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miércoles, 9 de diciembre de 2020

The Irish Rovers - Songs of Christmas

The Irish Rovers is a group of Irish musicians which originated in Toronto, 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.

Founding member George Millar and his cousin Ian are both from Ballymena, Davey Walker from Armagh, Sean O'Driscoll from Cork, Gerry O'Connor from Dundalk, with Morris Crum from Carnlough and percussionist Fred Graham from Belfast.[1] 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, and in 2018 were honoured as one of Ireland's greatest exports at Dublin, Ireland's EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. 

1 Bells Over Belfast 3:24
2 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 3:03
3 Christmas Caroling 2:47
4 Away In A Manger 3:10
5 Good King Wenceslas 2:20
6 We Three Kings 3:18
7 The Christmas Traveller 3:03
8 What Child Is This? 3:53
9 Christmas In Killarney 2:59
10 Silent Night 3:13
11 Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake 3:30
12 All Through The Night 3:39
13 Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer 3:26
14 We Wish You A Merry Christmas 3:10

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