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Dervish 21st birthday concert at Sligo Live pictures now available

Thanks to everyone who attended the Dervish 21st birthday concert at Sligo Live. It was a great night.  Pictures are now available here.

Sligo Live review from the Sligo Weekender Website. Piece by Gerry McLaughlin

Dervish’s birthday party proves fitting climax to Sligo Live

If you have the talent, they will come. And almost 1,000 fans packed into the Radisson Blu to see the real deal in trad and folk as Dervish’s 21st gig capped a wonderful Sligo Live weekend. In the end the stage was filled with an orchestra of fiddles, banjos, bouzoukis, pipes, guitars and some real folk legends of the Fall. Elfin Cathy Jordan coaxed, cajoled and mothered her musicians into a stunning display of how to get an audience on its feet as well and served up some earthy barbs to keep the audience on their toes. And there were loads of whirling dervishes of various types as the music began to hit the spot around midnight. Add in the ethereal Maire Brennan( Clannad) from the Fomorian fastness of Donegal, Triona Ni Dhomhnaill and the one and only Ms Eddi Reader and you can see why things were so lively. Like Tanaiste Mary Coughlan, Maire Brennan was a boarder in the Ursuline Convent and saluted Sligo with a mesmeric version of Down By The Sally Gardens as well as a stunning duet with Cathy Jordan on Eileen a Run. Ms Reader, a wickedly laconic redhead, used to be a busker on Sauciehall Street in Glasgow before becoming the voice of Fairground Attraction in the 1980s. But her rendering of Robbie Burns My Love is Like a Red Red Rose had a touch of Emmylou Harris on a good day. As she drawled; “And I will love you still my dear till all the seas gang dry”is much nicer than “Giz yer number doll”. Dervish’s guests also included Seamie O’Dowd, Sligo’s softly spoken musical genius and Tom Baxter who also dueted with Ms Jordan on Bob Dylan’s Boots of Spanish Leather. But Sligo’s own Dervish are still one of the few bands who are able to build skilfully form a mild foot-tap to a frenzied finish, from a mesmeric rollicking reel into something sad and slow and timeless. And when you throw in Jordan’s truly haunting ballads, it’s a potent mix.Cathy did not sing the wonderful Is Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi or Mo Ghiolla Mear but hey, you just can’t have everything. In an age of saacharine X Factor clones it is nice to taste a bit of the pure drop through the teeth…especially when it’s in Sligo.

Slainte agus bas in Eirinn.

Original article is available here.


Last Updated ( Friday, 29 October 2010 14:44 )

A tribute to Peter Horan

A tribute to Peter Horan RIP

The members of Dervish would like to extend their sympathies to the family of the late, great, Sligo flute legend Peter Horan, who has just passed away. He was such an inspiration to us all and will be sadly missed


Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 October 2010 15:30 )

A short tour of Sligo pubs with Cathy Jordan

It's one week to go before Dervish take the stage at Sligo Live Sessions for a massive 21st birthday celebration performance. Join Cathy Jordan, lead singer with Dervish, as she takes a tour around the band's home town of Sligo, in the north west of Ireland. Cathy points out the band's favourite pubs, and the places they grew up playing in. Dervish - A Short Tour of Sligo's Pubs from on Vimeo.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 October 2010 15:30 )

Dervish really excited about homecoming 21st birthday concert

The band are busy in rehearsals for this weekends 21st birthday at Sligo Live Sessions. The night will be one of the most spectacular  performances the band have produced in the past 21 years. The night will be filled with special and surprise guests. It will be one night that will be remembered for the next 21 years and there is sure to be a party afterwards into the wee hours. For further details please see the Sligo Live website here.


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Dervish Live Online.. listeners reviews

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the live Dervish session on Friday October 8th. We had a great time and by the sound of things you did too. If you subscribed to the webcast you can get the material from the show on the LiveTrad website here.

Thanks to everyone who posted and here are some of messages. Soon you soon.. Dervish


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Dervish to preview the group’s official 21st birthday at The Sligo Live Sessions with a worldwide webcast

Dervish to preview the group’s official 21st birthday at The Sligo Live Sessions with a worldwide webcast

This traditional Irish music web session takes place Friday October 8th at 11 pm live on

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Dervish 21st anniversary concert at Sligo Live Sunday October 24th

Dervish will celebrate their official 21st anniversary with a spectacular concert at Sligo Live Sessions on Sunday October 24th.

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Dervish, The Session Live online 8th October 2010 (in association with

Dervish will play a special online session on October 8 2010 live from their home county of Sligo starting at 11pm GMT (6pm EDT, 3pm PDT).

