Monday, 4 June 2018

TV Couch, Irish Tour, Irish Post Awards,


Right Here Waiting

A classic from Richard Marx. #pianoman



Six O’Clock Show

Watch Darren chatting on the couch on TV3's Six O'Clock Show, broadcast 5th April 2018.


Video stills from Darren's appearance on the couch.



Tribute to ‘Big Tom’


“Four Country Roads now lead to Heaven. The greatest is gone.
We had the pleasure of him sitting in the front row of many High Kings concerts in Castleblaney, and a finer gentleman you couldn't meet.
Rest in Peace Big Tom.
They won't make 'em like you anymore.”
#legend


Listen to Darren chatting to Sue Nunn on KCLR FM, earlier this evening, about Irish country singer 'Big Tom'.



KCLR Interview

Listen to Darren chatting to Sue Nunn on KCLR 96 FM.





Sad News



“I am so very sad today. Our manager and great friend Dave Kavanagh has passed away. The High Kings only exist because of Dave and his vision.
We will miss him always. I'll be forever grateful to him and I'll miss the chats on the phone and his sharp wit. I'm glad we both had a great catch up recently at the office.
God speed Dave. Thank you.
My deepest condolences to his family.
This weekend will be very tough, but we will do our best.”


“A beautiful gathering, a beautiful send off for our fearless leader, manager and friend. His legacy will live on through ourselves and every other artist who he worked his magic on. Following beautiful tributes from his family, music from Maeve, Bono and The Edge from U2, The High Kings sent Dave on his way with The Parting Glass. Just as he would have wanted it.
Ar dheis de go raibh a anam.”
#highkings #u2 #clannad #celticwoman


Some beautiful media tributes to HK manager Dave Kavanagh.



Irish Post Music Awards

Announcement from HKHQ: “Thrilled to announce that we will be appearing at The Irish Post Music Awards hosted in INEC Killarney June 7th 2018!” #irishpostmusicawards

CLICK HERE to read article.

“Really looking forward to seeing our many friends at The Irish Post Awards at INEC Killarney on June 7th.
Should be a big night. Broadcast live as it happens on TG4.” #hk18




Irish Tour Round Up

Ennis

“Glor, Ennis. Amazing crowd last night. Sold out and buzzing throughout. Great way to kick off the tour! Big thanks to you all.” #hk18


Maynooth

“Maynooth! The loudest and funniest audience in ages. The gags were fast & furious tonight. Great craic. See you all again!”

Photos copyright Carol Billett.





Killarney

“Best crowd ever at the INEC Killarney. What a great night. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us tonight." #hk18 #decade #elvis


Clonmel & Carrickmacross

“Clonmel and Carrickmacross.....2 amazing shows and massive crowds.
Huge thanks to everyone for coming out to see us. Tonight it's back to Vicar St in Dublin, where we will raise a song and celebrate our Boss DK.”


Dublin

Vicar St, Thank you so much for coming out in full force tonight for our show. An incredible reaction that floored us completely.

We thank you for honouring our friend and manager Dave Kavanagh with a huge round of applause during our tribute to him and his legacy.
We will all miss him but the dream and his vision goes on. Tomorrow we will help send him on his way with a song.
Goodnight and God Bless.”




Loughrea

“Loughrea that was amazing! What a crowd and what a night. Sold out. Great fun. You guys were brilliant. Hope our friends from Nevada got a kick out of 'Viva Las Vegas'

Hope to see you all again.” #hk18



Kilkenny

“On the home turf in Kilkenny tonight.

Massive night ahead at The Hub.”

#hk18 #decade


“Kilkenny! That was savage! Brilliant crowd and great fun! Loud as folk! Always good to be home and see my Mam and family at the show. Maybe we'll see you again on the road.”



Castlebar

“The Royal Theatre in Castlebar has long been a sort of spiritual home for The High Kings. Last night, the welcome back was fantastic, humbling and really special. Thanks a lot to everyone who made it one to remember.”
#hk18 #decade



Sligo

Sligo! Rammed to capacity and buzzing big time. That's was one of the better nights. Massive thanks to a super crowd.” #hk18 #decade

Photos Copyright Carol Billett.




Cavan

“Cavan! Loudest and craziest crowd this year so far! Absolutely brilliant night. Ears are still ringing after that.

You guys know how to do Friday night.”



Donegal

“One of the best High Kings crowds on this tour so far last night in Donegal. Absolutely incredible volume and fun.

Good to wind down this morning on my way home with this magical scene.”

#lovedonegal #hk18


“Huge thanks to the many people who helped make the Irish Tour such a big success. Signed off last night with a full house in Charleville. Superb crowd.

Thanks to our ever present road crew who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep us up and running.
Some down time now. Finally!”



Tour Dates

Please keep visiting www.thehighkings.com for all dates, venues, and ticket links, as they are announced and added.

Don't forget dates have already been announced for Holland and a UK Tour in Novemeber.

Just Announced tours!

Ireland Summer Dates



US Summer and Fall Dates






Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Backstage Performances and US Tour Round UP


Graceland

"Graceland. Don't know what it is about the place. Totally inspiring and always a jaw dropping experience. The massive new exhibit across the street just happened to open 1 year ago yesterday. Bumping into the worlds greatest Elvis impersonator Shawn Klush was a bonus. Brian, Finbarr and myself sang Galway to Graceland for him. A very cool day.” #elvis #graceland



“Darren mentioned they sang Galway to Graceland at Graceland? Well it just so happens someone recorded it, so here it is! Enjoy!”



