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Dervish

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. Although the group formally came together in 1988, the roots of Dervish trace back much further. Flute and tin whistle player Liam Kelly and accordion player Shane Mitchell first collaborated at the age of seven and nine, respectively. Within three years, the duo was playing regularly at a pub owned by Kelly's father. During high school, the two musicians formed a band called Pointin. Although the group placed first in a contest at the Ballyshannon Folk Festival and appeared on popular Irish television program The Late Late Show, the group failed to record. While attending college in Sligo, Kelly and Mitchell performed with a rock band called Who Says What. The band also included Michael Holmes, a bass player and songwriter who later added guitar and bouzouki to the band's sound. A turning point in Dervish's history came when Kelly, Mitchell and Holmes were joined by mandola and mandolin player Brian McDonagh, a founding member of Oisian. After recording three albums with Oisian, McDonagh had left the group and moved to Sligo. Although the musicians were temporarily separated into two camps in the mid-1980s, with Kelly and Holmes moving to London and Mitchell and McDonagh remaining in Sligo, they reunited when Sligo-based label Sound Records sought to record an album of local musicians. The resulting all-instrumental album, The Boys of Sligo, was released in 1988 and featured Martin McGinley on fiddle, and helped to establish the group as a working ensemble. Following the album's release, the group added Jordan on vocals and adopted the name Dervish. McGinley was subsequently replaced by Shane McAleer, a fiddler from County Tyrone who had won the All-Ireland Championship in 1990. Due to technical problems, Dervish's second album, Harmony Hill, released in 1993, was recorded twice. Two years later, Dervish released two albums (Playing with Fire and At the End of the Day and toured in the U.S. Live in Palma, released in 1997, is a 22-track double CD, recorded during a concert in Palma, Majorca. Although the majority of their repertoire consists of traditional tunes, Dervish has been increasingly performing original tunes by Kelly and Holmes. The duo's songs have been covered by Irish bands such as Capercaille. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Spirit

1. John Blessings (Reels)

2. Jig Songs

3. Father Jack (Jigs)

4. Fair-Haired Boy

5. Siesta Set (Reels)

6. Soldier Laddie

7. Beauties Of Autumn (March & Hornpipe)

8. The Lag's Song

9. Boots Of Spanish Leather

10. O'Raghailligh's Grave (Air)

11. Swallows Tail Reel

12. The C**ks Are Crowing

13. Whelans (Jigs)

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Track List: Decade

1. The Kilavill Set

2. Molly And Johnny

3. The Lark On The Strand

4. The Hills Of Greanmore

5. The World's End

6. Apples In Winter

7. Peigin Mo Chroi

8. Josefin's Waltz

9. An Spailpin Fanach

10. The Hungry Rock

11. The Banks Of The Sweet Viledee

12. Palmer's Gate

13. Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce Hi

14. Jim Coleman's

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Track List: Midsummer's Night

1. Midsummer's Night (Reels)

2. Sean Bhain (Song)

3. Tenpenny Bit (Jigs)

4. The Banks Of Sweet Viledee (Song)

5. Palmer's Gate (Reels)

6. Erin Gra Mo Chroi (Song)

7. Lark On The Strand (Jigs And Reels)

8. Cairns Hill

9. There Was A Main In Her Father's Garden (Song)

10. Abbeyfeale Set (Jigs And Slides)

11. An T-Ull (Song)

12. Bold Doherty (Song)

13. Out On The Road (Reels)

14. Red-Haired Mary (Song)

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Track List: Live In Palma

Disc 1

1. Packie Duignan's

3. Spailpin Fanach

4. Slow Reels

8. The Trip To Sligo

10. The Hungry Rock

13. Molly And Johnny

14. The Green Mountain

Disc 2

1. I Courted A Wee Girl / Josefin's Waltz

3. Drag Her Round The Road

5. Maire Mhor

7. I Buried Me Wife And Danced On Top Of Her

9. The Hills Of Greanmore

11. The World's End

12. Peata Beag

14. Pheigin Mo Chroi

16. Jim Coleman's

17. Happy Birthday To Felip

19. Edward By Lough Eirn's Shore

20. Introductions

21. Killavil Jigs

22. Allelu Na Gnamha

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Track List: Playing With Fire

