Thursday, 15 September 2016

US Tour Round Up and More...

Emerald Guitar on Tour

“About to kick off the US tour. Warming up with my X20 Artisan from Emerald Guitars.”


“A little something to mark the 39th anniversary of ELVIS. Glad to sing this with my Artisan X20 acoustic from Emerald Guitars.”

“After many requests and messages from you guys following the first 'Elvis' song I posted a few weeks ago, I've decided to upload another hotel room video. Hope you enjoy.
One of my favourite songs from Rod the Mod. This is dedicated to the wonderful High Kings road crew, who have accommodated me having my Artisan X20 Emerald guitar on the road with me. The best crew in the game!”

Photos from Colorado

Thanks to Charlie Brock for sharing these photos of the High Kings in Colorado on the last leg of their US Tour back in June.

US Tour Round Up

“Boom!!” ‪#‎aerlingus ‪#‎business

Boothbay Harbour

“Day 1 of the HKUSA tour. What a stunning place Boothbay Harbour is. Beautiful lunch by the water and ready to play the Opera House tonight.” ‪#‎maine 

 Live from Boothbay Harbor

Great American Irish Festival - Utica

Watch the High Kings singing on the streets of Utica

Before Darren and the lads did a live Parade on the streets of Utica with KRock, they had a chat and a song in the KRock studio. Listen on this link.


It was a busy day in Utica for the lads! Listen to a podcast of an interview they did for WOUR after the parade. 

 “On route with Brian earlier to the first of 3 shows this weekend at GAI Festival.
Incredible crowd. Insane atmosphere. What a reaction. Roll on tomorrow.
Good to be back in upstate New York.” 

“Very quiet crowd in upstate New York tonight.” 

GAIF end of festival update from HK HQ. “What an amazing weekend at the Great American Irish Festival! Thanks to John, Judy and all the team for making us feel so welcome and providing us with a great start to our Tour!! We want to come back next year!! Thanks to Kathy Bottorff Stockbridge at NYS Music for the great shots.” 

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The High Kings performing The Parting Glass at GAIF


Rest Day Chicago!!

“Chicago never fails to impress, especially on such a beautiful day. Always a pleasure to hang out here. HKUSA.” 


Waterloo Ohio

"Brian and I hanging out with our pals from Scythian in Waterloo, Iowa tonight.”


Iowa Irish Fest

Update from HKHQ: “Thank you Iowa Irish Fest!! Thank you for such a warm welcome and even warmer hospitality!! Thank you Greg and all The Committee members who made it possible!!” 

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The High Kings performing Red is the Rose at the Iowa Irish Fest.



“Only in Nashville can you walk into a honky tonk and legendary Grammy winning artist and guitarist extraordinaire Brent Mason is at the next table. I own so many country albums that this dude plays on. Blown away to hear him jam with the house band and chat with him afterwards.
Great hang.”

Photo copyright Charlie Brock.

“Thanks you Nashville. As absolute pleasure.”

Des Moines - Iowa

“About to go live on TV in Des Moines, Iowa. CW Live.” ‪#‎hkusa

An early start for The High Kings as they dropped in the studios of KCWI Des Moines for their first TV of the day. They performed Ireland's Shore on CWI Live ahead of their show at the Hoyt Sherman. Summer 2016 US Tour.

“Second TV of the day KCCI News Des Moines.” ‪#‎abc

Watch the High Kings in the studio having a brief chat for KCCI News in Des Moines.

“Last night was epic. Top notch crowd in this beautiful theatre. Des Moines, Iowa. Thank you!”

Irish Festival of Minnesota

“About to step onstage in St Paul in blistering sunshine. It's been a while since we played this beautiful city. Good to be back!”

“What a crowd!! St Paul, Minnesota.
Unreal. US summer tour fun”

Kent Stage – Ohio

“Proud to play the same theatre tomorrow night that Glen Campbell played on his farewell tour.” ‪#‎kentstage ‪#‎kentunivercity ‪#‎ohio

“Kent, Ohio. That was unreal. What a fantastic crowd, in a classic old theatre. Hope to see you again. Thanks to the many folks who travelled from out of State to tonight’s concert.
On to Cincinnati tomorrow.”


“Cincinnati...amazing. Sold out and you guys couldn't be louder if you tried. Definitely one to remember from the tour. Just arrived in Milwaukee for 2 days of Festival shenanigans. Now...Zzzzzzz”


“Gymming it up with Dunphy.”

“Another great HK USA summer tour rolls on.

Update from HKHQ: “THAT moment from last night at Milwaukee Irish Fest!!”

“Backstage, about to go on in Milwaukee.”

Walking out to a great reception!

Watch a little Fields of Athenry in Milwaukee

Watch the lads on the “Rocky Road to Milwaukee”

City Winery Chicago

“High Kings Red wine available at our City Winery concert in Chicago tonight.”

"Big thanks to City Winery Chicago for having us tonight. One of the most fun shows we've had in quite a while. Fantastic hospitality from the staff and a crowd that we wish we could take everywhere with us!”

The High Kings performing Leaving of Liverpool at City Winery in Chicago.


“Front porch chillin'.” #hkusa #lakesuperior 

“When you bring "Socks in the Frying Pan" onstage for the last couple of songs. What a blast. Thank you Bayfield!! A night to remember.”


'The Buffalo News' newspaper August 29th 2016.


 “Thanks to Fox4 TV in Kansas for the great welcome they gave us on their show this morning. Really great folks.”

"Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees.
Great fun with the guys tonight. Thanks to all the baseball fans and staff here for an incredible welcome. An absolute honour to sing for you all.”

“Some footage from last night baseball game. Royals v Yankees.
Thanks to Patty Toy Steck for capturing this.”

 “Thanks to Kansas City Live for having us on this morning!” #hkusa

CLICK HERE to watch their performance

“Hey Kansas City Missouri, tomorrow morning on FM Radio "101 THE FOX" Brian and myself will be on air with one of Americas top morning Rock Radio DJ's "Slacker". Our segment will air at approximately 6.45am and repeat around 8.30am.
Check it out!”

Listen to the interview.

“What a great way to wrap up the tour. Joined onstage for the finale by Patrick and Steve from the great Gaelic Storm.
Fantastic crowd went into overdrive and kicked it home with us.”

The High Kings joined on stage by Gaelic Storm performing Whisky in the Jar at Kansas Irish Fest.

"Tonight in Kansas City, Missouri, we finally wrap up a long High Kings 6 week US tour. We've been all over, and the reaction and support we've received is truly amazing and appreciated. The HK army continues to grow and evolve. Many fans travel all over the USA with us, planning their summer vacations around our concert appearances.
That really is incredible to me. We are always humbled and grateful to hear you guys at every show, and know you are behind us every step.
We couldn't do this without you.
We also couldn't do it at the level we do, without a terrific road crew.
Ronan, Bobby, Paddy and Vivien. Super guys.
It's difficult to be away from our families for long periods, but the welcome we get on tour, particularly here in America, is something we never take for granted.
Thanks for making this our biggest US stint to date and we will see y'all very soon for round 2!”
“Thank you Kansas City!”

“Landed in Dublin! 😊
Straight to Newry for telly show with Daniel O' Donnell.” 😊