Monday, 25 August 2014

Festivals Round Up USA, UK, and Ireland, and more....

Mooncoin School Visit Article

"Today's Munster Express carries Full page coverage of The recent Flag raising ceremony at Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, my first school in Mooncoin. Great day. Great memories."
Climb For Kids Documentary

"It's been 3 years since the "Climb for Kids" documentary was shown on RTE 1.
Good memories of a great bunch of people lending a hand to raise much needed funding for Our Lady's hospital in Crumlin.
Very proud of my involvement and the friendships forged since."
CLICK HERE to watch full documentary
Irish Examiner Mention for Darren

"So glad this is getting the coverage it deserves."

 Colorado Irish Festival
"Denver bound via Chicago.
2 weeks Stateside kicking off.
Who's coming out to see us?"
"Just visited the iconic Red Rocks amphitheatre in Colorado."
"Great night at Littleton Colorado. Fantastic crowd, huge welcome. Brilliant start to the festival trek across the States. On to Ohio tomorrow."

Photos in slide courtesy and copyright Charlie Brock

Cleveland Irish Festival
"Backstage with Damo Dempsey, John, Eamon, Brian, and Finbarr. Great weekend."
"Tonight we had the pleasure of King Damo Dempsey joining us onstage for Rocky Road to Dublin. What an atmosphere. Brilliant."

"Some official Festival pics from Cleveland, capturing a great night. Always great to have the pleasure of Damien Dempsey join us onstage."

 "Layover in Chicago, looking back on great week in Cleveland. Rock and Roll Hall of fame and band and crew bowling night. Good times" 

 Great American Irish Festival NY
"Beautiful Hudson River Valley scenery on today's road trip to Festival. #newyorkstateofmind"
"What a show. What a great crowd. NY brought the party tonight!!"
Lughnasa Festival - Kerry

"4 hours sleep at Shannon, and we are on the road again to Co Kerry for the Lughnasa Festival in Cloughane tonight.
On to London tomorrow to perform at The Windsor Races. As you do. : )

Not tired at all. Sob......Zzzzzzzzz"

"Some scenery from tonight's stage. Beautiful Ireland."

Morning Update from HK HQ - " Another day, another Airport! We were delighted with our homecoming show in the beautiful town of Cloghane last night in Co Kerry. Thanks to all who came to see the show and especially to Tom, Gina and Tabitha for looking after us so well. ...Now we are in Shannon airport for the short trip to London and onwards to WINDSOR RACES tonight! We take the stage after the final race at 9pm! Please like and share with anyone you know in the Greater London area . . . .more pictures to follow but here is the setting for our show yesterday in Cloghane, a truly magical place"

"Hopefully 2 hours sleep is enough to sustain the aul bod for The Windsor Races today.
Herself is meeting me there so I better perk up : )

#shannonairport #firstworldproblem"
Windsor Races Irish Night
"Soundcheck completed at the Windsor Races. Onstage at 9pm."

"What an incredible night here in Windsor. Literally thousands of people made tonight one of our most memorable shows since we started.
Sensational Craic under a beautiful blood red summer night sky.
Thanks London."
Killarney INEC

"Just offstage at the INEC. What a night! Brilliant fun.
Delighted to have my family there as always! Had a great catch up with dear friends earlier today too.
Lots of Mooncoin folks tonight. Great fun.
Up in 4 hours to fly to the UK for The Cambridge Folk Festival!!
Goodnight all."
One week later after a trip to the UK!

"Great night at the INEC. Delighted to meet our good friend Daniel O' Donnell backstage afterwards." 

Cambridge Folk Festival

"Backstage about to go on!!
Cambridge are you ready!!"

News from HK HQ in Cambridge
"What an atmosphere! LĂșnasa are ripping it up on Stage 2 at the moment, the sold out crowd are in high spirits and we are buzzing at the prospect of playing at this amazing festival!! Just three hours to stage time. We recorded a song for Cambridge Folk Festival TV earlier and here is a still front he recording, we will post the recording once it's ready later today, hope you like it!" 

HK HQ signing off the first day in Cambridge.

"What can we say Cambridge? We are truly humbled by the reception you gave us tonight! We were in the company of some real music royalty tonight, Eddi Reader, Seth Lakeman, LĂșnasa all performed on our stage and we have had the most amazing day! Here's to tomorrow on the Main Stage at 1.45pm. Goodnight and thank you Cambridge Folk Festival, you have made four Irish guys feel very special indeed!!"

"Cambridge! What can we say to this reaction. The Kings ran rampant! Thank you so much for this amazing welcome.
See you on the main stage tomorrow."

"Ready to take the stage at Cambridge again. Beautiful day and lots of happy people."


News from HK HQ after the final show at the Cambridge Festival

"Cambridge Folk Festival 2014 - this weekend will stay with us forever! Thanks to Eddie Barcan and all the team and all the crews and volunteers for making it happen . . . . .and to all the good folk who came to see us . . . ."

"Wow! Incredible show and crowd on today's main stage. So special and a definite memory to last a lifetime.
Thanks to everyone at Cambridge Folk Festival for having us.
Home later to my little gang. : )"

 "Nice mention for us in UK newspaper The Independent."

BBC Radio 2 - Folk Show Cambridge Festival

The High Kings were featured on the BBC R2 Cambridge Festival Highlights Folk Show. There is a short interview with Mark Radcliffe and a lovely rendition of Go Lassie Go. Click the link to listen with an option to download. Enjoy!

Entertainment Ireland TV
"Recorded a tv slot with Henry McGlade yesterday for Entertainment Ireland which will air in September."

UK Tour Dates 2015

HKHQ are delighted to announce a run of UK shows for March 2015!

Tuesday 10th March - Oran Mor, Glasgow
Wednesday 11th March - Greystones, Sheffield
Thursday 12th March - Borderline, London
Saturday 14th - The Stables, Milton Keynes
Monday 16th - Artrix, Bromsgrove
Tuesday 17th - St Patrick's Day - The Lowry, Salford

Tickets on following link:

 From the Archives

"Ya wanna Folk with us?
Go ahead. Folk with us."

It was 5 years ago that the High Kings became double IMA award winners as Best Folk Group and Best Newcomer in Castlebar. Here they are at the INEC in Killarney the following night proudly showing off the awards! Coincidently, they were in Castlebar and Killarney the same weekend this year!


Finally from Darren....

 "It's so sad and frustrating to watch the countless news reports on the Malaysia Airlines' Flight MH17. All you can do is hope the passengers didn't suffer as much as you'd fear. God speed to each one of those poor people, and prayers for healing to their loved ones, who no doubt are caught in a whirlwind of pain, sorrow, anger and hopelessness right now.
The civilized world needs to sort out those responsible for this monstrous crime. Soon."

" Always a great day when I get to hang out with Tommy Fleming. Good times."

"What a huge loss. Robin Williams RIP.
Genius. Comedy legend. Great actor."

That's all the news for now, the High Kings are about to head back to the US for a few days for the Milwaukee Irish Festival. We will bring you more news soon!

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team

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