Formed in 1985 and named for a well-known jig, Cherish the Ladies has performed in concert halls and at major folk festivals throughout North America, Great Britain, Ireland and Europe. They have appeared on National Public Radio and PBS television in North America, as well as BBC and RTE radio and television in Europe. They have shared the stage with The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Joan Baez and James Taylor. Their first recording, Cherish the Ladies, was cited by the Library of Congress as an outstanding traditional recording.
The excitement generated at every Cherish the Ladies performance comes from a blend of first-rate musicianship, an impressive command of the Irish traditional repertoire and a great feel for contemporary tastes and humor. In addition, the group is joined on stage by four world-class step dancers.
Individually, the ladies (and two male step-dancers), are all superb performers, boasting numerous All-Ireland, National and North American championships as instrumentalists, singers and dancers. Collectively, they are an unforgettable ensemble, performing with technical excellence, enthusiasm and a spirited joyfulness.
Cherish the Ladies offers brilliant instrumental and vocal abilities, a satisfying mix of traditional music and new compositions and dramatic choreography. Their performances, which have been called powerful, entertaining and colorful, have earned them loyal followers coast to coast. According to The New York Times, Cherish the Ladies, "Expands the annals of Irish music in America...the music is passionate, tender and rambunctious."