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The Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers were one of the more popular folk-based singing groups to come out of Ireland in the mid-'60s, although they had to do it by way of Canada. As teenagers, founders George Millar (guitar, vocals, banjo) and Jimmy Ferguson (vocals) were former residents of Northern Ireland, living in Toronto, when they started singing together in 1963, originally for cigarette and beer money. It was Millar's mother who suggested, on hearing the duo rehearse, that they use the name the Irish Rovers, from the song "The Irish Rover." The duo of Millar and Ferguson became a trio with the addition of new immigrant Joe Millar (vocals, accordion), George's cousin, in 1964, and a quartet when the trio headed to Calgary, Alberta to add Will Millar (guitar, banjo, vocals) -- George's older brother, who was hosting a children's television show at the time -- to the lineup. Their original inspiration came from Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers, mixing shared vocals and somewhat heavier instrumental prowess.

After a successful engagement at a coffeehouse in Calgary where they honed their act for weeks, the group headed south to the United States, where they managed to get booked into the Purple Onion in San Francisco -- where the Kingston Trio and other renowned acts had been fixtures for years -- and then to the Ice House in Pasadena. At that time, they were a straight folk act with lots of good-time songs and between-song humor about drinking and other pleasures of the flesh. And they were popular enough at both venues to end up making a circuit of the still-vibrant folk club scene across the United States, then back to Canada, and finally a return visit to the Ice House in 1966. There, they were heard by Charles "Bud" Dant, an executive with the U.S. label Decca Records, who was so impressed with the group and their presentation that he not only got them signed to the label, but made the decision not to tamper with a good thing, and allow their debut album to be a live recording from the Ice House.

Their debut, The First of the Irish Rovers, was successful enough to justify a follow-up, and it was at that point that they began to run short of fully worthwhile repertory. It was Will Millar, who had hosted a children's show in Calgary, who provided them with an extra number, a children's song that had gone over well on his program. Written by Shel Silverstein, the renowned humorist, author, and singer, "The Unicorn" was popular on Millar's show and the group cut it as an album track and a single. The latter reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1968, an extraordinary achievement at the time -- the mass popularity of folk music had begun receding as far back as 1965, as most of the top younger performers switched to electric instruments, and the folk-rock and psychedelic booms had done little to make the marketplace more hospitable. Yet here were the Irish Rovers, with one of the Top Ten singles in the country, and an album of the same name also selling well.

The record did bring about several changes for the group, however. Around this time, accordionist Wilcil McDowell, a friend of the bandmembers who also hailed from the Emerald Isle, joined the group to broaden the Rovers' sound. And meanwhile, although it wasn't really a children's song in the purest sense of the word, a lot of the appeal of "The Unicorn" was centered on younger listeners and their parents, and as their audiences grew, and large numbers of children started attending their shows, they had to cut back on the number of songs about drinking and other "ribald" subjects that would have been part of their usual set in previous years. That growth in their audience, and the abandonment of some of the repertory (and humor) that had made up their set forced the group to start seriously researching Irish folk music for new material. They were also hemmed in by the fact that they weren't a topical performing group -- they wanted to entertain rather than send messages, even in the middle of the Vietnam War and other sources of strife, especially the worsening violence over Northern Ireland (where all of the members originally hailed from). The closest they got to a "message" song was the distinctly humorous "The Orange and the Green" (which was adapted from the traditional tune "The Rising of the Moon").

The Rovers' lineup was surprisingly stable through the years, as they rode the success of "The Unicorn" across the '70s and beyond. By that time, more serious and scholarly Irish folk groups such as the Chieftains had emerged internationally to steal some of the spotlight, but the Irish Rovers still had a loyal and devoted following. In 1980, they were signed to Columbia Records' Epic & Affiliated Labels division, as it was called, releasing their music on the Cleveland International label -- this came with an initial name change to the Rovers, under which they had a minor country music hit with "Wasn't That a Party," which rose to number 45. But protests from longtime fans of Gaelic descent forced a restoration of their original name. Since then, Will Millar retired in 1995 and cousin Joe left the group ten years later; sadly, Jimmy Ferguson passed away suddenly in 1997. Still, the group -- including both George Millar and Wilcil McDowell -- has endured, and in more recent years has recorded for its own label, Rover Records. ~ Bruce Eder
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Drunken Sailor

