Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies hits up Garde Friday

It might not be March, sure, but why not enjoy Irish culture year-round? The Grammy Award-nominated Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies will be stopping at the Garde on Friday.

In addition to a six-person band featuring flutes, accordions, fiddles and more, a traditional Irish step dancing group will also grace the stage. Expect fast-paced, knee-slapping barn-stormers, along with melodic heart-wrenchers reminiscing for simpler pastoral times. Band member Joanie Madden is an expert flutist — her ability to play what seems like a million notes a minute is impressive. Pair all that with the band’s beautiful vocalists and mesmerizing arrangements, and you’ll be transfixed in a Celtic reverie.

Performing since 1985, Cherish the Ladies has toured the world, played the White House and the Olympics, and has recorded 16 albums. They produced an Emmy-winning public television special and have collaborated with notable musicians such as The Boston Pops, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Don Henley and Arlo Guthrie.

A simple check on their website, and you’ll see accolades from the likes of the Boston Globe and the New York Times. “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” the Globe said. It seems that, whether you are a committed fan of Celtic music or someone who enjoys a good performance, Cherish the Ladies should deliver.

Cherish The Ladies, 8 p.m. Friday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $28-$48; (860) 444-7373.



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