Cherish The Ladies

Flute/penny whistle, guitar, violin, keyboard & accordion

NY-based all-female ensemble led by All Ireland flute & whistle champion Joanie Madden.

Formed in 1985, CTL has played around the world, including the White House, the Olympics and all of the biggest venues.  In addition to 17 grand CDs, one, “An Irish Homecoming” was videotaped and aired over PBS, winning an Emmy.

In June, 2021, Joanie Madden was honored with the NEA’s  National  Heritage Fellowship, which is the nation’s highest honor for traditional & folk artists.

CTL’s shows always offer a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. And Joanie leads the show will great humor and personality.


“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do.” – The Boston Globe

CTL’s music is “passionate, tender & rambunctious.” – New York Times


Program Highlights

Tonight’s program may be chosen from amongst the following tunes…..


  • Redican’s/Sean Ryan’s/Take The Bull By The Horns
  • The Dance: Galway Hornpipe/Dessie O’Connor’s/The Moher Reel
  • Coal Quay Market/Happy Days/Rabbit In The Field
  • Maire Mhor
  • If Ever You Were Mine
  • My Own Native Land
  • Pepin Arsenault/The Shepherd’s Daughter/A Punch In The Dark
  • Carrigdhoun
  • Redican’s Mother/Humours of Westport/The Morning Dew
  • Rolling In The Barrell/Pinch Of Snuff/Vincent Campbell’s
  • Thady Casey’s Fancy/The Ladies Pantalettes/The Monaghan Twig/The Linen Cap
  • The Ballad Of The Foxhunter
  • Liza’s Dream/The Westside Highway
  • The Battle Of Aughrim/The Star Above The Garter
  • Tip Toe Home/Paddy Kelly’s
  • The Bonny Light Horsemen
  • Miss Maule’s/Alta’s Reel/The Five Of Diamonds/The Pilltown Reel

Tech Overview

  • Sound: House sound if available; the band will carry sound gear and a sound technician
  • Piano: Grand piano tuned the day of the performance
  • Lights: Best available w/ local tech to run lights
  • Hospitality: Hot, healthy meal for 8 available 2 hours before the performance