Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Yes, those Irish tunes just keep floating in the Nippertown air long after St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. But this one wasn’t just any old Celtic music concert. This was one of the most popular Irish folk bands on the planet – the Irish Rovers, who popularized such songs as “Wasn’t That a Party,” “The Orange and the Green,” “Whiskey on a Sunday,” “Lily the Pink,” “The Black Velvet Band” and, of course, “The Unicorn.”
Led by the County Antrim native George Millar, the band was born a half-century ago in Toronto, and with Millar still at the helm, the band roared into The Egg in Albany last month on their Farewell to Rovin’ tour, which they’ve proclaimed to be their farewell to the road. And if that’s the case, the band did it up right, living up to the old show-biz axiom, “Always leave ’em wanting more.” It was a mighty craic, indeed.