Celtics legends perform in Kent

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter

Irish Rovers make their rounds to Kent during their tour

The Irish Rovers have become Irish music legends and are celebrating 50 years with a world tour.

 These international Irish and Canadian musicians will be performing at the Kentwood Performing Arts Center on Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m., along with special guests We Banjo 3. 

The Irish Rovers got their start in 1963 when George Millar, the current lead singer and songwriter, met the late Jimmy Ferguson. They attended the same Irish function in Toronto and ended up singing together until dawn. Thus, the Irish Rovers were founded.

The band will be sharing hits such as The Unicorn and Wasn't that a Party at their show, along with a mix of their newer tunes from their 50th anniversary album. They will also be telling stories about their tours and adventures over the past five decades of performing.

The Irish Rovers are now considered a staple in Irish music, and are credited with helping bring Irish music to North America and Canada.

"We're very lucky and blessed that we've done this job for so many years," said George Millar. 

They owe their success to their generations of dedicated fans, said Millar.

"I've been with them for six years and it's been an amazing experience, I used to watch these guys on the T.V. as a kid. They're just legends," said Jennifer Fahrni, the Irish Rovers' promotion manager. 

"They're among the top Celtic musicians in the world, and they're also the most fun. They play the music because they really enjoy it and have fun up there with each other," said Fahrni. 

The group will also be signing autographs and meeting fans after their show.

"There are songs that people like to join in on, we encourage that. If they leave happy, we're doing our job," said Millar. 

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $28 for seniors (60+), and $15 for youth (25 and younger). For more information or tickets, go to kentwa.gov.

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