Live From Backstage

New York State of Mind. Live from a snowy NYC before the High Kings New York City Winery show 7th March 2018.” #killingtimebackstage #hkusa18



“Backstage today in Virginia, as a little tribute to the late Thom Moore, here is his beautiful song 'Cavan Girl'.”




Happy St Patrick's Day From Darren

“Hope you are having the best St. Patrick's Day and wearing your shamrock with pride. The High Kings are sold out tonight at The Forbes Performings Arts Center in Harrisonburg VA. Bring it on.”


“Backstage before tonight's show in Virginia for the day that's in it. A very impromptu and unrehearsed Danny Boy with Brian.” #stpatricksday






Happy St Patrick's Day From the High Kings

HKHQ: “Happy St. Patrick's Day to all our fans, friends and families around the world! We will be celebrating tonight at Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, Virginia - All our love from Finbarr, Brian, Darren and George xxx" #DecadeUSA


On the 18th March 2012, the High Kings headlined the Lord Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. This is their performance of a couple of old set favourites from earlier in the 'Decade'. They left London after the event to fly to Washington DC and the White House!



US Tour Round Up

Memphis

“Good morning Memphis.”



Photos from the High Kings show at in Memphis during the first week of the tour. Photos copyright Charlie Brock, thanks for sharing Charlie



Nashville

“Great to be back in Nashville. Broadway is hopping and it's only 3pm!”
#musiccityusa #hkusa18



“Saturday night in Nashville...Sold out, what can I say! Unbelievable. You guys were incredible. So many special moments during the show. Goosebumps when you raised the roof with "Oh Maggie". To write a song and have it sung so loudly in Music City USA...no words. Thanks for indulging us "That's Alright". Gotta have some Elvis. Memphis on Friday night....beautiful. What a great audience. We just rolled into Asheville, North Carolina on a sunny Sunday morning.”


The High Kings performing Black Velvet Band in a SOLD OUT Nashville!



Photos from the High Kings show at in Memphis during the first week of the tour. Photos copyright Charlie Brock, thanks for sharing Charlie






Asheville

“Tonight it's The Isis Music Hall, Asheville, North Carolina.” #hkusa18



NYC Winery Take 1!

“Back in the old stomping ground.”


New York, New York. It always feels like coming home. Thanks to you all for braving the snow to be here. We had a blast. So great to come back here again.” #citywinery #nyc #secondhome #hkusa18


Old Saybrook

“2 great sold out nights in Old Saybrook Connecticut. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Center.”

Photo copyright Lehan Sullivan


  
Syracuse

"Could be worse, but I'm pretty done with snow at this stage."



Cumberland



Photos copyright Ruth B Fogarty




Ann Arbour

“Ann Arbour, Michigan just might have been the show of the tour last night. What a crowd. Loud as folk. Totally fun show. Thanks to the huge crowd who came out to see us.” #hkusa



NYC Winery Take 2!

New York City. You broke my heart last night during "Town" and lifted it higher that you could imagine.
Beautiful to hear an audience reaction throughout the song.
Thank you very much. It's a pleasure to sing such a classic. Last night we dedicated it to the memory of Liam O Flynn.” #coulter


You've seen Darren's status about the Town I Loved So Well at the City Winery in NYC last night. This is the performance, thanks Jennifer Leary for recording and sharing it.



Columbus

Columbus Ohio! Wow! What an incredible crowd tonight. That was ridiculous. Loved it.
Massive thanks to everyone for a brilliant night.” #hkusa18




Leaving of Liverpool live from Columbus.



Harrisonburg

“St. Patrick's Night in Harrisonburg Virginia. What a fantastic crowd. Great fun! Thanks to everyone for coming out last night.” #hkusa18





Alexandria

Irish Pub, live from the Birchmere Alexandria.


  
Kansas City

HKHQ: “Our show in Kansas City Irish Center has become the 16th sold out show on our 18 date tour!!” #DecadeUSA #Proud


Chicago

“Random pic. Chicago alleyway behind tonight's venue.” #sunset



Chicago. As always... brilliant. What a fantastic show last night at City Winery. One of the loudest and funniest crowds of the tour so far. Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us.”


Cedarburg

“Ready to rock another sold out show tonight at Cedarburg PAC Wisconsin. 
Penultimate concert of this US tour.”
#hkusa




“Cedarburg! What a super crowd and a great night. Tonight had a bit of everything thrown in. Elvis, Riverdance....way too much fun. 
One show to go on the US tour!”
#hkusa





Batavia

“End of US tour.”



Batavia, Illinois. What a great way to finish the US Tour. Amazing crowd to send us on our way. Too much fun.
Thanks to every single person who came out to see us in America over the last 3 and a half weeks. Huge thanks to our super crew Bobby Vivien Paddy and to our fantastic bus driver Patrick.”




From the Archives

On St Patrick’s Day, Ireland, already confirmed as the 2018 Six Nations rugby champions, took on England at Twickenham. The convincing win saw them completing the Grand Slam for only the third time in their history, the last in 2009. Back in 2014, the High Kings got to perform Ireland's Call at Twickenham before the England Ireland game, they didn't win that day, but this win certainly made it a very Happy St Patrick's Day 2018 for Irish rugby and their supporters.




Tour Dates

The High Kings are back home in Ireland, just!!! There's no break in sight as they hit the road to kick off the Irish Spring Tour.
So Irish fans, or those wanting an excuse to visit the Emerald Isle, time to get your tickets if you haven't already! It would be nice to see those Sold Out signs up on their home turf! 




UK Tour November, ON SALE NOW! Venue websites generally have a better ticket choice than ticket outlets and often have the option to select your own seats.





Please visit www.thehighkings.com regularly for the up to date full list of dates and venues as they are confirmed. Dates are often announced first on the High Kings Facebook page