Few things in this world go together as well as traditional Irish music and a great Irish pub. Last month, those of us lucky enough to be in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania got to see the fruits of such a great combination as the High Kings, one of Ireland’s best folk groups, played at Brittingham’s, a truly fine Irish pub.
The High Kings are Ireland’s latest “supergroup” of folk music, with all four members coming to the band with enormous resumes and impressive pedigree. Martin Furey and Finbarr Clancy come from perhaps the two most prominent families in Irish music history, while Brian Dunphy and Darren Holden joined the band after careers spanning from Ireland to Broadway and back again. Together they bring a new yet solidly traditional take on some of Ireland’s best known and loved folksongs.
The High Kings made their name in Irish music with a PBS special that is not at all representative of what the band is now. The polished performance of old has been replaced by what is now a raucous and romping Irish band. Yes, you will have to put the pint down every once in a while to clap or sing.
Last month they blew the doors off of Brittingham’s pub in Lafayette Hill, PA. The Kings played two fantastic shows for an eager crowd, and Brittingham’s provided just the right setting for the night. If you get a chance and are in the area, check out Brittingham’s.
Posted by: David McBride