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The 'Story of the High Kings' in La Veta CO today.
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Great bunch of kids!
HKHQ: "We are rarely rendered speechless by our experiences on the road but yesterday was one of them! For the last few weeks these HS kids have been rehearsing 'Schooldays Over', 'Goodnight Irene' and 'The Boys are Back in Town' and yesterday we finally got to sing them together. Ladies & Gentlemen, the Walsenburg High School Choral Singers!! After we took this photo we performed these songs live together in front of an audience, including the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first-ever performance of 'The Boys Are Back in Town' Take a bow boys and girls, each and every one of you were amazing!!" #proud
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The High Kings are currently on route to the US for the final leg of the tour. Watch a little medley of songs from their performance at the Irish Fair of Minnesota back in August. 
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Listen to Darren chatting with Greg Smith on VOCM Irish Music Show NL broadcast yesterday. The High Kings have a trip across the border in to Canada for their final show in St John Newfoundland at the end of the US tour on Oct 3rd.
https://soundcloud.com/gregccsmith-1/darren-holden-of-the-high-kings-on-vocms-irish-nl-show
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The High Kings on stage at the INEC KIllarney last night.
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Listen to Darren chatting with Geoff Harris on WLR FM Lunchbox earlier today. 
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Brian and I just did an accoustic 135 minute show incorporating HK, Elvis, Billy Joel, as part of The Spanish Peaks festival in Colorado.
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After all these years of living and touring in America, it still seems to throw the odd hidden gem in my path from time to time.
La Veta, Colorado. And no, the colour TV didn't entice me to stay!
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The High Kings head back Stateside for the final leg of the US tour tomorrow. For those of you that don't subscribe to Darren's newsletter, this is the blog version with a round up of all the news, photos, videos, TV, and interviews from the US summer dates plus other news. Enjoy!
http://darrenholden.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/us-tour-round-up-and-more.html
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Darren on the couch, and in the kitchen, on TV3's Seven O'Clock Show on Friday night. Presenters Muireann O'Connell and Ray Foley. https://www.facebook.com/darrenholden72/videos/10154591618406789/
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Tonight the High Kings are on stage in Killarney, but this time last year they were in Washington DC having spent the previous day at Arlington Cemetary and the Pentagon laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and performing for General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff. 
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Daniel O' Donnell bassist, James Blennerhassett and myself backstage at Opry AN Iuir, Newry Town Hall yesterday with our brand new Emerald guitars.
Loving these fantastic instruments from a superb Irish company.
#emerald
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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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