Dervish to preview the group’s official 21st birthday at The Sligo Live Sessions with a worldwide webcast

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Dervish to preview the group’s official 21st birthday at The Sligo Live Sessions with a worldwide webcast

This traditional Irish music web session takes place Friday October 8th at 11 pm live on


After their sellout 21st birthday shows over the past year at Celtic Connections in Scotland, The Shrewsbury Festival Dome and more recently at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Dervish play a special online performance to preview the biggest bash of all, the ‘official’ Dervish 21st birthday performance at The Sligo Live Sessions 2010.

This unplugged webcast will feature some of the band’s favorite tunes from the past 21 years. In addition, you’ll hear all about how the band got together, who their influences were, and what molded them into being one of the greatest and most popular  exponents of traditional Irish music worldwide.

Ahead of the webcast of October 8th, the camera crew will accompany band members on a tour of their native Sligo, where we’ll meet the people who helped shape them, we’ll visit the pubs where they perfected their style, and we’ll get an insight into the tradition of music in their home county.

Along with appearances by friends and special guests, these edited features will form part of the webcast on the night, giving added meaning, context and resonance to the great tunes and songs which Dervish will perform live.

The webcast will be streamed on, a new website dedicated to the streaming of live traditional Irish music online. Dervish will also play material from their new CD during this online web session, which begins at 11pm Irish time, and which will run until 1am.

Viewers will also be able to engage with the band through instant online messaging. A selection of these will be read out by the band at intervals throughout the performance, This messaging service will also enable music lovers worldwide to communicate with each other, making this the biggest traditional Irish music session ever!

Liam Kelly of Dervish underlines how important a step this is for the band. “Who would have thought a few years ago we could play a session which could be broadcast around the world? We are all looking forward to the night and we have many surprises in store, and we hope to have all our fans join us for the occasion,” he adds.

"In terms of how traditional Irish music is perceived this is a groundbreaking event. On we have streamed traditional Irish music sessions before to audiences around the world, but this is the first on this scale. The internet gives Dervish the capability of getting right back to their Irish roots, playing a session in a local pub. But what's unique about this session is that whether you're in Ireland or San Francisco you can still take part and enjoy the music." So says Micheál Ó Domhnaill of, who are streaming the event.

The Irish pub session is the core of Irish music, the bedrock of Irish expression. It’s a platform that has given so much artistic talent to the world and is what makes the small island of Ireland a cultural oasis in Western Europe. The session is at the core of where tunes are played, songs are sung and yarns are spun. It’s the hub of Irish social life, where marriages begin, lifelong friendships develop and where true Irish character exists.

From performances in front of 240,000 people at the world’s biggest festivals in Rio, to accompanying the Irish government on state visits overseas, Dervish have been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for the past 21 years. The band’s music was nurtured in the pubs of the west of Ireland and in their native Sligo, an area rich in music and culture. Now the band go back to their roots to bring a flavour of this musical life to on-line viewers across the globe.

View this webcast by subscription only – see for details.

Following the online webcast on October 8th, later on in the month, Dervish fans will descend on Sligo to take in the official Dervish 21st birthday party performance at the Sligo Live Sessions, on October 24th.  This promises to be one of the most spectacular events in recent times in Irish traditional music. Guests will include top singer songwriter Tom Baxter, Kevin Burke and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill from the Bothy Band, Moya Brennan and Cormac De Barra from Clannad plus many many more surprises. See


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