After more than 30 years at the forefront of Irish-American music, the seemingly ageless Cherish the Ladies return for the UK launch of their latest album Heart of the Home – with the band’s hearts and home belonging staunchly to Glasgow nearly every January. Adding to numerous other accolades, the Ladies’ whistle virtuoso and unfailingly ebullient frontwoman - already enshrined in US folk annals by a specially-penned Liz Carroll slip-jig, ‘Are You Joanie Madden?’ - recently received the 2018 Irish American Writers & Artists Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award, for “exceptional influence on traditional Irish music in America and worldwide”. With the line-up now featuring revered Irish fiddler Nollaig Casey, alongside Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray and Scotland’s own Kathleen Boyle, the new album’s guests include Danú’s Donnchadh Gough, Lúnasa’sTrevor Hutchinson, Nathan Carter and the Ennis Sisters.
“Kick-ass playing, sensational singing, dynamic dancing and infectious humour. . . never before has trad been so enjoyable.” (Belfast Telegraph)