Celebrating A Half Century of Music
With a wink and a smile, The Irish Rovers return to the Maritimes for a fond farewell.
The Irish Rovers Farewell Tour:
Geoffrey Kelly (whistle and flute), Wilcil McDowell (accordion), Fred Graham (bodhran), George Millar (guitar),
Morris Crum (keyboards), Ian Millar (guitar/bass), Sean O’Driscoll (banjo/mandolin/box).
Enjoy the Irish wit and charm that has captivated audiences since 1964. The Rovers perform a rollicking concert w/ a mix of their hits, the newer favourites, and their signature Jigs and Reels.
The last few years have seen the Irish Rovers return to the radio airwaves, sell out concert tours, garner rave reviews internationally for their Gracehill Fair, Drunken Sailor, and Home In Ireland albums, attract the attention of a new younger audience, and touted in the press as “internet sensations!” The excitement around the Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages, and even now they’re attracting a younger generation of musicians to their shows.
The band also recently returned to the small screen with two television specials broadcast on PBS across N. America, both now available on CD; Home In Ireland, filmed entirely on location in Ireland, and The Irish Rovers Christmas filmed in Banff National Park and Chatham, Ontario.
It has been a long and magical journey for these Irish lads, and the magic keeps on coming. Due to a random posting on YouTube, their Drunken Sailor recording reached a new young audience, with over 10,000,000 hits. In response, Rovers songwriter/producer George Millar headed back to the recording studio for a new CD full of songs of the sea, including a tribute to The Titanic on its 100th anniversary. The release of the album and single made headlines in both N. America and Ireland. George Millar and his song were also featured in “The Pride of Belfast” a CBC documentary about Belfast ‘s Harland and Wolff shipyards of where the mighty ship was built:
Over the years, The Irish Rovers have become cherished Canadian icons, touched three generations of music lovers, and brought Ireland into the living rooms of North America with their three television series that spanned over twenty years.
If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer. The Rovers will end their touring days in 2015. “That makes it fifty years of touring”, says George Millar, “a good round number”. Learn more at their website: www.theirishroversmusic.com
The Morning Call “Irish Rovers celebrate a bonny resurgence… the lads have returned to their glory days, and are still charging…”
Gaelic Hour, CHIN 97.9 “Like the famous Bushmills Irish Whiskey, The Irish Rovers continue to improve with age!”
Leader Post “Internet Sensations… it was the Internet that introduced a whole new audience to the music of Canadian Irish folk legends.”
Taron Cochrane, Global TV “The crowd was in the palm of their hand…it became apparent that The Irish Rovers have had a significant impact on more than just their own generation of fans”
Aidan O’Hara, Irish Music Magazine, Dublin “The Home in Ireland DVD/TV special is already generating a renewed interest in Ireland, which should see more visitors heading over to the Emerald Isle.
Comox Valley Record “The band has sold millions of albums, but to really experience them, you need to see them live, because as well as being able to deliver a heart-warming ballad or moving instrumental, these Rovers can Rock.”
BBC Ulster “The Irish Rovers, one of the most successful and enduring of all Irish folk bands.”
Medicine Hat News “Irish Rovers charm with their effortless musicality, uproarious wit and winsome ways… elicited claps, hoots and cheers throughout both sets…”
Telegraph Journal “Irish, high-energy tunes with lyrics that quicken the blood and make you feel life’s really worth living.”