Sunday, 23 August 2015

Recording and Ireland and Stateside Round Up

Westland Studios Dublin
Update from HKHQ: “Westland Studios in Dublin is our HKHQ for today. We are working on a VERY exciting project with a VERY Legendary Producer!! More to follow . .”

“Honoured to work with Master Coulter today. Can't wait for you all to hear what's happening.”
High Kings in Ireland

National Concert Hall

“Soundcheck complete at NCH. ready to folk up Dublin!”

“Huge thanks to last night's National Concert Hall audience for making it such a great show. Really enjoyed it.
Prestigious venue. Proud and grateful to perform there.”

“Phill Jupitus stopped by after our show at The National Concert Hall on Thursday.”

Leopardstown Races

“Great day for the races!
We actually have "The High Kings apprentice Handicap" running at 7.25pm.
Nice to have a race named after us. : )”

Check out a few photos of Darren and the lads at Leopardstown Racecourse last weekend.

Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin 16/7/2015 Former X Factor Nicky McDonald with members of the High Kings
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The High Kings performing Follow Me Up To Carlow at a very wet Leopardstown Races.


“What a beautiful spot for a concert.
Tonight we play a sold out show at St Declan's Church, Ardmore Co Waterford.”

“As the doors were about to open in Ardmore.”

“One of our most memorable concerts to date tonight at St Declan's Church Ardmore.
Brilliant audience that almost lifted the roof off at times.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to see us.
We won't forget this one.”


“The Kings are in the Kingdom on the night that Kerry are crowned Munster Football Champions once again!”

“Doesn't get much better than tonight's crowd in Killarney,
Loud as Folk!
That's why we still do what we do.
Thanks to everyone who made it one to remember.”


“Sligo! That was off the scale. Loudest and wildest night for a long time.
Not often the entire show is sung back to us with such volume!
Thanks for a fantastic time.”

High Kings Stateside


“What a triumphant and fantastic return to Cleveland this past weekend.
Huge crowd's turned out to see us headline The Cultural and Irish
festival. Massive thanks to the organizers for having us back yet
again and indeed to our US HK Army for turning out in such massive numbers and singing the words of all the songs at the top of their voices! Incredible buzz.
See you all when we return!!”

"Great to see Frances Black and Aoife Scott over the weekend."

Dublin Ohio

HKHQ Update: "Happy Friday everyone from sunny Dublin, Ohio! We hit the Dublin Stage at 10pm tonight and we are delighted to be back!! Our new CD/DVD double pack 'Four Friends Live' is exclusively available at the Festival Merchandise Store. There really is only one song for this weekend to get us all in the mood . . .available officially for the very first time TODAY!! Feel free to like and share this exclusive video!"
“Thanks to "Good Morning Columbus" for having us on today. Great fun.”

Photos copyright Good Morning Columbus.
To watch Darren and Brian's interview CLICK HERE

To watch the performance of Rocky Road to Dublin CLICK HERE

Update from HKHQ: “What an AMAZING show last night Dublin! Thank you for your huge support! Today we play our third and final show at ‪#‎dublinirishfest‬ for this year at the earlier time of 1215pm. This set will feature ALL the fan favourites and we are looking forward to saying hi to you all again at 130pm at the official Merchandise Stand directly after the gig. Here's a pic on set at WSYX yesterday”

“With a few friends in Ohio”

“Massive thanks to the fantastic HK army in Ohio.
What a reception you gave us today. An onslaught of noise and fun. So many highlights, including all our original songs being sung back to us with aplomb.
The standing ovation for "The Town I Loved so Well" will stay with me for a long time. Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart. I'm blessed that I get the chance to sing this iconic piece of music at every show.
We will be back soon!”

Thanks to the fans that have shared their photos with us.

Watch the High Kings perform in Dublin Ohio
Oh Maggie

Ride On
"Another day, another airline." 


Bayfield Lake Superior

“Just a regular Wednesday afternoon chill on the front porch.”

"Blessed to wake up in such a unique house, surrounded by total bliss."
#bayfieldlighthouse #highkings


“Sure you'd have to go for an aul swim in Lake Superior.” 


