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The High Kings

The High Kings - Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and, newest member, Paul O’Brien – return for their annual concert.
Friday 24 January 2020.
The High Kings formed in June 2007 when Brian, Darren, Finbarr and former member Martin Furey were asked to join a brand new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh after he had noticed a gap in the market for a band specializing in traditional Irish music. The High Kings play 13 instruments between them creating the unique sound and atmosphere that they still showcase to this day. This was confirmed when their self-titled debut album reached number 2 on the World Billboard Music chart. By 2011, they had begun playing larger venues not only in Ireland but also in America and across Europe. Many fans became regular faces as they effectively followed the band on their sold-out tours many crossing oceans and borders throughout the world just to see them perform live.People loved what they were doing bringing a new take on traditional Irish ballads to audiences of multiple generations.

In 2013 the band licensed their 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 and was released in 2013. Taking their original songs on the road was a new and exciting milestone for the band and it wasn’t long before the likes of ‘Oh Maggie’ and ‘Irelands 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 which was their first joint CD/DVD and the first live DVD recording since the debut 'Live In Dublin' in 2008. The early part of 2016 was spent back in the studio recording their ‘Grace & Glory’ album which went on to reach Number 1 on the Irish Indie charts. Over the past 12 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 10 amazingly successful years together and also included 5 brand new recordings.They performed for President Obama in Moneygall in 2012, which 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 2015 The High Kings were invited to the Pentagon as guests of General Martin Dempsey where they performed alongside the US Marine Corps band. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Irish Rugby anthem Ireland’s Call the band were asked by the original composer Phil Coulter to record their own version which was subsequently included in the TV3 documentary.

The High Kings continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish Folk bands across the world and are widely regarded to be at the forefront of the genre. Now after a 12-year journey The High Kings continue to perform in sell-out venues across the globe to their ever growing army of loyal fans that span generations.
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Cork Opera House
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Friday, 24 January