Beloved Irish folk group Dervish enlisted a remarkable array of guest vocalists and musicians for their new album ‘The Great Irish Songbook’, including acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter David Gray. The album, which will be released on April 12, was produced by Graham Henderson (Sinéad O’Connor).
Gray’s stark, contemplative interpretation of ‘The West Coast of Clare’ powerfully conveys the longing and heartbreak of a lost love. The song, written by Andy Irvine, was first recorded by legendary folk quartet Planxty (of which Irvine was a founding member, along with Dónal Lunny, Christy Moore, and Liam O’Flynn) and is regarded as a modern classic of the Irish traditional music canon. The track is available today via all digital service providers. The album is available for pre-order.
Over the last three decades, Dervish has been acknowledged as one of the world’s most renowned and imaginative interpreters of Irish folk music. ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ is their first studio album in more than a decade and features guest appearances by over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres.
Dervish will be on tour in the US throughout March. In the coming weeks, Dervish will announce full details of ‘The Great Irish Songbook Live’, a show that will begin touring internationally in late 2019 and will feature guests from the album.
Dervish ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ track listing:
1. The Rambling Irishman (featuring Cathy Jordan)
2. There’s Whiskey in the Jar (featuring The SteelDrivers)
3. Molly Malone (featuring Imelda May)
4. The Galway Shawl (featuring Steve Earle)
5. She Moved Through The Fair (featuring Andrea Corr)
6. The Rocky Road to Dublin (featuring Brendan Gleeson)
7. Down by the Sally Gardens (featuring Kate Rusby)
8. On Raglan Road (featuring Vince Gill)
9. Dónal Óg (featuring Cathy Jordan)
10. The Fields of Athenry (featuring Jamey Johnson)
11. The May Morning Dew (featuring Rhiannon Giddens)
12. The West Coast of Clare (featuring David Gray)
13. The Parting Glass (featuring Abigail Washburn)