2004 - Renowned Irish group Cherish The Ladies was first formed in 1987 as the first all-female professional ensemble in Irish music. They have grown from a one-time concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation. They combine impeccable musicality with an exciting theatrical flair in their performances. They have captivated audiences all over the U.S. and Europe during the last 16 years.
Each member of the group grew up with music in their background. They come from east and west, from America and Ireland. Joanie Madden hails from the Bronx, NY and is the leader of the group as well as a great entertainer in Irish music. Joanie plays tin whistle, flute and accordion. Donna Long was born in Los Angles, CA, but now makes her home in Baltimore, MD. Donna plays the fiddle and the piano. Mary Coogan of Newburgh, NY began playing music at an early age. She is a self-taught guitar, mandolin, and banjo player. And last but not least Heidi Talbot, born and raised in Kill, County Kildare is the groups lead vocalist. In addition to her singing, Heidi plays the guitar. Cherish The Ladies also accesses a roster of regional, national and world champion step dancers who join them in every performance. The dancer's artistry has captivated audiences worldwide. Cherish The Ladies have recorded seven highly acclaimed albums and have appeared on many national and international radio and TV programs.