Listen to Alex Jenkins talk with Brian Dunphy about The High Kings : Memory Lane album from 12 noon and 12 midnight on Saturday 13th Nov and from 6pm on Monday 22nd Nov.
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 emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the 1960s.
Martin Furey is a well established exemplary Folk singer and a natural abounding songwriter. He was born to his Irish father Finbar and Scottish mother, Sheila, in Dublin before moving to the beautiful fishing village of Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. He lived and breathed music, Irish music in particular, taught to him by his father and uncles. He also learnt a great deal about Irish culture and its traditions through his grandmother’s regular story telling.
Finbarr was born in Waterford to Moira Moony and Bobby Clancy, brother to Liam, Paddy & Tom Clancy. Growing up in the Clancy dynasty, Finbarr’s was plucking the banjo and playing the bodhran from the age of 5. His earliest performance was with his sister Aoife and father Bobby at Sunday afternoon ballad sessions in local Country pubs. His first professional performance was on stage at the tender age of ten singing and playing the banjo with his cousin Eben Clancy (Liam’s son) who played whistle and sang. Finbarr went on to learn the guitar and flute and began writing songs at the age of 17 with another cousin Colm Power. They formed a folk/soft rock band with a friend David Doherty.
Darren Holden is not only a prolific songwriter and musician but a master interpreter of lyrics as well, and audiences around the world continue to praise his exceptional vocal talents. Originally from County Kilkenny, Ireland, he is comfortable performing all genres of music from pop and jazz to country and Celtic.
Brian was born in Dublin and spent his early years traveling around Ireland watching his father Sean performing in his showband The Hoedowners. It was from his famous father that he inherited his love of singing. Aged eighteen, Brian embarked on his own solo career with performances firstly on television for RTE Ireland and BBC England.