Friday, 3 April 2015

Germany, UK, RTE Radio and more....

Ireland's Own

“Ireland's Own St Patricks Day Annual 2015.
Was surprised to hear about this as I never gave an interview, but a nice piece nonetheless.”

From the Archives
"Throwback Thursday.
Tinkling the ivories on Beale Street in Memphis 2003" #TBT
"Japanese "Movin' Out" tour program. Tokyo"

RTE Radio 1 with Sean O'Rourke

“Tune in to RTE Radio 1 at 10am when we will be performing and chatting live with Sean O' Rourke from Collins Barracks and the National Museum.”
“We are 2 songs in and one more to go on RTE Radio 1, live from Collins barracks.”

Listen to their performances of Follow Me Up To Carlow, Rising of the Moon, McAlpines Fusiliers, and Boolavogue. CLICK HERE
German Tour Round Up


HKHQ - “Thank you STUTTGART!!! Thanks to all the good people who came out to see us tonight! Great start to the show!”

“Thank you Stuttgart! Great opening night.”
German review of Stuttgart show, with a gallery of 11 photos from the show.

“Tonight's sold out Frankfurter Hof in Mainz.”

“Thank You Mainz. Amazing crowd and great show!
On to Munich.”
 Photos copyright Thomas Loffel


“Munich! What a crowd. What a show. The Irish took over tonight. While we were thumping it out to a packed house, Kodaline were right next door doing their thing to another full house.
On to Berlin for a day off tomorrow!”


“In memory of Leonard Nimoy, tonight's show intro in Berlin.”


Photos copyright Thomas Loffel


“If I could somehow single out one thing from tonight's great show in Leipzig, it's the incredible audience roaring the words to "Oh Maggie" at the top of their lungs. Totally bowled me over that something I wrote in my kitchen could travel so far and come back to me with such a bang!
Royalties are on their way Mam (Maggie)”


“What an audience tonight at The Capitol Theatre in Hannover. Incredible enthusiasm from start to end. Very grateful to our German fan's for the huge welcome they are giving us this year!
Also, to German National Radio for playing HK music.”

Photos copyright Anja Mueller


“Bochum. Are you ready?!”

“Bochum! What a show. Pure fun all the way.
Final night of a truly great German leg of the tour tomorrow night. The Big one.

Photos copyright Anja Mueller

Photos copyright Diana Sondermann



“A packed Gloria Theatre Cologne. Are you ready!”


“Cologne. No words are efficient to describe tonight.
By far the largest and loudest indoor audience we have had in your lovely country.
Still buzzing. Thanks for the incredible welcome and giving us 2 hours of pure fun.
This HK train keeps rolling and picking up speed.
There's more to come.
See you in the summer Germany!”
 Photos copyright Anja Mueller

Album of photos from the German Tour on Darren’s Official Facebook Page

 UK Tour Round Up


The High Kings kicked off their UK tour at Oran Mor in Glasgow. When they were in Glasgow back in November 2013 this happened!!

Great show to kick off the UK tour in Glasgow. Here are the lads after the show!

Photos copyright Carol Billett

“Sheffield! That was off the scale.
Absolutely loudest audience for ages. Loved it.
Thanks for the fantastic welcome and for showing us what a great spirit
there is in your city!”


“London. Absolutely off the scale! What a crowd. Amazing. Our loudest UK show to date. Huge thanks for making it so memorable and so grateful that our own original songs are finally making their mark in a big way.
We won't forget this one in a hurry.”

Photos copyright Carol Billett

Milton Keynes

“Milton Keynes!
Wow and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such an incredible welcome!
What a night.”


“Thanks up a super sold out Bromsgrove crowd at the Artrix Theatre tonight.
Really enjoyed the buzz.
One more to go before we head home.
Tomorrow. St Patrick's Day.

Photos copyright Carol Billett


“What a venue to end the tour!
The Lowry Theatre. Manchester.
Yes that is Brian behind me!”

“Manchester! Thank you so much for an incredible final night of a great tour.
Full house! Mad ferrit!!
What a send off.
So many highlights on the German and UK dates but it's the ever increasing audiences that blew us away this time.
We will be back!”

Photos copyright Carol Billett

Album of photos from the UK Tour on Darren’s Official Facebook Page

2015 Tour Dates
Ireland Dates

HKHQ Update - “Due to the huge demand for tickets in December and January we are delighted to announce 8 shows in Ireland in April 2015, all shows are now on sale, Kilronan Castle and Kilmore Hotel tickets are available locally and all others are available through - thanks for the great support recently folks, we can't do any of this without you!”
HKHQ Update “We are delighted to announce this one-off show in July.”

UK Dates
HKHQ Update - “Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! As promised we have a major announcement this morning for our UK fans who have come out in great numbers recently. Here are SIX NEW SHOWS in November in the UK”
America Dates
HKHQ Update – “Here are the first US dates to be announced folks! There will be many more shows in September and October announced once we have them all together!!”
CLICK HERE for all confirmed dates, venues and ticket links worldwide.
Other Updates From Darren......

