Dervish (band)

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Dervish
ESC 2007 Ireland - Dervish - They can't stop the spring.jpg
Background information
Origin County Sligo, Ireland
Genres Traditional, folk
Years active 1989-present
Website http://www.dervish.ie
Members Catherine "Cathy" Jordan - Vocals, bodhrán and bones
Brian McDonagh - Mandola
Thomas "Tom" Morrow - Fiddle
Michael Holmes - Bouzouki
Shane Mitchell - Accordion
Liam Kelly - Flute, whistles
Past members Martin McGinley (founding member) , Shane McAleer

Dervish are a traditional Irish music group from County Sligo, Ireland.

They came in last place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. They were formed in 1989 by Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh, and Michael Holmes.[citation needed]

History[edit]

In 1991 the band were joined by Roscommon-born singer Cathy Jordan and fiddle player Shane McAleer. Dervish’s first album, "Harmony Hill", was released in 1993. In 1994 their second album, "Playing with Fire", was released. In 1996 Dervish released "At the End of the Day".

Their fourth album, "Live in Palma", was recorded in front of a live audience in 1997. In 1998 McAleer left the band and was replaced by Sligo musician Séamus O'Dowd and fiddle player Tom Morrow. Dervish's fifth album, "Midsummer's Night", was released in 1999. In 2001 Dervish released "Decade", a compilation of tracks from their first five albums. In 2003 they released "Spirit", followed by "A Healing Heart" in 2006.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007[edit]

Dervish performed as the Irish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.[1] They finished last (with five points which were awarded to them by the Albanian back-up jury because of a failed televote), for their performance of "They Can't Stop The Spring".[2]

2012 Boycott of Israel[edit]

In the Spring of 2012, Dervish was one of two Irish bands that canceled heavily advertised concerts in Israel citing a cultural boycott of Israel. In a statement published on its website and its Facebook page, Dervish called its original decision to participate in the concerts "completely non-political" and that once the band became aware that "there was a cultural boycott in place," it was not willing to break the boycott. The band also stated "Our decision to withdraw from the concerts reflects our wish to neither endorse nor criticise anyone's political views in this situation."[3][4][5]

The band's lead vocalist, Cathy Jordan, stated "it was very naive of me to think our motives would not be misunderstood and misrepresented. So much so it started an avalanche of negativity which has made it impossible for us to make the trip regardless of our motives."[3] Jordan added that "Although I was aware of the concerns with our proposed visit to Israel, I wasn’t quite prepared for the extent of the venom directed at us."[6]

