Woman of the House

Woman of the House

by Cherish the Ladies


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Woman of the House

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661706323
catalogNumber: 617063
Rank: 13997

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
Liz Kane   Fiddle
John Joe Kelly   Bodhran
Heidi Talbot   Vocals,Group Member
Roisin Dillon   Fiddle,Group Member
Liz Kane   Fiddle
Mirella Murray   Accordion,Group Member
Ewan Vernal   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Joanie Madden   Composer,Liner Notes,Whistle
Robin Rankin   Engineer
Keith Chirgwin   Engineer
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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Woman of the House 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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