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Celebrating a half century of music with The Irish Rovers

by on October 7, 2013

5_roversIf you’ve been waiting to see the Irish Rovers LIVE, wait no longer. The Farewell to Rovin’ Tour will see the cherished Canadian icons share the music that has touched three generations of music lovers, and brought Ireland into the living rooms of North America with three television series and specials that spanned over twenty years. On Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm don’t miss the conclusion to a long and magical journey that has inspired generations of Celtic musicians worldwide.

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, Drunken Sailor, and Home in Ireland albums, attract the attention of a new younger audience, and be touted in the press as “internet sensations!” The excitement around The Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages, and even now they’re attracting a younger generation of musicians to their shows. On this last tour through the Maritimes, concert-goers 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.

It has been a long and magical journey for these Irish lads, and the magic keeps on coming. Due to a random posting on YouTube, their “Drunken Sailor” recording reached a new young audience, with over 10,000,000 hits. In response, original band member George 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. The release of the album made headlines in both North America and Ireland.

The Rovers will end their touring days in 2015. “That makes it fifty years of touring”, says George Millar, “a good round number”. Multi-instrumentalist Morris Crum from Ireland, and whistle/flute player Geoffrey Kelly (Spirit of the West and The Paperboys) will also be joining The Rovers on tour.

The Playhouse is also hosting a special Experience More! ukulele class entitled “Become a Rover on the Uke!” on Monday, October 21st.  Participants will Join ukulele instructor Barb Heans, along with Helen Morag Mckinnon, for this intermediate level class as they strum and pick along to some Irish Rovers ukulele favourites. Registration for the class can be done through the Playhouse box office.

Tickets for The Irish Rovers Farewell to Rovin’ Tour are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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