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Out of the Mailbag, Comes Songs & Stories: High Kings Release New Album

By John O’Brien, Jr
@Jobjr

The High Kings, Finbarr Clancy (Tipperary), Darren Holden (Kilkenny), Paul O’ Brien (Laois) and Brian Dunphy (Dublin) known collectively as Ireland’s most successful modern-era folk act, are thrilled to announce their latest album ‘The Road Not Taken.’ is now available.

The High Kings, renowned for their captivating harmonies and timeless melodies, return with their eighth studio album, with a collection of original songs that breathe new life into traditional folk music, blending the old with the new.

‘The Road Not Taken’ is a groundbreaking collaborative effort, co-written and produced with some of Ireland’s most respected and popular artists. This includes household names such as The Script, Kodaline, Picture This, Sharon Corr, Wild Youth, JC Stewart and Ryan Sheridan. The album also includes guest appearances from international artists such as legendary ‘Journey’ frontman Steve Perry, making it a genuine feast of global music collaborations.

The album features their recent hit songs ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and ‘Streets Of Kinsale,’ marking the band’s first full original album. This compilation reflects the strength and diversity of Irish music, bringing together for the first time its most influential artists in an unprecedented celebration of Irish folk music.

Speaking about their new album, The High Kings said “We are so excited to release this original album of songs to the world. It’s been a few years in the making and we are truly honored to have worked on it with some of the best musicians in the business. Folk Music is such a huge part of Irish heritage and to create new stories and songs for future generations has been such a pleasure. We can’t wait to hear our fans singing them back to us”.

‘The Road Not Taken’ represents an important milestone in the landscape of Irish folk music. Their unique sound, shaped through this collaborative endeavour, is set to appeal to longtime devotees and newcomers alike.

Tracklist for ‘The Road Not Taken‘:

  1. Connemara Bay 2:48
  2. Chasing Rainbows 2:32
  3. Men Of Aran  2:45
  4. Go With The Flow  2:54
  5. The Big Fella  3:07
  6. Son Of Ireland  3:15
  7. The Streets Of Kinsale 3:00
  8. The Road Not Taken  2:52
  9. 1845  3:01
  10. Paddy’s Day  2:49
  11. Song For Kelly 4:17
  12. Where I Belong  3:27
  13. Iveagh Gardens  4:00

*John is a Founder and the Publisher and Editor of iIrish, an archivist, spokesman, emcee, Spoken Word presenter and author of five books, so far.

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