Woman of the House

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661706323
  • Catalog Number: 617063
  • Sales rank: 74,173

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cherish the Ladies Primary Artist
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Piano
Sharon Shannon Accordion
Eddi Reader Vocals
Phil Bowler Bowed Bass, Upright Bass
Mary Coogan Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Group Member
Donna Long Piano, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Joanie Madden Flute, Alto Flute, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Low Whistle, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Karen Matheson Vocals
Donald Shaw Wurlitzer
Kate Rusby Vocals
Phil Cunningham Piano, Keyboards
James MacIntosh Percussion, Drums
Laoise Kelly Harp
Mirella Murray Accordion, Group Member
Liz Kane Fiddle
John Joe Kelly Bodhran
Heidi Talbot Vocals, Group Member
Roisin Dillon Fiddle, Group Member
Liz Kane Fiddle
Mirella Murray Accordion
Ewan Vernal Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Joanie Madden Composer, Liner Notes, Whistle
Toby Mountain Mastering
Robin Rankin Engineer
Keith Chirgwin Engineer, Digital Editing
Phil Cunningham Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Alarik Author
Traditional Composer
Fiona Ritchie Liner Notes
Brian Humphrey Engineer
Sarah Lainie Smith Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerful messages of struggle, hardship, bravery, love, kindness, compassion and benevolence

    Playing Time - 52:13 -- New to the Rounder Records label, Cherish the Ladies have a well-produced and highly-arranged selection of songs on “Woman of the House.” The five women in the band also enlist the support of 14 artists in various guest instrumental and vocal capacities. Thus, the project creates many moods, and we listeners are richly rewarded. Cherish the Ladies is Joanie Madden (flute, whistles, harmony vocals), Heidi Talbot (lead vocals, bodhran), Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Mirella Murray (accordion) and Roisin Dillon (fiddle). To accompany the splendid music, a 16-page CD booklet includes photos, lyrics and background notes about the songs. Cherish the Ladies has been together for over twenty years, and their traditional Celtic music has built them a legion of fans. Their albums have been tightly crafted, with haunting vocals and striking instrumental accomplishment. The newest band member, Heidi Talbot has a magnetic voice that adds much to Cherish the Ladies’ signature sound. Haunting contemporary Celtic accompaniment and vocal harmonies are another. Besides sung by Joanie Madden, the noteworthy harmonies are courtesy of Kate Rusby, Eddi Reader, Donna Long and Karen Matheson (of Capercaillie). Heidi, Karen and Eddi share the vocal spotlight on the oft-sung “Fair and Tender Ladies.” Other key contributors are producer Phil Cunningham (piano, keys), Triona Ni Dhomhnaill (piano) and Donald Shaw (Wurlitzer organ). With one foot firmly planted in tradition, this band also keeps one headed in the direction of the future. These innovative and forward thinkers demonstrate a playful spirit. The great reels at track one, as well as “The Hills of New Zealand” at track six were composed by Madden. Inspiration for the latter came from the hard work and research a Kiwi man showed to return her lost digital camera. The band’s mixture of the familiar with their own creative artistry is commendable. Whether instrumental or vocal, CTL’s music conveys powerful messages of struggle, hardship, bravery, love, kindness, compassion and benevolence. That’s a real laundry list and a lot of ground to musically cover, but well-performed Celtic music creates this for me. And how better to end an album on an uplifting note of optimism than with four cheery reels. CTL’s debut on the Rounder label is a clear triumph with its striking music. CTL’s poignant presentation is truly moving. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)

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