Traditional Irish band Dervish will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for their contribution to folk music.

A highlight of the folk music calendar, the event celebrates the folk music scene and showcases and celebrates the best folk, roots and acoustic music and features live performances by various acts.

Now in its 20th year, this year’s ceremony will take place at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Wednesday October 16. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

Dervish's Shane Mitchell said: "We are thrilled and so delighted to be receiving this very special honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, particularly as this is the 30th anniversary of the band."

This award caps a remarkable year for Dervish. As well as celebrating 30 years together, they also released the album The Great Irish Songbook on Rounder Records.

The album features Dervish performing with over a dozen luminaries across an eclectic range of genres including Imelda May, Brendan Gleeson, Steve Earle, Andrea Corr, David Gray, Vince Gill, and others.

The Great Irish Songbook Special Concert with Dervish, and featuring special guests Imelda May, David Gray, Kate Rusby and actor Brendan Gleeson will take place at The London Palladium on September 19.

Here's Dervish (along with Kate Rusby) on RTÉ One's The Late Late Show back in April performing Down By the Sally Garden, from The Great Irish Songbook:

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