Cherish the Ladies bring their live show to Stonehaven Folk Festival this July

By bellmannews / June 23, 2024
Shot of band performing on stage with two men doing Irish dancing at the front

By Lily Black –

The GRAMMY-nominated Irish music ensemble will perform at Stonehaven Town Hall this summer

Cherish the Ladies, one of the world’s most celebrated Irish music ensembles, are set to play Stonehaven Town Hall as part of Stonehaven Folk Festival on Thursday 11th July, giving local audiences and festival goers the chance to experience their unforgettable spectacle of music, song, and dance.

Cherish the Ladies have won the hearts of audiences around the globe with their rousing blend of traditional Irish music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. The GRAMMY-nominated female super group have been pioneers for women in the Irish music scene and continue to leave an indelible mark, boasting 18 critically acclaimed albums and thousands of concerts performed globally, including selling out their last 15 performances at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. 

Comprising Joanie Madden on flute, whistles and harmony vocals, Mary Coogan on guitar, Mirella Murray on accordion, Kathleen Boyle on piano and harmony vocals, Nollaig Casey on fiddle, Kate Purcell on lead vocals and guitar, and accompanied by champion dancers Nathan Pilatzke and Brian Culligan, the group are ready to entertain audiences up and down the country this summer with their rousing live performances.

Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies said: “We’re beyond excited to get on the road and perform in some fantastic venues across Scotland this summer. We’ve performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow many times and have enjoyed touring around the Highlands with Bl├ís Festival in the past, but it’s been years since we travelled around Scotland and we’re delighted to be spreading our wings and visiting some fantastic towns where there are lots of fans of Irish music, song and dance. This is our first time performing at Stonehaven Folk Festival so we really can’t wait!”

Founded in New York City in 1985, The New York Times describes Cherish the Ladies’ music as “passionate, tender, and rambunctious,” while The Washington Post applauds their “astonishing array of virtuosity.” They have been honoured as the BBC’s Best Musical Group of the Year and named the Top North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards. Their collaborations include esteemed musicians such as The Boston Pops Symphony, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, The Chieftains, Pete Seeger, Don Henley, Arlo Guthrie, The Clancy Brothers, and Tommy Makem. 

Cherish the Ladies have performed over 300 guest solo performances with America’s leading symphony orchestras, and have garnered numerous awards, including being immortalised with a street named in their honour on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York. Their enduring success as one of the most beloved Irish music groups is rooted in their blend of virtuoso instrumentals, beautiful vocals, traditional and original arrangements, and stunning step dancing, all delivered with exceptional talent, creativity, and humour.

To see Cherish the Ladies on tour at Stonehaven Town Hall as part of Stonehaven Folk Festival on Thursday 11th July, visit

Feature image courtesy of Lily Black media release