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Dervish are to follow in W.B. Yeats, Ray McSharry, Westlife and Mother Theresa of Calcutta's footsteps and receive Sligo's highest civic honour, the Freedom Of The Borough.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 16 Jan 2004
Currently on tour in America, the seven-piece trad say that they're "thrilled and delighted" with Sligo Borough Council's recognising of their musical achievements which include playing in front of 240,000 people at the Rock In Rio festival, and gigging on the Great Wall of China.
"It's not often that an Irish town can boast to being home to one of the country's leading musical and cultural ambassadors," says the man who proposed the honour, Cllr. Matt Lyons. "Sligo can, however, in the form of these living legends of Irish music. Throughout the course of their success, Dervish have remained devoted to their Sligo roots and their love of their native homeland was never more apparent than when they named one of their albums Harmony Hill."
A date for the official conferral will be confirmed when the band return from their latest musical travels.