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The Irish Rovers / Press

“The Irish Rovers who have been based on Vancouver Island for the past 20 years won Song of the Year, and Island Classic awards at the 2011 Vancouver Island Music Awards held at the Sid Williams Theatre. Among an audience of young rockers, music veterans John Reynolds of Campbell River and George Millar of Nanoose, accepted awards for The Irish Rovers at the Vancouver Island Music Awards held June 23, at Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay.”

“Most of the Rovers’ albums over the last 20 years were recorded in both Canada and Ireland on their own record label, Rover Records, which is about to release their next album, Drunken Sailor in September, 2011. This release was spurred on by the fact that their recording of Drunken Sailor recently gained over three million hits on You Tube. Their much anticipated single, Whores and Hounds will be released within the next few weeks. The Irish Rovers are passionate about performing and continue to tour and entertain their legions of fans.”

“Some people use the Rolling Stones as the poster child for long, accomplished musical careers. But those people obviously haven't looked too deeply at the musical discography of Canada's own Irish Rovers. With no fewer than 37 albums over a 46-year career, the band started by three Irish brothers, not long from Belfast, has come an overwhelmingly long way from teenagers looking for some cheap kicks.”

“YORKTON THIS WEEK: Sharing a casual conversation with George Millar of The Irish Rovers, one realizes that theirs is a story for the big screen: three television series, topping the music charts again and again, and gigs as musical bank robbers on “The Virginian”. They were also the inspiration for one of the world best-known party anthems.  The boys in the band have lived large....”

“THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH: Multi-million selling group The Irish Rovers are back in Northern Ireland to make a new DVD. Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance with their songs becoming anthems of revelry and joy among generation after generation of fans.”

“PIONEER TIMES: As The Irish Rovers came onstage, the crowd proffered a fantastic surge of cheers and applause that morphed into clapping and stomping as the band opened with their namesake song, "The Irish Rovers." As the concert progressed, whoops and cheers from the crowd echoed those onstage from Rover founder, guitarist and singer, George Millar. In his wonderful lolling Irish accent, he encouraged the crowd to sing along to traditional songs like "Drunken Sailor," "A-Rovin'," and their most famous, signature song, "Unicorn," which swept a wave of nostalgia through the audience. A number of people could even be seen joining in during the chorus with the hand motions they learned as children."”

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