Performances & Events

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) presents:

The BRIMS Traditional Ensemble in Concert

Friday, February 19th
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
C’ville Coffee
1301 Harris St., Charlottesville
Charlottesville, VA
$7 / Adults,  $5 / ages 16 and under (ages 12 and under are FREE)

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) Traditional Ensemble presents a concert of Irish music, song and dance on Friday, February 19th 7:00 p.m. at Cville Coffee.   BRIMS Ensemble members ages 10-adult will be performing.  Escape the winter doldrums and get a leg up on St. Paddy’s Day at this family event!

Trad flute fiddles


Dervish will be joined by none-other than the great Kevin Burke on fiddle and BRIMS dancers!

Thursday, March 24th
7:00 p.m.
The Haven
112 W. Market Street
Charlottesville, VA
$25/Advance, $30/at the door

Built upon two sturdy pillars — the hauntingly charismatic vocals of Cathy Jordan and the dazzling virtuosity of award-winning instrumentalists like Tom Morrow on fiddle, Liam Kelly on flute, and Shane Mitchell on accordion, Dervish is a solid structure of a band, its foundation in legendary pub sessions, its shape the result of years of international touring. In the most recent of many honors, Dervish was recently chosen to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005, just after the group toured China in the company of the Prime Minister, Ireland’s premier music magazine Hot Press voted the band Best Traditional / Folk Group.

The solid rhythm playing of Brian McDonagh and Michael Holmes drives the band, whose concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Cathy Jordan’s masterful stage presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. All this can be found in their fourth album Live in Palma, recorded before a captivated audience at Palma de Mallorca’s “Teatre Principal.”

Now, more than twenty years since first coming together and with four of the original members still at the helm, Dervish are more in demand than ever. Their colorful career has taken them to every corner of the globe and has seen them share center stage with such names as James Brown, The Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, Beck and many more. Dervish is a band that both celebrates Irish music and has been instrumental in bringing it to a worldwide audience.

Kevin Burke


“Many thanks to  our friends at the Prism Coffeehouse for the use of their sound system for this concert”