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24
Aug
22

Almost 3 years of Harkin Headquarters.....

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I am a surfer at heart with music in my veins, Kelsey is a magpie for textiles and bowls who was built for traveling. Together we're gypsies on a path somewhere, we just don't know or care where it leads.  As long as the path is happy and harmless, its a path we will continue to follow across the ocean and land for as long as our bodies can carry us, weather it be on our old boat or in my campervan that I built years ago with my father Kevin & uncle Seany.

 

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  • Waunita
    Waunita says #
    Love your music, Love Celtic Thunder but miss you terribly. On my bucket list was to see you in concert so I bought LEGACY tickets
  • Bella Glenm
    Bella Glenm says #
    Hey Keith I am a longtime listener of Celtic Thunder. But really enjoy your own personal albums and songs. My five year old grandd
  • Sharon Amanda horner
    Sharon Amanda horner says #
    Just want to say Keith you have amazing and beautiful voice, I'm always watching my dvds of Celtic Thunder, your singing is out of
29
Apr
71

Farewell to Celtic Thunder.

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 Hi Everyone,

Today is a very bitter sweet day and this is not easy to say at all. It saddens me to tell you that I wont be on the road with Celtic Thunder this fall.
I love performing with Celtic Thunder and always will. I've given the past 10 years of my life to the show. And you have been there every step of the way.
I have had many laughs, tears and learned so much from it.
I was a solo artist before I joined Celtic Thunder and have always continued to do so. For the 1st time in my career after hammering at it for over 12 years I am at a point where I have to go it alone and push everything I am doing for myself as far as I can.
This isn't a final goodbye to CT... Just a break to concentrate fully on my own music. I'm sure when we work it out in our schedules, I'll be up there swinging a kilt again at some point in the near future.
I just recorded a TV special last week in LA which will be getting released with a live album. And i'm right in the middle of recording an acoustic orchestral Christmas album with Brian Byrne which will be released this Christmas with a Christmas tour! You have so much music and good news coming your way.
Thank you for everything Celtic Thunder, the music, the friends & more importantly you guys the fans.
I Love you all, and appreciate every single thing you have ever done. From just listening to my music, liking something on Facebook, to coming to my shows and grabbing my Albums.

 

I have worked my ass off for everything I have in my life... a lot of the time at a loss of my own with things like family, friends and personal life.  I will continue to follow my own musical path now even more.  I will have even more time to crack this thing they called the "Music Business." Stay with me for the ride.  It's gonna be fun.

 

Keith,

x.

 

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  • Annette Spicer
    Annette Spicer says #
    I remember you saying once that you would never leave CT i think it was aeound the time George died.i truly hope you achieve every
  • Patricia Lambeth
    Patricia Lambeth says #
    Like so many , I too was captivated by CT. I do wish you well in your solo endeavers, but your comment about a temporary leave of
  • Kim r
    Kim r says #
    Hoping all is great with married life. When are you coming to Pennsylvania? Will you be performing with Celtic Thunder again
24
Apr
140

Wedding Bells...

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WEDDING BELLS

 

The first day I seen her when she worked at my friends house I said that she was the one and that I would marry her.  That was before I even heard her name.  I was right.  Kelsey and I couldn't be happier and we make the best team I could ever imagine a couple could be.

 

I was so glad that Kelsey could come on the road with me on the “On Mercy Street tour,” because a lot of you guys got to meet her.  You guys are like an extended family to me and have stuck with me through thick and thin since the start.  I Want to say a massive thanks on behalf of Kelsey and myself as to how kind you are you the both of us.  We are forever grateful.  I truly am one of the luckiest musicians on the planet to have fans like you. I know i say it so much but I really do mean it every time.  Your dedication and loyalty to me is unbelievable.  The Harkin Army are unbelievable.

 

THE BIG DAY

We debated forever on where we would have the wedding as we have friends everywhere across the planet…. and a few from mars as well it seems….haha.

We are going to get married in Ireland at our home in Donegal.  I have been working on an old 140 farm house for over a year now whenever I get time off with my family and pulling in as many favors as I can from friends to get the work done. Thats where we will be having the celebrations.

As you know me it will be no “ordinary,” wedding…  We are doing everything ourselves as thats the only way wet know how!

