Career Memories

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Irish Song For Europe

 

I competed in 'Irish Song For Europe' in 1994 and 1997 coming a close second on both occasions. I was invited to perform in Finland, Sweden, Greece, Los Angeles, Kiev, Kazakhstan and Cairo, winning several prizes and composing awards in various competitions.

 

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Riverdance

 

My big career break took me to America where I joined the cast of Riverdance in 2000, and became lead vocalist in January 2001.

 

 

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Moscow Song Festival

 

Winning the1st Prize of $10k at Graddus Ad Parnasum Song festival (Stairway to Stardom) in Moscow.

 

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Movin' Out

 

Being cast as the Pianoman on the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical Movin' Out in 2003. I did my first 6 months on Broadway then took the original US tour on the road across the US, Canada and Japan.

 

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White House 2004

 

Performing at the 2004 Christmas Pageant at The White House. The pageant marked the 81st lighting of the national Christmas tree in the company of President George Bush and Mrs Laura Bush

 

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Monegan Sun Casino

 

I was proud to be invited to perform with Mark Rivera and the Billy Joel Band for a corporate event at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino resort in June 2007. The band also featured other special guests Nils Lofgren (E Street Band), Tommy Byrnes, Crystal Taliefero and Will Lee.

 

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Platinum Disc

 

Being presented with a Platimum disc for the first High Kings album and DVD by Shay Healey at Dublin's Olympia 19 November 2008.

 

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Áras an Uachtaráin

 

The High Kings were invited to perform at a Human Rights Commission Dinner for President Mary McAlese and 60 guests from all over the world on 6 March 2009.

 

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Hope Concert For Haiti

 

Performing at St Mary's Cathedral with Kilkenny Gospel Choir at the Hope Concert for Haiti 1 February 2010

 

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Rock Band

 

Having my song 'Caught' written with Bryan Steele, feat. my vocal selected by Rockband for release on xbox 360 April 2010 

 

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Pres. Obama Moneygall

 

I was buzzing for the visit of President Obama, and we were proud to be part of such a historic event. May 2011

 

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St Patrick's Trafalgar Sq

 

Headlining the Mayor of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square London 18 March 2012

 

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Áras an Uachtaráin

 

Incredible day at the Aras with President and Mrs Higgins performing at their garden party. 6 July 2012.

 

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Gathering Kilkenny

 

I was honoured and proud to be an ambassador for Kilkenny for The Gathering 2013. It promises to be a fantastic year not only for KK but Ireland. Oct 2012.

 

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Union Chapel UK

 

Without a doubt one of the greatest nights ever!! Possibly the greatest night since The High Kings began. An absolutely massive sold out audience at Union Chapel London and a seriously unprecedented reaction. We are totally buzzing after that. So many lump in the throat moments from Red is the Rose sung on the pulpit,the sea of iPhone lights during Brian's Rare Aul Times, to the standing ovation after "The Town I loved so well'. Incredible. We are so grateful to Everyone who came out tonight and blessed us with a lifetime memory.

 

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Pentagon

 

Incredible day! Stuff of dreams. An amazing few hours as guests of General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of The Joint Chiefs of Staff, at Arlington Cemetery and The Pentagon. We were honoured to lay a wreath at the tomb of The Unknown Soldier, followed by a guided tour of The Pentagon. We were further honoured to be invited to an intimate lunch with General Dempsey and his wife and to round off a perfect day we joined the US Marine Band at their HQ for a few songs with ‪#‎ThePresidentsOwn‬ !!

 

Cellular Field

 

Singing The Star Spangled Banner for The Chicago White Sox at Cellular Field. July 4th 2006

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Croke Park All Ireland SHC

 

Performing Fields of Glory during the half time interval of the All Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Waterford September 2008. My beloved Kilkenny won easily to secure their '3 in a row'.

 

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Double Platinum

 

Receiving the 'Double Platinum discs for the first High Kings album and DVD from Pat Kenny.

 

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Pat Kenny Last Late Late Show

 

The High Kings were proud to be asked to perform on the last ever Pat Kenny Late Late Show and closed the show as the final act introduced by Pat. 29 May 2009.

 

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National Stadium Dublin

 

The High Kings were invited to sing the Irish National Anthem Amhrann na Fiann before the the Irish Lightweight fight between Andy Murray and Oisin Fagan at the National Stadium in Dublin February 2010.

 

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Oxygen

 

4 thousand kids just screamed every word of every song with us at Oxegen!!! Unreal crowd. Amazing reaction. July 2010.

 

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Young Voices Royal Albert Hall

 

Performing with Young Voices at the Royal Albert Hall London for the Clic Sargent Charity Night. Walking out on that stage again took my breath away. Incredible place. Dec 2011.

 

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White House 2012

 

A personal invitation to the High Kings from President Obama to perform at his official St Patrick's Day celebrations at The White House. I am honoured to have been invited to perform at the White House twice in my career. March 2012

 

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Notre Dame

 

Amazing and memorable night at the O2 for the Notre Dame pep rally. It was fantastic to witness the most amazing marching band and choir ever! Loved it all! Sept 2012.

 

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Twickenham

 

It was a very long but very rewarding day at Twickenham when we were invited to sing 'Ireland's Call before the Six Nations game between England and Ireland. We took away fantastic memories that will last a long long time. To hear over 30,000 Irish fans cheer us on during our performance was nothing short of amazing. Thanks so much to the RFU for the invitation. Feb 2014

 

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Ireland's Call Anniversary

 

Wow. Unreal reaction to Ireland's Call on TV3!

Can't believe the amount of messages and texts received. So proud to have been part of such a successful documentary about this great song.

Already trending on Twitter too! Huge thanks to Phil Coulter for all the phone chats we had about this and to Rob King and his crew for creating such an important programme on a mammoth week for Irish Rugby. Blown away here folks. Thanks to each and every one of you for the really positive comments.

 

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Easter Rising Centenary

 

Myself and the lads were invited early on to be a part of this unique show and we are so grateful for that honour.
To share the stage with incredible homegrown talent such as Gavin James, Imelda, Sharon Shannon, John Sheahan, Colm Wilkinson, Donal Lunny, David Agnew ,Ewan Cowley, etc... No words. Immensely Proud doesn't come close or do justice to it. 'Schooldays over' is a song I learned as a nipper, and sort of forgot about. It came back to me through my good buddy who is an encyclopedia on folk music, and who kept telling me to sing it. Look at what its led to.....Amazing.