For more than four decades, THE IRISH ROVERS have charmed and entertained audiences around the world with their exciting stage shows. Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer--one that will soon have you singing and clapping along.
In 1966, "The First Of The Irish Rovers", generated enough excitement to warrant another album, and from this release came the million selling single "The Unicorn", the band's signature song to this day.
Through the 1970's and early 80's, the Rovers brought their magic to television with a weekly series for the CBC. In 1980-81, The Rovers once again soared to the top of the pop and country charts with "Wasn't That A Party". This real-life celebration was written by their friend, U.S. folk singer Tom Paxton, after he witnessed one of the band's famous post-show parties. It has gone on to become an international anthem of good cheer. Hot on the heels of that success, the band recorded "Grandma Got Run-Over By A Reindeer" in 1982, which not only became an immediate seasonal anthem, but which lead to the creation of the much loved IRISH ROVERS’ HOLIDAY PARTY show that tours every November and December in the US and Canada.
The Irish Rovers continue to perform in theatres around the world, with original members George Millar, Joe Millar and Wilcil McDowell. Will Millar retired from the band in 1995; and sadly, Jimmy Ferguson passed away in 1997. Completing the Irish Rover line-up today are John Reynolds and Wallace Hood, who both joined in 1995. Sean O'Driscoll, a multi-instrumentalist, accompanies the band on many of their tours, and plays on new Rover recordings. Percussionist Paul Lawton adds the finishing touches that make the zestfulness of the Irish Rovers complete.
The Irish Rovers are still passionate about performing and will continue to tour and entertain their legions of fans. Like the Unicorn, the Rovers are legendary and magical, and a good time is guaranteed for all.
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