The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy, and Paul O’ Brien. They formed in June 2007 when Brian, Darren, Finbarr and former member Martin Furey were asked to join a new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh after he noticed a gap in the market for traditional Irish music.
It didn’t take long to realize that they were onto something special. The High Kings play thirteen instruments between them creating the unique sound and atmosphere that they showcase to this day. Their self-titled debut album reached #2 on the world Billboard Music chart. In March 2009, The High Kings played five consecutive sold-out shows to a packed audience in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
By 2011 the band had to start playing larger venues not only in Ireland but also in America and across Europe. Many fans became regular faces as they effectively followed the band on their sold-out tours many crossing oceans and borders through-out the world just to see their favorite band perform live. People loved what they were doing to bring a new take on traditional Irish ballads to audiences of multiple generations.
In 2012 they performed for President Obama in Moneygall which led to a personal invitation from the President to perform at the 2012 White House St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They flew directly from London where they had already been the headline act for the Lord Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day concert.
In 2013 the band licensed their album 'Friends For Life’, which featured eight original songs to Sony. Taking their original songs on the road was a new and exciting milestone for the band and it wasn’t long before the likes of ‘Oh Maggie’ and ‘Irelands Shore’ were being sung back to them by the audience.
November 2014 marked another milestone for the band when they recorded ‘Four Friends Live’ at the Millennium Forum in Derry which was their first joint CD/DVD and the first live DVD recording since the debut DVD 'Live In Dublin' in 2008.
In 2015 The High Kings were invited to the Pentagon as guests of General Martin Dempsey, who is the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff. They performed alongside the US Marine Corps band. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Irish Rugby anthem ‘Ireland’s Call,’ the band were asked by the original composer Phil Coulter to record their own version which was subsequently included in the TV3 documentary.
The early part of 2016 was spent back in the studio recording their ‘Grace & Glory’ album. The album charted at number 1 on the Irish Indie charts and was very well received by critics and fans alike. The rest of 2016 and early 2017 was spent extensively touring the new album. Over the past twelve years The High Kings have released four studio albums, two live albums and two DVDs. In 2017 they released a compilation album ‘Decade’ which celebrated ten amazingly successful years together and included five brand new recordings.
2021 sees the release of ‘Home from Home,’ their brand-new 11 track album. Recorded live at Concert Deck in Dublin, ‘Home from Home’ is a journey through classic folk songs, old and new. “The idea behind this album was to bring our fans on a journey across the world, to some of the places we call home when we tour, via some of the classic folk songs that have inspired us along the way.”