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Irish Rovers say goodbye at the Cap
Article published on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
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The Irish Rovers return to the Capitol Theater Saturday, Feb. 23, for two shows – 5 and 8 p.m. – playing songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963.
CLEARWATER – The Irish Rovers return to the Capitol Theater Saturday, Feb. 23, for two shows – 5 and 8 p.m. – playing songs that have captivated and delighted audiences since 1963.

Favorites include “Wasn’t That A Party,” “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” “The Irish Rover,” “Drunken Sailor,” “A-Rovin’” and their signature song “The Unicorn.”

Concertgoers will enjoy those and newer favorites “The Dublin Pub Crawl,” “Dear Little Shamrock Shore” and many more.

The excitement around the Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages. Internet or not, it’s the Rover’s particular brand of music that continues to bring in more fans every year, generation after generation.

While not resting on any laurels, it’s their newer albums, and musicianship onstage that is attracting the new young rocker musicians to their shows.

The Irish Music Association recently awarded The Irish Rovers with the Tommy Makem Award – an honor for the band, as the Irish music legend was a great friend and influence for the Rovers in their early days. Makem, along with Liam Clancy and The Clancy Brothers made several guest appearances on the Rovers’ international television shows, including “The Irish Rovers Show” and “Party With The Rovers,” which spanned more than 20 years.

Tickets start at $39. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.

Capitol Theater is at 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

When The Rovers are in town, it’s always a rollicking good time! They return for their 14th visit.

In the last two years, the band has returned to the small screen with two highly praised DVD/television specials: their recent Irish Rovers Christmas, and the other filmed entirely in Ireland.

For the Home In Ireland DVD, the boys perform at Belfast Waterfront Hall, as well as some of the most picturesque locations in Ireland.

George Millar says “it’s basically The Irish Rovers ‘Coming Home’ because that is our home, for all of us. We want to show the world what the northeast Irish coast is like. I’ve traveled the world now for over 40 years and there’s nothing like it.”

It has been a long and magical journey for these Irish lads, and the magic keeps on coming. Because of their new releases, The Irish Rovers are back on the radio waves in North America, and due to YouTube, their Drunken Sailor song has reached a new young audience, with over 8 million hits. The Rovers responded to this action on YouTube by heading back to the studio and recording a new CD of rousing, energetic sea songs, including a tribute to The Titanic for its 100th anniversary.

Few know that Rovers founder George Millar was born on the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. It was his goal to write a song about the tragic event, "To me it was saying, that it's almost in the mists of time. It's still out there, and it's still pounding across the ocean somewhere."

See the music video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bs1dou3SDw.

News of The Rovers Titanic song made the headlines in several Irish newspapers, and back in Canada, George and the song were featured on the CBC documentary, The Pride of Belfast about the Belfast shipyards where the mighty ship was built.

See the documentary at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeS9MlqQ2Qk.

The Irish Rovers have been honored with several West Coast nominations for their last few CDs. Their Gracehill Fair CD had high praise from Celtic radio announcers from Belfast to Maui, and the title track won the 2011 Song of the Year, on their home base of Vancouver Island. They were also presented with the Island Classic Award honouring their legendary career. This year, the band is also recipient of the Irish Music Association Tommy Makem Award. Makem was a great friend and influence for the Rovers in their early days. Makem, along with Liam Clancy and The Clancy Brothers made several guest appearances on Rovers various television shows, including The Irish Rovers Show and Party With The Rovers, which spanned over twenty years.

Over the years, The Irish Rovers have become cherished music icons, have touched three generations of music lovers, and brought Ireland into North American living rooms with their three television series that spanned over twenty years. These Irishmen became so much a part of the Canadian culture that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau personally asked them to become Canadian citizens, in order to represent Canada throughout the world.

If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the beginning of “The Long Goodbye.” The Irish Rovers will be touring only two more years and aim to hit more than just the U.S., so they may not be back this way. Their grand finale is expected to be March of 2015.

“That makes it fifty years of touring,” says Rovers founder George Millar, “a good round number”.

For more information, visit theirishroversmusic.com.
Article published on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
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