SUMMERSIDE – Over the years, the Irish Rovers have become Canadian icons and touched three generations of music lovers. Now after nearly 50 years on the road, the Irish Rovers say “Farewell to Rovin’.” Their extensive tour begins in Atlantic Canada this fall, including a stop in Summerside for two shows on Oct. 26.
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The irish Rovers are coming to Harbourfront Theatre for two shows on Oct. 26. They will perform in 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts.
The last few years have seen the Irish Rovers return to television, return to the radio airwaves, sell out concert tours, garner rave reviews internationally for their “Gracehill Fair,” “Home in Ireland,” and “Drunken Sailor” albums, attract the attention of a new younger audience, and be touted as “Internet sensations.” The excitement around the Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages.
Still, original Rover, George Millar, says that all things must come to an end and their retirement plan is a graceful way to conclude their many active years of touring. Concertgoers will enjoy the Irish wit and charm that has captivated audiences since 1964 as The Rovers perform a rollicking mix of their hits, new favourites, and signature jigs and reels.
As a CBC staple, the Irish Rovers brought Ireland into the living rooms of North America with their syndicated television series and superspecials, which spanned over 20 years. Recently, the band returned to the small screen with two television specials in the last three years; “Home in Ireland,” filmed entirely on location in Ireland, and “The Irish Rovers Christmas,” filmed in Banff National Park and Chatham, Ont.
Due to random postings on YouTube, their “Drunken Sailor” recording reached a new young audience, with over 10 million hits. In response, Millar headed back to the recording studio for a new CD full of new songs of the sea, including a tribute to “The Titanic” on its 100th anniversary: http://youtu.be/0Bs1dou3SDw. The release of the album made headlines in North America and Ireland. Back home in Canada, George and his song were featured in “The Pride of Belfast,” a CBC documentary about Belfast‘s Harland and Wolff shipyards where the ship was built.
All band members hail from Ireland, however The Irish Rovers formed in Toronto, Canada. As young Irish immigrants, the Rovers became so much a part of the Canadian culture that Canada’s Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau personally asked them to become Canadian citizens in order to officially represent Canada around the world. By 1989 they had represented Canada at five world Expos.
The Rovers will be on stage at Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside on Saturday, Oct. 26, for two shows – a matinee at 3 p.m. and an evening show at 7.
Tickets for any of the Atlantic tour concerts are on sale at: www.theirishroversmusic.com.