Cherish the Ladies will celebrate "A Celtic Christmas" at the Flynn

BURLINGTON -- Festivus fan? Solstice observer? Kwanzaa enthusiast? Belated Hanukkah celebrant? Whatever your holiday persuasion, you should attend Cherish the Ladies A Celtic Christmas concert at Flynn MainStage on December 15. Hearing this all-woman quintet of Irish and Irish-American performers will invigorate and inspire you. And, since the Ladies On Christmas Night CD was chosen as one of the best Christmas Albums of 2004 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and numerous other newspapers, you may finally know what to get for that relative or friend who loves the holidays. Named after a well-known Irish jig, Cherish the Ladies has been entertaining audiences for over two decades. They have matured from a one-time-concert concept to an Irish traditional music sensation, one of the most successful and sought-after Irish-American Celtic music groups. Put on your dancing shoes and check them out on YouTube.com. Two champion whistle players are part of the group. Joanie Madden, the leading Lady, became the only American to ever win the Senior All Ireland Whistle Championship in 1984. And, at the tender age of 13, Roisin Dillon (another group member) placed 2nd in the All Irelands Competition on the tin whistle. At 15, Dillon won the Oireachtas Tin Whistle Competition, but since then she has played the fiddle exclusively. The groups three other members are Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Heidi Talbot (lead vocals and bodhr_, and Mirella Murray (piano accordion). At the Flynn, Cherish the Ladies will present traditional Celtic songs like The Holly and the Berry and The Wexford Carol interspersed with well-known Christmas carols such as O Come All Ye Faithful, We Three Kings, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Silent Night. Tickets are $39, $33, and $27 at the Flynn Box Office, 153 Main St, Burlington, 802-863-5966, www.flynncenter.org . Busy packing and mailing packages? Tickets are also conveniently available at Copy Shop Fax Plus, 159 Pearl St, Essex Jct., 802-879-3719. The show starts at 8 pm. Nollaig Shona Dhuit! And, of course, Happy (Other) Holidays!

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