Monday, 6 August 2018

TV, Radio, and Irish Tour Round Up

Bryan Adams Tribute 

“Bryan Adams is back in Dublin so I thought I'd upload a little piano & vocal version of 'Heaven'”

Billy Joel

“After all these years we hooked up again on Saturday night. Billy Joel taught me so much about music, gave me invaluable advice and the most magical years of my career on Broadway and touring the USA. To catch up after his concert and sing a few songs together again was priceless and reminded me how blessed I've been and how incredible those days were.”

"Last night in NYC, my former boss and mentor Billy performed at Madison Square Garden for a record breaking 100th time! The man is not only a great guy, but an absolute legend.
Can you imagine the volume when 'The Boss' showed up!” #billy #bruce #nyc 

RTE Recording

“Good Morning.”

“National TV cameras invaded our home today to shoot footage of us for a really cool brand new television show.” #family #highkings

Radio Interviews

Listen to Darren chatting with Alan Corcoran on South East Radio ahead of the show Gorey Show.

“Listen to me chatting to Fran Curry on Tipp FM about The High Kings nomination for Best Irish Album at the Irish Post Awards in Killarney and our concert at The Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe.”

Listen to Darren chatting to Geoff Harris on WLR FM's Lunchbox ahead of the Waterford show.

Listen to Darren chatting to John Keane at KCLR.

From the Archives

“#tbt 20 years ago this week, my debut album 'Suddenly' was RTE 2FM Album of the Week. Those years flew by.” 

Darren in Moscow performing one of his own songs, later released on the 'Suddenly' album, 'When Dreams Come True’. Darren is performing in Moscow competing in the Graddus Ad Parnasum Song Festival. He won the 1st Prize of $10k.

“#tbt On a day off from touring in Turkey. 1998” #belindacarlisle

Irish Post Music Awards

"He's so happy to be stuck with me" Darren and Brian on route to the INEC in Killarney for the Irish Post Music Awards The event was broadcast live on TG4, as well as being streamed worldwide online.

“What an honour to have Phil Coulter play piano with us on "Hand me down my Bible" last night. A song he wrote in 1971 for The Dubliners, with a brand new third verse written in 2016 for The High Kings.”

The High Kings: “Darren Holden closing out the #ipmusicawards show with the wonderful Phil Coulter. Huge congratulations to Phil on winning the Lifetime Achievement award tonight.” 

“An honour and a pleasure.”

Darren was honoured when Phil Coulter asked him to accompany him on accordion for his performance of 'Thank God This is My Life' at Irish Post Music Awards. The song closed the show following Phil's acceptance of an Outstanding Achievement award.

The High Kings performing Rocky Road to Dublin.

Late Late Show

“Tubs? Yes I think I remember him” #newjob”

A few video stills from the High Kings performance of Rocky Road to Dublin.

The High Kings performing Rocky Road to Dublin on the Late Late Show.

RTE Radio 1

The High Kings: “Soundcheck in RTÉ Radio 1 this morning. We're joining Miriam O’Callaghan”

The High Kings performing Rocky Road to Dublin in the RTE R1 studio.

Irish Tour Round Up


“Summer in Gorey.”

“Gorey! That was some night. What a great crowd. Thanks a million for singing your heads off with us tonight.
We won't forget that show anytime soon.”


“Amazing night in Killaloe, thanks to everyone for coming up in such big numbers to see us. Onwards to Bantry today.” #HK18


“Hats off to an absolutely incredible audience last night in Bantry. Loved it.”


“Cappoquin. What a night. What a crowd. Great to see you out in such huge numbers on a beautiful Saturday night.”

Vicar Street

“Every High Kings concert is special. Sometimes once in a while, things align and we are whisked away on an extra special show. We sold out Vicar St for the 3rd time in 6 months last night and it will go down as one of the most memorable shows in our 10 year history.
The crowd, the volume, the craic, the guests, the heat.....oh man the heat!!!
Thank you to everyone for coming out to spend a glorious July night with us, including those who flew in for the gig from Germany, UK, Poland, Argentina, and Brazil.
Definitely one to savour.”

Watch Darren perform Town I Loved So Well.

The High Kings performing 'The Parting Glass', joined on stage by Celtic Woman, at Vicar Street.

Fantastic review of the High Kings Vicar St show by the Irish Echo.
Click the photo to read the article.

Rocky Road to Dublin live from Vicar Street. 


“Great High Kings show in Athenry last night Another sold out cracker with a super crowd.
Jumped offstage and into the car to get back to Dublin to play the official Michael Buble after show party at Lillies.”


“Big thanks to a super crowd in Castleblaney last night. We will see you again.” #hk18 #decade


“INEC Killarney That was incredible tonight. What a crowd! Just brilliant throughout. See you guys next time.” #gleneagle #hk18

Ballylanders GAA

“Ballylanders! Incredible!
What's in the water down here? 
Just like last time we played for you, this a show that will never leave our memory. Raw energy, huge excitement and soaring voices. 
And that's just the crowd! 
Great to return to one of my old stomping grounds and see so many of the old gang again. Great to relive all the shenanigans & memories of many years ago. 
I couldn't have been that mad! No way”

Carrick on Shannon

“Holden & Dunphy on route to Carrick on Shannon for tonight's High Kings concert.”


“I need new ears after tonight Carlow. WTF! That was unbelievable. Sold out and bursting with energy and volume from you all for more than 2 hours. Crazy crowd. Thank you!” #highkings


"When this is the view from your room in Ballybofey." #donegal #hk18

Next Stop USA

The High Kings: “Iowa Irish Fest - we're back! Looking forward to performing at this year's Iowa Irish Fest next Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of August! See you there!.” #hkusa #decadetour

Tour Dates

The High Kings have some dates in Ireland and Holland as well as tours in US and UK this year. Please see for full schedule with ticket links and for any new dates being added.

These are the US and UK dates.

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