TRIUMPH OVER ADVERSITY
The new album from
“DERVISH has risen phoenix-like from its Eurovision flambé with an album worthy of any folk music stage. The musicianship on TRAVELING SHOW is as graceful as any of the more reflective moments of The Chieftains or Planxty. Dervish stay true to their roots, a very fine album”
The Irish Examiner
"How do you get over the embarrassment of the Eurovision adventure Dervish endured earlier this year? Release one of the best long players of your career, that’s how."
The Irish Star
"Dervish’s attention to tunes render them with an undeniable effervescence. “The Masters Return” captures the incendiary quality of the band’s live performances, the driving percussive forces of bouzouki and guitar propelling fiddle and flute towards delirious infinity." The Irish Times
"The 55-plus minutes of music that constitute the group’s tenth album include some of the loveliest singing I’ve ever heard Cathy Jordan do. There’s also a glorious selection of tightly arranged instrumentals. Banish any lingering Eurovision memories, Sligo’s finest are back on form."
The Evening Herald
"Travelling Show is moody, soulful and epic. Cathy Jordan is at the forefront and she shreds the rulebook and pulls the best vocal performances of her career."
"Dervish are at their best. Cathy Jordan has one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music." The Irish Mail On Sunday
Dervish have just released their eagerly awaited new album (their tenth) in all good record stores. Produced by the legendary John Reynolds and featuring a host of talented guest musicians, the album is called Travelling Show. The album will be released on 26th October 2007 with a launch taking place at Sligo Live Festival, where Dervish will perform with The Buena Vista Social Club, Alabama 3 and other artists.
Ever imaginative, their latest album features new arrangements of rare and unusual traditional songs such as Lord Levett. Cathy Jordan refashioned this poignant lyric by writing a new melody and asking the superb Triona Ni Dhomhnaill to play harpsichord. Jordan also sings a spine-tingling rendition of Suzanne Vegas’ The Queen and the Soldier. The results are enchanting. Newly composed material, Crucán na bPáiste by Brendan Graham and Grainne by Nashville song-writer Sharon Vaughan and Cathy Jordan, is tender and moving; while My Bride and I is a hauntingly enigmatic tale written by Canadian Dan Frechette, featuring Steve Wickham’s skillful string arrangement.
For those who like their traditional music fast and furious, Dervish prove their muster with their trademark high-energy instrumentals ably aided and abetted by Triona and the inspirational Rick Epping among others. In essence, Travelling Show is a beautifully crafted album; a multi-facetted amalgamation of influences, traditional and contemporary; showing Dervish at their best – a band constantly reinventing them-selves and exploring new musical territory while keeping in touch with their traditional roots.
TRAVELLING SHOW IS IN ALL GOOD RECORD STORES NOW.
Did you know about Dervish?
Dervish were the only Irish band to appear at Rock in Rio - the worlds biggest music festival where they performed to an audience of 240,000 people
Dervish cover bands appear in all parts of the world and in particular in Russia and Israel where some of the band members have been flown out especially to perform as special guests with some of these acts
Dervish were one of the acts that opened Ireland’s first Irish language station TG4
Dervish were made free people of their native Sligo by the local Borough Council following in the footsteps of WB Yeats, Mother Theresa of Calcutta and others
Dervish songs have been part of the music curriculum in colleges in various parts of the US for many years now
Dervish were invited by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to perform for the Chinese government as part of Ireland’s biggest ever trade mission
Dervish were invited recently by the president of Ireland Mary Mc Alleese on a state visit to Latvia and Lithuania
Dervish have performed at almost every important music festival in world/roots music in their seventeen year history sharing the bill with some of the world’s top music industry stars like Sting, REM, Oasis, Neil Young and more
Dervish regularly featured on syndicated radio and TV shows in America like the Prairie Home Companion and The Mountain Stage and other PBS and NPR syndicated shows
Dervish have produced and distributed ten albums worldwide to date on their own Whirling Discs label
Dervish have won many awards in traditional Irish music
Dervish were commissioned to write the musical theme for the Irish national soccer team’s new image. The piece was called “the Mighty Tribe”
Dervish have many projects in the pipeline in the US over the next three years……watch this space closely
1. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
2. The Coolea Jig
3. My Bride And I
4. The Cat She Went A-Hunting
5. The Bealtine Set
7. Heading Home
8. The Queen and The Soldier
9. The Master’s Return
10. Lord Levett
11. The Jolly Tinker
12. Crucan Na bPaiste
Cathy Jordan - Vocals, Bodhran, Bones, Bouzar, Autoharp, Guitar
Liam Kelly - Flute, Whistles
Shane Mitchell - Accordion
Tom Morrow - Fiddle
Michael Holmes - Bouzouki, Bass Guitar
Brian McDonagh - Mandola, Guitar
Triona Ni Dhomhnaill – Harpsichord, Keyboards
Rick Epping – Concertina, Harmonicas and Jews Harps
Steve Wickham – Violin and Viola
Anna Houston – Cello
Eddie Lee – Upright Bass
Shamie O’Dowd –Guitars
John Reynolds – Drums / Percussion
Claire Kenny – Bass
Leonard Podolak – 5 string banjo
Jordan McConnell - Guitar