- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Kells
- ASIN: B00005631M
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,469,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is simple one of the best Irish music CD's I have ever heard.
Irish traditional music can abound in cliches - mawkish melancholy; repetitious unison playing; stage-Irish accents and all that "ar-diddle-diddle" stuff.
Then again Irish music can sound like Dervish. This young six-piece group recently produced its fourth album of traditional music. It is superb - almost totally devoid of cliche.
What lifts Dervish above the pack isn't immediately clear. They play all the sorts of tunes, sing all the types of songs that the average Paddies do. But after a couple of listens it's clear, for a start, that each individual is brilliant at what he or she does. From fiddle to accordion; whistle to guitar; bouzouki to bodhran, each instrumentalist is full of confidence and finesse. The wonderful voice of Cathy Jordan too is an ornament.
But the chief genius of the group is the light and shade they give to arrangements. Their sense of the dynamic of a tune or the emotional scope of a song comes through in their arrangements. Neither are they afraid to stretch the boundaries of the tradition. A slow Swedish instrumental ("Josefin's Waltz") - in which they are joined by Swedish group Vasen - is one of the album highlights.
The total sound of this album is so fresh, so together, that Dervish stands head and shoulders above most. Irish music fans should crawl over broken glass to get this great album!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dervish comes through as usual with brilliant musicianship, captivating singing by Cathy Jordan, and an engaging and enchanting selection of tunes and ballads.Published 9 months ago by William R Midden
One of the Dervish albums I never knew existed. Always tops and never disappoints. Guess I need to find the rest now...Published on December 25, 2013 by C. Funk
Listening to this music will bring you right back to a pub in Ireland. Wonderful traditional music.Published on November 27, 2009 by Kelly