The Irish Rovers Farewell Tour: See Them for the Last Time
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- Hear the Irish Rover's immortal classic, "The Unicorn" here.
Recommended to ages 6 years & older.
If you’ve been waiting to see The Irish Rovers in concert, wait no more…The Farewell to Rovin’ Tour lands on the stage of San Diego’s Historic Balboa Theatre in January!
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. All band members hail from Ireland, however, The Irish Rovers formed in 1963 in Toronto, Canada.
As young Irish immigrants themselves, the Rovers became so much a part of the Canadian culture that Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau personally asked them to become Canadian citizens so they could officially represent Canada around the world. By 1989 they had hosted three international television series, recorded 25 albums and had represented Canada at five world Expos – Montreal (1967), Osaka, Japan (1970), Okinawa, Japan (1976), Vancouver (1986), and Brisbane, Australia (1988). In recognition for a quarter century of contributions to the International music world, The Irish Rovers won the Performing Rights Organization’s (PROCAN) ‘Harold Moon Award’.
The Irish Rovers continue to tour the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Will Millar left the group in 1994, Jimmy Ferguson passed away in 1997, and in 2005 Joe Millar retired to the golf course, while his son, Ian took up the family ranks. Big Sean O’Driscoll and John Reynolds have both been with the band for near 25 years, and drummer, Fred Graham has been touring with the lads since 2007. Founding members, George Millar and Wilcil McDowell still perform the majority of songwriting and management duties for the band, which hopes to tour again through Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and Ireland, before they retire from touring.