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Sunday, January 6, 2013

We're listening to The High Kings on the Jam Jar

The High Kings!  An amazing band with an amazing sound and we're listening to it through the JAM Jar. Incredible!  There is nothing like Irish music to give you a boost of energy - especially on a chilly January day.  If you're into Irish Folk music and even if you're not, take a listen to them on youtube.

They are a talented group with diverse musical backgrounds. The band was formed by Celtic Woman manager Dave Kavanagh in 2008.

Who's Who? 
Finbarr Clancy is from the Clancy Clan who brought Irish traditional/folk music to the US in the 1960's and brought the genre broad acceptance and into the same league as Pete Seagar and Bob Dylan.  Finbarr is hugely talented playing several instruments (banjo, guitar, flute) and of course has a great voice. He's toured the US and the globe with various artists. 

Darren Holden is a songwriter and musician and vocalist. He toured with Boyzone, starred as The Piano Man (Billy Joel) in the Tony Award-winning hit Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin’ Out, and was lead singer with RIVERDANCE on Broadway and on tour. He performs all genres of music from Pop and Jazz to Country and Celtic.

Brian Dunphy has a broad musical background as well. He appeared in a stage version of Rocky Horror Picture show and spent two years singing at The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway in New York and as lead vocalist in Radio City Music Hall. While there, he had the honor of performing the American National Anthem at Madison Square Gardens and appearing on “The Today Show”. He was the lead singer in "Riverdance The Show” and joined The Three Irish Tenors.  

Martin Furey also comes from a family well known in the Irish folk and ballad scene of the 60’s.  Martin plays multiple instruments, including banjo, bouzouki, guitar and whistles. He was successful in Scotland with his band Sam Harlet, and with his sister Aine formed a band Bohinta and their album Excalibur went straight to number one in the French Album charts.

A really talented group of Kings

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