The High Kings are one of the most exciting new Irish groups to come along in years. But don’t just take my word for it – as The Irish Examiner stated: “The High Kings rock. Traditionally. That is, they rock traditional music.”
U.S. fans – you’ve been very patient, and the wait is almost over…
The second album from The High Kings, titled “Memory Lane” will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2011. More than that – they’re coming over on a U.S. tour. They’ll be in Boston to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Does it get any more Irish than that? And if you happen to be in New York City, and want to start celebrating early, you can catch them in NYC the night before St. Paddy’s Day.
To see a video preview of The High Kings’ current tour, click here.
The High Kings are on their way to conquer the U.S.A. Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish ballads, The High Kings are a group steeped in the Irish musical tradition yet full of contemporary musical wit and invention. They maintain the classic Irish sound while adding a refreshingly new take on it.
The High Kings are (in the above photo, left to right): Finbarr Clancy (of the well-known Clancy family), Brian Dunphy (son of Sean Dunphy, a showband legend), Darren Holden (who starred in Broadway’s Billy Joel musical Movin’ Out), and Martin Furey (eldest son of Ireland’s “Prince of pipers” – Finbar Furey). The quartet plays classic Irish songs and delivers a truly unforgettable night of the true spirit of Ireland. They are first-rate musicians (altogether, they play thirteen instruments) who showcase their talents by sharing their love of Irish ballads. The truth is, their golden voices and talent for playing a variety of instruments, would make any genre of music sound amazing. These guys are quickly becoming a legendary live act around the globe.
And if there’s one of the High Kings that actually can “do it all,” it is Darren Holden. Darren Holden is a prolific songwriter, musician and master interpreter of lyrics. Originally from County Kilkenny, Ireland, Darren is comfortable performing all genres of music from pop and jazz to rock to country and, of course, Celtic. He has that certain magic something that carries across the footlights and straight into the audience’s heart. Once you’ve heard Darren deliver a soulful tune or a romantic love song, you’ll be expecting perfection from every singer you hear from then on. He raises the bar with every raised note. He just has one of those voices.
Word from the current UK and Irish tour of the High Kings is that Darren’s rendition of “The Town I Loved So Well” is the highlight of the evening. In Darren’s gifted delivery, the song (written by Phil Coulter about his childhood in Derry, Northern Ireland) earns nightly raves. Audiences are responding to the stirring ballad of life’s constant changing quality with standing ovations. Darren is captivating audiences with his gutsy, emotionally rich performance, and the song is taking on a life of its own once again. To see a YouTube clip of the song, click here. (If you hear the audience singing along from time to time in the clip – well, it’s just that kind of beautiful song.) Here’s hoping that Darren Holden can find even more material as perfect for his voice and temperament as “The Town I Loved So Well.”
Darren recently starred as “The Piano Man” in the Tony Award-winning hit Billy Joel musical Movin’ Out. He shared his glorious voice with audiences both on Broadway and on tour for four years, receiving constant unanimous critical acclaim throughout the US, Canada and Japan. Before that, he was a lead singer with Riverdance on Broadway and on tour for more than three years. Since he has spent so much time playing theatres and concert halls throughout the U.S. with both of these shows, I am sure there are Darren Holden fans waiting for him to return to their hometown and sing for them once more. Maybe he can play a gig in Crawford, Texas and visit his old singing buddy, President George W. Bush. (Back in 2004, Darren and the President sang a duet together at a White House Christmas event).
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The High Kings U.S. Tour dates:
The High Kings 2011 Tour Dates
3/1: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
3/2: Minneapolis, MN @ Sun Country Theatre
3/3: Chicago, IL @ Irish Heritage Center
3/4: Cincinnati, OH @ Music Hall Ballroom
3/5: Columbus, OH @ Capital Theatre
3/6: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/8: Pittsburgh, PA @ Hard Rock Café
3/9: Buffalo, NY @ Club Infinity
3/10: Scranton, PA @ Shopland Theatre
3/11: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
3/12: Watertown, NY @ “North Country Goes Green” Festival
3/13: Albany, NY @ The Egg
3/15: New York, NY @ St. Patrick’s Day Parade Dinner Gala
3/16: New York, NY @ Sullivan Hall
3/17: Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
3/18: New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
3/19: Providence, RI @ RI Sapinsley Hall
3/20: Baltimore, MD @ M&T Bank Pavilion
3/22: Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
3/23: Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
3/26: Norfolk, VA @ Roper PAC
3/27: Raleigh, NC @ Clayton Center
3/28: Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Hall
3/29: Knoxville, TN @ Square Room
3/31: Atlanta, GA @ Rialto Theatre
7/22-24: Cleveland, OH (Irish Cultural Festival)
7/29-31: Utica, NY (Great American Irish Festival)
8/18-21: Milwaukee, WI (Irish Festival)