Dervish have a host of celebrations this year – starting with their 30th year as a band. The Irish folk group recorded and released ‘The Great Irish Song Book’ with a host of guests, and they’ll be playing it live at the London Palladium on September 19th – also with a host of guests such as Brendan Gleeson, Kate Rusby, Abigail Washburn, Imelda May and David Gray. The band has also been expanded to an eight-piece with the addition of Graham Henderson (Sinead O Connor band / Fairground Attraction/ Moving Hearts) and Seamie O Dowd (Christy Moore band and a long list of others). Should be some night! Oh, and there’s more.
It’s also been announced that the BBC Folk Awards will see Dervish being honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. That will take place at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ceremony, to be held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday 16 October 2019 as part of the Manchester Folk Festival. Shane Mitchell from Dervish has commented that: “We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band.”