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For centuries, Ireland was ruled by High Kings. As their reign came to an end, their deeds and stories merged into the world of legend and myth and the High Kings of Ireland were no more except in story, music and song. Until now. Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, renowned vocalists and musicians, have come together to create the most exciting Irish ballad group to ... Read more in Amazon's The High Kings Store

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • ASIN: B0012OTVR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digipak CD of the self titled album by The High Kings, an exciting Irish ballad group of four top class performers who create this unique ensemble, re-energising the great Irish ballads and introducing exciting new songs. The creators of the smash hit Celtic Woman present the band: Finbarr Clancy (son of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers) , Brian Dunphy (son of Sean Dunphy, a major star of the Irish showband era in the 1960s. Brian toured as one of the Three Irish Tenors) , Martin Furey (son of the renowned Irish piper/singer, Finbar Furey) and Darren Holden( he toured with Riverdance and he played the lead role in the Billy Joel musical 'Movin' Out'). For centuries, Ireland was ruled by High Kings. As their reign came to an end, their deeds and stories merged into the world of legend and myth yet the tales live on in music and song.

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They have done a wonderful job of putting together this very enjoyable CD.
Michael Gendron
I would definitely recommend this cd to anyone who likes traditional Irish (and some Scottish) music.
Jennifer Marks
These four men have beautiful voices and they blend together seamlessly and perfectly.
Cherise Everhard

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I bought this CD without hearing one song or knowing anything more about it than it came from producer David Downes who has done magnificent things with his Celtic Woman. I figured that if it was half as entertaining as Celtic Woman I would have spent my money wisely; I love it when I am right.

These four men have beautiful voices and they blend together seamlessly and perfectly. From the first song, Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore, I was completely and happily won over. I recognized that song from the show, Riverdance, which I saw this last summer and it immediately had me smiling.

The comparison between The High Kings and Celtic Woman is inevitable. The differences, besides the obvious ones brought on by gender, are huge, but the results are the same, I think; great music. Is one better than the other? No, I think I will enjoy them with same amount of enthusiasm and admiration.

Where the Celtic WomEn's voices are accompanied by more musical instruments and choral groups, The High Kings arrangements, to me, are simpler. The main focal point is always on their voices and the musical accompaniment is kept uncomplicated and occasionally there is no music at all, except their voices.

The CD is an interesting combination of classic traditional Irish songs, and some new classics. Each song lends its own feel and leaves its own impression on this CD and its listener, the combination of songs is the perfect introduction to these four men.

My favorites:

The Black Velvet Band - is a traditional Irish tune that has long been a favorite of mine in any incarnation. I have been singing this song for the past two days, I love their version and their voices go fabulously along with mine in the car.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 11, 2008
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I'm a little bit cautious when I buy music, but when I saw that David Downes' name was on this group, I didn't hesitate. I think by now a lot of people associate David's work with Celtic Woman. He seems to have a knack for putting talented people together and creating incredible melodies that, after having heard the song only once, will be singing in your head throughout the day. While these songs have been around for quite a while, they are renewed afresh because of the men who sing them and the arrangements that were customized for these men's vocal talents.

Those who enjoy the harmonies of Celtic Woman have no excuse for not liking or appreciating the music of The High Kings. Classic ballads are tastefully made modern, and other folk melodies are kept folk with a touch of funk.

In an album that has been touched by David Downes, it is difficult to eliminate any song from a "Favorite" list. But, in my opinion, some of the catchiest tunes are from "Rocky Road to Dublin", "Wild Rover", and "Jimmy Murphy" (good luck with the chorus- those who have heard the album know exactly what I'm talking about). And the breath-taking beauty of Celtic history is found in the melodious harmonies in "Black Velvet Band" and "Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore".

In short, this is an album suitable for children of all ages, for people of all races. This is not music that is targeted for one specific group of people. These songs will make you laugh; they will make you cry. There is something in this album that, again, in my opinion, can appeal to anyone, no matter what background or history. The wonderful combination of the harmonies, and personalities of the men emanating through the music, is what makes this album appealing for all people of all walks of life.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert on March 8, 2008
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Having had grandparents born in Ireland I have been a fan of Irish music my entire life. The talent that has been brought together for this production is truely unsurpassed. The musicians and vocals are seamed together perfectly to delight the most discriminating listener. I witnessed this being performed on PBS. The DVD version is also available and will give you a visual experience that you will not soon forget.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Kay Murphy VINE VOICE on March 29, 2008
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It just so happened, as I was listening to some good ol' Liam Clancy around St. Paddy's Day, that the High Kings appeared on the Today show, and I loved their sound. Their voices meld beautifully together, and it's good ol' Irish tunes they're singing--along with one or two contemporary, such as "Galway to Graceland," which is poignantly rendered. These are vocalists who understand the power of the human voice as instrument. Just listen to a few of the samples and you'll hear what I mean. Then buy the CD. A warning about putting these tunes on your iPod--you may find yourself dancing....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lassie, loves literature and music on March 9, 2008
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I bought this CD after hearing the High Kings on PBS. It is a beautiful album song by four young men with glorious voices that will appeal to all music lovers whether you enjoy Irish music or not. It is Grammy material, what a pleasure to hear real artists sing - they are sooo good.
The harmony on Go Lassie Go is outstanding, as is the lovely Parting Glass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan J. Peterson on April 15, 2010
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Like many others I was deeply saddened to hear of Liam Clancy's death on December 3, 2009. But then I discovered that one of the members of the High Kings, Finbarr Clancy, was Liam's nephew and had played on stage with his father Bobbby and his uncles many times. Indeed most if not all the rest of this Irish quartette had at one time or another played alongside the Clancies on stage. So I was delighted to discover their self-titled debut album right here on Amazon. I purchased it after hearing some of the videos from their DVD.
The High Kings combine traditional Irish tunes with their own unique style as well as some songs of their own creation. Every song on this album is great, although I do tend to skip Galway to Graceland somewhat more often than not. But the harmonies achieved by these four men are enough to send chills down my spine. Standout tracks for me are Black Velvet Band (although they shortened it by a few verses here), Marie's Wedding, Fields of Glory, The Little Beggarman, Ar Eireann ni Neosainn Ce Hi (a beautiful Gaelic tune sung first in Gaelic and then in English)), The Auld Triangle, The Wild Rover and The Parting Glass. This last is done in the same triumphantly beautiful style as the Shaun Davey version used during the end credits of Waking Ned Devine. Personally though I think they should have closed the album out with this track, but this is a minor complaint. It's followed by a live version of one of my favorite Scots Irish tunes, The Wild Rover. So all in all this is an excellent album and I look forward to anything else the Kings send our way.
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THE HIGH KINGS on PBS TV knocked me off my chair!!
I saw these guys last night as the opening act to a Celtic Women concert, they did 3 numbers and it was great!!!!!!!! In person was a super introduction to them, the CD. is next!!
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