Saturday, 16 July 2016

Emerald Guitars, UK Festivals, and more....

Ambassador Emerald Guitars 

“Absolutely delighted to receive this stunning X20 Artisan from Sean Feeny, PR for Emerald Guitars in Donegal.
I will be honoured to play this unique and amazing carbon fibre instrument.
A great start to my birthday weekend.
Thanks Sean and Alan!”


Official photos of Darren with his new Emerald Guitar

Emerald Guitars: "We are so honoured to have such a talented performer as Darren as one of our ambassadors!"

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"Proud and honoured to see the brand new official video of my becoming an ambassador for Emerald Guitars.
Huge thanks to Alastair, Sean and Alan from Emerald for reaching out to me to make this happen."


RSVP Magazine

"Piece from the July edtion of RSVP Magazine."


WLR FM Interview

Listen to Darren chatting to Geoff Harris on WLR FM.


From The Archives

Darren's tribute to Diana Princess of Wales.
She would have been celebrating her 55th Birthday on the 1st July.
(this is YouTube version of video also on Darren's Facebook)


“So, this video just picked up 23,000 views, and was shared more than 500 times in just the last 4 days, since being re-posted. Big thanks!


Isle of Wight Festival

"Looking forward to folking up the 'Big Top' on Saturday and 'The Main Stage" at The Isle of Wight Festival this Sunday.
Should be an amazing weekend!”
#‎thewho ‪#‎queen ‪#‎stereophonics

Update from HKHQ – “Our home for the weekend at Isle of Wight Festival 2016!” #theboysarebackintown #IOW2016

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Update from HKHQ – “Posing! Onstage at 745pm!" #‎HardRockStage ‪#‎IOW2016

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Hard Rock Stage 

Big Top Stage

Main Stage

“Can honestly say that today will be one off the bucket list when we will play this monster behind me, currently inhabited by Queen's roadcrew." 

"Wrapping up an amazing weekend at The Isle of Wight Festival. Incredible memories. One of the gigs to remember today. Brilliant crowd.
Thanks to John Giddings for inviting us again.”


Update from HK HQ: “Thank you ‪#‎IOW2016, we had an absolute blast! We have so many people to thank for such an amazing experience, the Festival Production Team and the Artist Liaison Team were, as always, outstanding. Special thanks to those of you who came to listen to us for the very first time and decided to stick around and dance a little! Steve Matthews Travel LTD you rock!"

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Photos from the High Kings performances on the Hard Rock, Big Top, and Main stages at the Isle of Wight Festival.

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“The joys of it! Glastonbury, complete with up to your neck muck fest. Great buzz here. Trying to find a screen. Now to watch the game. COYBIG!”


“Glastonbury. Unreal. Amazing experience.
Thanks to the BBC for sharing this performance of our brand new single
'Hand me down my Bible'.”

[Sorry we have removed the video as BBC have now set it to private]

“Makes it all worthwhile when you get a message from Phil Coulter, thanking me and the lads for keeping his song alive. He reckons Luke Kelly would've approved too!
That's good enough for me.”


Watch the High Kings performing on the Acoustic stage at Glastonbury 
Listen to the High Kings chatting and performing Hand Me Down My Bible and Red Is The Rose with Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music, live from Glastonbury.


Irish Shows

“Donegal kicked the weekend off in style last night. Loud as Folk!
Tonight it's an open air concert in New Ross.
Paddy Casey will have you warmed up and raring to go before we take to the stage at 9pm.
Bring it on!”

“New Ross, huge crowd, under a beautiful July sky last night was a memorable show. Thanks to everyone for coming out making it a great night.”

US Festivals


Watch a little of the High Kings performing at the Colorado Irish Festival.

Update from HKHQ: "Thank You Colorado Irish Festival! What an amazing audience!"
#‎theboysarebackintown ‪#‎graceandglorytour

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A little video promo for the show at the IAHC in Chicago.

“CHICAGO.....That was off the scale! Hands down the loudest audience this summer so far. Loved being back with you all and grateful that like I said...You guys always show up and bring the party.
'Til the next time...”

Irish Music Magazine

“Irish Music Magazine review of Grace & Glory.”

Other Updates from Darren

“Ireland Funds Literary Awards. Mansion House.”

“Grace & Glory is spending yet another week in the national Top 20.
Holding strong at number 12.
Massive thanks to the HK army and our friends at radio all over Ireland for the continued support! On a weekend that we play the main stage at the Isle of Wight festival....this is huge news!”

“The gifted Henry Mcullough passed away today. One of the many songs he graced with his genius was 'My Love' by Wings. A fantastic song became even more sublime by his achingly beautiful guitar solo.
When Paul Mcartney dedicated it to him at his Dublin show in 2010, it was quite a thrill to be sitting 3 seats away from Henry.

That's the round-up of all the news for now. The High Kings will soon be heading off to the US for an extended tour of festivals and shows during the rest of the summer. We'll be back in a few weeks with a round up from the US tour and all other news.

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren & The DH Team