, Newburyport, MA


February 27, 2014

Grounded in tradition

Bands from Louisiana, Ireland to perform in Belleville series


The band has toured around the world and throughout the United States. Before heading to Newburyport, they are playing the North Texas Irish Festival this weekend and then a show Tuesday at Elmira College in New York.

“I think they’ve become one of the best-traveled of the Irish bands,” Irwin said. “Ireland is not the place they play the most.”

“My goal is kind of to bring out different flavors in the music,” said Jordan, speaking from Virginia earlier this week. “There are so many elements in Irish music from the haunting ballads to the uplifting tunes and everything kind of between.”

Dervish features Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, Shane Mitchell on accordion, Brian McDonagh on mandola and mandolin, and Michael Holmes on bouzouki (a plucked string instrument). In addition to singing, Jordan plays the bodhran, an Irish frame drum.

The Belleville Roots Music Concert Series started in 2010 with missions to bring high-quality roots music to Newburyport and to build community through that music. And although it is a separate entity from the church, the music committee also raises money to help maintain the 1867 Belleville Meeting House and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex.

The 2013/2014 concert series wraps up with The Holmes Brothers on April 5 and The Von Trapps on April 29.

“I’ve been in the music business for 44 years, and the shows that are going on at the Belleville are just wonderful, wonderful music,” Irwin said. “We think that this year is the best year we’ve ever had in terms of talent.”

If you go

What: Belleville Roots Music Concert Series, featuring Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys tomorrow and Dervish on March 6

When: Concerts start at 8 p.m.

Where: Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport

How much: $30 in advance, $35 day of the show. $10 for ages 18 and under. Tickets available at church office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Belleville Thrift Shop on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon; Dyno Records, 1 Middle St.; and

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