Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Cathie Ryan Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Irish American Ryan, with her crystalline vocals and insightful songwriting, is an original and distinctive voice in Celtic music. Since her acclaimed seven-year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, the Detroit-born Ryan has established herself as one of Celtic music’s most popular and enduring singer/songwriters.

Ryan has released four critically acclaimed CDs on Shanachie Records — her latest is “The Farthest Wave” — and she is featured on more than forty compilations of Celtic music. In 2003, she was included in the famous Irish music collection “A Woman’s Heart — A Decade On,” placing her amongst Irish music’s finest female vocalists and songwriters. It was the first time Americans were featured in the series and she shared the honor with Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

In recent years, Ryan’s original songs have been recorded by such distinguished Irish vocalists as Frances Black and Mary Black. Ryan has performed on national and public television in the United States and Europe, appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” and “Thistle and Shamrock”; PRI’s “The World”; BBC2 in England; Radio Scotland; and RTE, RnG, and TG4 in Ireland. She was voted one of the Top 100 Irish Americans by Irish America Magazine, and Chicago’s Irish American News honored her as Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or online at unitymaine.org. Next up is Emily Smith Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ($15) For more information call 948-7469 or visit the website.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.