From the Great Wall of China to packed auditoriums in the Holy Land and more recently being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, "Rock in Rio", on front of an estimated audience of 240,000 people, Dervish has come a long way in their nearly 25 years of existence. Formed in 1989 by a group of five musicians who came together to record an album of local music which was released as "The Boys of Sligo." Inspired by the project, they decided to develop this informal gathering (which gathered weekly to play sessions in local pubs) into a working band under the name Dervish, which was chosen as it related to any group of spiritual people who become enraptured by music. They've shared stages with the likes of James Brown, Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, and Beck, and by now they're guaranteed sellouts at the biggest halls and folk festivals in Ireland. Yet they don't tour too terribly often in North America! This is pure Irish music at its best—not to be missed.