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The High Kings

One of the best, if not THE best concert I have ever attended was The High Kings in Newry on Sunday night, January 8th. This saga began when i got a very pleasant and unexpected surprise at winning Four Tickets to a High King's Concert. The Monaghan Arts Network hold their monthly Showcase on the last Wednesday night of each month and all attending are asked to sign in. At their Christmas Show they held a draw for all those who had attended during 2016 and my name was pulled out and I was presented with the prize. I was delighted as I knew the music played by the High Kings and I was looking forward to the night. They are currently doing a Tour of Ireland before heading off to the USA for a big tour there. I contacted their manager, as arranged, and he arranged tickets for me for their show in the Canal Court in Newry. Ann, Paula and Dermot came with me and when we arrived we were treated like royalty and were taken to four seats in the front row. Then at half time we were invited to the Hotel lobby and there the band members came to meet with us and chat and present us with signed copy of their latest CD. Then back to the second half. It was a fabulous show and they had a full house swaying and singing along to their great singing and music. The four members are top class multi-instrumental musicians and all with great voices and they blend so well together. The show flowed seamlessly and their routine was fantastic. They all have very pleasing personalities, which we experienced when we met and which was also apparent throughout the show. Their interaction towards the end with two very young fans, who were able to sing every word of every song, was indicative of their sensitivity and ability to keep the audience with them all the way. I can highly recommend the High Kings and suggest that you should get their CD and if you like that type of music then get along to one of their concerts. I would personally like to thank Paddy, Nikkita, and the band members - Darren Holden, Finbar Clancy, Brian Dunphy, and Martin Furey - as you can see all great surnames in Irish music history. Thanks also to Monaghan Arts Network for this marvellous prize and giving me the opportunity to have such an enjoyable experience.

From left to right - Martin Furey, Dermot, Brian Dunphy, Paula, Finbar Clancy, Ann, Darren and myself. Photo by Paddy McPoland.

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