Irish Band with Passionate Vocals and Dazzling Instrumentals

An Icon of Irish Music
Why you should see this show…

Six-person West Irish folk band Dervish has been around the world and back, recently becoming the first Irish band to play at the world-renowned Rock in Rio festival in front of an audience of 250,000 people. Their songs are steeped in Irish tradition and culture, some of which date back over 350 years, bringing genuine history to the stage and combining it with their exceptional energy. Their music moves from toe-tapping reels and heartbreaking love songs to the humorous to aching ballads. Dervish has toured together for 17 years, and you can definitely tell from the members’ tongue-in-cheek onstage chemistry and musical synchronicity.


Dervish Bio
Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 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, 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 US, 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.

Over the years they’ve been on the same bill as artists such as James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden!

In 2016 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!

All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in north-west Ireland. It’s an area which matches Atlantic coastline with storied mountains and rural landscapes. It has inspired a host of musicians, artists and writers, including the Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats. The Dervish line-up is well established. In fact it includes four members from the earliest days of the band in 1989 – Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki). Singer Cathy Jordan, also a mean bodhran (drum) player, joined in 1991 and fiddle Tom Morrow in 1998.



The Portersharks Bio
The Portersharks were formed in the late 1980s by guitarist/vocalist Bill Chambers and fiddler Francis Quinn, two friends sharing an interest in the music of Ireland. (Percussionist Brendan Carr and their newest member—County Clare, Ireland, native Patrick Custy on the Irish wood flute—rounds out their lineup.) Fortunate enough for them, people enjoy when the band play tunes and sing some songs, so they’ll keep doing just that. Slainte!
Last call to dine in your seats in the Concert Hall will be 15 minutes before show time. Please arrive early if you plan to eat dinner in your seats. Table side beverage service will continue throughout the concert.