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The Irish Rovers -  Farewell To Rovin' Tour

When:

Thu 9 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Nelson College, 67 Waimea Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

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“These international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer. Their songs have become anthems of revelry and joy among generation after generation of fans.” Belfast Telegraph

Cherished icons of Irish music, The Irish Rovers, announce they will tour New Zealand for the very last time this September and October. As they sail through their Big Five Oh, expect their CD Release of “The Irish Rovers, 50 Years” triple CD set – available at concerts!

The 20-venue tour, beginning in Palmerston North on September 25 – presented by Stewart and Tricia Macpherson’s The Stetson Group, and AG Productions – is part of The Irish Rovers’ global Farewell to Rovin’ Tour.

With a career spanning 50 years and three generations of music lovers, The Irish Rovers are giving their New Zealand fans one final chance to say goodbye before they call time on their demanding tour schedules – ironically at a time when they’re getting some of the best reviews of their career.

“All the years of touring and playing haven’t eroded the band’s ferocious chops. Those musicians are so tight. They’re virtuosos!” Tallahassee Democrat

"When the band was jamming through traditional Irish sets you could close your eyes and imagine yourself at a ceili in a pub on the shamrock shore with a pint and a rocking
tight house band of the lads." Orange County Register

"Impossible to sit still as they play song after merry song off the pages of Ireland’s historic songbook. What an unforgettable experience! The Irish Rovers excite even the most discerning audience member into having a rip-roaring good time." Foundation for the Performing Arts

Since their last visit, the Rovers have sold out concert tours, returned to the radio airwaves, garnered rave reviews for their recent Gracehill Fair, Home In Ireland and Drunken Sailor albums, attracted the attention of a new younger audience, and were touted in the press as “internet sensations!” The excitement around the Rovers confirms their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages.

After more than twenty-five years since their last television series, (they had three which spanned over 20 years) the band also returned to the small screen with two television specials/DVDs in the last few years. One was filmed entirely in Ireland "Home In Ireland", and the other in the mountains and pubs of Banff National Park in Canada, "The Irish Rovers Christmas".

It has been a long and magical journey for these Irish lads, and the magic continues. Due to YouTube, their Drunken Sailor song reached a new young audience, with over 10,000,000 hits. In 2012, Rovers songwriter/producer George Millar responded by heading back to the studio and recording a new CD full of songs of the sea, including a tribute to The Titanic for its 100th anniversary. The release made headlines in both America and Ireland, and was the soundtrack for a Canadian documentary about the Harland and Wolff shipyards of Belfast where the mighty ship was built.

If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the last time THE IRISH ROVERS will tour New Zealand. Don’t miss “the power of their foot-stomping, intoxicating songs, spirited humor and jubilant showmanship.”

“This makes it 50 years of the big tours,” says Rovers founder George Millar, “It can be hell. You're in a different bed every night and your poor old back is screaming at you. But God, no. I’m never retiring. After this we’ll still be recording, and performing at special events but the tours will be short and sweet.”