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Farewell to Celtic Thunder.

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Farewell to Celtic Thunder.

 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.






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    Penny Friend Saturday, 25 June 2016

    I have total confidence that you will do well in your solo career Keith. Whenever I have a chance to see you, I will be there. Hoping for Volcanic Theater to be on your tour list around Christmas. Enjoy your wedding day and cherish your life together.

    All the best to you and Kelsey!

    With love to you both,

    Penny Friend

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    Patty Soos Saturday, 25 June 2016

    Dear Keith, I will miss you terribly when Celtic Thunder comes to Denver in October. But I understand that you have to follow your dreams. I hope to see you in Denver on a solo tour & who knows--maybe with CT again some day. I wish you the very best on your wedding. Keep making your beautiful music--I'll be listening!?❤️

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    Jan R Sunday, 26 June 2016

    You need time away from Celtic Thunder with finishing touches on house remodel, plans for that wedding, which I am already getting anxious for you both, and the anticipation of it...and we are still about a week out from it!!!!And you and Kelsey need to enjoy each other and settle in with each other!!! God's Blessings and Love see you both through everything coming your way!!! Congrats and best wishes!!! Love you both so muchly!!! Jan Rablin

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    Robin Hofferber Saturday, 02 July 2016

    Keith I am with you all the way in everything you do. A fan since 2008. I look forward to your solo career. Saw you perform Mercy Street live in Seattle last November, you and your band were fantastic. I will miss you being with Celtic Thunder but understand now is the time for you to do you. I hope to see you up on the stage with CT again one day. Today is the day you marry Kelsey whom was with you last Nov and I could see the love between the two of you then. I am so happy you found each other. May your wedding day be everything you both have dreamed. Thank you for always including your fans in your life. We are blessed to be included. Best Wishes to you both and I can't wait to see you back in Seattle bringing down the house with your great music.

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    Barbi Scanlon Wednesday, 06 July 2016

    Dear Keith,
    You have a GREAT TALENT for music and you should devote your time in developing that further, and YOUR FANS WILL BE HAPPY!
    I love your MERCY STREET CD...your PHILLY show was awesome. Just keep coming to sing in PHILLY, and bring Dave!
    Thanks and best wishes to you!!
    Barb Scanlon

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    Judy Dooley Tuesday, 19 July 2016

    I will being seeing Celtic Thunder this fall and I am sad to hear you will not be there. I was so looking forward to watch you perform live. I wish you the best on your solo carreer and look forward to it.

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    Judy Beleskey Monday, 25 July 2016

    Congrats on your wedding there are a bunch of us girls that are disappointed that you won't be at casino Rama in Ontario Canada on. Sept second this year we bought our tickets early just to see you,,

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    Donna Rose Friday, 05 August 2016

    I feel MUCH better after reading this blog! I have already wished you much love with your lovely girl. Now I understand how everything went down as you leave Celtic Thunder for now. You see, I have NEVER paid so much money for a concert, but Celtic Thunder was playing in Los Angeles and I had to go! When I found out you weren't playing, I cursed the universe!! No Keith Harkin? That's like no John Lennon or Mick Jagger. So, I am very happy for this time in your life and I hope one day soon you will give Celtic Thunder another go. You are probably going to be a superstar instead and I'll just have to watch those shows on PBS!! Best wishes to you and your bride.

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    Judy Boss Thursday, 11 August 2016

    I understand why you are leaving Celtic Thunder ..... but it just won't be the same without you :( You captured my heart 8 years ago and I will enjoy you just as much in your solo career. You haven't seen the last of me yet! :p

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    Charmaine Sims Sunday, 21 August 2016

    Aw, dammit, Keith! And I'm late to the party, just seeing your post a full 4 months later! But I hear you, and support you. I promise I will by buying your CD's as well! I love CT, and you will be greatly missed! No doubt they will continue on, just as you are! I never would have known about your solo music without CT, and I really do enjoy it! All the best to you, and to them, and looking forward to more of your music!

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    Helen Myers Tuesday, 23 August 2016

    Best wishes on this next step in your career,Keith. You have to pursue your dreams. I DO hope that at sometime in the future you will rejoin the lads of Celtic Thunder. Saw their show last evening and it was great.

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    J Clarke Tuesday, 23 August 2016

    Congradulations on your recent mairage and musically stepping out on your own. I'm sure you will be very successful. At this point in your career you remind me of a couple of other artist that came before you ie. - Dan Fogelberg and Keith Urban. It will be fun watching you take-off. I wish you all the best in what ever you do.

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    Lorna Friday, 26 August 2016

    Going to see CT in Concord NH Tonight. So sad I won't see you with them. Wishing you and Kelsey much happiness. Keep the music coming!

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    Maureen Nichols Sunday, 04 September 2016

    Last Wednesday I finally had the opportunity to see Celtic Thunder with my son-in-law. The concert was amazing! But you weren't there!? I want t order a shirt with you on the front when come back to see Celtic Thunder in Cleveland!?

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    Amy Elzey Monday, 05 September 2016

    I am so bummed. My dream was to see celtic thunder with you in it. My daughter got me tickets for my 52nd birthday.

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    Amy Elzey Monday, 05 September 2016

    I am so bummed. My dream was to see celtic thunder with you in it. My daughter got me tickets for my 52nd birthday.

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    Joni Buffandeau Tuesday, 06 September 2016

    Keith - I'll miss you with Cletic Thunder. I won't lose you because I have CCs and DVDs of the dhows. I look forward to see your TV special and will buy the DVD if available. I just bought the women's Tee Shirt at Harkin Headquarters. Good luck in your solo tour. I don't drive out of my comfort zone nut if I find a way to get to one of your concerts, I will.

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    Sharon McDade Thursday, 08 September 2016

    Keith, sooo sorry you're leaving CT....but not definitely,I hope. I have loved CT and you for many years. Saw CT in2015 in Los Angeles, and have seen you twice in L.A. and once in Hermosa Beach at The Lounge. You are fantastic! I am looking forward to seeing you on September 15th at Molly Malone's... can't wait! Also, I, my daughter, and my granddaughter will be traveling to Ireland in either November or April... Are you still offering your service as a tour guide? Haha jk. We can't wait!

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    Mary Pat Kelly Tuesday, 13 September 2016


    Been following you all the way and am excited for your full throttle dive into your own music. Congratulations on your wedding. It has been fun watching you grow up over the past decade. Looking forward to your show in San Clemente this week.

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    Sherry Thursday, 22 September 2016

    Saw CT last night in Indianapolis, IN. My 8 y/o daughter kept asking "where is the guy with the long hair?" At first I gave her a funny look as your hair may be longer than the others, but in my opinion not long. You were missed. Good luck with the solo career. I look forward to seeing your solo show.

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