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The Irish Rovers formed in 1963 in Toronto, Canada. This year's album celebrates their 50 Years of music with 73 songs including their chart-toppers, original rollicking numbers and signature Jigs and Reels.
All hail from Ireland with one exception. George Millar and his cousin Ian Millar are both from Ballymena, original member Wilcil McDowell is from Larne, Sean O'Driscoll is from Cork, percussionist Fred Graham is from Belfast, keyboardist Morris Crum is from Carnlough, fiddler Gerry O'Connor is from Dunlalk and whistle/flute player Geoffrey Kelly is from Scotland.
"Like the famous Bushmills Irish Whiskey, The Irish Rovers continue to improve with age." Gaelic Hour, CHIN 97.9
The story of The Irish Rovers (aka The Rovers) is one for the big screen; hosting three award-winning television series, topping the music charts again and again, several appearances as musical bank robbers on “The Virginian”, and more than 46 years of international recordings and touring their music around the world. The Irish Rovers themselves, were the inspiration for one of the world's best-known party anthems. The boys in the band have lived large.
The band regularly tours Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. In 2010, they released Gracehill Fair (Rover Records), which received high accolades from Maui to Belfast, and in 2011 released both Home In Ireland, and their first Christmas CD in over a decade, Merry Merry Time of Year. In September 2010, the lads returned to their roots, to film in Northern Ireland for their DVD / television special, Home in Ireland. Life in Ireland, and emigration have long been the focus of the band's original music. Home In Ireland is a tribute to their homeland and the Irish emigrants who long to return. While revealing the beauty of their homeland The Irish Rovers perform on location at Carnlough Harbour, Dunluce Castle, The Giant’s Causeway, Slemish Mountain, Glenarm, Galgorm Manor near Ballymena, and onstage at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. George Millar says, “It’s basically The Irish Rovers ‘Coming Home’ because this is our home, for all of us. We want to show the world what the northwest Irish coast is like. I’ve traveled the world now for over 40 years and there’s nothing like it.”