Dervish relishing Fleadh gig

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Dervish are one of the top names in trad, and their concert in Victoria Market in Derry tonight at 9pm will be a highlight of the Fleadh.

The Sligo-based outfit have just released their latest album, ‘The Thrush in the Storm’, and it’s already one of their most successful.

Accordion player Shane Mitchell, who arrived in Derry yesterday, says; “It’s really a big return to the tradition for us and we’re delighted at the reception it’s got.”

‘The Thrust in the Storm’ was album of the week on RTE Radio 1 earlier in the summer, and received rave reviews in the music press. It was also presented to the Russian deleration at the G8 summit in Fermanagh in June!

Formed back in 1989, Dervish are highly-regarded at home and are one of Ireland’s leading cultural exports. A few hours after their Derry gig tonight they’re flying out to Romania for a private gig for a fan there. They’ve also just announced a performance at a major music festival in Chile in January.

The band’s website says they’re excited about playing at the Fleadh.

Shane says; “We’ve always enjoyed our trips to Derry and it’s a city that really knows and appreciates music of all sorts. The atmosphere is really building for this Fleadh weekend and the gig promises to be very special.

“We’re also hoping to squeeze in a few tunes afterwards somewhere before heading for Dublin airport!”

It’s a busy time for the band. They’ve provided music for the ITV series ‘James Nesbitt’s Ireland’. Music from the new album will feature in the new Irish movie ‘Calvary’ starring Brendan Gleeson.