Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Derry, Hessentag, IOW Fest, & Back to School!

Back to School

 "I am absolutely honoured and delighted to be invited to go back to my first ever school in Mooncoin tomorrow to raise the Green flag for energy awareness. A tremendous achievement for the students and teachers. I'm sure it will bring back many happy memories of my school days at home. Really looking forward to it."
"Totally overwhelmed by the welcome home to Mooncoin today from the teachers, pupils and committee of Lourdes boys school. Great to see so many familiar faces and friends/family and brilliant to hear the kids singing High Kings songs that had been carefully practiced not to mention the "Welcome Home Darren" banners that were just the icing on the cake!
A credit to all involved.
They even dug out the enrolment book that had my name in it to show me!
One to remember for a long time.
Thanks to everyone for making today very very special and congrats again to the school on their award for Energy Awareness."
 New Early Career Performance Video

 As Darren and the lads are enjoying some well deserved time off before the festival season kicks off, we thought you might enjoy a TV performance from Darren's early career we have just uploaded from his private collection.

Official Website

We are delighted to see that we have now passed 200,000 views on Darren's official website. Thanks for your continued support!

If you haven't checked it out yet, why not drop by and browse the pages which have all the latest news together with a comprehensive record of Darren's career, both solo and with the High Kings.

From the Archives

"Can't believe this was 4 years ago! Great day, incredible rush and all for a brilliant cause."

Derry Live Recording

Rehearsal update and photo from HKHQ - "Day 3 at the rehearsal studio and the cameras have come in to pay us a visit . . . only two days to go to the big show in Derry!!"

 Listen to Darren chatting to Mickey Ferry on Drive 105 fm ahead
of the concert filming in Derry!

Darren Drive 105 fm Interview

Photo courtesy of HK HQ "Soundcheck time!"
"Ready to go here in Derry.
Exciting night ahead."

"Derry! What can I say. Incredible night, brilliant crowd. What a great concert and its all captured on film for broadcast later this year!
Thanks so much to all of you for coming to see us and for making it a special night.
Once again I was so grateful for the reaction to "The Town I Loved so Well". It belongs to Derry and to sing it in its city of origin is always an honour. Very emotional tonight.
Now....heading home."

Hessentag Festival

Darren and Brian ready to fly at Dublin airport, posted shortly after 6am!
A short video message from Darren during the afternoon.
"Tonight's venue. This place will be packed later today for ourselves and Sharon Shannon, Sharon Corr and Runrig"

Courtesy of HK HQ a photo of Darren and the lads with Sharon Shannon ahead of the show.

"The Kings and The Queen! Welcome Sharon!!"

A photo from HK HQ pre-show

"Always great to hang out with the lovely Sharon Corr."

"Backstage in Hessentag Germany getting ready for soundcheck with the lovely Sharon Shannon who is once again joining us onstage tonight." 

The High Kings on stage at Bensheim Hessentag with Sharon Shannon. Photo courtesy and copyright of Thomas Unger.


Isle of Wight Festival

"Delighted to be playing one of the worlds most legendary music gatherings next weekend.
The High Kings will play Saturday and Sunday at The Isle of Wight Festival.
Can't wait!"

"Isle of Wight festival for 2 days! Woo Hoo....
Look how excited we are. UK here we come!"

"Great fun so far today at The Isle of Wight Festival!
Beautiful weather. We take to the stage at 9.30pm."


"Thanks to everyone for a great first night at IOW,
Roll on tomorrow!"

"Ferry back to the Isle."

"Fantastic crowd today at the IOW festival. Great fun. What a buzz and a brilliant weekend. Thanks to John Giddings for having us here."

"Backstage with Britain's next big thing The Struts. Great guys. What a band!"
Darren first met Matt Cardle back in January 2013 when Matt saw him performing in Lillies Library. Here they are again when both Matt and the High Kings were performing on the same stage at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Australian Tour Re-scheduled

"So sorry to our Australian fans and friends down under.
Unfortunately out of our control."

CLICK HERE for the official statement from the High Kings HQ on their Facebook page.

From the Archives

The High Kings performed Rocky Road To Dublin and Fields of Glory in front of a sell out crowd of over 82,000 during half time in the 2008 All Ireland hurling final at Croke Park. Darren's beloved Kilkenny Cats were contesting their 3rd crown in a row and ran out the easy winners having already got the match sewn up by half time.
Final score Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13

Five years ago, the High Kings were proud to be the final act introduced by Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show season finale as he bowed out after 10 years in the hot seat.


