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The Great Irish Songbook


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The Rambling Irishman (feat. Cathy Jordan)
Dervish; Cathy Jordan
There’s Whiskey In The Jar (feat. The SteelDrivers)
Dervish; The SteelDrivers
Molly Malone (feat. Imelda May)
Dervish; Imelda May
The Galway Shawl (feat. Steve Earle)
Dervish; Steve Earle
She Moved Through The Fair (feat. Andrea Corr)
Dervish; Andrea Corr
The Rocky Road To Dublin (feat. Brendan Gleeson)
Dervish; Brendan Gleeson
Down By The Sally Gardens (feat. Kate Rusby)
Dervish; Kate Rusby
On Raglan Road (feat. Vince Gill)
Dervish; Vince Gill
Dónal Óg (feat. Cathy Jordan)
Dervish; Cathy Jordan
The Fields Of Athenry (feat. Jamey Johnson)
Dervish; Jamey Johnson
The May Morning Dew (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
Dervish; Rhiannon Giddens
The West Coast Of Clare (feat. David Gray)
Dervish; David Gray
The Parting Glass (feat. Abigail Washburn)
Dervish; Abigail Washburn
Total Playing Time    63:08
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, 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 performance: 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 lineup 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-honored 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.
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