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New Dervish Syndicated Radio Show making a big impact in the U.S

What started out as an experiment is now starting to make a real impact on National Public Radio in the US. Sligo based  Trad supergroup Dervish were asked to make a sample radio show  capturing the dynamics and character of a real Irish traditional music pub session. The reaction has been overwhelming, hence the birth of “Irish Heartbeat with Dervish” which has since been broadcast by nearly 50 radio stations in the US, as well as BBC Radio Scotland and RTE Radio 1 in Ireland. The show’s profile is gaining momentum at an exciting rate, and is now being transmitted from Saturday May 29th at 6pm (Eastern time) by its latest broadcast partner WAMU in Washington  which is one of the bigger National Public Radio affiliated networks in the US covering Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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Dervish make history as pub session web cast is beamed worldwide

Dervish pub session web cast is beamed worldwide to coincide with the release of their Live Album & DVD “FROM STAGE TO STAGE”. The Sligo based traditional group celebrated their 21st birthday in style as the band played a dynamic pub session of traditional Irish music at the local Hargadons pub on Sligo's O' Connell Street, which was broadcast on to a global audience. The web cast had message's coming in from all parts of the world every minute while the trad super-group performed some of their best known material from their 10 album catalogue. Dervish singer Cathy Jordan could not hide her excitement as she read requests from all over Ireland and far away place's like Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Holland,Indonesia,Germany Austrialia to name just a very few as the charismatic singer joked and interacted with the on line and the local pub audiences. A few sample messages from abroad included:

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Dervish, The Session Live online 21st May (in association with

Join Dervish in session live, broadcast from Hargadons pub in Sligo, Ireland in association with on Friday May 21st at 9 30pm (Irish time). The band return to their Sligo roots to celebrate their 21st anniversary and will join friends, family and fellow musicians on line for a traditional music pub session. The pub session is where the music of Dervish grew from, so join us for a great night of traditional Irish music in an authentic pub setting. Invite a friend and email a request or two, and who knows we might get a chance to play it.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 May 2010 09:55 ) Read more...

New Dervish website is now live to celebrate 21 years on the road

The new Dervish website is now live and features tracks and video samples from the new album and DVD which will be officially released on the 21st May 2010 to celebrate the band’s 21 years in the business.

Enjoy and here's to the next 21 years.



Its lights, cameras, action, as Dervish go global digitally to launch their new album

Top Irish trad group Dervish go back to their Sligo roots to play a trad session which will be streamed live on line globally.

It all started 21 years ago to the day.  On the 21st May 1989 Dervish released their first album.  Now 21 years later fans of trad super-group Dervish are in for a real treat on Friday May 21st at 9.30 pm (Irish time) when the band will gather at renowned Hargadons Pub in Sligo to play a rousing traditional Irish music session to launch their new Live Album “From Stage to Stage”. This will be no ordinary Trad session. As well as playing to those present in the pub, Dervish fans worldwide will also see and hear the Trad session live over the internet on

The Sligo based six piece, who celebrate 21 years in the music industry this year, launch their new live album which was recorded at the Sebastopol festival in California and at the Sligo Live festival in Ireland . The album, entitled “From Stage to Stage” includes guest appearances by Duke Special, Ron Sexsmith, Vasen, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill and bluegrass mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall. is Ireland 's newest interactive traditional Irish music website, streaming pub sessions from venues across Ireland over the internet, aims to present trad music to a worldwide audience in a new and exciting way.” This internet broadcast is a great way for people watching online to get up close and personal to Dervish in a Trad session in Sligo ," says Micheál Ó Domhnaill of  "Bringing a session directly to them on their PC over the internet is the next best thing."

Dervish fans can text and e mail messages to the Sligo session from all parts of the world capturing the atmosphere of a good Irish traditional music session on fans computers and handheld devices globally.  “Its amazing how things have changed,” says Dervish’s Cathy Jordan, “Who would have thought years ago that one could sit in a pub session in Ireland and that it would be able to be seen around the world? We are all set for a great night and you never know who might drop in!”  This is only a taster for the official party at Sligo Live in October"  the singer concluded.   On-line viewers will be able to interact with Dervish and they may even be lucky enough to get the musicians to play their favourite Dervish tune.

Dervish remain one of Ireland’s most sought after festival acts internationally and this year they have taken their 21st Anniversary celebrations to festivals around the world including return trips to high profile events such as Celtic Connections and the legendary Cambridge Folk festival.

Full details about the new album from Dervish entitled “From Stage to Stage” will be available from the bands web site and Facebook account on Friday May 7th at 12 noon


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 April 2010 07:15 )

Dervish on TG4 March 17th 11.40PM

Capture the band's special 21st birthday performance at this years Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow on the Irish TV station TG4, with special guests Moya Brennan, Kate Rusby, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill,Kevin Burke, Michael Mc Goldrick, Vasen, Kevin Burke and others on St Patricks Day March 17th at 11.40pm

Stage to Stage album tracks and video now available

Tracks and video samples from "Stage to Stage", the new album and DVD from Dervish are now available here "Stage to Stage". The album is available for pre-order from the Dervish store here and will be released on April 2nd.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 March 2010 17:15 ) Read more...
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