Genres: World
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Dervish in their original form were five musicians from the north west of Ireland who came together in 1988 to record an album of local music, The Boys Of Sligo. The five musicians involved, Liam Kelly (flute/whistles), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Martin McGinley (fiddle), Brian McDonagh (mandola; ex-Oisín) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki/guitar), were inspired by the project and decided to develop the informal gathering into a working band. The name Dervish was chosen as it related to any group of poor but spiritual people who become enraptured by music. Over the following two years Dervish honed their craft as a formative band. The addition of Cathy Jordan (vocals/bodhrán/bones) in 1991 and subsequent replacement of McGinley by All Ireland Champion, Shane McAleer, gave the band a new dimension. Having found the right balance of creativity and dedication, Dervish released their legitimate first album Harmony Hill in 1993. The impact of the recording was...

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