Thanks for your continued support!

Darren and the lads are currently on a short break before the busy and exciting times ahead, starting with the US festivals, 4 dates at the INEC Killarney, and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the UK. We will bring you up to date with a round up of all the festival news, but for daily live news including Darren's personal status updates, please follow Darren's Twitter and 'Like' his Facebook Page.
Darren and the DH Team


Friday, 9 May 2014

UK & Denmark Tours and More....

Happy 20th Birthday Riverdance

"Who would have believed it! From Eurovision interval act, to World Domination! And still going strong. It completely changed the face of the big stage extravaganza forever and has been imitated countless times, but never equalled. How could it?!
The absolute correct element of modern Irish dance, Original songs, and extraordinary music written by the master Bill W...helan and performed by some of the worlds best musicians. Professionalism both on and off the stage ensured the mammoth train kept rolling on and on and....
My 3 years in the show began in January 2000 as part of the new Broadway cast that settled into The Gershwin Theatre for 18 glorious months and not only got to work with my lovely lady Michelle every day, but also made some of the very best friends of my life including my current The High Kings partner in crime Brian Dunphy,
Along the way there was innumerable laughs, fantastic cities, great camaraderie and music. MUSIC.
Look what it's given us.
Huge thanks to John, Moya, Bill, Julian, Merle and all the team that took such good care of us during our part of the "journey".
I am so very grateful.
RD Forever!"
UK Spring Tour


"Thank you for the big welcome Bristol! The UK leg of the tour is off to a great start."

Milton Keynes

"Thank you Milton Keynes for an absolutely brilliant night. Super crowd and fantastic theatre. You folkin' Rocked."


" Loving the sunshine in Camden Town. Ready to Folk up London tonight."


" London! The best night of the tour so far. Incredible crowd and what an atmosphere. Brilliant fun.
On to Wolverhampton tomorrow."


" Snippet of "The town I loved so Well" from Wolverhampton"

" Thanks to a great crowd in Wolverhampton last night. Very cool gig.
We have just arrived in Newcastle for tonight's show at 8pm. Love this city."

"In honour of playing on Jeff Lynne's home turf,
this happened at soundcheck last night."



"Newcastle! Thanks for a great night. A very entertaining crowd and a great vibe.
On to Manchester tomorrow.
Mad fer it!!"


"Hello Manchester."

 "Couldn't have picked a better place to be on Record Store Day than the Northern Quarter in Manchester.
Vinyl extremely popular here. Great buzz earlier."

"Manchester! What a way to end the UK leg of the tour. Sold out and ears still ringing from the noise you guys made! Brilliant.
Great crowd, great city!!"


 UK Tour Round Up

Playlist of all 7 videos from the tour

A selection of some of the best photos from the UK tour.


"Our little Sunday drive to Denmark is under way"


"Well, after almost 20 hours driving through UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark, we made it. Plenty movies, tv shows, new albums (thanks James Blunt) and sleep helped. Huge thanks to our unreal road crew who as always, went above and beyond the call.
I have never been as ready for sleep as I am now. Good night/Morning."

"Here is our home for today, the beautiful SKIVE THEATER "

"Skive! Fantastic crowd. Beautiful old theatre. Sold Out. Doesn't get much better.
Loved it."

"Thanks to a lovely audience in Aalborg tonight. As always...loving Denmark."

"Copenhagen. You were cool as ever. Stormer of a gig and as always so great to see people know all the words to "Oh Maggie" "Friends for Life" and all the new songs.
We will return next year."

"Well, a month later and we are at the end of the first leg of foreign dates of the "Friends for Life" tour 2014 tonight in Kolding, Denmark. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us in Germany, Holland, UK and here.
An 8 hour drive directly after the show to Brussels, from where we fly home in the morning! Can't wait to see wifey and my babies!!"
"Tonight's dressing rooms. I kid you not! Fantastic and very unique. Vintage train carriages. An amazing venue to finish up in"

"Thank you Kolding. Great night!
Great tour!"
Photoslide of some of the best photos shared with us from the Denmark tour.
 Brian Boro 

"Tonight we take to the stage in Killaloe at The "Brian Boru on the Hill" at 9.30pm. Should be a great night. See ya there." 

"The tour officially ended tonight at the Brian Boru on the Hill festival and what a way to go out. Brilliant and huge crowd and the Craic was mighty. Great stuff. Now for a few weeks off!!"
Imelda May Album Launch

Imelda, Michelle and me at the Imelda May album launch after show party.

