The High Kings – Outdoor Concert
Irish Folk Music$45 per person
The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy Paul O’ Brien. In 2007, Brian, Darren, Finbarr and former member Martin Furey were asked to join a new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh, after he had noticed a gap in the market for a band specializing in traditional Irish music. It didn’t take long into their first studio rehearsal for them to realize that they were onto something special, and it was confirmed when their self-titled album reached #2 on the world Billboard Music chart. In March 2009, The High Kings played five consecutive sold out shows to a packed audience in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
In late 2009, The High Kings licensed their second studio album “Memory Lane” to Universal Music Ireland signifying the fast trajectory that the band had taken in their short lifespan. ”Memory Lane” was released in February 2010, and after a successful Irish tour, the album went platinum just four months after its initial release. They followed “Memory Lane” with “Live in Ireland”, which received critical acclaim for showcasing the energy the band brings to their live shows. By 2011, the band had outgrown previous venues and started booking larger venues, not only in Ireland, but also in America and across Europe. Many fans became regular faces as they enthusiastically followed the band on their sold-out tours. People loved what they were doing – bringing a new take on traditional Irish ballads to multi-generational audiences.
In 2012 they performed for President Obama in Moneygall, this led to a personal invitation from the president to perform at the 2012 White House St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They flew directly from London where they had already been the headline act for the Lord Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day concert. In 2013, the band licensed their forthcoming album “Friends for Life” to Sony Worldwide, another indication of their global appeal. “Friends for Life” featured eight original songs written and composed by the band. Taking their original songs on the road was a new and exciting milestone for The High Kings and it wasn’t long before the likes of “Oh Maggie” and “Ireland’s Shore” were being sung back to them by the audience. November 2014 marked another milestone for the band when they recorded “Four Friends Live” at the Millennium Forum in Derry; their first joint CD/DVD and the first live DVD recording since the debut DVD “Live In Dublin” in 2008. The early part of 2016 was spent back in the studio recording “Grace & Glory” which charted at #1 on the Irish Indie charts and was well received by critics and fans alike. The rest of 2016 and early 2017 was spent extensively touring in support of the new album.
Over the past twelve years, The High Kings have released four studio albums, two live albums and two DVDs. In 2017, they released a compilation album “Decade” which celebrated ten amazingly successful years together and included five brand-new recordings. The High Kings play thirteen instruments between them, creating the unique sound they are known for, and continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish Folk bands across the world. Regarded as a leader in the Irish folk genre, they continue to perform at sold out shows globally.
2021 sees the release of “Home from Home”, their brand-new 11 track album. Recorded live at Concert Deck in Dublin, “Home from Home” is a journey through classic folk songs, old and new.
“The idea behind this album was to bring our fans on a journey across the world, to some of the places we call home when we tour, via some of the classic folk songs that have inspired us along the way.”