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In a little more than ten years, the name of a time-honored Irish traditional jig has become equally well known as the name for one of the most engaging ensembles ever to hit the Irish music scene - CHERISH THE LADIES. Founded in 1987, this group of extremely talented women, can trace their formation to three sold-out concerts organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney and sponsored by Manhattan's Ethnic Folk Arts Center in 1984.

The union of these first generaton Irish-American musicians, singers and stepdancers was to last for one two-week tour in May of 1987. Those two weeks grew into a decade, and has seen the group traveling all over North America, the United Kingdom and Europe performing two hundred dates a year in the finest concert halls and festivals. No one could foresee that this group would become the most successful and sought after Irish-American musical ensemble in Celtic music!

They have been named Entertainment Group of the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper and Aer Lingus Air Lines and also awarded the Glasglow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. They have shared the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and fiddle virtuoso, Mark O'Connor. They have been the featured soloists with the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. They have also appeared on PBS-TV and National Public Radio in the US and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the recent summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad of the Olympics.

CHERISH THE LADIES is a powerhouse group offering Irish music and dance of rare, enduring quality that is enjoyed by audiences and critics alike.

Their members include: Joanie Madden (flute and whistles); Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Mary Rafferty (accordion, flute, whistles); Donna Long (piano, fiddle); Siobhan Egan (fiddle, bodhran); Aoife Clancy (vocals, guitar); Eileen and Donny Golden (dancers).

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