Cherish the Ladies will bring their Irish folk music to the Golden Belt Community Concert Association on Monday, Oct. 24. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
This group is an all-female ensemble based in New York featuring flute/pennywhistle, guitar, keyboard and accordion. All-Ireland flute and penny whistle champion Joanie Madden leads the group. Formed in 1985, Cherish the Ladies has performed around the world, including the White House and the Olympics. Cherish the Ladies has made a total of 18 critically acclaimed albums.
Cherish the Ladies’ performance of “An Irish Homecoming” was videotaped and aired on PBS in 2013, winning an Emmy. In June 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts honored Madden as one of six recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor for traditional and folk artists.
Cherish the Ladies offer a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing – all as Madden leads the show with humor and personality.
This GBCCA event is open to association members. No single concert tickets are available. Anyone who is not a member and wishes to purchase a season membership may do so at this concert. Because the concert association encourages music education in the schools, full-time students of any age will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door.
Season memberships are $50 per adult; $10 for any full-time enrolled student; $110 for a Family Membership (two adults and all dependent children living in the same household); and $110 for a Grandparent Package (two adults and up to four minor grandchildren).
For more information about GBCCA and to see video previews of the new season’s concerts, go to the website www.goldenbeltcca.org or call 620-793-2748.