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The High Kings

July 8 @ 3:30 PM - 5:45 PM CDT

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The High Kings

The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy Paul O’ Brien. The High Kings formed in June 2007 when Brian, Darren, Finbarr, and former member Martin Furey were asked to join a brand new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh after he had noticed a gap in the market for a band specializing in traditional Irish music.

It didn’t take long during their first studio rehearsal to realize that they were onto something special in how their voices blended. The High Kings play 13 instruments between them, creating the unique sound and atmosphere they still showcase today. This was confirmed when their self-titled debut album reached number 2 on the world Billboard Music chart. Then, in March 2009, The High Kings played five consecutive sold-out shows to a packed audience in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Towards the end of 2009, The High Kings licensed their second studio album ‘Memory Lane’ to Universal Music Ireland, signifying the fast trajectory that the band had taken in their short lifespan. ‘Memory Lane’ was released in February 2010, and after a successful Irish tour, the album went platinum in June, only four months after its initial release. They followed ‘Memory Lane’ with a ‘Live In Ireland’ album, which received critical acclaim as it showcased the energy the band brings to the live shows. By 2011 the band had outgrown the venues they had been playing and had to start playing larger venues not only in Ireland but also in America and across Europe. Many fans became regular faces as they effectively followed the band on their sold-out tours, crossing oceans and borders worldwide to see their favorite band perform live. People loved what they were doing, bringing a new take on traditional Irish ballads to audiences of multiple generations. In 2013 the band licensed their forthcoming album ‘Friends For Life’ to Sony Worldwide, another indication of their global appeal. Friends For Life featured eight original songs written and composed by the band and was released in 2013. Taking their original songs on the road was a new and exciting milestone for the band, and it wasn’t long before the likes of ‘Oh Maggie’ and ‘Irelands Shore’ were sung back to them by the audience. November 2014 marked another milestone for the band when they recorded Four Friends Live at the Millennium Forum in Derry, their first joint CD/DVD and the first live DVD recording since the debut DVD ‘Live In Dublin’ in 2008. The early part of 2016 was spent back in the studio recording their ‘Grace & Glory album. The album charted at number 1 on the Irish Indie charts and was well received by critics and fans alike. The rest of 2016 and early 2017 was spent extensively touring the new album. Over the past 12 years, The High Kings have released four studio albums, two live albums, and 2 DVDs. In 2017 they released a compilation album, ‘Decade,’ which celebrated ten amazingly successful years together and included five brand new recordings.

In 2012 they performed for President Obama in Moneygall; this led to a personal invitation from the president to perform at the 2012 White House St. Patrick’s day celebration. They flew directly from London, where they had already been the headline act for the Lord Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day concert. In 2015 The High Kings were invited to the Pentagon as guests of General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff. They performed alongside the US Marine Corps band marking another special occasion for the band. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Irish Rugby anthem Ireland’s Call, the band was asked by the original composer Phil Coulter to record their version, which was subsequently included in the TV3 documentary.

The High Kings continue to set the bar extremely high for Irish Folk bands worldwide and are widely regarded as at the forefront of the genre. In 2019 after a 12-year journey, The High Kings continue to perform in sell-out venues across the globe to their ever-growing army of loyal fans that span generations.

2021 sees the release of Home from Home, their brand-new 11-track album. Recorded live at Concert Deck in Dublin, Home from Home is a journey through classic folk songs, old and new.

“The idea behind this album was to bring our fans on a journey across the world, to some of the places we call home when we tour, via some of the classic folk songs that have inspired us along the way.”


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July 8
3:30 PM - 5:45 PM CDT
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200 N Harbor Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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