Dervish (from the album The Great Irish Songbook available on Rounder Records)
The musical traditions of Northern Ireland can be heard in the songs of Dervish, particularly counties Sligo and Leitrim. Formed in the pubs of Sligo in 1989 during informal jam sessions, the four original members of Dervish, Shane Mitchell (accordion),Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki), were joined by Cathy Jordan (vocals/bodhran drum) and Irish fiddle champion, Tom Morrow. The six members of Dervish bring the traditions of their homeland with them when they deliver their debut for Rounder Records with The Great Irish Songbook.
While Dervish curate the sound of their homeland, homegrown is not a requirement to feel the magical pull of the players in an Irish tune. The Great Irish Songbookwelcomes musicians/fans from outside the shores of Ireland when Steve Earle (“The Galway Shawl”), Rhiannon Giddons (“The May Morning Dew”), David Gray (“The West Coast of Clare”), Abigail Washburn (“The Parting Glass”), and Vince Gill (“On Raglan Road”) join the band on tradition’s tunes. The pure natural twang of a Country singer plays against traditional Irish acoustics when Jamey Johnson is backed by Dervish on “The Fields of Athenry”. Native singers join homeland heroes as Imelda May, former Corrs lead singer, Andrea Corr, and Harry Potter alumni, Brendan Gleeson (Professor Moody) take to the microphones alongside Dervish. The band’s lead singer, Cathy Jordan, opens The Great Irish Songbookwith the tale of “The Rambling Man” while Nashville and the hills of Ireland find a common toast when Dervish raise a glass with Tennessee’s The SteelDrivers for “There’s Whiskey in the Jar”.
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