FLINT — The Whiting proudly presents the return of “The Irish Rovers” live on stage March 2 at 8 p.m.
Enjoy a rollicking concert with stars of television and stage while enjouing hits like “The Unicorn,” “Wasn’t That A Party,” “The Black Velvet Band,” “Lily The Pink,” and many more.
Ticket prices range from $19-$39 and Student Rush tickets are available to college and high school students for $12 on the day of the performance with student ID.
Tickets are available online at TheWhiting.com and by phone at 810-237- 7333. The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. in Flint, just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the Flint Cultural Center campus.
On their last sold out concert tours The Irish Rovers garnered rave reviews for their new Drunken Sailor, Home In Ireland and Merry Merry Time of Year albums, attracted the attention of a new younger audience, returned to the radio airwaves, and were touted in the press as “internet sensations!”
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. As one newspaper stated, “The band has sold millions of albums, but to really experience them, you need to see them live, because as well as being able to deliver a heart-warming ballad or moving instrumental, these Rovers can Rock.”
The Irish Music Association has just nominated The Irish Rovers for 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 Rovers television shows, including The Irish Rovers Show and Party With The Rovers, which spanned over twenty years.
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 8,000,000 hits. The Rovers responded 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 became 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.”
News of The Rovers Titanic song made the headlines in several Belfast 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.
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 US, 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.”
This performance is generously sponsored by Health Alliance Plan, McLaren Flint, abc12, Town Square Media, The View Newspapers Group, WCRZ Cars 108, WFNT, The Bay, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Details: Visit www.thewhiting.com. — G.G.