1. Buckleys Fancy / Name Unknown / Finns Reel

2. Molly And Johnny

3. Last Night's Fun

4. The Wheels Of The World

5. Maire Mor

6. I Buried My Wife And Danced On Top Of Her

7. The Hungry Rock

8. Calin Rua

9. The Ash Plant Set

10. Peigin Mo Chroi

11. The Game Of Love

12. Willie Lennox

13. Let Down The Blade

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Track List: The Leitrim Equation 2

1. Shores Of Lough Bran

2. Yellow Tinker - Malynn's Fancy

3. Up Leitrim - The Bride's Favourite

4. My County Leitrim Queen

5. A Tribute To Alphie Joe Dineen

6. The Hills Of Leitrim

7. Geese In The Bog - The Scotsman Over The Border

8. The Narrow Guage

9. The Kings Of InishBofin - The Queen Of Mayo - A Smile From Sile

10. Sweetly She Sounds

11. Rooney's Favourite - Statia Donnelly

12. Leitrin, Pride Of The West

13. Colonel Rogers Favourite - The Cloone - Happy Days Of Youth

14. Navvy Boots

15. Dick Gossip's Reel - Last Nights Fun

16. Shores Of Lough Bran (Version 2)

17. Jimmy Duffy's Barn Dances

18. Lovely Leitrim

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Beautiful
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Stunning!!
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Ahhhhhhhhh.. . . . . . . . T h i s makes me think of endless, windswept feilds, a wind blowing fresh on my face and the feel and look of an oncoming thunderstorm .
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Den sórt sin a amhrán iontach a dhéanann, ba mhaith liom chun rince ;)
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This song reminds me of the Irish dance lessons I take.
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that would be Sheela Na Gig...
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they will be at Glastonbury this year! woot woot!
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amazing players..kno c k me out..by the way..that's Shiela na Gig..ancient symbol for the great Mother from whence we all come and to whom we all return.
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great band
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Great music kidding about tha cover :)
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Just wondering about the album cover. Kinda on the fetish side of things i think.
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chrisandnaom i s i l v e r
Amazing stuff eh?
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I use this music to help me sleep
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Very great and amazing mystifling music.
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"Red Haired Marry" is my favorite of their songs
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oh heck yeah, just heard them for hundreth time, and HEARD them. A flute player must have.
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It's very peaceful but also great to relax to a pint o ale or lager ah sounds great.
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I once had an Irish music radio show Dervish were one of my favorit bands to play. I love Cathy Jordan's voice.
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woodsnwater1
Greatly skilled musicians all, and then you add Cathy's sweet voice. ..simply grand!
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Me Gods!
What can I say?
I grew up with these guys!
I love them to Def!
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well, these fellas can certainly play...!
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I took your advice and didn't read it. Thanks for warning me.
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msjann6

Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I'm back Fenians all.
Have I told you lately that I love you all tall and small.
And that ain't all.
I wish I could take you all back to my place, but its....
Much too small.
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Love it!
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@littleset_o w e n s lol ikr! the funny thing is it took me a while to figure it out! xD
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UUUUUUUUUUMM M M . . . ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ALBUM LOOKS... ?!?!?!?!?!?! ? ! ? ! ? ! !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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nice song!
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mochajoe14
ill listen to dubstep, electronic, indie rock, and this! Its nice being a person who enjoys so much music!
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Agreed Rebecca
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wildflower.r i g g i e
Their 2001 album cover art is disturbing. But beautiful music!
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One of my favorite bands. Tom Morrow is the fiddle player now, isn't he? And isn't Seamie O'Dowd on guitar now? Just thinking it might be good to update the profile. Thanks.
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shabbyroadst u d i o s
My wife and I were at the release party for Harmony Hill in Cork in 1993. Now *that* was a party. The audience were so keyed up it is a wonder we didn't burn the city to the ground.
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picked up their first album, harmony hill, in sligo as i was ending my backpacking trip around ireland. such a wonderful momento, i wore it out over the years. so glad they are still going strong!
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this is prob my favorite band when it comes to Irish music
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barryemarsha l l
I love the accordion.
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mlk5843
Heard this group live last year. They are full of energy and great music.
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Dervish is just about "The Best" traditional Irish band to ever form. Their modern arrangements are incredible. I love the beautiful medleys they've created from traditional tunes, honoring the roots but driving it home with a rhythmic force that would eclipse the likes of Led Zeppelin!

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