Shane Mitchell is a native of Sligo and a founder member of the band. He learned the Accordion from well-known Sligo Accordion player Alphie Joe Dineen..From a very young age Shane frequently found himself drawn to local sessions as well as competing with regular success in competitions. It was in this environment that he first met Liam Kelly and later while still in school they formed a traditional group,Poitin, The band met with great success, but school pressures and their relatively young ages kept them from capitalizing on this. The Accordion is one of Dervish's core instruments,interacting in a tight and intuitive way with Flute and Fiddle. Shane plays a Briggs Accordion from Doug Briggs in England.
Photographer Christoph Obrecht