Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 29 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury, toured with the Irish President and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers AND TV presenter, Cathy Jordan. The Guardian newspaper commented: “Dervish are simply brilliant…they carry Irish history with them.” Dervish are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They’re renowned for live performances which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Their studio and live albums – 12 to date – make up one of the outstanding catalogues in Irish music.
They are regular visitors to the UK, where their concerts are often sold out. However their fanbase stretches across several continents. They spend much of their time travelling across Europe, and have also toured in Asia, South America and Australia. They were the first Irish band to play the world’s biggest music festival, Rock in Rio, performing to an estimated 250,000 people. They were chosen to travel with the Irish prime minister on a visit to China, and with the Irish President on overseas visits. In May 2004 the band were also awarded by Freedom of the City of Sligo County Council. Over the years they’ve been on the same bill as artists such as James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden!
In 2018 Dervish are still busy touring internationally and still making plans. The band are excited about signing for the renowned US roots label Rounder. There are major projects ahead – new growths from those Irish roots!