Cherish the Ladies in Kilfenora

Kilfenora Trad Fest staged a special one-off concert on 30 August 2014, featuring Cherish the Ladies. It was an un-missable opportunity to see an internationally-renowned Irish trad act in the intimate setting of Kilfenora’s Community Hall.

The fabulous Connemara fiddle duo The Kane Sisters – Liz and Yvonne – performed with the group, and the leading Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan joined as guest vocalist. Among the brilliant dancers joining the band on stage were three famous performers and dance teachers, Clare’s own Michael Donnellan – just off a plane from an Australian tour – and Aidan Vaughan, plus Donny Golden from New York.

There was great banter with the audience, who also sang along lustily with some of Cathie’s songs. The revelry continued late into the night with mighty sessions in all of Kilfenora’s pubs starring many well-known musicians and singers.

About Cherish the Ladies

Founded in America as the first all-female trad group in 1985, some 15 albums later the band is famous for its sparkling musicianship and exhilarating live show, now featuring dancers.

The band’s celebrated leader and founder member Joanie Madden (1984 senior All-Ireland whistle champion) has Clare roots – her mother is from Miltown Malbay, and her father Joe, an All-Ireland winner on accordion, is from Portumna, Galway. Joe and Joanie released the album “A Galway afternoon” in 2011. One of her solo CDs is the highest selling recording of the tin whistle ever.

Other band members are also distinguished musicians and music teachers with various solo albums to their names.

Full details of the band, its members and history can be seen at

“One of the best nights of music I’ve ever heard…I can’t rave enough about Cherish the Ladies!”
Oliver Sweeney, Hot Press Magazine (Dublin)

“This collection of women offers an astonishing array of virtuosity…..”
J.D. Considine, Washington Post

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