The Irish Rovers Lyrics Follow
The Irish Rovers is a group of Irish musicians, half of whom now live in Canada. Formed in 1963 and named after the traditional song "The Irish Rover" they are best known for their international television series, contributing to the popularisation of Irish Music in North America, and for the songs "The Unicorn", "Drunken Sailor", "Wasn't That a Party", "The Orange and the Green", "Whiskey on a Sunday", "Lily the Pink" and "The Black Velvet Band".
The primary voices heard in the group's early songs were Will Millar (tenor), Jimmy Ferguson (baritone), George Millar and Joe Millar, and in the last twenty years, also John Reynolds and Ian Millar. Wilcil McDowell's accordion has been a signature sound of the band throughout their more than fifty years.
All but one of the band members are from Ireland. Founding member George Millar and his cousin Ian are both from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, original member Wilcil McDowell is from Larne, Northern Ireland, Sean O'Driscoll from Cork, Gerry O'Connor from Dundalk, with Morris Crum from Carnlough and percussionist Fred Graham from Belfast. Flute and whistle player Geoffrey Kelly was born in Dumfries, Scotland.
In the 1980s, the group briefly renamed itself The Rovers. During this period, their "Wasn't That a Party" led to crossover success in the country rock genre.
The Irish Rovers have represented Canada at five World Expos.
- The Biplane, Ever More
- Henry Joy McCracken
- Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Over Night?
- Goodnight Irene
- It's Christmas Time Again
- Cold Winter Shadow
- My Little Maureen
- Bare Legged Joe
- (The Puppet Song) Whiskey on a Sunday
- Good King Winceslas
- The Holly Bears the Crown
- Angels We Have Heard on High
- The Minstrel of Cranberry Lane
- Miss Fogerty's Christmas Cake
- Mrs. Crandall's Boardinghouse
- Our Little Boy Blue
- Penny Whistle Peddler
- Oh You Mucky Kid
- The Village of Brambleshire Wood
- Isle of Innisfree
- Stop, Stop, Listen
- Bold O'Donahue
- The Stolen Child
- Let the Good Guys Win
- The Sand and the Foam
- Music in the Glen
- Las Veagas in the Hills of Donegal
- Killiburn Brae
- The Bonnie Lady