Music Programme 2019
In 2001, Dervish marked their decennial with the release of Decade, summing up ten very successful years. From the start, the traditional tunes and songs of County Sligo and Leitrim have been the stem of Dervish’ music, informed by the wildness and beauty of the north-western Irish landscape. At the forefront of the naughties wave of new Irish trad bands, Dervish toured the whole world, and at home were considered in the same league as influential groups like Bothy Band and The Chieftains. Dervish has consisted of the same faces since they began: Cathy Jordan, song and bodhran; Brian McDonagh, mandola; Tom Morrow, violin; Michael Holmes, bouzouki; Shane Mitchell, accordion, and Liam Kelly, flutes. They have spent the past 25 years perfecting their playing together while retaining their enormous joy in the music of their home ground. In April, Dervish put out their first album in over five years, The Great Irish Songbook, which features eminent guests, Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill and Kate Rusby among them. Their only Danish festival concert in 2019.
(Photo: Collin Gillen)