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February 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

State Theatre For The Arts is proud to present: The Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers have been selling out worldwide and are thrilled to be touring again this year.

This year’s album release “The Scottish Album – Up Among the Heather”, reflects the Scottish influence on the band’s Northern Irish roots. Last year, they released, “The Unicorn, the Continuing Story” which gave us the long-awaited sequel to their famed Unicorn song.

For over 50 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.
51 Years ago The Irish Rovers had a breakout hit with their second album, The Unicorn. That album and ‘lucky little ditty’ of a title track written by Shel Silverstein, took them from folk clubs of America to concert halls and television sets worldwide.

The Unicorn, which was in fact a last minute add to the original album, left us all with a tear or two, plus the unanswered question, “Whatever happened to the Unicorns when the ark left them stranded on the shore?” The Unicorn – https://youtu.be/mN-uA9CiV_w

Since that first big hit, the band returned to the charts 15 more times with other songs, nevertheless, the magic of The Unicorn remains. To pay appropriate tribute on its Gold Anniversary, the Rovers released “The Unicorn, The Continuing Story”. It includes all new recordings, plus the sequel to The Unicorn song, which answers the question of the last fifty years. A new MUSIC VIDEO also tells the story. The Rovers and video producer thank the World Wildlife Fund, and wildlife cinematographer Adam Ravetch for their assistance in the production.
VIDEO, The Continuing Story of The Unicorn: https://youtu.be/jB3MKGCRfRA

The Rovers were recently were honored as one of Ireland’s greatest émigrés by Ireland’s newest and most state of the art museum, EPIC Ireland Museum in Dublin, Ireland. “We in Ireland are very proud of The Irish Rovers. They have played no small part in taking the music, images and stories of Ireland around the world in a way only they could do. Here it is more than 50 years after they began and they’re going stronger than ever.” says Dublin’s EPIC Ireland Museum Director, Mervyn Greene. “My father was a huge fan and we have been keeping track of the band for decades. The Irish Rovers are iconic, world class and with very a long career. That’s important to us”. As it happens, “The Unicorn” album is part of EPIC’s Irish Rovers installation. The Rovers promise that the new Unicorn Gold Anniversary album will also soon be on its way to the Dublin museum.

Since the 60’s, the Celtic super-group traveled 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.
The Rovers first became known in the 60s on shows like The Tonight Show, The Smothers Brothers, Mike Douglas Show, The Dating Game (George Millar actually won the date), and even starring in The Virginian. In the 70’s they hosted their first of three international television series, “The Irish Rovers Show”, and throughout the next 20 years their weekly television shows brought Ireland into living rooms of America.

More recently, their 2012 Drunken Sailor album went viral on YouTube, made news headlines back home in Belfast and put them back on radio across North America. The 2015 “50 Years” triple CD broke tour sales records, while the lads returned to the small screen with three North American television specials, “The Irish Rovers Home In Ireland”, “The Irish Rovers Christmas”, “The Irish Rovers LIVE on St. Patrick’s Day / 50th Anniversary Special”, all produced in the last few years.

The days of the long tours are finally coming to an end for these Irish lads as they are now completing one last world tour. Fans should fasten their seat belts for a rollicking night of the hits, Rovers latest, and hilarious stories from their years on the road.


February 28, 2019
7:00 pm
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