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Leitrim album launch, November 24th, Button Factory Dublin

Dervish in Concert  with special Leitrim Guests to celebrate the national launch of The Leitrim Equation² on Nov 24th at 8pm

Dervish will appear at the Button factory, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 in a special concert to launch the album ‘Leitrim Equation²’. They will be joined on the night by a host of Leitrim’s finest musicians and singers including Eleanor Shanley, Ben Lennon, Dave Sheridan, Charlie McGettigan and many more for what promises to be a wonderful celebration of Leitrim Music. The CD emerges out of Dervish’s regular visits to Co Leitrim over 18 months as part of the county’s Traditional Music Residency and consists of a mixture of songs and music from Dervish with some of the Leitrim musicians they met and worked with during their time in Leitrim. The emphasis of this recording is on the ‘voice’ of Leitrim as explored through familiar Leitrim songs such as ‘Lovely Leitrim’ given a traditional twist. "If wealth could be measured in the beauty of the landscape, in folklore, history, generosity, camaraderie, music, song, stories, strength of character, in sense of place, then Leitrim is one of the richest places on the planet." Cathy Jordan – Dervish.

Tickets €15 on the door or from ticketmaster.ie.

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Leitrim Equation²

Leitrim County Council’s second Traditional Music Residency featured the renowned traditional group DERVISH. During their time in the county, Dervish shared their time and musicality at every turn demonstrating enormous respect for all the people they met and for the living tradition they encountered throughout the length and breadth of Leitrim.

Dervish’s Cathy Jordan met and sang with a number of Leitrim singers with the aim of identifying songs native to Leitrim and bringing them to a new audience. During that time Cathy and the band met and sang with Leitrim singers such as Fionnuala Maxwell, Eleanor Shanley, Mary McParlan, Eamonn Daly, Tom Mulvey and Rosie Stewart. They also shared a memorable bonfire night swapping songs with actor Adrian Dunbar who, when in Ireland, resides in North Leitrim.

'‘The Leitrim Equation2’ consists of a mixture of songs and music from Dervish and Leitrim musicians they met and worked with during their time in the county. The emphasis of this recording is on the ‘voice’ of Leitrim as explored through familiar songs such as ‘Lovely Leitrim’, ‘Shores of Lough Bran’, and ‘My County Leitrim Queen’ given a Dervish twist.

Thanking Dervish, Jackie Maguire, Manager Leitrim County Council said “Dervish consistently push boundaries and absorb musical influences from across the globe. Equally they are deeply rooted and mindful of a legacy passed down which relates strongly to people and the places in which we live. During their time here they found communities and individuals that are part of a vibrant music tradition with an ambition to bring that music forward to new audiences and an eagerness to absorb new influences into that practice. The Leitrim Equation2 is testament to that energy and the combined commitment of Dervish, the musicians and singers they worked with and the communities they spent time with.”

“Being the Leitrim Traditional Band in Residence for 18 months brought us into contact with both the children of the county and the eldest members of its community. This for me was a genuinely rewarding experience and really allowed us to get 'under the skin' of the place. We met some of the finest people one could encounter and were treated with the most gracious hospitality.  The music in addition to all this made it a part of my life I'll always recall with great fondness.” (Michael Holmes, Dervish).

“Whilst on the residency what struck me most was the sheer volume of musicians in the county and what was more striking the large amount of children playing traditional Irish music in schools which gives us all great hope for native music for the future.” (Shane Mitchell, Dervish).

“We hope we have captured the essence of the residency in this recording; it was an honour to play and sing with all those represented. All in all it was such a memorable and positive experience and one we will carry with us for years to come. If wealth could be measured in the beauty of the landscape, in folklore, history, generosity, camaraderie, music, song, stories, strength of character, in sense of place, then Leitrim is one of the richest places on the planet.” (Cathy Jordan, Dervish).

The original story is available here.

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