With a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians and fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan, Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for nearly 30 years.
Long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music, Dervish are renowned for their live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs and they are appearing at The Apex, on Tuesday, September 25.
Dervish were formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo – Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki).
They were soon joined by singer and bodhran (drum) player Cathy Jordan, and later by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998.
Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”,they accompanied the Irish President on state visits to Latvia and Lithuania and Prime Minister of Ireland on a trade mission to China as Cultural Ambassadors, taking time out to play an impromptu session on the Great Wall of China. They were the first Irish band to play the world’s biggest music festival, Rock in Rio, performing to an estimated 250,000 people. Over the years they’ve been on the same bill as artists such as James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden.