special evening, legendary singing sensation, Maura O’Connell
joins the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Cherish The Ladies,
led by the irrepressible and award winning flute and whistle player, Joanie
Madden for a spectacular
night of entertainment of Irish traditional music, song and dance.
describing Cherish the Ladies, the
critics say it best; "It is simply
impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn't enjoy what they do",
the Boston Globe, "An astonishing
array of virtuosity", the Washington Post, "Expands the annals of Irish music in America, the music is
passionate, tender and rambunctious", The New York Times and for the
past twenty seven years, Cherish the Ladies have proven themselves worthy to
live up to these accolades and in doing so have become one of the most engaging
ensembles in the history of Irish music.
During their travels, they have attained numerous awards and
achievements including; named Best Musical Group of the Year by the BBC, Top
North American Celtic Group at the Irish Music Awards, Entertainment Group of
the Year by the Irish Voice Newspaper, chosen the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's
International Group of the Year at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland
and voted Top North American Celtic act by NPR Radio "Thistle and
Shamrock" program. In 2010, the ladies were immortalized as they were
bestowed a street naming, "Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies"
became a permanent street sign on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York.
MAURA O’CONNELL hails from Ennis in County Clare and
began her professional musical journey during a six-week tour of America in
1980, as vocalist for the traditionally based Celtic group DeDanann. The
following year, she was featured on the band's landmark album, The
Star-Spangled Molly, which became something of a national phenomenon in her
homeland, not unlike the 1993 compilation, A Woman's Heart, (featuring Maura
and several other popular Irish female artists), a copy of which was estimated
to be in every single home in Ireland.
Maura often says, “I’m a singer, and a song
interpreter”, and when she wanted to broaden her song exploration she did so by
making the move to America’s music city; Nashville, Tennessee where she was
quickly welcomed by the musical community whole-heartedly. Whatever label one attaches to Maura
O'Connell, there are precious few singers with the natural ability to delve so
deeply into a vast array of musical material, inhabiting each note and every
space between each note with such conviction that both performer and listener
are left unquestionably moved and unexpectedly exposed.She has been summoned to sing with, among others, Van
Morrison, James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, The
Chieftains and Roseanne Cash. She has
recorded numerous solo albums, but two have garnished Grammy nominations
including her 2010 solo endeavor “Naked with Friends”. A New York Times review observed,
"O'Connell brings a clear-eyed realism to everything she sings."
Venue: INEC Acoustic Club
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