You're a fan of his movie roles - but did you know Brendan Gleeson is also a keen fiddle and mandolin player?

To celebrate their upcoming 12th album, Sligo folk band Dervish are compiling a record that brings together the who's who of Irish music, and none other than legendary Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is involved. 

Dervish, known by many as the band who represented Ireland at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, were formed in 1989.

Some 11 albums later, the band (Liam Kelly, Shane Mitchell, Martin McGinley, Brian McDonagh, Michael Holmes, and Cathy Jordan) are still going strong. 

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Their upcoming release brings together guest vocals and instrumentals from a whole host of Irish singers and musicians, including Imelda May, Andrea Corr of The Corrs, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, David Gray, and Steve Earle.

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Brendan Gleeson has also signed on. You're a fan of his movie roles - but did you know Gleeson is also a keen fiddle and mandolin player. 

In the clip above, watch Gleeson (from 6 minutes 20 seconds in) show off his musical prowess.

No release date for the album has been confirmed by the band or Rounder Records. 

Of the upcoming record, Dervish accordion player Shane Mitchell said, 

 "Dervish are honoured [sic] to be working with Rounder Records on this important album which contains some of the great and iconic folk songs from the Irish tradition. These are the songs we all grew up with, and are still as important today to a nation that is known for its music culture."

For the band's upcoming US tour dates - see below.

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Posted by Dervish on Friday, February 9, 2018