Woman of the House
Cherish the Ladies
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||The Jolly Seven / The Rascal On the Haystack / Bonkers In Yonkers||Cherish the Ladies||3:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sweet Thames Flow Softly||Cherish the Ladies||5:19||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Carolan's Favorite Jig / The Rakes of Cashel / Highland March In Oscar & Malvina||Cherish the Ladies||4:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bogie's Bonnie Belle||Cherish the Ladies||5:14||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Fairy Queen / The Gooseberry Bush / Paddy Kelly's / Woman of the House||Cherish the Ladies||5:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Hills of New Zealand||Cherish the Ladies||4:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Betsy Belle and Mary Gray||Cherish the Ladies||3:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Fair and Tender Ladies||Cherish the Ladies||5:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Paddy O'Snap / Robin Kellegher / The Cove of Cork||Cherish the Ladies||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Green Fields of Canada||Cherish the Ladies||6:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Old Maids of Galway / The Sunny Banks / The Flooded Road to Glenties / Free & Easy||Cherish the Ladies||3:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Cherish the Ladies' tenth studio album is reliable without being redundant, soft without seeming slight, and as rollicking as it is sentimental. Joined by a small army of guests that read like Celtic and singer/songwriter royalty (Sharon Shannon/Triona Ni Dhomhnaill/Phil Cunningham/Kate Rusby/Eddi Reader), the Ladies have crafted a beautiful set that harks back to their 1992 debut. The impossibly lovely voice of Heidi Talbot — it's like standing between Alison Krauss and Kirsty MacColl singing at the same time — carries each ballad, both traditional ("Green Fields of Canada," "Bogie's Bonnie Belle") and contemporary ("Sweet Thames Flow Softly"), with such effortlessness that it's a wonder she even has to move her mouth, while the band makes high-octane instrumentals like "Jigs: Carolan's Favorite Jig/The Rakes of Cashel/Highland March in Oscar & Malvina" and the ferocious title track sound like the very forces of nature in human form.
A new spin on old tunes
They definitely have that classical Celtic sound, with their vocals as well as their instruments. If the titles didn't tip you off, they have a habit of playing through one song then transitioning straight into another one, and it's so smooth you don't realize till a moment later. It's hard to listen to their reels without dancing in place, heh. Definitely among my favorite artists and albums.
Years Active: '00s