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Music: Joanie Madden – Sliabh na nBan

Today in our ‘Out Of The Blue, Chosen For You’ we bring you the most beautiful version of the Irish tune ‘Sliabh na mBan’ (The Mountain of Women), performed by two extraordinary Irish musicians, Joanie Madden and Gabriel Donoghue

Joanie Madden is internationally recognised as one of the greatest musicians in the history of Irish music in America. An extraordinary flute and whistle player, Joanie is also a composer and the founder of the acclaimed traditional Irish music ensemble, ‘Cherish The Ladies’

Joanie is the top selling whistle player in history, having sold over 500,000 solo albums and has amassed a plethora of awards, including being inducted into both the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame and the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Hall of Fame,

She was voted as  ‘Traditional Musician of the Year’ by the Irish Voice Newspaper. In 2011, Joanie was bestowed one of the USA’s highest awards ‘The Ellis Island Medal of Honor’, joining an illustrious list of distinguished Americans and Presidents.

Gabriel Donoghue is an extremely gifted and talented guitarist, pianist, bouzouki player, singer and songwriter. His musical artistry has always had him in high demand. For five years Gabriel toured around the world with the Chieftains. He has worked and performed with Michael Flatley and toured with Cherish the Ladies, Eileen Ivers.

Joanie Madden and  her music ensemble ‘Cherish The Ladies’ were due to play live at the ICC later this year, but due to Covid the concert has had to be put on hold, but we look forward to seeing them play the venue in the future.