1. Drunken Sailor

2. Whores & Hounds

3. Cruisin' Round Yarmouth

4. Good Luck To The Barleymow

5. Sweet Anne

6. All For Me Grog

7. Trust In Drink

8. The Jolly Roving Tar

9. Good Ship Rover

10. Dear Ould Ireland

11. Across The Western Sea

12. Pleasant And Delightful

13. Nearer My God To Thee (Intro)/The Titanic

14. The Dublin Pub Crawl

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Track List: Home In Ireland

1. The Boys Of Belfast

2. Ireland Boys Hurrah

3. The Dear Little Shamrock Shore

4. The Deep Blue Sea

5. Let The Toast Go Round

6. Dunluce Castle

7. Brady Of Strabane

8. Gracehill Fair

9. A Long Time Ago

10. The Dublin Pub Crawl

11. The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure

13. The Girls Of Derry

14. The Dark Island

15. Mason's Apron

17. Drunken Sailor

18. Tulla Reel/Dick Gossip's Reel

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Track List: Still Rovin' After All These Years

1. A Long Time Ago

2. Forty Years A-Roving

3. Rambling Boys Of Pleasure

4. The Dear Little Shamrock Shore

5. Up Among The Heather

6. I Will Go A-Rovin'

7. Liza Jane

8. The Wild Colonel Boy

9. Dunluce Castle

10. Brady Of Strabane

11. Little Skillet Pot

12. Rory Murphy

13. Home From The Sea

14. The Jig Set: Father Kelly's Jig, Langstrom's Pony, The Lark In The Morning

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Track List: Another Round

1. The Roving Trade

2. The Rake

3. Glenarm Bay

4. I'm A Rover

5. Don't Call Me Early In The Morning

6. Planxty Morgan Magan/ The Morning Dew

7. The Wee Lass On The Brae

8. The Jolly Roving Tar

9. The Pride Of Portrush Town

10. The Giant's Causeway

11. The Goodship Rover

12. Down Among The Bushes Of Jerusalem

13. The Best Of Friends Must Part

14. The Dark Island

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Track List: Live In Concert

1. The Boys Of Belfast

2. Welcome Paddy Home

3. The Overlanders

4. The Poitin Song

5. Jigs

6. Dan O'Hara

7. Rambling Man

8. The Deep Blue Sea

9. Mormond Braes

10. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

11. Reels

12. Bonnie Woodgreen

13. Three Jolly Rogues

14. Mason's Apron

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Track List: The Boys Of Belfast (A Collection Of Irish Favorites)

1. The Boys Of Belfast

2. The Roving Trade

3. Kitty The Rose Of Kilrea

4. Erin's Green Isle

5. The Ballintoy Farmer

6. Will You Come And Marry Me?

7. The Tinker

8. Ten Thousand Miles Away

9. The Rambler From Derry

10. Little Brigid Fynn

11. The Jolly Roving Tar

12. The Pride Of Portrush Town

13. The Good Ship Rover

14. Reels-Tie The Bonnet,Scotch Mary,The Mtn Road,Maud Millar,The Humours Of Tulla

15. Down By The Lagan Side

16. Staten Island

17. The Best Of Friends Must Part

18. The Dark Island

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Track List: Collection

1. The Last Of The Irish Rover

2. The Star Of The County Down

3. Orange And The Green

4. My Boy Willie

5. Donald Where's Your Trousers?

6. Tied Up With A Black Velvet Band

7. Turra Market

8. The Lovely Isle Of Innisfree

9. Lily The Pink

10. Whiskey On A Sunday (The Puppet Song)

11. The Jigs Medley

12. The Gypsy Rover

13. Good Luck To The Barleymow

14. The Unicorn

15. Muirsheen Durkin

16. The Caltan Weaver

17. Rolling Home To Ireland

18. Wasn't That A Party?

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Track List: Upon A Shamrock Shore-Songs Of Ireland And The Irish

