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Sunday 22nd September 2019: Dervish



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.

Dervish live

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).

Tickets are now on sale:


Bar open from 19.00; auditorium generally open from about 19.20. The concert starts promptly at 20.00

Saturday 19th October 2019: The Slocan Ramblers

Our partners BP Sanders proudly present, in association with BCFRM...

The Slocan Ramblers

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.

Tickets are now on sale:


Bar open from 19.00; auditorium generally open from about 19.20. Watch this space for concert start time. We're planning a support band so we may start a little earlier than the usual 20.00

Friday 22nd November 2019: The Urban Folk Quartet

The Urban Folk Quartet

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.

If you'd like to see what we've already been up to, here are the listings for past gigs