Monday, 6 November 2017

Best of the High Kings 'Decade' Release and More...

'Decade' Best of the High Kings Out Now!

Update from HKHQ: "We are celebrating 10 years of great music and song, and we are looking forward to another 10! Decade: The Best Of The High Kings is out now!"

“Finally saw one of these yesterday”
#Decade #bestof #hk17

A little preview of the new studio recording of Town I Loved So Well.

“Big thanks to RTE Radio 1 for playing "The Town I Loved So Well" from our new album #Decade this morning. #highkings Great reaction from listeners”

You haven't ordered your copy of Decade yet? Don't worry this link will direct you to the various options for your country, whether the CD, download, or streaming is your preference! Please Note: It will only be for pre-order in US stores at the moment. The US release date is 17th November, but you can order direct from the HK Online Store if you can't wait that long!

Irish Music Mag

"Back on the front cover with the boys and hopefully all my answers make for a decent read in the interview. This will be in bookstores very soon.”

“My interview with Irish Music Magazine is on the shelves now. We chat all things High Kings and more." #Decade #hk17

The Magazine is sold outside of Ireland, but if you are unable to find it in your local stores, you may be able to purchase direct from their website.”

Darren & Brian TV3 Six O'Clock Show

Watch Darren and Brian chatting on the couch on TV3's Six O'Clock Show. This is edited highlights of the show broadcast 2nd November 2017.

Darren Interview KCLR

Listen to Darren chatting to Sue Nunn on KCLR FM about the forthcoming Irish Winter Tour.

RTE 1 Ray Darcy Show

“Looking forward to seeing all the gang tonight on the telly! Proud The High Kings will celebrate with Sharon along with Frances Black, Mundy, and the incredible Paddy Maloney.”

“Great to see Paddy Maloney again. Absolute gentleman and legend. Having the chats and laughs." #rte #raydarcyshow

"The bould faces on us
HK's on the telly."

Watch edited High Kings highlights of Sharon Shannon's segment on the show.

Recap on Newfoundland Tour

“Nice to be back in Newfoundland. Amazing scenery.”

Update from HKHQ: “We are delighted to announce that George Murphy will be joining The High Kings as our very special guest on our forthcoming Canadian tour dates. Here is a sneak peek at George and the band rehearsing last week in Dublin! We begin tomorrow at the Arts and Culture Centre - Corner Brook.”

"Checking in from our favourite hotel ever. The incredible Jag Hotel in St Johns Newfoundland." #hk17

Listen to Darren and the lads chatting with Greg Smith on VOCM's Irish Music Show.

“Soundcheck in St Johns, Newfoundland.” #hk17

“St Johns, what a great big fun crowd you were last night. Thanks a lot for coming out and giving us a night to remember.” #hk17 #newfoundland

“Thank you St Johns. Amazing second night here.” #newfoundland #hk17

Tour Dates

“Our biggest HK tour yet will kick off in my home town MOONCOIN!! After all these years I will finally get to sing once again at home. I could not be any happier and proud. Thanks so much to Lucy, Tom, Nicola and all at Mooncoin GAA for making this happen. This tour is a celebration of our first 10 years performing around the world and it promises to be very special.”

New November dates for Holland and Belgium announced!

Germany Calling! Delighted to announce we are coming back in February! All shows are now on sale!!

Check out the High Kings website for the full tour schedule and any new dates being added, as well as ticket info at

Finally From Darren

“Wow Mooncoin! That is unreal. Sold out in 2 days! Massive thanks to everyone at home.”
#home #hk17

“Singing for The Gooch tonight
Great night so far.” #colmcooper #testimonial #hk17

“Very sad news tonight. Eamonn Campbell has passed away. A lovely gentle man and a true Dublin legend. Rest in Peace Eamonn. The session is only kicking off up there now. Thanks for the music.” #dubliner

A high quality recording of Darren 'Elvis' Holden performing Leaving of Liverpool in Boston.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ireland's Call, Official Statement, and US Tour

From a Recording Booth in Nashville

Two Kings recording a tribute to Elvis in a little recording booth in Nashville.

The Breath You Took Away

The Breath You Took Away, written by Darren and Bryan Steele, from his 2006 solo album 'Roadworks'. The album is available now to purchase, on CD or for download, from CD Baby.

Emerald Guitars
Latest blog featuring Darren from Emerald Guitars.

From the Archives

Darren sings River of Dreams and Keeping The Faith on the opening night of the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out at the Pantages Theater LA September 17 2004.

