Joanie Madden, the powerhouse who ignites the wonderful all-woman Irish-American band Cherish The Ladies, is an extraordinary tin whistle and flute player and the only American-born Irish musician ever to win the Senior All-Ireland tin whistle title. A New York native, she has played with just about everybody in the East Coast Irish traditional music scene. Her brilliant technique and huge repertoire of tunes has graced albums by dozens of artists including Sinead O’Connor, The Clancy Brothers, and Tommy Makem.
Now, with A Whistle On The Wind, Joanie presents a tour de force of virtuoso playing and a rich variety of material, from session tunes executed at top speed to a pastoral setting for a poem read by Liam Clancy. The rest of the impressive lineup includes noted Galway percussionist Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh (of De Dannan and Arcady), John Williams on concertina, Eileen Ivers on fiddle, and Gabe Donohue on six and twelve string guitars, bouzouki, acoustic bass, and piano. As Mick Moloney writes in the liner notes "Irish people love characters ... gifted people who combine exceptional artistry with extreme sociability ... Joanie Madden is a character. One of the greatest you could meet in a long day’s travel ... She is also one of the most talented individuals in the history of Irish music in America."