The Celtic music group Cherish the Ladies will perform through the Hope College Great Performance Series on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. The performance is sold out.
Cherish the Ladies takes its name from a traditional Irish jig. The all-female group blends virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, combining all the facets of Irish traditional culture in a humorous and entertaining package.
“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do,” “The Boston Globe” has said. Dublin’s “The Irish Times” noted that Cherish the Ladies has “that very Irish-American sound which simultaneously exudes a tremendous joie de vivre and deep nostalgia.”
The group began in 1985 with a series of concerts celebrating the rise of female musicians in once a male-dominated scene. The troupe won recognition as the first all-women traditional music and dance ensemble, but is now simply recognized as one of the great Celtic acts.
The Ladies, led by Joane Madden on flutes and whistles, have recorded 15 highly acclaimed albums. They have appeared on “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America,” “Evening at Pops,” “C-Span,” PBS and National Public Radio in the United States and on BBC and RTE radio and television overseas. At the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, they were chosen to represent Irish music and culture at the Official Cultural Olympiad.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.