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Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as "an icon of Irish music", the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury. Dervish includes some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country's best-known singers, Cathy Jordan.
The Guardian says: "Dervish are simply brilliant... they carry Irish history with them." They are long-established as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They're renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs.
They were the first Irish band to play the world's biggest music festival, Rock in Rio, performing to an estimated 250,000 people. Over the years they've been on the same bill as artists such as James Brown, Neil Young, Sting and even Iron Maiden!
All six members of Dervish are steeped in the musical traditions of north-west Ireland. Dervish was formed in 1989 when four of the founding members met while playing informal sessions in the pubs of Sligo. Shane Mitchell (accordion), Liam Kelly (flute/whistle), Brian McDonagh (mandola/mandolin) and Michael Holmes (bouzouki) were soon joined by Roscommon born singer and bodhran player Cathy Jordan, and later by all Ireland Fiddle Champion Tom Morrow in 1998. It's a remarkable and at times electric combination "capable of playing with note-perfect accuracy and perfect control at nearly supersonic levels" (Irish Voice, New York).
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Dynamic bluegrass and roots from Toronto, The Slocan Ramblers blend impressive bluegrass virtuosity with a fresh and entertaining modern appeal. In the last few years they've become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship. The Slocan Ramblers blend devilishly intricate instrumentals with evocative vocals on songs ranging from fine originals to rowdy old-time numbers.
Their third album Queen City Jubilee was released in June 2018. With their customary raucous energy, this latest recording presents The Slocan Ramblers at the top of their game, and earned a prestigious Juno Award nomination in January 2019 (in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category), adding to the band's long list of Canadian awards and plaudits.
As well as being featured as an official showcase artist at the International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) conference and festival this September, they've also received a coveted nomination for the 2019 IBMA Band Momentum Award.
The Slocan Ramblers are: Frank Evans - banjo/vocals Adrian Gross - mandolin Darryl Poulsen - guitar/vocals Alastair Whitehead - upright bass/vocals
The UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.
This is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. The UFQ's approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence from funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, Afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.
The UFQ features two phenomenal fiddlers. The first is Galician Paloma Trigas, who has shared stages and recorded with with The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain's biggest folk star, Carlos Nunez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.