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SOUL FOOD

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SOUL FOOD

.…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

I am today.  The song “Castles in the Air,” couldn't be more fitting to my lifestyle.  I love the country life.  I love the city too, but in order to get my head in the right place for 9 months of non stop touring, hustle and bustle I need food for the soul.  I need water, earth, fire & wind.  I need elements.  It is these things that leave me in good shape for life on the road & stage.

 

 

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Whilst in Ireland I got my old van back on the road.  That’s the same van that myself and the “Durty Stopouts” used to tour Ireland back in 2010.  I went to visit all my old haunts.  I always have a fear of things changing dramatically in Ireland when I’m gone for such a long time but thankfully they haven’t.  I hadn’t been home in Ireland for that long in 4 years. If you know the lay of the land in IRE there are so many amazing nooks and hidden cranny’s where you can still pitch up for the night, cook breakfast have a surf and your only neighbors are the seals and gulls.  Not only was the van home to me for the 1st 2 months of the trip but it was also a tour wagon for the old lineup of the “Durty Stopouts,” we played a few secret shows and “Having a Laugh Fest” in Sligo which was a blast.  It’s the 1st year the festival has run officially and I can see it being such a success.  It’s in such an amazing setting of forest, rivers & campfires.  Funny how it all panned out that night… The huge diesel generator died as we walked on the festival sight so we didn't get on the stage till after 1am.  Needless to say we were a bit glassy eyed as we played 4 hours after we were supposed to go on. Only good thing was that the crowd were even more glazed over than us so the set went down a storm.  It was amazing to see people singing along to songs that they haven't heard in years and knowing all the words.

 

 

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In between hoboing about the country I was at home in Donegal, fishing daily out on my old charter boat and helping my Mum and Dad with their soap, harvesting the seaweeds and filling orders and whatever other chore’s they could hit me with. I love what my folks are doing.  After many many years of shift work and working the 9-5, they have eventually found something that they love doing and are making it work for themselves.  I’m so glad their hard work is paying off.  Not only that, their product is amazing. If I could describe Shivon Soap in one word it would be “butter.”

 

 

 

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The van also took us all the way around France for over 2 weeks.  France is an amazing place dripping with culture and awesome people. The food was completely up my street.  Oysters on the side of the road, home-made ciders, the best of wines… I could easily retire in that place, (long ways away) but I can see why the Rolling Stones used to reside there.  We went from Ireland on the 19 hour ferry that took us to Normande then weaved our way down the whole coast avoiding the motorways and staying on the beaten track stopping at Mont Saint Michelle, La Rochelle, Ile De Re, Cancale, Bordeaux and Brantome. Then we headed right up the middle to Paris for the last 2 days of the trip. Again there was so much that myself and Kelsey wanted to bring back for Harkin Headquarters.  We brought back what we could and it seems that you loved it. Almost everything from the French section of the website is sold out already!  Also the whole time we were in Ireland we were prospecting on what we could bring you guys from my home, Ireland.  They are up and live right now.  Go and have a look!  Kelsey and myself have a few really cool ideas coming your way with the HHQ over the next few months. Some of which were inspired by Sir Richard Branson whilst our time spent on Necker Island.

 

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After Ireland and France, Richard Branson’s Necker Island was the next stop… 

 

TO BE CONTINUED...... :)

 

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  • Guest
    Nicole Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Always live your blogs!! Can't wait to hear on Mercy Street!!

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    Sandra Gresham Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    I am going to love reading this Keith great work. Can't wait for more.

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    Melissa Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith,
    You can't leave us hanging. I was enjoying the story. Please continue...........:)

  • Guest
    Melissa Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith,
    You can't leave us hanging. I was enjoying the story. Please continue...........:)

  • Guest
    Melissa Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith,
    You can't leave us hanging. I was enjoying the story. Please continue...........:)

  • Guest
    Lori G Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    What a beautiful summer you had even though in Ireland I know I has no been much of such a summer weather wise . Pictures are beautiful and I know always blessed to go home as well to Strabane and Derry. Awesome you had a chance to explore France with Kelsea. Enjoy your call and can't wait to see what you bring to the East coast.


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    Courtney Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith it certainly looks like you have had a fantastic time! Going home always regenerates me for whatever lies ahead. Sounds like a busy time coming up for you. I love the Ireland section on HHQ. Going to see if my better half and I can order something. Bucket List number 1 is to take a trip to Ireland and to explore. Someday... your pictures remind me of home a bit!

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    Barbara Nickel Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings Keith. .you are an amazing person. .I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. .always stay true to yourself. .Stay Safe my friend I'll be waiting #OnMercyStreet

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    Nancy DeSimone Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Soon? Irish soon or soon soon? LOL! Thank you, Keith, for everything you do for us. You share so much with us. I feel like I have toured Ireland with you and Kelsey. My sister and I are planning a trip there sometime soon! You are welcome to show us around if you'd like. LOL! I just love the technology we have now. Like the DJ said the other night, we can communicate directly. I think that is awesome! It has been nice getting to know you (and your family) over the past several months. (I am a rather new fan.) I just got an email saying my tickets will be here day after tomorrow. I can't wait for the show and for the next CT show. Keep up the good work, but pace yourself! Oh and my granddaughter, who is 4, said she wants to come to Ireland to meet you and Rosa!

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    Eileen Kernaghan Morrow Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Some day Keith I would love to read a big fat book on all your adventures. I think it would make great reading along with you doing some bits of illustrations and please add your photography. I can only imagine it to be at least 1000 pages of all Keith Harkin.

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    Pam Kelley Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Absolutely! Me, too. I hope you, Keith R. Harkin, have taken care of legalities in that department so that someone else doesn't write that book instead.

  • Guest
    Pam Kelley Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Absolutely! Me, too. I hope you, Keith R. Harkin, have taken care of legalities in that department so that someone else doesn't write that book instead.

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    Angela Terwilliger Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time of much needed down time, Keith! And with a sparkle in your eye and a skip in your step I see you are refreshed & rejuvenated for your #OnMercyStreet Tour! So Onward & Upward in your career and where ever the open road takes you...We'll keep the light on for ya...
    --Angela Terwilliger--

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    sandra Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    love hearing about your travels Keith please keep them coming! please say Hi to Kelsey :)

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    Lynne Bortot Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Love your blogs! You live life to the fullest that's for sure. Glad you you could relax and rejuvenate at home. Will look forward to the rest of the story. Meanwhile, hoping to see Pittsburgh on your tour schedule!

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    Barbara Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    What a great time you had..can't wait to hear the next chapter about Necker Island & Montana. I always enjoy your blogs. I will try to catch some of your LA shows.

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    Wendy Marchant Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thank you for sharing with us, your journey is amazing and inspiring! Many blessings up ahead!
    Wendy

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    Vicki McDonald Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thank you for the generous personal review of your much needed time off. Beautiful pictures that accompanied this blog are a special gift. The one of you in the bed of beautiful red flowers is especially striking. Kelsey sitting next to you in that picture would have made it more spectacular! Thank you for sharing so much of your life with those that follow you.

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    Jane Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Lovely blog entry, Keith. I felt I was there! Your description of what Ireland does for your spirit & your soul really hit home with me, & made me terribly homesick!

  • Guest
    Chris Mahoney Hagen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    exactly!

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