Irish Traditional Music Session with Dervish Takes to the Web

Community, conversation, a good time with friends, and also, if you pick the right time and the right place, good music: that’s what an evening in an Irish pub can be like. The top Irish band Dervish is inviting you along as they give a go at translating an Irish pub session in an Internet broadcast, direct from a pub on their home ground of Sligo in the west of Ireland.

If you follow Irish traditional music — and even if you don’t — you may have heard of Dervish. The six person band is coming up on celebrating twenty-one years of bringing top quality trad to audiences around the world. They’ve performed in China as part of an Irish trade mission to that country, and they’ve played festivals from Rock in Rio to Celtic Connections. The six person group has inspired cover bands in Russia and academic studies in the United States, and lead singer Cathy Jordan has often been named one of Ireland’s favorite singers by music listeners in her native country.

For this webcast program, each of the band members has been doing a bit of behind the scenes work too, filming short bits about where each is from, and this will be included on the evening. There will be a charge of 4.99 euro ($6.75 US) to register for the broadcast, which takes place on the evening of October 8th from 11pm to 1 am Irish time, which is 6pm to 8pm by US east coast clocks. If you register, during the broadcast you’ll be able to message the band directly, and contact other members as well. Won’t be able to make it on the night? No worries. If you register, you’ll also have access to a webstream of a playback, and an audio podcast of the evening as well.

You may want to set aside time to take part live, though: this is a warm up for the band’s twenty-first anniversary concert taking place at the Sligo Live Festival later on in October, so the music and the craic are both likely to be mighty. The musicians are expected to play favorites from across their two-decade history, perhaps, music you haven’t yet heard them do. As with any really good session, there’s a good chance other musicians will drop by to join in for a song or a tune, and since the band is known for inspired covers of contemporary folk music as well as going deep into the tradition, there’s no telling who might feel inspired to sit in.

For more information on all this, and to register, check out the band’s web site and, which will be hosting the live stream. To find out about the upcoming Sligo Live Festival events go to

Dervish Traditional Irish Music

Members of the band Dervish.

Kerry Dexter writes about music, travel, the arts, and Ireland for publications including Strings, Symphony, Ireland and the Americas, Wandering Educators, Perceptive Travel and Music Road.

Author: Kerry

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