It was 8 years ago that Darren set off to Peru for a 4 day/3 night trek to Macha Picchu to raise money for Irish Autism Action. It was a party of 30 including his Boyzone pals Keith Duffy and Mickey Graham

Official Statement From The High Kings

Read the statement on the High Kings Facebook page CLICK HERE

Ireland's Call 20th Anniversary Documentary 

On 14 September 2015, TV3 broadcast a documentary marking the 20th Anniversary of Ireland's Call, including the High Kings recording a new version for the Irish World Cup Anthem. This is the High Kings documentary highlights of the recording process in studio with Phil Coulter, Darren & Phil at Today FM for the first radio play, and finally the performance at the Aviva stadium.

Round Up From the US Tour

A late treat from Minneapolis, a bit of Purple Rain!


“Shout out in Omaha!”

“Omaha! That was outstanding tonight. You guys were way too great to us.
Loved being back on the Orpheum stage in a completely different way from last time. What a stunningly beautiful theatre. One of America's finest. We are buzzing after that reaction to the show.
Thanks for being there for us!
See you next time.”


“Kansas City. 10 years of this band and I've never heard a crowd so loud. That was absolutely out of this world. There's just no way to thank you guys enough.

Hands down, one of 'The' shows I'll always remember. My ears will be ringing for weeks. Thanks for being there for us.

And....we get to do it all over again tomorrow night!”

Kelly the Boy From Killane from Kansas City!

The Town I Loved So Well Live from Kansas City.

The Leaving of Liverpool from Saturday's show in Kansas City!

The High Kings performing Thunderstruck/Finnegan's Wake in Kansas City!

The Town I Loved So Well from Saturday night in Kansas City.

Great reaction from the crowd as the High Kings perform Hand Me Down My Bible from the Sunday show.

Photos from Kansas copyright Charlie Brock.

“My collection of wines from The City Winery chain in the USA.
Saving for a celebration some day.”


“Early morning Telly at WISH TV in Indianapolis.” #hkusa17

The High Kings perform Marie's Wedding and Leave her Johnny Leave Her
on Wish TV's Indy Style.

“Nice one Indianapolis”


“Back in a New York State of Mind." #albany #hkusa17

The High Kings perform Black Velvet Band and Leave Her Johnny live from the sold out Egg in Albany!


“Very cool place. Beacon NY.”

“Beacon NY. What can I say after that? That show has pretty much everything. Sold out. Amazing audience. A totally spontaneous and fun set list....New York State of Mind was a necessity right?👌The boys that came up to the stage to sing "Leaving of Liverpool"...that was superb.
You guys were totally brilliant tonight and the 3 of us are so grateful once again that you all had such a great time. Thank you all so much.
Onwards to Pennsylvania.”

Goodnight Irene live from Towne Crier in Beacon NY!


"Sellersville Theatre Pennsylvania, I honestly don't think we have ever had as much fun onstage as we did tonight. 2 sold out shows back to back to fantastic audiences and way too many highlights and laughs.

However, tonight's Elvis bit took on a life of its own from Brian's coaxing and "The Leaving of Liverpool" will never be the same.

Please tell us somebody got that on video?
Huge thanks to you all for a very special night in your fine town.
Now for one night....Well we're living here in Allentown." #billy

Well someone did!

Thanks to Zach Headley for recording it and allowing us to share it with you.


“Thank you Northampton! Onwards to Long Island.”

A little bit of "Massachusetts" and Black Velvet Band from last night at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton.


“Hello from Southampton, Long Island NY.”

The High Kings in perfect harmony singing Red is the Rose in Southampton.

Photo copyright Lorraine Burke.


“Thanks to a wonderful sold out audience at Infinity Hall, Norfolk CT tonight. That was such fun! Comedy Central. What a huge noise you all made! Always a pleasure to sing for you.

Onwards to the final USA tour date this year. Another sold out show at the legendary Somerville Theatre in Boston. Our third year playing this fantastic venue. We plan on making this one the loudest yet, and that's saying something!

Thanks once again from the 3 of us for all your incredible support this summer.”


“Load in to the legendary Somerville Theatre in Boston for tonight's final High Kings concert in the USA this year.”

“The greatest night of the year for THK. That level of noise is unprecedented for us to walk out to in Boston. As long as I live I will never be able to thank you all for that reaction to "Town I loved so well". A very special moment. I will tell my kids about that. We are so blown away and grateful for the incredible comments about the sound the 3 of us make. It really means so much. To hear you all sing at the top of your lungs for 2 hours....unreal.
Finally, thanks so much to 2 of Bostons finest, Officers Paul and Bob for playing the bagpipes on The Parting Glass. A very poignant moment.
Thanks USA.”

Town I Loved So Well in Boston. Thanks to Janette Langill for recording it and making it public so we can share it with you.

Hand Me Down My Bible, also thanks to Janette Langill.

The End of a Perfect Summer!

A ‘Perfect Summer’ Stateside with the High Kings.
Video by Brian Dunphy, music by Pugwash.


Tour Dates

After a brief return to Ireland, it's next stop Canada!

To keep up to date with dates as they are added