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.
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The Slocan Ramblers (2019 Juno Award Nominees) are Canada's bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today's acoustic music scene with a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
The Urban Folk Quartet's distinguishing features have only a little to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in 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.