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The Irish Rovers are setting sail on their “Farewell to Rovin’ Tour” and will drop anchor for one performance Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly.

After 50 years of touring, the Irish Rovers are saying farewell to the road, but Central Coast audiences will get a chance to experience their music and humor when the “Farewell to Rovin’ Tour” comes to Cal Poly. 

The Celtic supergroup will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center as part of the last worldwide tour that will also take them to New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

The band will be joined by three additional musicians who play regularly on their recordings or tours.

They are multi-instrumentalist Morris Crum from Ireland, whistle and flute player Geoffrey Kelly from Spirit of the West and Gerry O’Connor, one of Ireland’s most outstanding fiddle players.

Although all the members are from Ireland, the band was actually formed in Canada in the early 1960s and released its first album in 1966.

Since then, the Rovers have released more than 40 albums in the United States and even more worldwide.

In recent years, the Rovers returned to television and radio as well as performing to sold-out concert tours around the world.

Their most recent albums — “Gracehill Fair,” “Drunken Sailor” and “Home in Ireland” — not only earned rave reviews from critics but also attracted a young new audience.

The group even was touted in the press as “Internet sensations” after their “Drunken Sailor” recording went viral, leading to the album of the same name filled with songs of the sea.

The Belfast Telegraph said, “Their songs have become anthems of revelry and joy among generation after generation of fans.”

But now the group has decided to stop repeatedly circling the globe.

“(This) makes it 50 years of touring,” said Rovers co-founder George Millar. “A good round number.”

Tickets for the Cal Poly Arts performance from $21 to $38 may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

To order by phone, call 756-4849; to order online, visit

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