Update from HKHQ: “What a way to kick off our tour!! Thanks to EVERYONE at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua for making this such a special occasion for us. Here are some pics including one from our Finale last night when we were joined onstage by Keep 'Er Lit and most importantly a post-show pic of our show sponsors with us backstage. We want to come back!! Photo credits; Katrina M. Werchouski”


Update from HKHQ: “Wow! What a weekend! We are so honoured to have such a loyal following at Milwaukee Irish Fest every year. We have had an amazing experience and it's all down to you!! We hope to see you next year. Next weekend it's time for Dubuque Iowa, Rushville Indiana and Buffalo NY before we go home for a short break! Don't forget we are coming back to the USA in September AND October for more shows . . .check out our live dates on the website and on Facebook!!"
#aerlingus #theboysarebackintown #MilwaukeeIrishFest

“Milwaukee! What a blast. Massive crowds to see us over the weekend. We love playing for you. Thanks for the huge support.”

"Brian and meself with the bould Davey (The Kilkennys) in Milwaukee."

 “Lads be findin' a pool table.”

Other Updates From Darren

“Nice little mention in Sunday's Independent piece on Rock Musicals.”

“We arrived back to Dublin airport this morning just in time to witness the massive crowds waiting to welcome home our Special Olympics heroes. What an atmosphere. Well deserved after a very successful medals haul.
Go Team Ireland!”

“Big Congrats to my old boss Billy Joel and his wife Alexis on the birth of their baby girl Della Rose. Many years of happiness and love to you all.”

“Go on The Cats!!
Hard fought but well worthy winners in the end.
Well done Waterford. There or thereabouts for a while.
Kilkenny back in another All Ireland Final!”

That's all the news for now, we will be back with more news from both sides of the Atlantic again soon.

Thanks as always for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rattle Your Cage and More News

Rattle Your Cage

“Conor McGregor deserves an anthem.
"RATTLE YOUR CAGE" written by myself and Brian Dunphy, along with producer Billy Farrell, is that song, packing a killer punch Conor himself would be proud of.
Please like and share, Let's make this a knockout.”

Press Release

“Absolutely overwhelmed with the many messages of congrats and great response for "Rattle Your Cage". Yes it's a very fresh sound for Brian and I and I'm happy that so many of you are loving it.
Available i-Tunes from July 7th.”

"We are proud to launch the video for "RATTLE YOUR CAGE". Written by myself, Brian Dunphy & The Corrs producer Billy Farrell.

Available to BUY NOW on iTunes and Amazon.
Buy Now Links
iTUNES  Amazon UK and all other Amazon Stores

 "We would love to have this hit the chart's by the time McGregor fights Chad Mendes on July 11th in Vegas. We hope you will all get behind it and help make that happen!
Thanks so much.
Darren, Brian, and Billy"

American Review
Poyenburg Festival

“Selfie with a few friends in Germany last night.”

Isle of Wight Festival
“Just bumped into Paul Young backstage at Isle of Wight. Hadn't seen him since we played Russia together in 1994.”

“What a weekend. One to remember!
Just wrapped up our stint at The Isle of Wight festival and caught the brilliant Fleetwood Mac as they headlined the event.”

Killarney Pics

Photos courtesy and copyright Anja Mueller

Longford Festival

Update and photo from HKHQ
"Showtime very soon! Here we are with Festival Manager Martina Glennon " 

"What a sensational crowd at the festival in Longford last night. Couple thousand of the loudest and most fun people we've had in ages!
Loved it.
Thanks to the organisers for looking after us so well!
On to The Royal Theatre in Castlebar tonight."

US Tour Dates
More dates to be added, please see TOUR DATES for ticket links

Updates from Darren

“Thoughts going out to the families of 6 Irish students killed in Berkeley, CA. Tragic.”

 "Today's Sun Newspaper."


"Go on The Cats!!
Leinster Champs for the 70th time.
A stern test from Galway answered, despite some wayward shooting at times.
Joe's goal sublime. TJ is the new king!
Our cousin Joey lifting the cup!"

That's all the news for now. Since the summer break and UK and German festivals, Darren has been busy on the promotion trail for 'Rattle Your Cage' and we hope you will support him and Brian by buying the single and helping it chart before the big fight!

The High Kings now have a few shows in Ireland, including the big one at Dublin's National Concert Hall on July 9th, before heading Stateside for a summer of festivals there.

We'll be back soon with another news round up soon!

Thanks for your continued support

Darren and the DH Team