Charlotte Folk Society Presents
March 3, 2010
The Great Aunt Stella Center

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Dervish is one of Ireland's most exciting tradition-rooted bands. With its combination of virtuosic instrumentation, high-energy arrangements and the ultra-sweet vocals of Cathy Jordan, Dervish continues to weave its own path in Ireland's great musical heritage.

-- Craig Harris on Allmusic

Listen to Dervish perform 3 reels. This clip shows off Dervish's high energy and the tight interplay among Liam Kelly (flute) Tom Morrow (fiddle) and Shane Mitchell (accordion) (Double click for bigger screen)

The Charlotte Folk Society is delighted to be able to bring to Charlotte one of the premier Irish traditional music bands -- Dervish -- Wednesday March 3 at 7:30 PM at the Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Avenue, between McDowell Street and Kings Drive, in downtown Charlotte. Doors open at 7 PM.

From the Great Wall of China to packed auditoriums in the Holy Land and more recently being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, "Rock in Rio" in front of an estimate audience of 240,000, Dervish have come a long way in seventeen years. Formed in 1989 by a group of five musicians, Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin Mc Ginley, Brian Mc Donagh and Michael Holmes who came together to record an album of local music which was released as The Boys of Sligo. Inspired by the project they decided to develop this informal gathering (which gathered weekly to play sessions in local pubs) into a working band under the name Dervish which was chosen as it related to any group of spiritual people who become enraptured by music.


Over the following two years Dervish honed their craft as a formative band. In 1991, Roscommon born singer Cathy Jordan and all Ireland champion fiddle player Shane Mc Aleer joined the band giving them the right balance to produce the first Dervish album Harmony Hill which was released in 1992. It wasn't long before the impact of that album became apparent, winning widespread critical acclaim and the album was described by many as "a landmark Irish traditional album." The impact of the recording was immediate. Its artistry, musicianship and maturity won outstanding praise from the media placing Dervish to the forefront of the bands working on traditional Irish music. Substantial TV and radio exposure for the band and the album began to open all kind of doors. Dervish soon became one of the most sought after acts on the live music circuit worldwide and have continued to remain so over the years.

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Buy tickets here.

Visit their website here to learn more.

Read bios of the band members here.

We've collected several videos of Dervish here.

Charlotte Folk Society Gatherings are made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.