“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 will soon have you singing and clapping along. Their songs have become anthems of revelry and joy among generation after generation of fans.” Belfast Telegraph, 2010
The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world with their exciting stage shows for nearly fifty years. The past year has seen them excite yet another generation by returning to the radio airwaves, expanding their visibility on YouTube and returning to the small screen with two television specials in the last two years. The days of the long tours are coming to an end for these Irish lads as they are now completing one last world tour. After that, they will rove again only for special events, festivals and longer stays. International touring will happen only on a very limited scale.
“Like the famous Bushmills Irish Whiskey, The Irish Rovers continue to improve with age.” CHIN 97.9 Gaelic Hour, 2011
On the heels of their nomination for the Irish Music Association’s Tommy Makem Award, which honors their philosophy, and traditional approach to Irish music, the Rovers began their “Long Goodbye Tour”. The band hopes to sing a proper farewell to all those they have entertained for these many years. After more than forty albums released in North America and many more internationally, The Irish Rovers continue to receive rave reviews for their recordings and performances.
“Fueled by passion, talent, history and song the musical legacy of The Irish Rovers continues to lead the way for many of today’s folk and Celtic musicians.”
The Irish Rovers recently released the CD, Drunken Sailor, and the DVD/television special, The Irish Rovers Christmas. The release of the CD was spurred on by over 5 million hits of their usual show-closer, “Drunken Sailor”. As well as featuring the title track, the album includes the single, “Whores and Hounds” as well as a tribute to the great ship Titanic on its 100th anniversary. The DVD and television special was filmed in Canada on the ski slopes and in the streets and pubs of Banff National Park, and includes their live Christmas concert filmed at Chatham, Ontario’s historic Capitol Theatre with musical guests from Ireland, Morris Crum, Patrick Davey, Gerry O’Connor, with Canadian/Irish Tenor John McDermott and guitarist Jason Fowler.
“Irish Rovers celebrate a bonny resurgence…From the recent resurge in popularity of The Irish Rovers, it would seem the lads themselves have returned to their glory days, and are still charging.” The Morning Call, 2012
On their last two sold out concert tours the band garnered rave reviews, attracted the attention of a new younger audience, and were touted in the press as “internet sensations” for their multi-million YouTube fans, revamping their website, uploading more videos to YouTube and becoming active on Facebook and Twitter.” As Global TV stated, “They’re getting a new generation of fans, so in their case you can teach an old dog new tricks!”
In 2010, The Irish Rovers released the CD, Gracehill Fair (Vancouver Island Music Award – Song of the Year), with an extensive tour, and the DVD/television special, Home In Ireland which was filmed entirely along the northeast coast of Ireland, and at their Belfast Waterfront Hall concert.