“Great to see our buddy Derek Ryan today at the outdoor festival in Newry. The kiddies got to meet Hometown backstage too.
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to watch us.”


“I first saw Henry Shefflin play when Michelle and I attended the Leinster Senior hurling semi final between Kilkenny and Laois in Croker on a scorching hot afternoon in June 1999. His impact was immediate and by the end of the game he had won thousands of supporters over with ease.
In the intervening 16 years he has become much more than the greatest hurler we've ever seen. Warrior, soldier, saviour and hero are words I would've used to describe him and what he achieved for our county.
The drawn 2012 final when he singlehandedly saved the day will never be forgotten.
Humble and grateful in all his glory, a true role model for aspiring sportsmen and women everywhere.
Make no mistake, his likes we will never see again.
He steps away on his own terms, an All Ireland Champion with club and county.
We are grateful, thankful and blessed to come from the same place as the great man.
Thanks Henry, for enriching our lives for so many summers and providing sporting memories made of gold.
Long Live the King.”

That's all the news for now, we hope you have enjoyed catching up on recent events.
We will be back with more news as soon as we have it!

Thanks for your continued support!

Darren and the DH Team


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Mooncoin, NYC, TV and Irish Tour!

Mooncoin Parish Hall Youth Centre Opening

"Looking forward to going home to Mooncoin this afternoon for the official opening of the newly extended Parish Hall at 2pm.”

“What a fantastic day for Mooncoin. The opening of the new extension to the existing parish hall. To say I was moved beyond words is an understatement. I'm honoured and very proud to have been asked to officially open the building and to see so many family and friends as well as our Bishop Freeman, Fr Muldowney, and local dignitaries.
Thank you Ronan, David, Paddy and the entire committee and the people of Mooncoin, from the bottom of my heart.”
Thanks to Joe Cashin for recording Darren singing Rose of Mooncoin at the opening of the Mooncoin Parish Hall extension. A very proud day for Darren and the people of Mooncoin.
Photos copyright Joe Cashin Photography
“Thanks to The Kilkenny Reporter Newspaper for a 2 page report on last Saturdays events in Mooncoin.”
"Thanks Munster Express. Full page report of Mooncoin Youth Centre opening. "
From the Archives
"TBT. That week I had the most radio plays on Country Music Radio in the USA.
#bloodandsmoke "

These photos of Darren are from a Universal Records photo shoot back in 2003. The shoot took place at a disused gas station in Greenville North Carolina.
A rare opportunity to see footage of Darren performing a solo corporate show back in 2008. His performance includes songs by The Beatles, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Buddy Holly, Elvis, a little Irish Rover and a Rock'n'Roll medley. Special thanks to ChuckFAZIOENTERTAINMENT for allowing us to share the video.
RTE New Year's Eve
“Just had this pic of us on RTE's New Years Eve show sent to me.
Hopefully we will have much more of this throughout 2015.”

With a night off from the Irish Tour and no live performance on RTE this year, the High Kings got to see the New Year in with their families. But it didn't stop them from making an on screen appearance on RTE's New Year's Eve show! Here they are, pre-recorded on the red carpet at the People of the Year Awards.
New York City!
Update from HK HQ heading to NYC for a weekend of promo.
“Good morning all from a sunny HKHQ in Dublin! This weekend we are participating in APAP NYC 2015 where we hope to impress the many Performance Arts Centre presenters attending as delegates. Our Showcase times are as follows in THE GIBSON SUITE on the 2nd Floor are; Saturday 10th January 1140pm-1200pm (midnight); Sunday 1100pm - 1140pm; Please contact your local PAC Presenter this week and ask them to drop by and see us perform live! It's the best way to make sure we get a chance to play locally for you in 2015/16!! Sadly, these shows are NOT open to the public but we look forward to announcing a LOT of live shows in the USA very soon!!”

 “Amazing to see my old boss Billy Joel last night at Madison Square Garden, New York, and always good to see Chuck Burgi and the band guys, and a special thank you to David Rosenthal for hooking me up.”
A little message from Darren (and Brian) from the Billy Joel concert in Madison Square Garden.
Photo copyright

"Kiss off!"
“NYC, as always it's been great. Best city in the world. 'Til next time....”
“Back on home soil. 4am. Zzzzzzzzzzz.....”
Ireland AM
An early start for the High Kings on the sofa at TV3's Ireland AM.

Irish Tour Round-Up
Omagh“One of the best shows and crowds we have had at Strule Arts Theatre Omagh.
Incredible atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who came out to see us. Great fun.”


“Absolute blast tonight at The Burnavon Theatre in Cookstown. Loudest audience in ages. Great way to end the pre Xmas leg of the tour.
Tyrone definitely folks hard!
Thanks for another show to remember.”


“Thanks Castleblaney! Fantastic crowd.”


“Letterkenny. Are you ready?”

