The Irish Rovers   •   The Life of the Rover (UK)

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  • The Life of the Rover
    • 1970 - MCA MUPS 406 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Fifi O'Toole (P. & V. Garvey) — Solo Vocal: Jim Ferguson
    2. Pleasant And Delightful (Arr. Millar) — Solo Vocal: Jim Ferguson
    3. Orange Nickelodeon (P. & V. Garvey) — Solo Vocal: George Millar, Will Millar
    4. King Of The Fairies (Arr. Millar)
    5. Molecatcher (Arr. Millar) — Solo Vocal: Jim Ferguson
    6. Winkin, Blinkin And Nod (Simon, Fields) — Solo Vocal: Will Millar
  • Side Two
    1. Sullivan's John (Dunne) — Solo Vocal: George Millar, Will Millar
    2. Bunclody Cuckoo (Arr. Millar) — Solo Vocal: Joe Millar
    3. Sam Hall (Trad.) — Solo Vocal: George Millar
    4. Banks Of Newfoundland (Arr. Millar)
    5. The Life Of The Rover (McColl)

  • The Irish Rovers
    • George Millar, Jimmy Ferguson, Joe Millar, Will Millar & Wicil McDowell
  • Credits
    • Produced by Charles "Bud" Dant
    • Engineer: Terry D. Brown

Sleeve Notes

Diodorus, in the first century B.C., was describing the Celts of Gaul in his history of the world. "In conversation they use many words and speak in riddles, for the most part hinting at things and leaving a great deal to be understood. They frequently exaggerate with the aim of extolling themselves and diminishing the status of others. They are boasters and threateners and given to bombastic self-dramatization, and yet they are quick of mind with good natural ability for learning and take great pleasure in merry-making and hospitality."

"THE LIFE OF THE ROVER" puts us in contact with these "Celts" all over the world. Be it in Sydney, Australia, or Kirkland Lake, Ontario, they "take great pleasure in merrymaking and hospitality." The five of us are a privileged lot in being able to share a few jars with the lot of you-may ye be half an hour in heaven before the devil knows you're dead!

Oh, by the way, it took Irish monks donkey's-years to do the abstract type of "The Book of Kels". We couldn't find an Irish monk to do our album cover art but we're lucky to have Alex Steinweiss fill in for us.