There’s something about Celtic music that speaks to Christmas and the holidays like few other musical styles, and East Greenwich will get a chance to experience an evening of holiday Celtic and folk music on Friday, when Grammy Award-winning Cherish the Ladies returns to the Greenwich Odeum.
Cherish the Ladies has developed a special relationship with the Odeum over the years. In part, that’s because the band loves the space and partly because band leader Joanie Madden has a personal connection to East Greenwich – her brother Joe Madden and his family, who live here in town.
“I’m looking forward again to see my brother and his family,” said Joanie Madden in a phone interview Sunday. “We’ve got a great show, with music, singing and dancing. It’s just a wonderful family concert.”
Cherish the Ladies is about to celebrate 30 years of music and entertaining. Madden, who plays flutes and whistles, brings her fun and funny personality to every show, making the audience feel right at home. Cherish the Ladies plays year-round of course, but Christmas is special, Madden says.
The band has two Christmas albums. The New York Times named the first, “On Christmas Night,” one of the best Christmas albums of the year when it was released. More recently, they put out “A Star in the East.”
“There’s something about how well Christmas and Celtic work together,” Madden said.
The concert is more than just music. This year’s show includes four Irish step dancers, and if we’re lucky, Madden herself will do a bit of a jig – as she did the last time Cherish the Ladies played the Odeum.