"They are magnificent," says Mick Moloney about Cherish the Ladies, and indeed they are. Formed in 1985 and named after a popular Irish jig, this outstanding all-woman Irish traditional music and dance ensemble from America has dazzled audiences in the U.S., Ireland, Canada, and Brittany. On The Back Door, jigs, reels, polkas, and hornpipes pour forth with tremendous energy, while the band’s treatment of Maurice Lennon’s air "If Ever You Were Mine" is breathtakingly beautiful. There are two tracks spotlighting the extraordinary hard-shoe stepdancing of Eileen Golden, Linnane Wick, and Winnie Horan together, as well as one other by Win herself. And Cathie Ryan’s lovely voice graces six songs, one in Irish, the rest in English, including the title track, her own composition. Joanie Madden, Maureen Doherty Macken, Siobhan Egan, Mary Coogan, Cathie Ryan, Eileen Golden, Linnane Wick, and Win Horan have provided an album brimming with joy, heart, skill, and wit - an album to treasure and cherish. Produced by Gabriel Donohue and Eileen Ivers, who joins in on fiddle for two tracks.
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