 

The day is going to be filled with friends, family, music, food, love and laughter.  If I could bring you all I would but… well.. you know. As you can imagine, we will have so much music on the day… I’ve written a song for the occasion with my Buddy Jack Tempchin!  No-one apart from myself and Jack have heard the song, and wont until the big day.  It will defiantly be on the next record.  It would bring a tear to a glass eye. :)

 

We will be getting married on Saturday July 2nd 2016.  I can hardly wait to tie the knot with this girl and also have all our friends and family from all over the world in our home in Donegal Ireland where my heart lies.  We have been working so hard to organize it but I know Its gonna be such an amazing day and i can hardly wait and watch it all come to bloom infant of my eyes.

 

So many of you have been asking about the big day. We only sent the invites out last week to our friends and family. We wanted to have them out before we told anyone else as you can understand.  A lot of you have been most generously asking me where you can send us gifts for our wedding.  Luckily, we already have a home full of everything we need - so have a look at this wish list below that we’ve made mainly for our friends and family! But as so many of you are really persistent!!! :) :) ....You can contribute to our dream honeymoon if ya really really want to, and from the rest of you... your kind words and blessings are massively welcomed!!!

Here is the link: www.honeyfund.com

 

 

We haven't planned exactly where we are going yet but we have handful of ideas floating around in our heads. Hopefully somewhere with no wifi, but just enough to Instagram the odd picture to keep you and our family in the loop!  

Its been a crazy ride with work the past few years and this really is the cherry on the top.

 

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I love you all.

 

Keith. xox

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    D Joy Gwilliam says #
    Sorry I am so very late in saying I wish for you both to have the everlasting love the Father has for all of us! Congratulations o
  • Bea Handschuh
    Bea Handschuh says #
    I guess I have lost my message to you but I will try to rewrite it. I have never seen a CT concert except on PBS as I was never cl
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    Bea Handschuh says #
    Well I feel way behind the times. First congrats on your marriage. I know you will be happy as you are a happy person. I had never
16
Feb
51

Blue Élan ~ A Long Story Short....

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Blue Élan - A Long Story Short.

 

Driving across America would have seemed like a tall task a few years ago…. Now I just look at it like an extended drive to work.  Getting on the road is always a relief for me.  The 3 months leading to the On Mercy Street tour were not easy. The long long LOOOONG days on the computer & phone for months on end, waiting for venues to get back to you, making sure the routing is good, that the drives aren't too long, that we can make it to the next venue in time for sound check, making sure there is enough income to keep the whole thing running. It's all left behind the second I get on the stages and do a million miles on my bus.  I Start to see all the phone calls and emails morph into an actual touring show.  And all just to sing a few songs.  There is no greater feeling of accomplishment.....

 

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  • Linda H
    Linda H says #
    First, congratulations to you and Kelsey! What a journey it has been from the early Celtic Thunder days to now! I wish you both
  • cris
    cris says #
    I marvel at your energy and your willingness to travel so extensively, however I fear for your future with celtic thunder since th
  • Bill Rowan
    Bill Rowan says #
    Hectic tour. Finally got to hear On Mercy Street in all its wonderful glory. Awesome job Mr. Harkin. Now a totally acoustic album
12
Sep
29

accordo.net INTERVIEW

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Hey guys so the good people of ACCORDO>NET in Italy asked me to do an interview for them, you can go on their page and have a read but its all in Italian... here is the interview in ENGLISH. I also done a small video for them that you can see on their site...

 

 

 

ENJOY

 

J

 

- In your bio you mention Don Henley, Glen Campbell, Tom Waits, Neil Young & Van Morrison as your main influences. How did you get in touch with the music of these classic masters?

 

Growing up in Ireland one is constantly surrounded by music.  It is deep in our heritage, its in our genetics. Every type of music is everywhere in Ireland.  My Dad was a guitar player and played the music scene up until he had a family.  I’d give all the credit to

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    Sherry Boyer says #
    Well frist off congrats to you and Kelsey .And no matter if you go solo or with Celtic thunder I will be listening to your music .
  • Evelyn Schmitt
    Evelyn Schmitt says #
    Keith I have been a fan from the beginning of Celtic Thunder...... You are truly one of "The Great Musicians of All Time". Touchin
  • Nancy
    Nancy says #
    Keith I'm an old Celtic Thunder fan -70. I didn't recognize you on PBS Legacy I'm sorry to say. Even when I watched one of my favo
18
Aug
80

NECKER ISLAND - “Forgiveness & Gratitude.”

