Wednesday 18 September 2019

BBC Radio lifetime achievement award for Dervish

Traditional Irish band Dervish will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 for their contribution to folk music.

Dervish has been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for 30 years, and have played at festivals across the globe - from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury. Shane Mitchell from Dervish said: "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." To celebrate turning 30 this year, the band released their New Album The Great Irish Songbook (Rounder).

The album is a fitting tribute to Dervish's 30 years in the business and features Dervish performing with over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres including Imelda May, Brendan Gleeson, Steve Earle, Andrea Corr, David Gray, Vince Gill, Rhiannon Giddens, Kate Rusby, Abigail Washburn and others. The Album went to number one the Amazon Folk Charts and number 16 on the US iTunes Album charts.

The Great Irish Songbook Special Concert with Dervish featuring special guests Imelda May, David Gray, Kate Rusby and actor Brendan Gleeson will take place at The London Palladium on Thursday, 19th September 2019. It all started 30 years ago in one of Ireland's oldest pubs in Sligo, 'Shoot The Crows' which runs one of the longest running Trad sessions in Ireland and it's where Dervish was formed.

Dervish was given a Special Reception at County Hall by the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council to mark the band's 30 years performing.

This year's BBC Folk Awards ceremony, will take place at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on Wednesday, 16th October.

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