is a hip-swivelling album that promises to weather the test of time with ease. They say that folk music is music by, of and for folk. Country Crossroads fits that bill with chutzpah. You can email Teresa Rafferty, our extraordinary mailorder diva, at to get your orders in.

“For Cherish the Ladies, named after a popular Irish traditional jig, the jig is not up. Madden’s tenacious but tactful helming of the ensemble should be studied in business schools. It should also be scrutinized in music schools. For 25 years and counting, Cherish the Ladies have shown that Irish traditional music from America remains a vibrant, diasporic marvel. Country Crossroads: The Nashville Sessions provides unimpeachable proof and will definitely appear in my top ten list of albums for 2011.” – Earle Hitchner, The Irish Echo