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Dervish

16 March 2019
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Adult- $23-35; Seniors, students, disabled- $23-$31

Dervish has brought Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. The Guardian newspaper commented: “Dervish are simply brilliant… they carry Irish history with them.” The sextet is long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally and are renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Their studio and live albums – 13 to date – make up one of the outstanding catalogues in Irish music.

All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of counties Sligo and Leitrim in northwest Ireland. The group was formed in 1989 when four of the founding members – Shane Mitchell (accordion),Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki) – met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo. They were soon joined by Roscommon-born singer and bodhran (drum) player Cathy Jordan, and later by all-Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998. It’s a remarkable and at times electric combination – “capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic levels” (Irish Voice, New York).

Dervish marries technical brilliance with a rare sensibility, born of an understanding of the music and many years of playing together. The Irish Times says their “integrity makes the group a formidable heir to the throne abandoned by The Bothy Band, if not a serious contender for The Chieftains’ international space.” The News Journal (Delaware) described Dervish as: “The most compelling, most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today.

Tickets for Dervish are $22-$34, with discounts for members, seniors, students and the disabled – order online at www.barreoperahouse.org or call the Barre Opera House at 802-476-8188. The Opera House, located at 6 North Main Street in Barre, is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.