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Posted: 03/06/13

Cherish The Ladies will be in concert on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

(Photo courtesy of Alessandro Tosto)

Enjoy St. Paddy's Day in true Irish
fashion with 'Cherish The Ladies'

      Celebrate St. Paddy's Day in a true Irish fashion with one of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies, at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m.
       When describing Cherish The Ladies, the critics say it best. The Washington Post: "An astonishing array of virtuosity." For more than 25 years, Cherish The Ladies have proven themselves worthy to live up to these accolades and in doing so have become one of the most engaging ensembles in the history of Irish music.
       2012 was a highly successful year for The Ladies, as Joanie Madden, the flute and whistle player of the group, became the first Irish traditional musical artist to ever win the prestigious USA Fellowship from the United States Artists.
       In addition, The Irish Voice named Madden a "Top 25 Irish American." Most recently, the group recorded a live performance at Bucknell University for a PBS Television special to be aired this March.
       The Ladies have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation; literally the most successful and sought-after Irish-American group in Celtic music.
       Taking their name from the name of a traditional Irish jig, the group initially won recognition as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band. In a relatively short time, they soon established themselves as musicians and performers without peer and have won many thousands of listeners and fans of their music. With their unique, spectacular blend of virtuosic instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in an immensely humorous and entertaining package.
       The past years have seen the group traveling across the globe, performing in the finest concert halls and festivals; sharing the stage with such noted entertainers as James Taylor, Joan Baez, Emmy Lou Harris, The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, The Chieftains and dozens on symphony orchestras.
       The Ladies earned a Grammy Award nomination for their collaboration with The Boston Pops on The Celtic Album, and have been named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. They were also voted Top North American Celtic act by NPR's "Thistle and Shamrock."
       ". . . it is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do," said The Boston Globe.
       Tickets are $45 gold circle, and $40 house, seniors 55+, students and military save $5 per ticket. Purchase tickets in person at the Macomb Center box office Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Friday noon-6 p.m. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on Macomb Community College's Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. Tickets and additional information, including a complete season schedule, are available online at or by calling (586) 286-2222.

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