Win tickets: An Irish affair

PUBLISHED: 06:00 20 September 2012

Cathy Jordan

Cathy Jordan


Report by Charlotte Richardson

GET jigging to some real Irish folk music when a popular band visits town for one night only.

Dervish are back on the road touring the UK and will perform at The Playhouse in Weston on October 4.

They are one of the outstanding line-ups in traditional Irish music today, attracting fans from across the globe.

The band is fronted by singer Cathy Jordan, who is widely regarded by many as the most distinctive voice in Irish music.

Completing the line-up are Brian McDonagh on mandola, Thomas “Tom” Morrow on fiddle, Michael Holmes on bouzouki, Shane Mitchell on accordion and Liam Kelly on flute and whistles.

Playing together on stage, Dervish create one of the most distinctive, yet expertly balanced sounds, anywhere in traditional music, combining the fiery energy and mature complexity that have become their hallmarks.

It is not without good reason that they have become one of Ireland’s most enduring bands - whether representing Celtic music at major festivals, playing at The Great Wall of China or setting the room ablaze in the US on St Patrick’s Day.

Dervish was formed in 1989 in County Sligo by Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes.

The band were originally formed to record an album of local music which was released as The Boys of Sligo and they later formed Dervish.

In 1991 the band were joined by Cathy Jordan and all-Ireland champion fiddle player Shane McAleer.

Tickets, priced £14-16, are available from the box office on 01934 645544 or at

The Playhouse has teamed up with the Mercury to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter simply answer the following question:

Who fronts the band?

Send you answer, including a daytime telephone number, on a postcard to Dervish competition, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS231LW by 9am on September 28.

Alternatively, click on the link at the top right of the screen to enter.

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