Described By the BBC as “An Icon of Irish Music”
Featuring some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers Cathy Jordan, Dervish was the recipient of the BBC‘s prestigious lifetime achievement award in 2019. Performing around the world for over 30 years, Dervish has accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania as well as the Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors, even taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China.
Renowned for their live performances, Dervish is long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music. Matching dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs, their 13 studio and live albums make up one of the outstanding catalogues in Irish music.
All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland, an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. In 2004, Dervish was given their home town’s highest honor when they were given the freedom of Sligo City in a civic reception, an accolade they share with Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats, Michael Flatley and Countess Markievicz.
Dervish was formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo – Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki). They were soon joined by Roscommon born singer and bodhran (drum) player Cathy Jordan, and later by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998. It’s a remarkable, and at times electric, combination.
“Dervish are simply brilliant…they carry Irish history with them.” – The Guardian
“Capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic levels.” – Irish Voice, New York
“The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today.” – The News Journal, Delaware
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