McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center welcomes The High Kings
Come kick-off Saint Patrick’s Day weekend with, multi-platinum artist, The High Kings, at your McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center in Wautoma on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. This performance is made possible by American Family Insurance, Antique Liquor & Video, Culvers Restaurant, Martz Insurance, Grimm’s Sports Bar & Grill, Wisconsin 106, The Berlin Journal and Wautoma Rotary Club.
Ten years ago, four Irish singers, performers, and songwriters decided to take a calculated risk. The constituent parts of The High Kings each had a wealth of history in the music business behind them, but knew that in order to maintain any level of creative interest they would have to boldly go where no other Irish ballad group had gone before. In truth, back in the mid-late nineties, Ireland needed a group like The High Kings.
The heyday of ballad groups such as The Clancy Brothers and The Dubliners was a distant memory for generations of music fans, and to have another bunch of Irish lads taking up the baton and continuing the tradition was great news to thousands of fans worldwide. “We could sing well, play our instruments well and harmonies well,” says Darren Holden, humbly underselling somewhat the numerous skill sets of the individual members. “People were looking for guys with character, presence – not just cardboard cut-outs – so the respective experience we all had wasn’t just helpful but essential.” The four members immediately knew that something special was taking place, and within months had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends.
Their self-titled debut album—released in 2008—reached number two on Billboard Magazine’s World Music chart. It was during The High Kings second tour of the US was in 2011. They graduated from playing small venues to larger halls as they promoted their follow-up album, Memory Lane, which also crashed into Billboard’s World Music chart. They had achieved what many had thought improbable. They were moving the Irish ballad tradition into the here and now, carrying along with them the steadfast older fans while simultaneously bringing it to a new audience.
Their next two albums, Friends For Life (2013) and Grace & Glory (2016) were received with great reviews from all across the world. The November 2017 release of Decade-Best of the High Kings was received with rave reviews and record sales figures with the band again topping the Irish Album Charts and returning to the Billboard World Music Charts once again.
Ireland’s folk band is comprised of Brian Dunphy, Finbar Clancy, Darren Holden, and George Murphy – internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs.
The Decade World Tour promises a joyous trip down Memory Lane, to the music and song of yesteryear, this time performed in a contemporary style and arrangement which still remains true to the original.
Tickets to The High Kings are available at the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center located at 514 S. Cambridge St., Wautoma. The box office is staffed two weeks before the performance, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning Monday, March 4 and two hours before the performance on Friday, March 15. On top of being open two weeks before a performance, the box office will also be open on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., throughout the season.
Tickets for any performance this season as well as gift certificates can be ordered anytime by phone at (920) 787-2189 or on the PAC website at www.mccombbruchspac.com. Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted. Group and student discounts are available. For more information, follow the PAC on Facebook (McComb Bruchs Performing Arts Center) or Instagram (mccombbruchspac).