Cherish the Ladies – CHIRP, Ballard Park Ridgefield – July 18, 2017
This was the fourth time I’d seen this Irish trad supergroup, who never fail to deliver the goods; I finally got around to the sketching. Joannie Madden, the ringleader, is just about the ultimate MC, with a breezy manner of sneaking in praise for accomplishment in introducing her colleagues, and an engaging sense of humor. Plus she’s from the Bronx. Tunes included some original compositions, so it’s not all historical stuff. The act also included not one but two world-class step dancers and a guest singer (O’Riordan) who’s still in college.