Matching a vigorous, intense performance style with a thorough understanding of both the musical and social elements of traditional Irish music, the spell-binding Dervish is one of the foremost Celtic folk bands on today’s scene. Beginning life as a loose aggregate of local musicians from Northwestern Ireland in 1989, Dervish has grown into a vital force on the international Irish music scene, winning Hot Press’s Album of the Year Award in 1996 and Irish Music Magazine’s prestigious Best Overall Trad/Folk Band of the Year in 1997.
Spirit is their finest studio effort to date; an extraordinary consolidation of Dervish’s many strengths. Perfectly balancing vocal and instrumental performances, solo and ensemble features, and brisk and lilting tempos, Spirit takes the listener on an invigorating voyage to the core of traditional Irish music.
"...capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic tempos." - The Irish Voice
"The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today." - The News Journal
"Their style, attitude, energy and technique is spot on." - Folk Roots
"...pure, fabulous music making." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Irish music fans should walk over broken glass to hear this band." - Pulse
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