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Live in Palma

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The band Dervish evolved over a 12-year period at countless pub sessions and house parties in County Sligo. On Live in Palma, they successfully bring the electricity of those informal gatherings to CD. The melodic core of the band consists of accordionist Shane Mitchell, flautist Liam Kelly, and fiddler Shane McAleer. They play with a remarkable instrumental telepathy; call it the three-bodies/one-mind effect. Mandolinist Brian McDonagh and bouzouki player Michael Holmes provide the driving but sprightly rhythm. Cathy Jordan sings in both Gaelic and English with an attractive, smoky quality that blends in perfectly with the band. She doesn’t sound like an ethereal Celtic maiden singing on a misty moor, but rather a flesh-and-blood woman. –Michael Simmons

Live in Palma

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