Joanie Madden is the Grammy Award winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception.
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Born in New York of Irish parents, Joanie is the second oldest of seven children raised in a musical household; her mother Helen, a dancer of traditional sets hails from Miltown Malbay, County Clare and her father Joe, an All-Ireland Champion on the accordion, comes from Portumna in East Galway.
Joanie received her musical training early in life listening to her father and his friends play music at family gatherings and social events. She began taking lessons from Jack Coen, and within a few short years she had won both the world Championship on the concert flute and whistle. During that time, Joanie also became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland Championship on the whistle.
She has many awards and citations to her credit including; the youngest member inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame, recipient of the Wild Geese Award, voted one of the Top 100 Irish-Americans in the country and Traditional Musician of the Year, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in America.
She is in constant demand as a studio musician and has performed on over a hundred albums running the gamut from Pete Seeger to Sinead O’Connor. Joanie has played on three Grammy award-winning albums and her involvement on the Hearts of Space labels’ “Celtic Twilight” CD led to a platinum album with over 1,000,000 sales. In the past year she has toured with the Eagles’ Don Henley and was also a featured soloist on the final Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
Joanie is the Grammy Award winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception. She has also recorded three highly successful solo albums; “A Whistle on the Wind”, “Song of the Irish Whistle” (named the most successful whistle album in history selling over 280,000 copies) and “Song of the Irish Whistle 2”.