Internationally renowned traditional music group Dervish have pulled out of a tour of Israel citing and “avalanche of negativity” directed towards them from social media sites.
Tom Morrow from Carrigallen is a band member and the group were Leitrim Traditional Music Residents last year. They released an album ‘Leitrim Equation2’ featuring singers, songs and music from around the county. The band were invited by a friend to Israel on a three date tour. On the band’s Facebook page, lead singer Cathy Jordan wrote “In hindsight, it was very naive of me to think our motives would not be misunderstood and misrepresented.” It is understood the band opted out of the tour because they were unaware there was a cultural boycott in place when they agreed to the performances. Members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign claimed they were responsible for forcing the band to call off the tour.