"Absolutely brilliant night last night. If any one person has an incredible voice, brilliant songs, and infectious charisma, it's Imelda. Thanks to Mark Crossingham, our former boss at Universal Music, for the invite."

Coming Up Soon...

That's all the news for the time being. The High Kings are now on a short break before their show in Mullingar on 17th May, the Hessentag Festival in Germany and a summer of festivals in the US. Keep checking for new dates to be added, we will update our Tour Dates page with all dates once they are confirmed.

Please also see the other Latest Blog for all the news of the German Tour and Amsterdam as there was too much for everything to be included here.

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team

Germany, Amsterdam and More......

Ionad Lae Daycare Centre
"Earlier today we stopped off at Ionad Lae daycare centre in Ballyvourney Co Cork, to play an acoustic set for the locals. Great fun. Good times."

Photo copyright

"Finbarr Clancy and I on the front page of "The Corkman" newspaper this week, with the story of a very special tour opening show recently."
"One of the best nights ever at the INEC Killarney with a fantastic audience. Brilliant fun and Craic. HK fans from Ohio, Argentina and Brazil mixed in with Irish made it a super atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us."

"The High Kings on the INEC stage last night!!"

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Off on Tour

FROM HK HQ "Here we go......
"Hello to all from HKHQ! Only 24 hours to go until our first show on the 'Friends For Life' Spring Tour! INEC Killarney is the venue tomorrow night, doors open at 830pm with the High Kings onstage at 930pm, then it's on to HAMBURG . . .BERLIN . . .LEIPZIG . . . .MUNICH . . . .FREIBURG . . .STUTTGART . . .MAINZ . . . . COLOGNE, before we go into the Netherlands, UK and Denmark . . .we are really excited about seeing our old friends and making many new ones as well . . check in with us every day xxx"

 German Tour
" All boarded at yawn o'clock for Hamburg."
"1 hour to show time. Beautiful evening in Hamburg. Here we go...."
"Wow Hamburg. Incredible first night of the tour. Absolutely packed house and brilliant audience. Thanks so much everyone."

"Post show pic at The Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, where The Beatles played back in the day."



"Berlin... You took our breath away : )
What a crowd. What an atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us tonight. You were tremendous."


"Another beautiful day in Leipzig and just back from Mcfit Gym who kindly allowed us to use their extraordinary facilities today. Thanks guys. Ready for soundcheck soon and onstage at 8pm."

"One of the most memorable shows we've done so far. A beautiful old church in Leipzig and a really great crowd who gave us the warmest welcome.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us."

"Last night provided us with a unique opportunity to sing an old favourite.
Hope you enjoy."

Parting Glass Leipzig


"Munich....what a night. Brilliant crowd and the loudest so far. Germany has been good to us so far and we are only half way through.
Ready for 2 days off now though!"

"Road trip. Munich to Stuttgart"


"Beautiful surroundings for tonight's show in Freiburg."

"Freiburg!! Insane crowd tonight! You were just fantastic. Amazing setting within the Black Forest. One to remember I think."


"Just spent the last few hours strolling around Stuttgart and meeting lots of very friendly folks. The weather is outstanding, hence the need to sit outside a very cool little coffee shop I found and enjoy the sunshine.
I will try send some sun back home."


"Stuttgart! You raised the bar and the volume to a whole new level tonight. Unfeckinbelievable! Crowds like tonight show us the reason why we do what we do. Huge thanks to you all!"



"Soundchecking in Mainz!"
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"Thanks Mainz for a fantastic night yet again. This tour has been great right from the get go. Final German show tomorrow night in Cologne."


"Good evening Cologne."

" was special tonight. The loudest crowd of a great German tour. Words can't say thanks enough!
We will be back!"

Photoslide of some of the best photos shared with us
from the German tour.

"Stroll around Amsterdam today"

"Amsterdam, you brought it all in force tonight. Incredible show at the legendary Paradiso. To hear the crowd singing lyrics that we wrote, back at us in such volume was beyond words. Brilliant. What a night. What a city."

"Good morning from a beautiful sunny Amsterdam. About to head off to the gym with Brian Dunphy. Yikes..."

World Autism Day

"Celebrating World Autism Day and saluting the planets finest individuals."

There is too much news from the tours to include in one Latest News page, so please see the other Latest Blog for, photos and videos from the UK and Denmark 

Thanks for your continued support

Darren and the DH Team