Irish Rovers 'Drunken Sailor' Tour slated for Yorkton

Yorkton News Review
September 20, 2012 01:00 AM

It'll be an evening that won't disappoint. Musical icons, the Irish Rovers are coming to the city!

Since their last visit to Yorkton, The IrishRovers made headlines internationally with the release of their Drunken Sailor CD, and singles The Titanic and Whores & Hounds.

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 has their audiences singing and clapping along. Their song have become anthems of revelry and joy among generation after generation of fans.

At the concert, audiences will enjoy the old hits as well as the newer favourites. Then after the show they'll have the opportunity to meet the band in the lobby as they sign CDs and memorabilia.

If you've been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the beginning of "The Long Goodbye." The Irish Rovers will be touring only two more years. The grand finale will be March of 2015 "That makes it fifty years of touring," says Rovers founder George Millar, "a good round number."

It has been a magical journey from their 1966 debut recording, The First of The Irish Rovers. Most of the Rovers' albums over the last twenty years were recorded in both Canada and Ireland on their own record label, Rover Records. This year's release was spurred on by the fact that their recording of Drunken Sailor received multi-millions of hits on You Tube.

Since its release, the CD has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic making headlines in both Belfast and North America.

The Irish Rovers became so much a part of the Canadian culture that Prime Minister Trudeau personally asked them to become Canadian. Since then, they have represented Canada at no less than five world Expos and received Canada's 'Harold Moon Award' in recognition for a quarter century of contributions to the International music world.

Their story began in Ontario in 1963, where 16-year old George Millar and 23-year old Jim Ferguson, both new emigrants from N. Ireland, met in Toronto at an Irish function. They sang together until dawn; and so the Irish Rovers were launched. George's cousin, Joe Millar, immigrated to Canada the following year and was recruited as he stepped off the plane. After several successful months in Ontario as The Irish Rovers, the trio made their way to Calgary, Alberta, to join forces with George's brother, Will.

The success of their first album, lead to a second, and the rest is history.

The Irish Rovers will be performing Wednesday, Oct 17 at the Painted Hand Casino. For tickets or details call 786-6777 or purchase online at

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