Thursday, February 23, 2023

Cherish the Ladies: March 4 at The Pollak Theare at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ



Cherish the Ladies

Saturday, March 4 at 8:00pm

at The Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University

400 Cedar Avenue in West Long Branch, NJ

Tickets Start at $43 - Limited Seats Still Available!

Purchase Online or Call the Box Office at 732-263-6889



For over 38 years, Cherish the Ladies, one of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles, has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. To quote The Boston Globe: “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” speaking of this Grammy-nominated Irish American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since their inception, they have toured the world performing thousands of concerts from the White House to the Olympics, recorded 18 critically acclaimed albums and an Emmy award winning PBS television program, An Irish Homecoming.

Under the leadership of Joanie Madden, the 2021 National Heritage Fellowship Award winner and All-Ireland flute and whistle champion, these extremely gifted women create an incredible moving experience brimming with sheer talent and exuberant entertainment. Their group includes All-Ireland champions Mirella Murray (accordion) and Nollaig Casey (fiddle) along with the nimble finger-work of Mary Coogan (guitar), the beautiful vocals of County Clare songstress Kate Purcell (lead vocals, guitar) and the extremely talented County Galway native, Catherine McHugh on piano. World champion Irish step-dancers will add their magical footwork to the performances.

The New York Times calls their music “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” and The Washington Post praises their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They won recognition as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and were named Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards. They have collaborated with such musicians as Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Pete Seeger, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Chieftains, Don Henley and Arlo Guthrie as well as being the most successful Celtic Pops act in history with over 300 performances with leading symphony orchestras.

Madden and her band have amassed a long, impressive list of awards at home and in Ireland, including being forever immortalized with a street named in their honor on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY. No matter how far from home, their continued success as one of the best-loved Irish groups rests on their blend of virtuoso instrumentals, beautiful vocals, traditional and original arrangements along with stunning step dancing — all presented with extraordinary talent, creativity, and humor.

The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University oversees the performing, visual, and literary arts in order to promote creative thinking, inspiration and cultural enrichment. It operates as the University’s hub for a wide variety of programs, projects, and events that serve the campus and the community. Each season, the Center offers more than 150 events at campus and community venues, including the Performing Arts Series; Children’s Theatre; Visiting Writers Series; Pollak, DiMattio, and Ice House Galleries; World Cinema Series; Tuesday Night Record Club; Tuesday Night Book Club; Adult Education Series and screenings from Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of London and Great Art on Screen. Other unique programs and partnerships include ArtNow, which fuses performance art and technology, an affiliation with the Grammy Museum which provides access to research, internships, special projects, events and exhibitions; and, since 2011, the University has been home to the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, attracting writers, scholars, and fans from around the world to conferences, programs and other scholarly activities focused on our hometown hero and one of New Jersey’s favorite sons. The Center contributes programming to the Jewish Culture Program, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Irish Studies. The Center also assists with the Department of Music and Theatre Arts events such as the Shadow Lawn Stage, a professional summer theatre series.


Cherish the Ladies - The Portumna Workhouse / The Hurling Boys of Portumna


Cherish the Ladies – The Portumna Workhouse / The Hurling Boys of Portumna




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