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High Kings
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music - equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful - is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music, and aiming to bring us along for the journey. With 2016's Grace & Glory, the band widened their appeal and fanbase.

Ten years ago, four Irish singers, performers and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before. The heyday of ballad groups such as The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners was a distant memory for generations of music fans, and to have another bunch of Irish lads taking up the baton and continuing the tradition was great news to thousands of fans worldwide. "We could sing well, play our instruments well and harmonise well," says Darren Holden, humbly underselling somewhat the numerous skill sets of the individual members. "People were looking for guys with character, presence - not just cardboard cut-outs - so the respective experience we all had wasn't just helpful but essential. The four members immediately knew that something special was taking place ("we knew within the space of a few songs that there was magic"), and within months had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 2008, reached a highly impressive number two on Billboard Magazine's World Music chart.

2017 saw the band continue with intensive touring of Ireland, the UK and America, in tandem with a rapid growth in their digital and online profile. The band marked its tenth anniversary with a very special compilation celebrating a decade of outstanding songs and performances. The November 2017 release of Decade-Best of the High Kings was received with rave reviews and record sales figures with the band again topping the Irish Album Charts and returning to the Billboard World Music Charts once again.

The departure of original High King Martin Furey and the arrival of young-gun George Murphy has brought a new hunger to the High Kings and their audiences alike. The DECADE World Tour is a joyous trip down Memory Lane, to the music and song of yesteryear, this time performed in a contemporary style and arrangement which still remains true to the original. Here's to the next ten years . . . Here's to The High Kings . .

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