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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!....






Sitting in a hotel in Abbotsford BC Canada doing my laundry and making pasta in the self-catering kitchen.  It's not as “rock and roll” as I'm sure a lot of you would like to imagine.  In saying that, it's the little things on the road that make life seem somewhat normal even if it’s only half a day.”

This weeks been pretty fun…. made it the whole way up the west coast of America and then some… I am in CANADA!  Where is the snow?  I know that may seem really stupid…. but everyone else on this line of longitude is in a polar Vortex???

I started this blog in the sunshine and by the looks of it I’ll finish it in the snow.

We started the Canadian leg of the CT tour out on Vancouver Island.  Got up early for a bit of sight seeing on the ferry.  Always worth the early start.  I spent 2 weeks out there with my folks about 2 years ago.  What an amazing place! The scenery is amazing, the surf is amazing and the Salmon fishing is off-the-chain.  We had a night out in remembrance of George Donaldson.  I hadn't had a drink in about a month but had to raise a glass for “The Big Man.”  I truly miss him a lot.  We all miss him in different ways.  I miss him off stage the most.  He was almost sure to make you laugh at least once a day weather it was on the bus or in the green room.  I'd have loved to have spent more time there on the island.





This week has brought  more meetings about the new album “On Mercy Street.”  I got the 1st version of the artwork through which I’m happy with.  I’m trying to incorporate logo with pictures and txt yet keeping it uncluttered and clean at the same time.  For this task I’ve used an old friend from home in Ireland Marty. I’ve always admired every poster or CD cover Marty done in my home town Derry.  Marty and I have drank many a stout & sang many a song together.  He knows me better than most, so in theory he’s perfect for the job.  With this album and release I’m trying to surround myself with people who know me, whom I respect & who I’ve worked with in the past.  I think its key for the success of this record.


Next Blog won't be so long to get to you!  I promise.. i know it sounds crazy... but the internet in most the Venues in Canada just wouldn't let me load stuff!


All the best







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    Susan Monday, 23 March 2015

    Hi Keith love the blog!! Sorry Canada doesn't cooperate with your phone and all but we do LIKE 2b different!! Weather here in B C our weather is night and day to the rest of Canada!! Like u I say the west is the best! Had to miss CT this time around as I have my 1st grandchild in my life now!! Kennedy Christine she is just so awesome and a new love in my life! All the best and hope u do a solo gig here in BC later this year!!

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    Carol Ann Blankenship Monday, 23 March 2015

    Thanks for the update Keith. Sounds like an exciting life you have, lol! So excited about "On Mercy Street" Patiently waiting! :)

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    Mimi booher Monday, 23 March 2015

    Keith that was a blog worth waiting for. You always remember to include your fans whether it's in posting a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. I think that's why most of feel close to you. It's like when your child sends you a postcard of where they've been just so you can keep in touch. You make us feel like we are on the tour with you. Funny when I typed the word tour I hear your way you say it and it makes me smile. Thank you for letting us have a peek into your life.

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    Sharon Patch Monday, 23 March 2015

    Love the update Keith.

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    Christel Michèle Dalhuisen Monday, 23 March 2015

    Just enjoy the fact that the internet won't let you load stuff. The waiting makes us more the happy to read/see/hear stuff of you. And the places where you can't upload stuff, are mostly the most pretiest ones, so I hope you've enjoyed that at least.

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    Debbie Monday, 23 March 2015

    Love the video and of course the updates. Looking forward to the release of On Mercy Street

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    Alicia Monday, 23 March 2015

    Hey Keith! I hope you're enjoying Canada! I wish I could have made it to one of the CT shows. If you ever do a solo tour, please come back to Saskatoon, and I promise I'll be there :D Best of luck on the rest of your tour! Can't wait for your cd!

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    Jane Monday, 23 March 2015

    So glad you are enjoying your tour. Glad you enjoyed our Canadian scenery. We might have snow now but we do enjoy the four seasons. Keep safe. Thanks for your blogs and videos

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    Maxy Pertuit Monday, 23 March 2015

    Great blog! Thank you for including us in your day. Love the music!

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    Laurie Douglas Monday, 23 March 2015

    I'm glad that they had a nice day when they were walking around Pikes the video was great Keith thanks

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    Carol Monday, 23 March 2015

    Oh Keith. You Rock!

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    Cindy Costa Monday, 23 March 2015

    Thank You Love!

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    Elaine E. Pedro Monday, 23 March 2015

    Thank you my friend. I admire what you do and how you keep it yours.. I can not wait for your new album.
    Love to you and keep on going!!
    God Bless,
    Elaine E. Pedro

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    TerriStinton Monday, 23 March 2015

    Great blog Keith... sounds like your having an amazing time on this tour ...and sounds like you are getting things together on your album ...really can't wait to get it ...excited to see the art work you decided on ... what ever it looks like I know your Harkin Army will love it ...safe travels on the rest of your tour ...Don't worry about the next blog we know about the internet connections ...and we will wait as long as it takes lots of love to your all

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    christina silvia Monday, 23 March 2015

    Thank you Keith for the wonderful blog. It has been awhile and we missed you so much. Great pictures of Canada but can hardly wait until you are back home with us in California. Looking forward to the release of the album and you can count on me to support you with its release. Love to my favorite Irishman.

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    Petra Monday, 23 March 2015

    Thank you so much for the great blog ☺️

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    Debbie Haul Monday, 23 March 2015

    Great to here how yourself and the lads are doing on tour. Love to check ya'll out every day! Really like the vid and the am VERY EXCITED about the new release On Mercy Street!

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    Pam Kelley Monday, 23 March 2015

    Glad to read your blog. Always good to hear from you. The places you have been! One day you will make it to Alaska, perhaps on a whale siting cruise? Maybe not, if they bother the whales. Thanks for the video. Busking is always fun - hope to some day luck up on you guys during a busking performance. Happy to learn that you are keeping production close to home (Ireland: Derry). I am so eager for more Keith Harkin songs #onmercystreet.

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    Barbara Nickel Monday, 23 March 2015

    Hi Keith
    The video is great. Thanks for the blog. Missed hearing your stories. I wish you much success "On Mercy Street" Can I order in advance of it's release?
    Be seeing you in Red Bank NJ on April 2nd. Please stay safe

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    Laura Monday, 23 March 2015

    Love the vid and am excited about the new release "On Mercy Street!" Your the best.........

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