Dervish

Date:Tue 24 May 2022
Time:Doors 7pm
Venue:J1 (seated show)
Price:£26.50 adv

Dervish, one of the world’s most imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music return to Cambridge following their BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

The six piece, who consist of Cathy Jordan (vocals bodhrán and bones), Brian McDonagh (mandola), Tom Morrow (fiddle), Michael Holmes (bouzouki), Shane Mitchell (accordion) and Liam Kelly (flute, whistles), are globally recognised as masters of the Irish folk genre.

Having devoted the last three decades to reviving and reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland, Dervish were widely celebrated in 2019 for their album The Great Irish Songbook, which featured a host of celebrated performers, including Vince Gill, Rhiannon Giddens and Steve Earle, amongst many others.

 

 

The band have now announced a string of seven UK shows that will feature tracks from across their extensive back catalogue, from new arrangements from their latest critically acclaimed album, to firm fan favourites.

The band accordionist and co-founder Shane Mitchell said: “We are really looking forward to getting back to the UK for a run of dates in May and getting back in front of audiences we have not seen for some time. We are very much in a nostalgic mood these days and we are digging deeper into our back catalogue and bringing back some of our older material which we have not done in some time.”

Dervish’s founding members were childhood friends in County Sligo. As young musicians in 1989, the band members were commissioned to record an album of music from the renowned Sligo tradition. Despite a huge international response, Dervish turned down record-deal offers and launched their own label, releasing their sophomore effort Harmony Hill in 1993, which immediately climbed the Irish charts. 

Through the years, Dervish have appeared at some of the world’s biggest festivals, from Glastonbury to Rock in Rio, and shared stages with many heroes of the entertainment industry including James Brown, Neil Young and Sting. All the while, they have committed themselves to the art of traditional music, ultimately making their name as one of the foremost purveyors of Irish folk.

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Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Generally for J1 music events the timings are: doors and box office 7pm, support 8pm, main band 9pm, curfew 11pm. Stage times are normally confirmed after soundchecks have taken place. Once confirmed Cambridge Junction will update the web listings and social media channels.

All prices shown include booking fees.

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