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“As I board a fancy white leather clad boat on tiny dock with one fluorescent light at the end, on the humid Island of Tortola in the BVI’s after a long 23hrs of flying, I look up into the star peppered sky as we pull off into the darkness and I think to myself.  Why me?  Of  the 7.5 billion people on the earth I am right here right now in this present moment in time, on a boat tearing across the Caribbean sea to Sir Richard Branson’s island for the second time in my life.”

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  • Geraldine Jarrett
    Geraldine Jarrett says #
    Reading your blog makes it clear why you were invited to this wonderful event. Thanks.
  • Wendy
    Wendy says #
    Thank you for this account from deep in your soul that is clearly alive and well in this world. You reminded me of a moment at Sca
  • Donna Stockwell
    Donna Stockwell says #
    I really love all that you and your lovely Kelsey do for others. And I feel very blessed by so much love that you express for all.
11
Aug
67

SOUL FOOD

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.…SOUL FOOD….

 

Sooo… After a super dooper long trip in Ireland… I thought I’d tell you all the goings on between now and then.

 

Ireland was amazing.  Not only did I get to do the usual friends and family thing, which is essential, but I got to properly get back to my roots of what I love doing.  What made me who

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    marion pallarino says #
    Keith this is exactly what you needed, to be home with family and friends, and get united once again with Ireland! You have taken
  • Jeanie Butler
    Jeanie Butler says #
    Keith, this is my first time checking out your blog, great story telling ability you have going there . I am concerned about CT?
  • Joyce Houle
    Joyce Houle says #
    Have been enjoying your story of your summer. I have a question. Aren't you still a member of Celtic Thunder? Went on their news
20
May
155

Wooooowooow-weewhaa! what a sound!

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“Wooooowooow-weewhaa!”

 

 

So I done that showcase gig in London Sphere Studios last week.  There were a few other bands there… all looking & sounding amazing. I was on last with the one and only rocking badass band ‘“the Linda’s” & Sam Swallow from “the Hoosiers” on Keys.  

 Wooooowooow-weewhaa!  what a sound!  Its funny When you're

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    Kim says #
    Love your blog! EoooHoooo for August!!! Can't WAIT for your new album!!! Soooo EXCITED!!!! Let's get KICKSTARTING! You know we ar
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    lottie watson says #
    great to hear your recording is going famously and we will soon have the fruit of your labor in our hot little hands. It's especi
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    Roger Stroupe says #
    20 May 2015 Hello and a good day to you, Keith, So nice to see the website is working properly. I've been accessing through the ph
06
May
95

London Bound**

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“LONDON BOUND”

 

Headed to London in the morning to kick of the start of the promotion for “On Mercy Street.”  Sitting in a local coffee shop in Derry  bleeding their internet dry, listening to the final Master of the new album only to realize there is a bum note on one track… hahaha… back to the studio I go.  Rome wasn't built in a day.  Once thats fixed that is it! We are done and one step closer..... to the final product.  Art work is also nearly finished just a “thank you” note and were there  It looks amazing, they made me look really cool.

to the final product.  Art work is also nearly finished just a “thank you” note and were there  It looks amazing, they.....

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  • Marilyn Shick
    Marilyn Shick says #
    Looking forward to the new music, Keith!
  • Sharon McDade
    Sharon McDade says #
    My daughter and granddaughter just gave me your Keith Harkin CD for Mothers Day! I absolutely Love It and can't wait for Mercy St
  • Sharon McDade
    Sharon McDade says #
    My daughter and granddaughter just gave me your Keith Harkin CD for Mothers Day! I absolutely Love It and can't wait for Mercy St
13
Apr
474

GOOD NEWS

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...! GOOD NEWS !...

 

As a lot of you guys know like to keep myself to myself where and when I can.  Its nice to keep some of your own and your loved ones lives to yourself,  whenever so much of it is out there for everyone to see.  I wanna let you guys know about the coolest chick I have ever known....

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  • Coleen Harkin
    Coleen Harkin says #
    Hi Keith and Kelsey, Congrats on your vows. We would like to see more wedding photos. I would love to know how we are related? M
  • Sherr hipp
    Sherr hipp says #
    Good for you. We watch Celtic Thunder often and love it and YOU. Lauren and I, wonderful song. At 67, you still make my heart wish
  • Mary
    Mary says #
    All the happiness in the world is what we wish for you and your gorgeous girlfriend. God bless you both. Is she a surfer too?
07
Apr
97

Theres always that extra bit of pressure in the hope you don't mess something up!

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........LIFE ON THE ROAD…….

