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.
Adam Ant - UK Tour 2019
Following a world tour to sold-out venues throughout the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Adam Ant confirms his 2019 ‘Friend or Foe’ UK Tour from 7th November to 12th December.
Adam Ant will play his landmark ‘Friend or Foe’ album in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites.
The ‘Friend or Foe’ album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. The massive hit ‘Goody Two Shoes’ reached #1 in the UK, was also #1 in Australia and hit #6 in the USA Billboard Chart. ‘Friend or Foe’, the single, was another top ten hit in the UK, while ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ was the album’s third UK smash.
‘Friend or Foe’ his most successful solo album to date, made #5 in the UK and was certified gold album status on both sides of the Atlantic, after selling over 100,000 copies. In the USA, the album reached #16 on the Billboard album chart and turned Adam Ant into a household name, resulting in a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and an MTV Award for ‘Sexiest Man Alive’!
From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide – at one point, Adam had eight singles in the UK Top 40 in one week!
His 1979 debut album ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’ was the first number one album in the UK Independent Albums Chart. The follow-up album, ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ that featured his trademark burundi beat style of African drumming, spent 12 weeks at #1 in the UK and was the best-selling album of 1981. The ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ album produced three chart-topping singles, ‘Dog Eat Dog’ #4 ‘Antmusic’ #2 and ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ #2 and won Adam a Brit Award for Best New Artist. On its day of release, the smash hit single ‘Stand and Deliver’ went straight to number one and remained at the #1 top spot in the UK Singles Chart for 5 weeks, earning Adam the two prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for Best Songwriter of the Year and Best British Record.
As “antmania” continued to sweep the nation, the ‘Prince Charming’ album produced yet another #1 single ‘Prince Charming’ and firmly established Adam Ant as a global star.