Legendary Irish folk band Dervish are one of Ireland's best known traditional acts, described by the BBC as “icons of Irish music”. They received a prestigious lifetime achievement award at the most recent BBC Folk Awards, a fitting tribute to the band after more than 30 years of recording and performing all over the world, playing at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury and appearing on bills alongside James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden! .
Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan, regarded by many as the most distinctive voice and finest front-woman in Irish traditional music today. The instrumental line-up of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, mandola, bodhran and accordion draw from seemingly limitless depths of talent, finesse, subtlety and fiery energy. Exceptional musicianship, breath-taking vocals, vibrant sets of tunes and instantly compelling songs all come together to make Dervish as complete a band as are to be found anywhere in the tradition.
All six members are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats.