Thursday, March 8, 2007
Brian McDonagh saw a movie about the Whirling Dervishes, a sect of the Sufi religion where practitioners get so caught up in music, they spin around and around. The spinning forms an important part of their religious observance.
McDonagh figured Dervish would be a good name for his band, since the Irish musicians get so enraptured in their performance, it's almost a spiritual experience.
The band includes seven friends who met in a bar: mandola player McDonagh, fiddler Tom Morrow, flutist and whistle player Liam Kelley, singer Cathy Jordan, guitarist and bassist Seamus O'Dowd, accordionist Shane Mitchell and bouzouki and mandocello player Michael Holmes.
The group, which is touring the United States in support of its new CD "Spirit," plays Sunday, March 11, at 171 Cedar Arts Center's Drake House Studio Theater in Corning. The concert begins at 4 p.m.