Before the Christmas holidays we had a chance to catch up with our Emerald Ambassador, Darren Holden, as he performed with the High Kings right here in County Donegal.
The popular Irish folk group has been going from strength-to-strength and following an incredible 2016, the new year promises to be even better with dates already selling well for the United States in March.
Mainly known to play the keys with the High Kings, and more recently accordion and mandolin, Darren has recently also started playing the Emerald X20 Artisan during live performances. “I can see at our concerts, the second I pick up the X20 Artisan to play it, people start pointing at it and taking pics and ask me about it after the show. Altogether, a hugely satisfying performance.”
When the High Kings’ date at nearby An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, came up, we took the opportunity to go down and catch up with Darren and also introduce him to our short scale 12-string, the Amicus.
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We sent Darren away with a green Amicus Artisan to have a bit of fun and see how he gets on with it and this week, he gave us his initial reaction. “I had a few plays of the Amicus and while it does take a little getting used to, the quality of sound and feel from it is incredible.”
“There is definitely something unique about Alistair’s work that sets him apart in an already crowded field. That, and the wow factor whenever I show the insurgents to anyone. People are intrigued and excited by them.”
Beginning the year with a month-long tour around Ireland, The High Kings return to the United States on March 3 and will kick off their latest US tour with a three nights at the North Texas Irish Festival.
You can check out all their dates on the band’s website and also be sure to check out Darren’s own website, where he regularly posts updates. Darren is also very active on Twitter so make to follow him there, @DarrenHolden72