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THE HIGH KINGS from Ireland

7:30 PM - 11:59 PM Towne Crier Cafe
Date: September 22, 2019 to September 22, 2019
Where: Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main St, Beacon, New York, United States, 12508
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There comes a time when the dues have been paid and when the tools of the apprenticeship are neatly stowed away. The craft, and the honing of the craft, continues, but the dust - so to speak - has settled on the ground. Time to move on.

Almost 10 years ago, four Irish singers, performers and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings - Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden - each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before.

In truth, back in the mid-late Noughties, Ireland needed a group like The High Kings. The heyday of ballad groups such as The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners was a distant memory for generations of music fans, and to have another bunch of Irish lads taking up the baton and continuing the tradition was great news to thousands of fans worldwide.

The four members immediately knew that something special was taking place and within months had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends. The self-titled debut album, released in 2008, reached an impressive No. 2 on Billboard Magazine's World Music chart. It was during The High Kings second tour of the US in 2011, however, that everyone involved realized the fan base was growing into something that no one had predicted. Subsequently, the group's tour of Ireland sold out within hours.

As if that wasn't good enough, The High Kings received the stamp of approval from the likes of Christy Moore and, perhaps more pertinently, Ronnie Drew, the lead singer of The Dubliners, and the man behind one of Ireland's most recognizable and enduring ballad voices. The High Kings had achieved what many had thought improbable, if not impossible: they were moving the Irish ballad tradition into the here and now, carrying along with them t