Justice Minister Alan Shatter accused the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) of "cyberbullying" Dervish into withdrawing from the concerts.[7] IPSG National co-ordinator Kevin Squires told the Irish Times that the organisation had made the band aware of the cultural boycott and had directed its supporters to target its website, although he denied Jordan's claim that was any "venom" directed towards the band.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • The Boys of Sligo (1989)
  1. The Donegal Set
  2. The Dolphin/The Clapton Jigs
  3. Thos Byrnes/The Man Of Aran
  4. Jackson's/The Cliffs of Glencolumbkile
  5. The Sligo Set
  6. The Raphoe/The Chestnut Tree
  7. The Boys Of Sligo/Monaghan Twig
  8. The World's End Set
  9. Eddie Kelly's Jigs
  10. Unknown/Return From Camden Town
  11. The Key Of The Convent/Tommy People's
  12. The Dancing Bear/Oreaga
  13. Walsh's Fancy/The Congress/Spoil The Dance
  • Harmony Hill (1993)
  1. Apples in Winter
  2. Hills of Greenmore
  3. Fields of Milltown
  4. Bellaghy Fair
  5. The Ploughman
  6. The Green Mountain
  7. Welcome Poor Paddy
  8. Jig C Jig
  9. The Fair Maid
  10. Virginia Set
  11. A Stor Mo Chroi
  12. Slides and Reels
  • Playing with fire (1995)
  1. Buckley's Fancy
  2. Molly And Johnny
  3. Last Nights Fun
  4. Wheels Of The World
  5. Maire Mor
  6. I Buried My Wife
  7. The Hungry Rock
  8. Cailin Rua
  9. Ash Plant Set
  10. Peigin Mo Chroi
  11. The Game Of Love
  12. Willie Lennox
  13. Let Down The Blade
  • At the End Of The Day (1996)
  1. Touching Cloth (Reels)
  2. Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí (Song)
  3. Jim Coleman's (Mazurka & Reels)
  4. An Spailpín Fánach (Song)
  5. Packie Duignan's (Jigs)
  6. Lone Shanakyle (Song)
  7. Drag Her Round The Road (Reels)
  8. Peata Beag (Song)
  9. The Trip To Sligo Set (Reels)
  10. Sile Ni Ghadhra (Song)
  11. The Kilavill Set (Jigs)
  12. I Courted A Wee Girl
  13. Josefin's Waltz (Dervish & Väsen)
  14. Eileen McMahon
  • Live in Palma (1997)
  1. Packie Duignan's (Jigs)
  2. An Spailpín Fánach (Song)
  3. Slow Reels
  4. Sheila Nee Iyer (Song)
  5. The Trip To Sligo (Reels)
  6. The Hungry Rock
  7. Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí (Song)
  8. Molly And Johnny (Song)
  9. The Green Mountain
  10. I Courted A Wee Girl/Josefin's Waltz (Song)
  11. Drag Her Round The Road (Reels)
  12. Máire Mhór (Song)
  13. I Buried Me Wife And Danced On Top Of Her (Jigs)
  14. The Hills Of Greanmore (Song)
  15. The World's End (Reels)
  16. Peata Beag (Song)
  17. Pheigín Mo Chroi (Song)
  18. Jim Coleman's
  19. Happy Birthday To Felip
  20. Edward By Lough Éirn's Shore (Song)
  21. Killavil Jigs
  22. Allelu Na Gnamha
  • Midsummer Night (1999)
  1. Midsummer's Night
  2. Sean Bhain
  3. Tenpenny Bit
  4. Sweet Viledee
  5. Palmer's Gate
  6. Erin Gra mo Chroi
  7. Lark on the Strand
  8. Cairns Hill
  9. Maid Father's Garden
  10. Abbeyfeale Set
  11. An T-Uil
  12. Bold Doherty
  13. Out on the Road
  14. Red Haired Mary
  • Decade (2001)
  1. The Kilavill Set
  2. Molly and Johnny
  3. The Lark on the Strand
  4. The Hills of Greanmore
  5. The Worlds End
  6. Apples in Winter
  7. Peigín mo chroí
  8. Josefin's Waltz
  9. An Spailpín Fánach
  10. The Hungry Rock
  11. The Banks of the Sweet Viledee
  12. Palmer's Gate
  13. Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí
  14. Jim Coleman's
  • Spirit (2003)
  1. John Blessings
  2. An Rógaire Dubh/Na Ceannabháin Bhána/Páidín O Raifeartaí
  3. Father Jack
  4. The Fair-Haired Boy
  5. Siesta Set
  6. The Soldier Laddie
  7. Beauties of Autumn
  8. The Lag's Song
  9. Boots of Spanish Leather
  10. O'Raghailligh’s Grave
  11. Swallows Tail
  12. The Cocks Are Crowing
  13. Whelans (Jigs) Trounsdells Cross

A Healing Heart (2005)

  1. I Courted a Wee Girl / Josefin's Waltz
  2. A Stór Mo Croí
  3. Boots of Spanish Leather
  4. Willie Lennox
  5. Erin Grá mo Chroi
  6. Ar Éirinn Ní Neosfainn Cé Hí
  7. The Fairhaired Boy
  8. Lone Shanakyle
  9. I Hope You Still Dance
  10. Josefin's Waltz
  • Travelling Show (2007)
  1. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  2. The Coolea Jigs
  3. My Bride and I
  4. The Cat Went A-Hunting
  5. The Bealtine Set
  6. Grainne
  7. Heading Home
  8. The Queen and The Soldier
  9. The Masters Return
  10. Lord Levett
  11. The Jolly Tinker
  12. Crucan Na bPaiste
  • The Thrush in the Storm
No. Title Length
1. "The Green Gowned Lass"   4:52
2. "Baba Chonraoi"   4:00
3. "Maggie Lilt"   5:11
4. "The Lovers Token"   4:43
5. "The Rolling Wave"   4:32
6. "Shanagolden"   4:49
7. "The Corner House"   4:26
8. "The Banks of the Clyde"   5:39
9. "Handsome Polly-O"   3:04
10. "The Harp and Shamrock"   3:36
11. "Snoring Biddy"   3:03
12. "The Thrush in the Storm"   5:06

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dervish are Ireland's Eurovision entry". RTÉ. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ Serbia wins 2007 contest Eurovision.tv
  3. ^ a b Irish bands cancel Israel performances citing boycott, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 6 May 2012.
  4. ^ Irish Band Caves to PA Arab Cultural Terrorism by Chana Ya'ar, Israel National News, 6 May 2012.
  5. ^ Dervish to axe Israel visit over net 'bullies' by Laura Butler, Herald.ie, 5 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b Dervish pull out of Israel tour after social media 'venom' by Ronan McGreevy and Paddy Clancy.
  7. ^ Shatter accuses Palestine group of cyberbullying by Jerome Reilly, Independent.ie, 6 May 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian Kennedy
with "Every Song Is a Cry for Love"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
Dustin the Turkey
with "Irelande Douze Pointe"