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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2012


Sarasota, 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 Journal, 2011.

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 the world.

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 Sponsored by Wilde Lexus of Sarasota.


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