Dervish are one of the most successful and respected ambassadors of traditional Irish music and have performed to audiences around the globe. Critically lauded, they have shared centre-stage with some of the world's most respected artists, including James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM and Beck.
Dervish are also noted for their interpretation of a wide range of modern songs. Possessing one of the tightest and most inventive rhythm sections on the circuit today, the Sligo-based sextet are famous for their high energy performance style, at times wild and swirling, at times deep and spiritual.
Formed in 1989, in their hometown of Sligo in the West of Ireland, the band are made up of Cathy Jordan (vocals, bodhrán, bones), Tom Morrow (fiddle, viola), Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute, low whistle), Michael Holmes (bouzouki) and Brian Mc Donagh (mandola, mandolin). Over the past eighteen years they have released numerous albums which have been huge hits in Ireland and in World/Music charts internationally.
Dervish are delighted to be performing “They Can’t Stop The Spring” in Helsinki. The song,written by renowned Irish journalist, John Waters and his childhood friend Tommy Moran, was inspired by comments made by the Czech leader Alexander Dubeck in 1968 and according to the songwriters “it’s kind of a Celtic celebration of the Eastern European revolutions”.
Dervish are excited to be returning to Helsinki where they have enjoyed the craic with Finnish audiences on numerous occasions in the past.