FL: Mon. Feb. 27, 2012 @ 8:00 PM The Irish Rovers
land at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
The release of their 40th North American album was spurred
on by the fact that
their recording of “Drunken Sailor" gained over
3 million hits on various YouTube sites. That number has now
reached over six million. No one was more surprised to learn
this than the Rovers themselves, but they’re happy knowing
that their particular brand of Celtic music is now reaching
a younger audience. The new album includes the much-anticipated
single, “Whores and Hounds,” as well as a tribute
to the great ship, “Titanic” on its 100th Anniversary.
This year’s concert-goers will enjoy Rovers’ favorites
“Drunken Sailor,” “The Unicorn,” “Wasn't
That A Party,” “The Orange And The Green,”
and “The Dublin Pub Crawl,” as well as new Irish
Rovers favorites from their recent CD and DVD/television special
Home In Ireland (coming to PBS this March). "Irish,
high-energy tunes with lyrics that quicken the blood and make
you feel life's really worth living..." Telegraph
All band members are from Ireland or Northern Ireland. Founding
member George Millar and his cousin Ian are from Ballymena,
original member Wilcil McDowell is from Larne, Sean O'Driscoll
from Cork, with John Reynolds and percussionist Fred Graham
both from Belfast, but due to their 1963 legendary Toronto
beginnings, The Irish Rovers have been regarded as cherished
Canadian icons, touching three generations of music lovers.
These Irishmen became so much a part of the Canadian culture
that Prime Minister Trudeau personally asked them to become
Canadian, in order to officially represent Canada throughout
Since '95, the band has released twelve more albums including
Come Fill Up Your Glasses, Down by the Lagan Side, Still
Rovin', Gracehill Fair, Home In Ireland and two Greatest
Hits albums, Gems and 40 Years A-Rovin'.
"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.
Ticket prices range from $10-$45. For more
information and to buy tickets, contact the Van Wezel Box
office at (941) 953-3368 or log onto www.vanwezel.org
Sponsored by Wilde Lexus of Sarasota.