The High Kings
The High Kings are an Irish ballad group. They were formed in Dublin by Celtic Woman manager Dave Kavanagh in 2008. After their first album they moved from the 'staged' format and created a "re-energized folk group." The band consists of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden and together they play thirteen different instruments. They have released three studio albums, one live album and one DVD. They have toured Ireland, USA and Europe. Their motto is "Folk 'n Roll."
Finbarr Clancy participated and toured the United States and Ireland with the The Clancy Brothers. The band line up was Bobby (Finbarr's Father), Paddy, Liam Clancy and nephew Robbie O'Connell. Finbarr also appeared in the Clancy Brothers " Farewell to Ireland" live DVD.
Brian Dunphy started in Riverdance-The Show. He was then a member of the Three Irish Tenors. Dunphy was also a member of the band Druid. He released a solo album titled 'Timeless'. Brian is the son of Sean Dunphy who represented Ireland in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest.
Martin Furey, son of Finbar Furey, formed Bohinta with his sister Aine. They had a top ten hit in France with the album "Excalibur", featuring Jean Reno, as Merlin. Bohinta released two albums, "Sessions" and "Belladonna". Martin released "Howl" and concentrated exclusively on production and creative writing skills, working with Stuart Bruce (Feed the World), Paul White (SOS) and Martin Swan (Mouth Music).
Darren Holden starred in Riverdance-The Show on Broadway for 18 months and following up with the Broadway musical "Movin' Out". Holden played the role of Billy Joel both on Broadway and on US National tour (Jan 2004-Jan 2007) and tours of Canada and Japan in 2006. He released three successful solo albums. 'Suddenly' was released in 1998 and yielded 3 Top 20 singles in Ireland and one top 30 in Finland. 'Live and Learn' was released in the USA in March 2003, garnering 3 Top 40 Airplay hits on the country music charts. 'Roadworks' followed in 2006 with success in Japan, and featured joint production by Bryan Steele and Tommy Byrnes (Stray Cats, Billy Joel).
The High Kings' first album quickly climbed to the top of Amazon music charts worldwide. The self-titled release also reached number 2 on Billboard Magazine's World Music chart.
In 2008, the High Kings toured the United States with "Celtic Woman" as the opening act.
In 2011, the High Kings toured the US again playing in Chicago, Albany, New Haven, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta to promote their new album release "Memory Lane". On St. Patrick's Day, they played for a US audience on "Live with Regis and Kelly," and performed on stage in Boston, MA that night.
On March 18, 2012 the High Kings headlined the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square to an estimated 15,000 people.
On March 20, 2012 The High Kings were invited to perform at the Official St Parick's Day Celebrations at The White House in Washington DC, United States. The event was hosted by US President Barack Obama and attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
On July 6, 2012 The High Kings were invited to perform at the residence of the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.
On March 12, 2013 The High Kings announced a forthcoming third studio album produced by Sharon Shannon and John Dunford, consisting of eight original songs and a selection of classic ballads. The High Kings released their latest CD Friends for life in October 2013.
On September 23, 2013 The High Kings released Friends For Life under the Sony record label.
Title Date of release Media format Record label The High Kings 2008 CD Manhattan Records The High Kings: Live in Dublin 2008 DVD The Blue Note Label Group The High Kings: Memory Lane 2010 CD Universal Music Ireland The High Kings: Live in Ireland 2011 CD Celtic Music Collections The High Kings: Friends for Life 2013 CD Sony Music Entertainment
- The High Kings. "New Album In The Works". Official Website. Retrieved June 6, 2013.</ref