Members of The Irish Rovers, all renowned musicians in their own right:
Over 25 years as an Irish Rover, banjo player Sean O’Driscoll is originally from Blarney, Co. Cork, and now living back in Cork City. He spent many years living in Minneapolis where he lead music sessions and performed and recorded with accordion player Paddy O’Brien (Hill 16) and others. Big Sean has long been a bright light in the traditional music scene and now back in Cork, the weekly music sessions and recordings continue.
A Rover all his life, band leader, vocalist and songwriter, George Millar (from Ballymena) first played as an Irish Rover when he and Jimmy Ferguson formed the band in 1963. As an award winning music producer and songwriter, he has seen the legendary band through their 50th anniversary and beyond. His study and focus as a songwriter is on Celtic history and emigration.
Golden voiced Ian Millar, born in Ballymena, is vocalist / guitar and bass player for the Rovers. Ian took over his from his father Joe Millar carrying on the legacy and family tradition.
Gerry (fiddle) O’Connor (from Dundalk) gerryoconnor.net/ has been playing on Irish Rovers albums and television specials for many years. From an early age Gerry was involved Irish music and dance, winning numerous All Ireland titles between 1967 and 1973 in a range of formations including duet, trio and four Céili Band titles. A four times winner of The Fiddler of Oriel competition, Gerry also was co-founder and first Artistic Director of Ceol Chairlinn, in Carlingford , Co Louth and is also the Traditional Arts coordinator at the newly established Creative-Connexions Irish/ Catalan Arts festival in Sitges.
Top multi-insrumentalist Morris Crum (from Carnlough) has also has been playing on Irish Rovers albums and television specials for many years.
Bodhran player, Fred Graham‘s (from Belfast) performance history goes back to the time he was five following marching bands in Northern Ireland with a drum he made out of an old paint tin. Fred played in an accordion marching band in Belfast and a Dixieland Jazzband for over two decades in Montreal. He also played and competed with 2- award-wining Scottish Pipe Bands in Montreal. Now he is one of the country’s top bodhran players and in high demand for his high performance hand-made bodhrans.
The Rovers lively flute/whistle player Geoffrey Kelly (the only Scot on stage, from Dumfries) is also a founder of Canada’s Spirit of the West. He and John Mann are Spirit’s primary songwriters. Geoff is also a full-time member of The Paperboys.