The internationally renowned Irish band, The High Kings, is set to grace the stage of the FLATO Academy Theatre on September 23 as part of their inaugural tour of Canada. This marks a significant milestone for the band as they continue their North American tour in support of their eighth studio album, “The Road Not Taken,” which has been generating substantial excitement among their fans.
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The High Kings, consisting of members Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Darren Holden, and Paul O’Brien, have been captivating audiences worldwide for a remarkable 15 years. During this time, they have released seven studio albums and several live recordings, solidifying their place as a prominent figure in the world of Irish music.
The band’s inception traces back to June 2007 when Clancy, Dunphy, Holden, and former member Martin Furey were invited to form a new Irish ballad group by David Kavanagh. Kavanagh recognized a niche in the market for bands specializing in traditional Irish music, and it quickly became evident during their initial studio rehearsal that the blending of their individual voices created something truly extraordinary. One contributing factor to their distinctive sound is their proficiency in playing a total of 13 different instruments, crafting a unique musical atmosphere that continues to captivate audiences.
This year signifies a pivotal moment for The High Kings as they embark on their most ambitious project to date – the release of their eighth studio album, “The Road Not Taken,” and an extensive tour that includes their debut performances in Canada.
Darren Holden, one of the band members, expressed his gratitude for the overwhelming response from their fans: “The response has been absolutely incredible … when you hit the ground, you do it knowing it won’t last forever. Because the music industry is so fickle, I thought we’d last maybe five years, but I’m happy to be proven wrong. In fact, our audiences are bigger than ever.” Holden highlighted the remarkable dedication of their fan base, with supporters traveling from all corners of the world to attend their shows, with one fan attending more than 200 performances.
The band’s music has touched people of all ages, resonating deeply with its listeners. Notably, their fan base includes prestigious figures such as former British Prime Minister David Cameron, and former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Holden emphasized the unique magic of performing live, stating, “Every audience is like the first time you’ve been on stage. Some days, you’re not feeling it … but about five minutes into the show, the energy of the audience kicks in and you remember this is why we’re doing this.” He described an unexplainable deep connection between the band and their audience that continues to inspire and motivate them.
For those eager to experience The High Kings’ performance at the FLATO Academy Theatre, the concert will commence at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at academytheatre.ca, by calling 705-324-9111, or by visiting the box office. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the magic of The High Kings live on stage.