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Dervish, Six-piece Irish Ensemble Featuring Cathy Jordan


Magical Irish traditional music from Ireland! 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, in front of an estimated audience of 240,000 people, Dervish has come a long way in their nearly 25 years of existence.

Accomplishments include Sligo City Council bestowing the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo which was an award for their international artistic achievements and their dedication and promotion of their local heritage; the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Mr. Bertie Ahern inviting Dervish to China which resulted in a performance for the Chinese government further confirming the band as a national jewel of Ireland; and accompanying Ireland's president, Mary Mc Aleese, on offical state missions to Latvia and Lithuania, to represent Irish culture to the business delegation assembled. They also found the time to make a series of fourteen, hour- long radio shows for broadcast in conjunction with NPR called ‘Irish Heartbeat with Dervish’. In 2011, Dervish get lost in the beautiful county Leitrim countryside as the band were asked to be the official band in residence for County Leitrim and in 2012 the band was invited to become part of a distinguished project of writers as part of newly developed James Grant/EMI Play music library in London, to write for TV and Film. Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Roscommon born singer Cathy Jordan’s masterful stage-presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. Recent credits include signing a publishing deal with the Bucks Music Company in London. Having shared stages with James Brown, Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, and Beck, Dervish are sellouts at the biggest halls and folk festivals in Ireland. Yet, they don’t tour too terribly often in North America! This is pure Irish music at its best—not to be missed.

When: Mar 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
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Phone: (607) 735-1853