“Wow Letterkenny. As usual you mean business. Fantastic audience yet again up here.
Thanks for turning up in such huge numbers. Great fun.”


“Enniskillen. That was special. Best crowd of the tour so far. Thanks a million for a great night.”

 Happy New Year

“Happy New Year to all our friends near and far! Your support in 2014 has been amazing and we look forward to a busy and fruitful 2015. We will play as many shows as possible in the coming year and we look forward to having you with us every step of the way. . . . .we are truly blessed to have you all in our lives. Wishing you all the very best for you and yours for 2015 . . .
Finbarr, Brian, Martin & Darren”

“Wishing each and every one of you, a very Happy, Healthy and prosperous 2015. Thanks for your support this year and let's hope the next one is the best ever.


“Tonight's audience in Racket Hall Roscrea was off the scale! Unreal atmosphere.
Thanks to John Kelly for another sold out concert.
To the early birds....we will be appearing on TV 3 Ireland AM after 8.40am.”


“Panto props getting abused backstage at the Millennium Forum Derry. : ) ”

“I've had the privilege of performing on stages all over the world, including Broadway for the last 25 years and I have never been moved close to tears until tonight.
The standing ovation that the people of Derry gave me tonight for "The Town I Loved so well" will stay with me until the day I die.
I can't thank you enough for such an amazing show at a sold out Millennium Forum.
Nights like tonight truly make it all worthwhile and I owe so much of that moment in the show to my mam and dad for the encouragement back in the day.
I will never forget it.
Thanks also to Phil Coulter for writing such a classic song and for the great chats.”

“Another stormer at The Europa Hotel Belfast. Fantastic crowd, well up for a party. Great fun.
Thanks to everyone who came out to see us!”

Tour Radio Promo

“Brian Dunphy and myself will be live on Kildare's KFM Radio at 2pm today.
We will be chatting about the new High Kings live album and concert DVD and also about our current tour.”

Listen to Darren and Brian chatting to Ciara Plunkett in the studio of KFM. They also perform an acoustic version of High plus a little Elvis bonus!


“Almost sold out tonight in Galway!”

“Thank you Galway. It was epic! And a little blurry as you can see in this little encore moment.”
HKHQ Galway update: "Wonderful show in Galway last night folks, thanks to all who came along and supported us! Here are some great pix from the gig courtesy of Jamie Nolan."


“After tonight's show in Newry I'd say "All about that Bass" may have to stay in the set.
Best fun in ages. Thanks again to another sold out crowd for giving us a huge welcome.”


“Great to have our friends The Jeramiahs open the show tonight. Fantastic group and insane talent. Check them out.”
“One of the loudest and wildest crowds we have played to yet, last night in Enfield. Huge atmosphere and another sold out house.
Nights like this never get old.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to see us.
We won't forget it.”

Photos copyright Anja Mueller

“To last night's sold out audience at The Theatre Royal Waterford, Thank you. That's was crazy. Loudest crowd in ages.
To everyone who couldn't get tickets, we hope to be back later this year!
What a day!!”

Photos copyright Anja Mueller

Update from HKHQ on the final weekend of the Irish Tour.

“Very proud of our number of sold out shows on this tour. Tonight we are in the wonderful Cork Opera House and we are SOLD OUT! Sincere thanks to all our loyal Cork fans and we promise to add a new date later in 2015 very soon!!”

“Well Hello Cork!”

“Thank you Cork!
Absolutely Mighty!”


End of tour update from HK HQ – “Carlow Calling!! The final night of our most successful tour ever! We have exciting announcements next week for those of you who did not manage to get a ticket for December or January shows. Woodford Dolmen Hotel Carlow is the location for some end-of-tour fun tonight!”

"Yonder in the distance is tonight's stage. Yup....we go out tonight with a big one."

“What a way to wrap up our biggest Irish tour to date. 850 of the loudest people crammed into The Dolmen Hotel last night, including my wife and kids, and lots of other family and friends. The highlight was Josh and his buddies taking the stage as The High Kids!
Special clap on the back for our fantastic road crew, Paddy, Ronan , Bobby ,Vivien , Jamie , Alan and David.
24 shows. Almost 15 thousand people saw us! Our biggest Irish tour yet! Thanks to everyone who continues to support The High Kings.
It will be hard to top this tour, but we'll give it a lash anyway. : ) ”

Next Stop.....

After a short break, the High Kings will be hitting the road again and heading for back to back tours in Germany and the UK during February and March.
 Check out for all the dates, venues, and ticket links for both tours and for more tour dates to be added soon.

Final Words From Darren...
“Bit of useless timeline nostalgia. On this day 8 years ago, we wrapped up 3 box office breaking years with our final Movin' Out show in Birmingham, Alabama!
Good times. Great memories.
Darren, January 27 2015

That's a full recap of all the news so far this year. We will be back with a news round up of the German and UK tours and any other news soon!

Thanks for your continued support.

Darren and the DH Team