 

Sitting in the snow again today here in Orono ME.  Woke this morning to a white blanket surrounding the bus…. and there was me bragging about spring arriving?! Spoke too soon I guess.  It's hard to believe that tonight is show number 41 on the “VERY BEST OF TOUR.”  We are flying through the gigs at this stage.  The past 3 weeks have...

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  • Marty Haines
    Marty Haines says #
    Hi Keith- Love how you keep all of us informed of what's happening! Saw the Sarasota show, got to meet you ( photo now on desktop)
  • Debra
    Debra says #
    Looking good Mr Harkin, Loving the flashes of underwear pmpl. Your painting a brilliant - on my want list, along with everything e
  • Becca
    Becca says #
    I was at the show last night in Orono, and it was fantastic! I have been in love with Celtic Thunder since I was 13 years old, no
23
Mar
95

"BETTER LATE THAN NEVER"

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Seattle has such a coolness about it.  Maybe it's the fact it has the 1st Starbucks, maybe it's the fact that it spawned Kirt Cobain or maybe it's Pike Place Market? Either way I love that city.

Myself and the Celtic Thunder crew decided to go to the market and do a flash busking mob.  I'd like to apologize in advance to the other buskers! We didn’t take any money and didn't mean to get on your turf! sorry not sorry :)  I made a movie of the whole day… with the acoustic version of Galway Girl…Decko our drummer edited it!....

Enjoy….

 

 

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    Sharon McDade says #
    Love you, Keith! Thanks for the Seattle video. Saw you in L.A. at the Orpheum and haven't come back down to earth yet!! What a
  • Janene Wilcox
    Janene Wilcox says #
    thanks for your great love and joy All you bring is sooo appreciated The beauty is awesome the talent is beyond great. Thanx for
  • Janenewilcox
    Janenewilcox says #
    The Best ever
06
Mar
121

Busty Music Records.

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 **********SIGN THE DOTTED LINE**********

 

A lot of time spent on the tour bus this week…. Only one night in a real bed since Los Angeles.  Life on the road eh?

The last travel day was a right laugh though… We had a Celtic Thunder Soccer championship.

3 Teams, 1 winner.  Im not going to lie, it nearly killed us… Somehow our team was victorious.  I think we had a lot of luck & madness on our side, thats what pipped us over the post in the end.  There was a lot of casualties too.  If you see any of us limping or hobbling along the stage you now know why...

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  • Alicia Miller
    Alicia Miller says #
    Keith, I wish you could have known my Dad. He brought bright vivid color to watercolors here in Florida many years ago and is ver
  • LENORA DORCE [ LYNN ]
    LENORA DORCE [ LYNN ] says #
    stop closing my facebook and get off my computer
  • LENORA DORCE [ LYNN ]
    LENORA DORCE [ LYNN ] says #
    i;m in count me in too i know i can do it for you i would do any thing you ask of me. i'm so proud of you, you are my dream.
02
Mar
107

"Regular Joe. "

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*********************************************   Regular Joe   ************************************************

 

 

 

So the new website is truly up an running… What you think?  It’s been a great week of touring.  This is the 1st tour I have ever done that I have got to sleep in my own bed for 4 nights in a row.  How did that happen you say?  I flew from Colorado Springs instead of the 2 day bus ride to LA...

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  • Desiree Duke
    Desiree Duke says #
    Here is to your band and that 100 year old whiskey!!!
  • espressomama88
    espressomama88 says #
    Love the New Album name #ONMERCYSTREET I am #hash tagging the hell out of it. Thanks for sharing
  • colleen
    colleen says #
    OK did i miss something somewhere? is that a wedding ring i see on your hand Keith? how did i miss news like that?!!
20
Feb
224

My First Blog

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So the new website is finally here. Im delighted to share with you a ton of new pics, some new footage, and more Importantly the name of THE NEW ALBUM.  Last year was a crazy year of massive ups and massive downs.  My new record which I can’t wait for you to hear is defiantly the part of the year I’m most excited about.  Im back out on the road with Celtic Thunder right now. Whilst I’m on the road I’ve been busy as heck…

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  • marion pallarino
    marion pallarino says #
    So sorry to hear you had to go to the emergency room on Saturday! Glad you went to get checked out and your fine! You put a tota
  • Theresa Wilson
    Theresa Wilson says #
    I am thrilled to know that I walked that bus on that frozen night in Kansas City, we drove three hours to get there, praying all t
  • Janene wilcox
    Janene wilcox says #
    Keith Hi Man That is too cool you are doing a private concert for Sir Richard Branson on his private Island I see you. Have bee