The story of The Irish Rovers (aka The Rovers) includes hosting three award-winning television series, topping the music charts, appearances as musical bank robbers on “The Virginian”, and nearly 50 years of international touring. The Irish Rovers themselves, were the inspiration for one of the world's best-known party anthems, "Wasn't That A Party".
This year they begin their "Farewell To Rovin'" Tour across the US, New Zealand and more...
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. By 1989 they had hosted three international television series, recorded 25 albums and had represented Canada at five world Expos. In ‘89, their “Silver Anniversary” Collection Album featured backing by The Chieftains and songs written by Randy Bachman, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. The Irish Rovers formed their own record company in 1993.
The 60's - The story of the Irish Rovers starts in 1963 in Canada, where the 16-year old George Millar and 23-year old Jim Ferguson, both new emigrants from Northern Ireland, met in Toronto at an Irish function. They sang together ‘til dawn. In 1966, The Irish Rovers released their debut album, The First Of The Irish Rovers. The success of this first release lead to a second which included “The Unicorn”. In 1968, The Irish Rovers were named Canada's, "Folk Group of the Year", by the predecessor of the Juno's. The following year, they received a Grammy nomination for “Folk Performance of the Year”.
The 70's - Irish Music became a Hit on CBC's top variety show The Irish Rovers Show which was filmed in both Canada and Ireland. The band used their new found fame to promote Irish Music in general to the North American public. The show ran for 6 years.
The 80's - Party Like A Rover - In the 80s, the group starred in their second national television series, The Rovers Comedy House. The Rovers enjoyed life to such an extent, that their notorious partying inspired their next hit in ‘81. They topped the pop and country charts with Wasn't That A Party which their friend, Tom Paxton wrote after he attending one of the band's famous post-show parties. From 1984 to '86, The Rovers starred in their third television series, Party With The Rovers. The series was a co-production between Canada's Global TV and Ulster Television in Ireland, and was syndicated around the world.