2170 Market Street
San Francisco, California 94114

Date: Sunday, 10/29
Doors: 7:00 pm
Show: 8:00 pm
Door: $20.00
In Adv: $18.00
Ages: 21

From the Great Wall of China to a packed stadium in the Holy Land and more recently being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, Rock in Rio, Dervish have come a long way in ten years.

Formed in 1989 by a group of five musicians, Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes who came together to record an album of local music which was released as The Boys of Sligo. Inspired by the project they decided to develop this informal gathering into a working band under the name Dervish which was chosen as it related to any group of poor but spiritual people who become enraptured by music.

Over the following two years Dervish honed their craft as a formative band. In 1991, Roscommon born singer Cathy Jordan and all Ireland champion Shane McAleer joined the band giving them the right balance to produce the first Dervish album ‘Harmony Hill’, released in 1992. It wasn’t long before the impact of the album became apparent, won widespread critical acclaim and was described by many as ‘a landmark Irish traditional album’.

The impact of the recording was immediate. Its artistry, musicianship and maturity won outstanding praise from the media placing Dervish to the forefront of the bands working on traditional Irish music. Substantial TV and radio exposure for the band and the album began to open all kind of doors. Dervish soon became one of the most sought after acts on the live music circuit and have continued to remain over the years.

Official Website: http://www.cafedunord.com

Added by starfishes on September 26, 2006

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