The Irish Rovers filmed their St. Paddy’s Day concert. The live CD (and hopefully DVD) will be released on tour. From left: Morris Crum

The Irish Rovers return to the Tidemark for their 50th Anniversary Tour

The Celtic supergroup are selling out concerts worldwide and garnering rave reviews as they go

The Irish Rovers have been touring for over 50 years selling out concerts worldwide and garnering rave reviews as they go.

On March 18, the Irish Rovers will appear at the Tidemark Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Over the years, they’ve filmed three television series, which entertained Canadians and international audiences throughout the 1970’s and ‘80’s.

Vancouver producer Ken Gibson was the producer responsible for the award-winning shows, which on occasion, could even beat out Hockey Night in Canada – a nearly impossible feat.

Since leaving the television studios of Vancouver, the band lost touch with many of their local fans but the Celtic super-group were able to travel the world as musical ambassadors taking them as far as the Arctic Circle, Japan, and Germany, with regular tours to Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

“This year is ideal for us to finally say one last goodbye to everyone,” says Rovers leader, George Millar. “Nice to be able to share our 50th Anniversary with our old friends. Believe me, there were times I didn’t think we’d make it to 50, so I’ll be damned if we don’t make the most of it.”

The band was founded in Canada in Toronto but first became known on American television in the 60s. As guests on The Tonight Show, The Smothers Brothers Show, Mike Douglas Show, The Virginian, The Dating Game (George Millar actually won the date), they gained experience before hosting three international television series “The Irish Rovers Show”, “Party with The Rovers” and “The Rovers Comedy House” for CBC and Global Television throughout the 70s and 80s. At that time, fans enjoyed their early hits like Black Velvet Band, The Unicorn, Whisky on a Sunday and Wasn’t That A Party. These days, the Rovers are back on the radio, have released 3 television specials in the last few years, and gone viral on YouTube with their recording of Drunken Sailor!

“The Irish Rovers, 50th Anniversary Special” is now broadcasting on Shaw TV VideoOnDemand – Tune in for more on the band’s history and music.

On tour, the band will be releasing “50th Anniversary, LIVE on St. Patrick’s Day” DVD, plus bringing their ultimate music product “The Irish Rovers, 50 Years” 3 CD set – the best music of The Rovers legendary career, and their brand new Children’s album, “Songs for the Wee Folk” – all available at the concert.

Tickets for the March 18 Tidemark Theatre performance are $48.50 and are available at the theatre box office or online at tidemarktheatre.com.

More at www.theirishroversmusic.com

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