1. King Of The Faeries

2. Mountain Tay

3. Bridget Flynn

4. Up Among The Heather

5. Bonnie Kellswater

6. Pat From Mullingar

7. Rover's Fancy

8. Penny Whistle Peddler

9. Shamrock Shore

10. Banks Of Newfoundland

11. Shores Of Americay

12. Lament For The Molly Maguires

13. Fiddler's Green

14. The Rovers Street Song Medly

15. Pigs Can't Fly (Unsweenened)

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Track List: The Best Of The Irish Rovers

1. The Unicorn

2. Liverpool Lou

3. The Orange And The Green

4. Lily The Pink

5. Did She Mention My Name

6. The Irish Rover

7. Whiskey On A Sunday (The Puppet Song)

8. The Biplane Evermore

9. Mrs. Crandall's Boarding House

10. Winken, Blinken And Nod

11. Goodbye Mrs. Durkin

12. The Black Velvet Band

13. Years May Come, Years May Go

14. The Marvelous Toy

15. Goodbye Mick And Goodbye Pat

16. Nancy Whiskey

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Track List: Years May Come, Years May Go

1. The Unicorn

2. Lily The Pink

3. Whiskey On A Sunday aka (The Puppet Song)

4. Years May Come, Years May Go

5. Fifi O'Toole

6. Goodnight Irene

7. Sam Hall

8. The Life Of The Rover

9. Bonnie Kellswater

10. Liverpool Lou

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Track List: The Unicorn

1. The Unicorn

2. Bonnie Kellswater

3. The Orange And The Green

4. Hiring Fair

5. Bridgit Flynn

6. Come In

7. Goodbye Mrs. Durkin

8. Pat Of Mullinger

9. The Wind That Shakes The Corn

10. The First Love In Life

11. The Black Velvet Band

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Are you kidding me? I was the occasional drunken sailor... Navy Supply Officer, attached to an EOD outfit. Those guys lived up to their partying reputation, that I can tell you ;)
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n't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works”
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n't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works”
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n't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works”
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n't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works”
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gayefulton9 christophers t a n t o n 7
it's not that hard to use ye ears
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Green
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If you are Irish or you have an Irish background type green
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Shaving his belly with a rusty razor
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gayefulton9
Yes agree - where are thenlyrics?
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Where are the lyrics? It would be nice to sing along.
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Ah, boys!!
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I love to see live in concert
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tmag123
Here's a drink to dear old ireland
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I want the old Irish songs like when Irish eyes are smiling who do i ask for
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Love u im IRISH TOO :-)
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WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE DRUNKEN SAILOR!
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Does anyone hate it when you really like a band and you keep reading their bio and it says that one of them died? It makes me feel bad
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Well I think my father's learning that he was really orange but he told me the true story on this f**king song so I f**king love it because I play it to piss him off I play it to piss him off and it really reminds me of him even though it about threw me into a f**king heart attack when he heard it
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@CaroleConno l l y Whoa! A whole chapter! Seems he was better at more then just music.
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Well done! Love the bio, too. Accurate. I met the Irish Rovers in Shannon in 1976 while on a layover when I flew for TIA. Will Millar kidnapped me and we went to Cork in his van. I just wrote a chapter in my book about it: Flying High with Carole Jean.
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This is the one they use for spongebob
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This reminds me of my family in lrland
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Your right megs12455���
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That Jerk they calk Pa.
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I love drunken sailor best song ever������
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Rough and wry as it should be!
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I want to hear Danny boy.
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Excellent
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I love these guys! I actually have the Unicorn Record for my old Zenith.
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Absolutely Excellent
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Has grayson11 commented Here?
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I wish they had the unicorn album . There are songs that are not on other albums.
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All for me grog
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F**k yeah
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Just got back from Ireland and listening to The Irish Rovers makes me like I'm back there.
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jarmerding
They had a pub at Expo'84 in Vancouver, BC. It was so much fun. (I was neither old enough nor inclined to drink, but many many folks hung out there to listen and sing)
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Hhahaha love this song
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Amen broder
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Speaks to the primal instenc of me soul
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very good
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Really wish I was more Irish then Italian
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There's irish in everyone
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amrhanianaga e i l g e
Victoria---- - - - - y o u are going to the wrong pubs, love.
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LONG LIVE IRELAND
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My favorite is the orange and the green
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I prefer the clancy
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