The Great Irish Songbook Dervish
Ahead of the release of much-anticipated new album The Great Irish Songbook, Dervish has announced the premier of its ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ show at the London Palladium on Thursday September 19, which will feature very special guests. David Gray and Kate Rusby are the first to be revealed, with more to come over the next few weeks.
As one of the world's most renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music, Dervish have devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland. On their debut release for Rounder Records, the Sligo-based band join up with over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres.
Featuring guests Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson, Jamey Johnson, David Gray, Kate Rusby, The SteelDrivers, Abigail Washburn, and others, The Great Irish Songbook both preserves the spirit of each song and brings a new vitality to iconic traditional songs of their homeland.
Throughout The Great Irish Songbook, Dervish build off the dynamic they've brought to their 13 previous albums and dazzling live performances: a kinetic union of technical brilliance and undeniable soul, endlessly fortified by their immense creativity.
With the help of their guest artists, Dervish's intricately sculpted sound expands and widens and takes on new textures, revealing the limitless possibilities within a single song. The result is an album that instantly transports you to a more charmed state of mind and – like all the most illuminating journeys – imparts a deeper understanding of what's most essential in life.
Produced by Graham Henderson (a musician known for his work with artists like Sinéad O'Connor), The Great Irish Songbook delivers some of the best-loved songs in the Irish tradition. In assembling their line-up of featured guests, Dervish reached out to the many artists with whom they've bonded over a shared passion for Irish folk, then called on each musician to select their most cherished song within the genre. Recorded mainly at The Magic Room in Sligo, the finished product finds each collaborator imbuing the album with their own distinct sensibilities while lovingly upholding the time-honoured character of the songs.
The Great Irish Songbook encompasses everything from lovelorn ballads to traditional dance music to songs customarily sung at funerals, its moods continually shifting from longing to joy to delicately rendered heartache.
Through the years, Dervish have toured the globe and shared stages with the likes of James Brown, Neil Young, and Sting, becoming the first Irish band ever to play Rock in Rio (the world's most massive music festival), and steadily making their name as one of the foremost purveyors of Irish folk music.
As they approach their 30th anniversary, Dervish again prove the enduring significance of even the most timeworn songs. And in a way not unlike the folk revival of the 1960s, much of The Great Irish Songbook celebrates a spirit of togetherness, with a conviction that's gracefully understated but powerfully felt. For Dervish, that sense of community and connection is both an ideal takeaway for the album and the driving force of its creation.
Cornbury Festival 2019
Among the top artists returning to Cornbury Festival in 2019 are Echo & The Bunnymen, KT Tunstall, Beverley Knight, The Shires, Paul Carrack, The Hothouse Flowers and the Trevor Horn Band. Other acts just announced are Cornbury first-timers: the superb Elkie Brooks, the inimitable Alfie Boe, local hero Gaz Coombes and breaking keysman Billy Lockett.
Award-winning pop rockers Keane also return to Cornbury on Saturday 6 July, six years after their previous sensational performance at the festival. Cornbury will be one of Keane’s first appearances since band members took a break at the end of 2013 to work on other projects, so their appearance will be a huge crowd-puller.
Formed in 1995, all four of Keane’s albums have debuted at No. 1 in the UK charts, with 2004’s Hopes and Fears remaining one of the UK’s best-selling albums of all time.
The Specials will top the bill on the opening day of the Festival, Friday 5 July. The legendary British Ska band have just returned to the UK Album Charts, with their first new record in 38 years and are currently on a sold-out UK tour. Rounding off the Festival on Sunday 7 July are true legends, The Beach Boys.
Cornbury Music Festival is a lovingly crafted, top-notch open-air party held in the stunningly beautiful Great Tew Park, near Chipping Norton in the heart of the Cotswolds. It’s a unique hybrid of premium music festival and quintessentially English village fete with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. There is always something for everyone with a superb line-up over four stages, fantastic food offerings, a comedy stage, a creative kids’ zone, a traditional funfair, an exclusive VIP area and beautiful campsites nestled in the estate’s rolling hills.
The Festival is very much a family affair. The Kids’ Zone is right in the middle of the festival, in sight of the main stage, so families can drop in and out whilst seeing all the festival highlights – and, unlike other festivals, all activities are free with something for all ages on the go all the time. Entrance for under-threes is free and quieter camping options are at the same price as general camping tickets.