74 The Irish Rovers / Will Millar / George Millar

  •  The Irish Rovers

  •                  The story of the Irish Rovers began in Canada in 1963, when the 16-year old George Millar and 23-year old Jim Ferguson, both new emigrants from N. Ireland, met in Toronto at an Irish function. They ended up singing together ’til dawn; and so the Irish Rovers were launched.

  •             They performed as a duo until George’s cousin, Joe Millar, immigrated to Canada the following year. Joe, who played button-key accordion and harmonica, and also sang traditional ballads, was recruited as he stepped off the plane. After several months of engagements around Ontario, the trio made their way to Calgary, Alberta, where they joined forces with George’s brother, Will Millar.

  •            The Irish Rovers are known throughout Canada and indeed the world for their distinctive sound and hit songs over the years including “Wasn’t that a Party”, “The Unicorn” and so many more.

  • Will Millar


  •  George Millar