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Glen Campbell played guitar on the original recording.
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.I sang, George played guitar and at that time Joe was playing a little button key accordion.We were ambitious in those days, we'd played the clubs to death in Toronto and we didn't know what to do next; what direction to take.It was at this time that they invited All-Ireland Champion Wilcil Mc Dowell to join the band.After the success of "The Unicorn," Joe returned to the band.The album included the Irish tunes "The Orange and the Green" and "The Black Velvet Band." Wilcil's accordion has continued to be a signature sound of the band.
Starting in the late 60s, the Irish Rovers performed on various North American television programs including several appearances on the TV western The Virginian, as well as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Mike Douglas Show, The Dating Game, The Pig And Whistle, and The Beachcombers.
According to a Calgary Herald article in 1971, "George and Jimmy formed the first Irish Rovers for an amateur variety show in Toronto and won." George's cousin, Joe also soon emigrated to Toronto and was recruited as he stepped off the plane.
The name "The Irish Rovers" was suggested by George's mother.
The Irish Rovers have represented Canada at five World Expos.
The children grew up in a musical household as their father Bob played button-key accordion for several bands throughout the years.
The Irish Rovers became regulars at Calgary's Depression coffee house, a folk club operated by John Uren that also contributed to the start of Joni Mitchell's career.