Dirty Linen - pp.57-58
"This incarnation of the ensemble stands at the center of the establishment of Irish music showing us all how it's done without an overbearing bone in their bodies."
Cherish the Ladies: Mary Coogan (guitars); Joanie Madden (whistle, background vocals); Mirella Murray (accordion); Heidi Talbot, Roisin Dillon.
Personnel: Heidi Talbot, Karen Matheson, Kate Rusby (vocals); Joanie Madden (whistling, flute, alto flute); Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Laoise Kelly (harp); Liz Kane, Roisin Dillon (fiddle); Mirella Murray, Sharon Shannon (accordion); Phil Cunningham (piano, keyboards); Donna Long, Tr¡ona N¡ Dhomhnaill (piano); Donald Shaw (Wurlitzer organ); Phil Bowler (upright bass); James MacIntosh (drums, percussion); John Joe Kelly (bodhran).
Additional personnel: Donna Long, Eddi Reader (vocals); Liz Kane (fiddle); Ewan Vernal (bass guitar); Donald Shaw, James MacIntosh, Karen Matheson, Kate Rusby, Laoise Kelly, Phil Bowler, Phil Cunningham, Sharon Shannon, Tr¡ona N¡ Dhomhnaill, John Joe Kelly.
Audio Mixer: Brian Masterson.
Liner Note Authors: Joanie Madden; Fiona Ritchie .
Recording information: CaVa Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.
Author: Scott Alarik.
Photographer: John J. Francis.
Arranger: Phil Cunningham.
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. ~ James Christopher Monger