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The album included the Irish tunes "The Orange and the Green" and "The Black Velvet Band." Wilcil's accordion has continued to be a signature sound of the band.Starting in the late 60s, the Irish Rovers performed on various North American television programs including several appearances on the TV western The Virginian, as well as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Mike Douglas Show, The Dating Game, The Pig And Whistle, and The Beachcombers.After moving to Calgary Will formed a folk trio in Calgary along with another Ulster native, Derek Swinson.He also developed quite a following singing at Phil's Pancake House, and then landing a job singing on Calgary's "Just 4 Fun," a local TV show for children.George's father, Bob, became The Irish Rovers's first manager booking the new band at folk song festivals, clubs, hootenanys, The Port o' Call, and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Hotel.
The children grew up in a musical household as their father Bob played button-key accordion for several bands throughout the years.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.It was at this time that they invited All-Ireland Champion Wilcil Mc Dowell to join the band.After the success of "The Unicorn," Joe returned to the band.