John O’Regan (Broadcaster and Freelance Journalist, Ireland) 1996 - "Deaf Shepherd are one of the hottest new bands out of Scotland. They combine the hell for leather attack of the Tannahill Weavers crossed with the Bothy Band. Sets like “Gies a Drink” and “The Minister’s Set” provide their ace cards in abundance; a fiery fiddle and pipes front line is given sterling support by guitar, bouzouki and bodhran. Vocally the contrast is made with quieter songs such as “Peggy Gordon”, “Logan Braes” and the gorgeous “Lost for Words at Sea”. Fiery, committed and brimming with energy, Deaf Shepherd lead the way for the new Scots roots bands to follow. Superb. "
The First Album from Dervish, Recorded in 1993 this album caused a sensation on its release and has gone on to become a classic in Irish Traditional Music.
As the main stage of London's Fleadh festival starts to take on a more mainstream flavour, it's comforting to know that some of the smaller stages still harbour the ace folk music that's true to the festival's original intent. And Dervish promise to be one of the day's alternative raves - a crack Sligo ensemble whose mercurial, thrilling dance sets might find them rivalling Donegal's Altan in the bid to be the freshest, coolest traditional act in Ireland.