The High Kings
The High Kings are an Irish
Ireland is an island to the northwest of continental Europe. It is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island on Earth...

A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music. Ballads were particularly characteristic of British and Irish popular poetry and song from the later medieval period until the 19th century and used extensively across Europe and later the Americas, Australia and North Africa. Many...

 group. They were formed on Carick on Suir by Fibarr Clancy and Martin Furey.Brian Dunphy (son of Sean Dunphy
Sean Dunphy
Sean Dunphy was an Irish singer who represented Ireland at the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest, achieving second place with "If I Could Choose". He was also the first Irish singer to record in Nashville....

, who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 1967
Eurovision Song Contest 1967
The Eurovision Song Contest 1967 was the twelfth Eurovision Song Contest. The presenter became confused whilst the voting was taking place, and declared the United Kingdom's entry to be the winner before the last country, Ireland, had announced its votes...

), and Broadway/pop/country singer Darren Holden were later recruited having wowed the world with their own solo careers on broadway in musical reviews, such as Riverdance and Moving Out.

The High Kings went on a 30 day tour of the United States, [March 2011] stopping in Chicago, Albany, New Haven, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta to promote their new release of "Memory Lane" in the United States. Their live performances included "Step it Out Mary", "Black Velvet Band", "The Ballad of Joe Hill", and "Whiskey in the Jar."

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, (St. Patrick's Day) The High Kings played for a US audience on "Live with Regis and Kelly," then performed on stage in Boston, MA that night.

On Monday, May 23, 2011, the High Kings played for United States' president, Barack Obama while he visited Moneygall
Moneygall is a small village on the border of counties Offaly and North Tipperary, in Ireland. It is situated on the R445 road between Dublin and Limerick. At the time of the 2006 census, the village had a population of 298. Moneygall has a Catholic church, five shops, a post office, a national...


Darren Holden previously starred as The Pianoman (Billy Joel) in the Broadway musical blockbuster "Movin' Out". He was cast for the role by Joel himself.
Holden originated the role for the US National tour which ran from Jan 2004-Jan 2007 and tours of Canada and Japan in 2006. His 2006 release "Roadworks" sold more than 10,000 copies in Japan.
Prior to being invited to join the High Kings, he performed regularly with Billy Joel's touring band across the US.


  • The High Kings - Manhattan Records (2008)
  • The High Kings:Live in Dublin (DVD) - The Blue Note Label Group (2008)
  • Memory Lane - Universal Music Ireland (2010)
  • Live in Ireland - Celtic Music Collections (2011)

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