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The Theatre Royal, Waterford – Thursday 11th January

Almost 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.

The four members immediately knew that something special was taking place and within months had clicked as a creative unit as well as friends. The self-titled debut album, released in 2008, reached a highly impressive number two on Billboard Magazine’s World Music chart.

It was during The High Kings second tour of the US in 2011, however – having 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 – that everyone involved realised the fanbase was growing into something that no one had predicted.

As if that wasn't good enough, The High Kings received the stamp of approval from the likes of Christy Moore and, perhaps more pertinently, Ronnie Drew, the lead singer of The Dubliners, and the man behind one of Ireland’s most recognisable and enduring ballad voices.

Starts at 8pm: Tickets €28:50 available from the box-office / 051 874402 or online @ http://www.theatreroyal.ie/events/the-high-kings-decade-tour

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