Irish ballad group The High Kings to electrify Belfast
Four top class performers create this unique ensemble, performing new songs and re-energising the great Irish ballads .
Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey & Darren Holden – renowned vocalists and musicians – have come together with Music Producer David Downes to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s The High Kings.
Carrying on the tradition of great Irish music, creating exciting modern songs in the folk idiom and incorporating some of the classic ballad repertoire from the past The High Kings have already recorded a special for PBS which will be broadcast in the US in March. Their inaugural US tour commenced on April 17th.
The highly acclaimed musical Director David Downes, (musical director of Celtic Woman) brings intricate harmonies and driving rhythms to The High Kings songbook, giving them a freshness and sparkle that is modern and exciting, without ever sacrificing the traditional melodies and lyrics, which made them so attractive in the first instance.
The songs themselves reflect a wide range of moods, the rousing Rocky Road To Dublin, the haunting strains of The Parting Glass, the irresistible The Wild Rover and the stunning Fields of Glory.
This outstanding four-part vocal harmonies are backed by a band which includes world-class musicians; Martin O’Connor on accordion, Nollaig Casey on fiddle, Dave Keery on guitar, Paul Moore on double bass, Ewan Cowley on guitars and master percussionist Robbie Harris.