Marking ten years of great music, The High Kings release ‘Decade – The Best of The High Kings’ on 3rd November. Decade features fan favourites such as Rocky Road to Dublin, Marie’s Wedding and Spancil Hill as well as 5 brand new recordings.
Ten years ago, The High Kings’ concert was broadcast on PBS stations across America and launched the band onto the music scene overnight.
Their self-titled debut album quickly followed and reached an impressive No 2 in Billboard’s World Music Chart. Within months the four members– Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden – had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends and knew that they were embarking on something special.
Ten years later, The High Kings have achieved what many had thought improbable, if not impossible: moving the Irish ballad tradition into the here and now.
While Martin has sadly left the band, we are delighted to announce that Irish folk singer George Murphy will be joining The High Kings as a special guest on their forthcoming shows.
George has a remarkable, unmistakable powerhouse of a voice; his familiar yet unique and magnetic tone is clear from the first note he sings.
Celtic Collections label CEO Janine Nallen said “George is an exceptional singer and a genuine folk talent – we are delighted to have him join The High Kings for this next chapter”.
“For a 17-year-old to possess such a wildly evocative Dublin howl is extraordinary to the point of being unbelievable.” Hot Press
To say that The High Kings are charting a new course for Irish ballad music – equal parts rousing and reflective, energetic and insightful – is an understatement. They are, essentially, marking out a new and bright era for Irish folk music.
Pre-order The High Kings new album ‘Decade’ on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/decade-best-of-the-high-kings/id1288554123&app=itunes
|1 The Rocky Road to Dublin
2 Spancil Hill
3 The Fields Of Athenry
4 The Rising Of The Moon
5 Hand Me Down My Bible
6 Rare Auld Times
7 Four Green Fields
8 The Lonesome Boatman
|10 Marie’s Wedding
11 The Green Fields of France
12 The Black Velvet Band
13 Irish Pub Song
14 Red Is The Rose
16 Friends For Life
17 The Town I Loved So Well
18 The Parting Glass
The High Kings 10th Anniversary world tour follows their new album release, beginning in Ireland in December:
8th December Mooncoin GAA Complex, Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny
9th December INEC, Killarney, Co Kerry
10th December Vicar Street, Dublin, Co Dublin
16th December Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown, Co Tyrone
15th December An Grianan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
17th December Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown, Co Tyrone
27th December Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan, Co Monaghan
28th December Market Place Theatre, Armagh, Co Armagh
29th December Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
30th December Ulster Hall, Belfast, Co Antrim
1st January Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary
4th January Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co Armagh
5th January Landmark Hotel, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim
6th January Millennium Forum, Derry, Co Derry
7th January Canal Court Hotel, Newry, Co Down
12th January National Opera House, Wexford, Co Wexford
13th January Black Box, Galway, Co Galway
19th January Venue TBC, Ballina, Co Mayo
20th January TLT Theatre, Dundalk, Co Louth
25th January Opera House, Cork, Co Cork
26th January Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co Westmeath
27th January University Concert hall, Limerick, Co Limerick