Cathie Ryan with opener Richard Gilewitz

Monday, March 22, 8:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
$12 advance/$15 door

The New York Daily News recently stated that Cathie Ryan is "firmly in the upper echelons of Irish music singers." For the fans who have been following Cathie since her early days with Cherish the Ladies, this is proof of what they have known for years: that she is a major artistic talent, equally at home amid the deepest strains of the Irish tradition or the cutting edge of the contemporary songwriter movement. Lead singer of Cherish the Ladies from 1987-95, Cathie honed her sean nos traditional singing, while developing her own composing. In 1997 Shanachie Records released Ryan's self-titled solo CD to critical acclaim. Her second CD, The Music of What Happens, has met with even greater success. In 2000 Cathie was named Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade by the Irish American News in Chicago and one of the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America magazine.

Richard Gilewitz, a favorite performer who graces the stage with amazing guitar, tales of the road, and a lot of laughs along the way, has just completed his fifth recording, Thumbsing. This entertaining 6 and 12-string guitarist takes his listeners on a magical journey of instrumental music with selections ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Says Dirty Linen Magazine, "His performance style is very crisp and precise, allowing the personality of the music to shine through."

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