- Barking Spider Promotions - South Parade Pier - Monday 3rd June (bank holiday!!!)
- Isle Of Wight Festival - Ventner Gardens - Saturday 8th June.
Dervish came together in the North West of Ireland in 1989, to record an
album `The Boys of Sligo' . The five musicians involved - Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell,
Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes- were inspired by the project and
decided to develop the informal gathering into a working band. The name
Dervish means any group of poor but spiritual people who become enraptured by music.
|Cathy Jordon - Lead Vocals|
Photo - John Roberts
Over the following two years Dervish added Roscommon-born singer Cathy
1991, and All Ireland Champion, Shane McAleer replaced Martin McGinley on
This line up released the album `Harmony Hill' in 1992. The impact of the
was immediate. Its artistry, musicianship and maturity won outstanding praise
from the media placing Dervish to the forefront of the bands working on
traditional Irish music. With substantial TV and radio exposure Dervish soon
became one of the most sought after acts for live performances.
The demand led to the band touring continuously through Europe in 1993,
performing at all the major folk festivals. In 1994 their keenly awaited
`Playing with Fire' was released. Reviewers and critics alike lauded praise
album confirming Dervish status as the pre-eminent Irish traditional band.
reached number 1 in the Irish Folk Music Charts where it stayed for several
With their reputation firmly established, Dervish's albums were released in
and the demand for the band took off in dramatic terms. Performances at
festivals like Wolf Trap and San Francisco projected Dervish into a new
operation on a world-wide scale. Recognition for the band's achievements
with nominations and awards in a variety of Traditional/Folk polls including
two in the
In August 1996 Dervish released their third album `At the End of the Day',
the "Hot Press" Trad/Folk Album of the Year award against mainstream legends
Christy Moore and Donald Lunny. In the same year the band performed a series
concerts in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Dervish concerts range from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and
to beautifully measured songs. All the elements are drawn together by Cathy
Jordan's masterful stage-presence. Her stories to the songs, the interaction
with the audience, draws people into the music in a way very few performers
can achieve. All this can be found in their fourth album `Live in Palma', a
scintillating performance recorded in front of a captivated audience at Palma
de Mallorca's `Theatre Principal' in April 1997. This double album has been
hailed by critics as one of the best live traditional recordings of our time.
The music, melodies and witty banter on the recording seems masterful and
effortless. The decision to record was made only hours before going on stage
for this virtually flawless concert. Also in 1997 readers of "Irish Music"
magazine to award Dervish with the Best Overall Trad/Folk Band of the Year
1998 started with a six weeks coast to coast sell out tour of the USA and a
Irish tour which enjoyed considerable success. That year Shane McAleer was
replaced by Séamus O'Dowd, of Sligo -a musician of high standing with a
distinct Sligo style fiddle playing and incomparable guitar playing.. Just
before the end of the year, the addition of fiddle player Tom Morrow -a
native of Co. Leitrim and another All Ireland Champion- completed the present
line up of the band. Some of the tunes are played with double fiddle and some
of them with the special sound of Séamus' guitar and the strong presence of
Tom's fiddle. It's a new dimension to the music of Dervish which can be
experienced in their fifth album `Midsummer's Night'
- "Midsummer's Night"
- "Live in Palma"
- "At the End of the Day"
- "Playing with Fire"
- "Harmony Hill"
- "Decade" (best of)
- Brian McDonagh: mandola.
- Liam Kelly: flute and whistles.
- Tom Morrow: fiddle.
- Shane Mitchell: accordion.
- Cathy Jordan: vocals, bodhrán and bones.
- Séamus O'Dowd: guitar, fiddle, harmonica and backing vocals.
- Michael Holmes: bouzouki.
Check their website, www.dervish.ie