Joanie Madden
Traditional Irish Flutist and Composer
Yonkers, NY
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Friends of USA.

Joanie Madden is a whistle, flute player, and composer of traditional Irish music. After studying with Irish flute player Jack Coe, Madden became the first American to win the Senior All-Ireland Championship on the whistle and is the top-selling whistle player, having sold over 500,000 solo albums. Madden has also performed on over 160 albums with luminaries including Pete Seeger and the Boston Pops. She is the leader of the award-winning Cherish The Ladies, an all-female Irish music and dance ensemble that began in 1985 and has released 14 albums. The group has performed with Joan Baez, Vince Gill, and The Chieftains, among others, and has performed over 250 nights as a guest soloist for symphonies around the world.

Portrait photo courtesy Roy Somech.
  • Artwork by Joanie Madden
    Pride of New York, 2010; photo credit Robert Hakalski
Artwork by Joanie Madden