- John Blessings: Tinker Hill/Patsy Touheys, Patsy/Mary ...
- Jig Songs: A an Rógaire Dubh/B Na Ceannabháin Bhána (The Little ...)
- Father Jack: The Pipers Picnic/T'Athair Jack Walsh/Pull the Knife ...
- The Fair Haired Boy
- Siesta Set: Kevin Burkes/McCabes/The Siesta/Gabe O'Sullivan's Reels
- Soldier Laddie
- Beauties of Autumn: The Beauties of Autumn/An Páistin Fionn
- The Lag's Song
- Boots of Spanish Leather
- O'Raghailligh's Grave
- Swallows Tail: O'Rghailligh's Grave/Swallows Tail
- The Cocks Are Crowing
- Whelans: Trounsdells Cross/Whelans
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Dervish's wide appeal may have something to do with its versatility. It would be easy for a listener of Spirit to drop in on several of the band's fine jigs or reels -- like "John Blessings" and "Siesta Set" -- and gain the impression that Dervish makes its living as an instrumental powerhouse. At the same time, the listener could drop in on Cathy Jordan's lovely renditions of "The Fair Haired Boy" and "The Soldier Laddie" and gain the impression that the band specializes in interpreting Celtic ballads. Only by sitting down and listening to the entire album would one realize that both impressions are correct, and that Dervish's eclecticism comes from the ability of individuals to harness their talents toward a larger purpose. With six members -- Brian McDonagh, Tom Morrow, Liam Kelly, Séamus O'Dowd, Shane Mitchell, Michael Holmes, and Jordan -- the instrumental mix of flutes, mandocello, accordion, bones, fiddle, and mandolin allows for intriguing arrangements on pieces like "O'Raghailligh's Grave" and "Swallows Tail." Even the oft-recorded Dylan song "Boots of Spanish Leather" receives a nice facelift here, with an emotive reading from Jordan. At 72 minutes, Spirit is a generous disc that attests to Dervish's continual commitment to placing their lively spin on traditional-based Irish music.
Performance CreditsDervish Primary Artist,Group
Eddie Lee Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Cathy Jordan Trombone,Vocals,Bodhran,Group Member
Liam Kelly Flute,Background Vocals,Human Whistle,Group Member
Brian McDonagh Mandola,tiple,Group Member
Shane Mitchell Accordion,Group Member
Neil Martin Cello
Avshalom Farjun Qanoun,Guest Appearance
Chris Hinderyckx Sitar,Guest Appearance
Seamus McGuire Violin,Viola,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Séamus O'Dowd Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Bodhran,tiple,Group Member
Niamh Crowley Violin,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Dave Carty Bass,Guest Appearance
Michael Holmes Bouzouki,Mandocello,Group Member
Tom Morrow Fiddle,Group Member
Technical CreditsBob Dylan Composer
Brian McDonagh Producer,Engineer
Finn Corrigan Engineer
Séamus O'Dowd Contributor
Tom Morrow Composer
Michael Holmes Liner Notes
Tom Morrow Liner Notes
Brendan Graham Composer