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Seapoint. Galway. The scene of many a wild High Kings show over the last few years. Tonight is looking like staying true to form. The west is awake and buzzin'
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Irish Echo reviewer votes Grace & Glory best album of 2016! 
By Colleen Taylor. Historically speaking, 2016 had many ups and downs, but musically speaking, 2016 was full of highlights. Here are my five favorite albums released this year. “Matching Sweaters,” at No. 5, is measuring up to be one of my favorite Gaelic Storm albums yet, containing some of the ...
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Listen to the High Kings performing God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen live from Grafton St on RTE Radio 1, Christmas Eve 2008.
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Humbled by this review.
by Sean Hillen By far, the best rendition of the Phil Coulter classic ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ I have ever heard and an encore of ‘The Parting Glass’ that, with eyes closed, made me feel as if th…
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For those of you who don't subscribe to Darren's official newsletter. This is the blog version of the latest edition with a round of all the news, videos, and photos from Opry an Iuir, the European Tour, and announced tour dates for Ireland and US.
http://darrenholden.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/opry-iuir-and-european-tour-round-up.html
Emerald Guitars “Hanging out in London with my Emerald Guitars Artisan X20. A beautiful instrument and a new addition to The a High Kings European Tour. www.emeraldguitars.com” Darren playing his treasured Emeral...
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Last night at The Millennium Forum in Derry was one of those nights that we will always remember. The High Kings have played this amazing venue many times, but this was bigger and louder than ever before. An incredible solid out audience.
You literally took my breath away at the end of "The Town I Loved so Well. To sing it in its hometown, is an honour that I will never take lightly. Its always been one of the greatest ballads ever written, but there are nights it becomes so much more than that. It lives, breaths and aches through ever word. The people of Derry are so proud of Phil Coulter and of this song. Rightly so.
I can never thank you enough for the countless lovely comments and messages from last night and I can only hope that I, and the guys will always be able to do this wonderful song justice.
Its your song Derry. Thank you for letting me borrow it.

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George Michael now!!
Seriously. This is now just freaky.
What another massive loss to the entertainment world. One of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.
Rest in peace George.
2016.....please go away now.
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Listen to Darren chatting to Geoff Harris on WLR FM this lunchtime.
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Darren singing an original Christmas song written with Bryan Steele during his time in Movin' Out.
Original song written by Darren Holden and Bryan Steele
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A little Christmas song from the High Kings!
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Singer/Songwriter and musician, currently a member of Ireland's top folk group The High Kings
Introduction
Darren is a prolific songwriter with exceptional vocal talents. His early solo career saw him support many artists. He's had top ten hits in Ireland, and released 3 solo albums. His second, Live & Learn, had 3 top 30 US airplay hits seeing him nominated as Best Country Male Artist. The latest album Roadworks has a fine blend of ballads with rockier songs. Darren starred on Broadway, extensively touring the US, playing both the lead vocalist in Riverdance, and the lead vocalist/pianist in the Billy Joel musical Movin Out. He’s done more than 500 American Primetime TV appearances. He has regularly performed with The New York State of Mind band featuring The Billy Joel band with Darren on piano and lead vocals. His rendition of the US National Anthem made him a popular choice for sports events and he’s performed for an estimated 1.5 million people. He’s also performed for President and Mrs. Bush, and other dignitaries. In June 2007, Darren joined The High Kings. Their debut album and live DVD were very successful both sides of the Atlantic, achieving platinum status in Ireland. They released their second album, Memory Lane in February 2010 which also went platinum.

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Worked on Broadway and on US national tours both as lead vocalist in Riverdance and lead 'Pianoman' on the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin' Out. Performed twice at the Whitehouse at the invitation of two different presidents. The first as a solo performer at the 2004 Christmas Pageant for President and Mrs Bush. The second time at the personal invitation of President Obama with The High Kings as part of the 2012 official St Patrick's Day reception.
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New York - Dublin - Kilkenny
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  • The High Kings
    Vocalist/Musician, 2007 - present
  • Movin' Out
    Lead vocalist/Pianoman, 2003 - 2007
    Performed over 1500 shows of as the Pianoman in the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin' Out on Broadway and tours of the US, Canada and Japan.
  • Riverdance
    Lead vocalist, 2000 - 2003
    Performed as lead vocalist in Riverdance on Broadway and tours of the US.
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