Cherish has a few definitions. The one that comes to mind when thinking of the all-female Irish band Cherish the Ladies is “to keep (a hope or ambition) in one’s mind.”
The Ladies, who will be playing Rock The Ordway, the new concert hall celebration, on St. Patrick’s Day, have had the same ambition since they formed more than 20 years ago — namely to keep the tradition of Irish music alive; to hold it dear, so to speak.
And they don’t make it tough to cherish them.
The group includes an All-Ireland accordion champ (Mirella Madden), a world-class fiddler from Boston (Grainne Murphy), a self-taught New York guitar, banjo, and mandolin player (Mary Coogan), and a highly-regarded Glaswegian pianist (Kathleen Boyle). Its leader, from the Bronx (Joanie Madden), was a champ tin whistler who’s now mastered the flute.
Did I mention the step dancers?
The internationally-famous band has worked with some pretty big names, including Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and devotees will attest to the at-times lilting, then in turns spunky, performance style. The ladies, each expert individual artists, coalesce into a sound that’s modern, yet reassuringly traditional.
And, there will likely be an extra lilt in their collective step because of the Irish holiday spirit.
If making it up to the Ordway’s new concert hall isn’t going to work for you, you’ll have another chance to kiss the Blarney Stone, at least musically speaking, when Cherish the Ladies plays a concert the night before, March 16, at St. Mary’s University in Winona, as part of its Page Series.
It won’t be the luck of the Irish you’ll be needing this year; a little planning will suit you just as fine.
If tickets are hard to get, or if you want something with far more lampoon in it, head over to “50 Shades! The Musical Parody,” a send-up that’s far more consistent in tone than its very famous target. The popular musical will play the Mystic Showroom at 8 p.m. on March 14. You have to be over 18, though, because it’s still sorta naughty.