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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.
In 1963, George met fellow Northern Irish native Jimmy Ferguson at an Irish function in Toronto.
They sang together until dawn, and founded the Irish Rovers.
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.
Will introduced the group to his manager Les Weinstein who became the band's full-time manager, while Will became the band leader.
For a short time, George, Jimmy and Joe were joined by Vic Marcus and Doug Henderson.
The boys were given room and board and an introduction to a booking agent who helped them secure an appearance at The Purple Onion in San Francisco where they played sold-out houses for five months.
The group was then booked at other folk clubs across California.
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 folk group created in 1963 and named after the traditional song "The Irish Rover" is best known for their international television series, contributing to the popularisation of Irish Music in North America, and for the songs "The Unicorn", "Drunken Sailor", "Wasn't That a Party", "The Orange and the Green", "Whiskey on a Sunday", "Lily the Pink" and "The Black Velvet Band".