The High Kings are Finbarr Clancy, Darren Holden, Brian Dunphy and newest member Paul O’Brien.
Formed in June 2007, The High Kings play 13 instruments between them, creating the unique sound that thrills audiences all over the world.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 2008, reached number 2 on the Billboard World Music chart, setting the stage for the success they’ve enjoyed stateside ever since.
The group have released four studio albums to date, two live albums, two live DVDs and a ‘Greatest Hits’ collection. Their first three studio albums appeared at number 3 or higher on the Billboard World Music chart.
Since the inception of the band, The High Kings have toured Ireland, the United States and Europe almost annually. Performing mostly traditional Irish songs, they are known to sing arrangements from other genres from time to time and have earned a legion of loyal fans.
Their career has seen many highlights: in 2012 they performed for President Obama during his visit to Ireland. This 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 2015 The High Kings were invited to the Pentagon as guests of General Martin Dempsey, then Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff. They performed alongside the US Marine Corps band marking another special occasion for the band.