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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
    Judith Sullivan Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us Love seeing your finds at HHQ Shop, but you need more items from Ireland. #onmercystreet

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    Judith Sullivan Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us Love seeing your finds at HHQ Shop, but you need more items from Ireland. #onmercystreet

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    Roger Stroupe and the portbreak1 sites Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    ~ Hello today, Keith. It sure is nice visiting the website after you have posted, feels like the old chatroom happy days with everyone hoping you'd stop in. Looking forward to the On Mercy Street album and tour. The best to you. Roger Stroupe

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    Barbara Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Loved reading your blog. Left us wanting to hear more about you and kelseys adventures.
    Looking forward to reading the rest. Bought several of your mom and dads soaps.
    You described them perfectly when you said butter. I love them and will definatley
    be ordering more,. Going to the website and see what you brought back from Ireland.
    Rest up. get ready for your next tour. Harkin Army Strong,

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    Liliane CarrollBrun Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Always love your blog, Keith! So descriptive, we can see and feel your travels. Waiting for Part Deux! Have a glorious tour!

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    Sue McIlrath Minkus Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Enjoyed hearing of your adventures and your soul time! You have grown over the last year into a man who loves what he has in his life! True love has found its way into your soul! Don't ever let it go!

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    Kerri Owen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thanks Keith for sharing your travels and experiences. I enjoy reading about Ireland especially. I hope to visit one day to see where my ancestors came from. xx

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    Chris Mahoney Hagen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    oh Keith how amazing to be able to see and do all this, u r right u needed that and Castles in the Air has always been my fav song. U r so fortunate to have someone who loves to do whatever u do and loves u so much. God sure loves and blesses u too. Keep it coming...love blogs like this...so interesting and fascinating

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    LENORA Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    LYNN ENJOYED YOUR BLOG THANK YOU FOR SHARING IT , YOU MUST HAVE HAD LOTS OF FUN AND ALL
    THE PLACES YOU SEEN . HOPE TO SEE AND READ MORE SOON.THANKS .

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    Chris Mahoney Hagen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    and Keith it is so wonderful that u r so happy for your parents, its obvious they work hard cause someone had to teach u to be the worker that u r. That's awesome, Kelsey will appreciate that! So many young ones these days wouldn't work that hard to satisfy so many people. Kelsey too!

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    liz faiella Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Hi Keith and Kelsey, I really enjoyed all of the photos from various places. Sounds like you two covered alot of territory. I love the blog...well done! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us. Keith your a special person! I can't wait for the next one.

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    Rhonda Kaesberg Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    I am so happy that you and your lovely lady got to spend some quality time together. I love hearing about your adventures and can't wait for part 2 (after all you do tell great stories). You have so many exciting times coming up and I cant wait to see you on your fall tour. You outgrew yourself a while ago and are long overdo for a back up band. I am thrilled to find out Dave is a part cuz you guys just belong together. You deserve the best and he is!! I will see you on tour and cant wait for "onmercystreet". Count me in for support it will be an honor. Love you guys to bits! XX

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    erin davis Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    keith i do enjoy hearing about your journeys to different places! i loved watching you on tv when you were performing with the celtic thunder group! you do have a talented singing voice! i love your acient. i hope to visit Ireland some day!

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    CHERYL GLENNIE Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    ALWAYS GREAT TO READ YOUR BLOG'S KEITH & YOU CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN A VERY BUSY BOY!!!! THE PIC'S ARE AWESOME & I LOVE SEEING THE RELAXED SIDE OF YOU. I LIVE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA & YOUR AUSSIE FAN'S ARE HOPING THAT ONE DAY YOU WILL BRING YOUR SOLO TOUR HERE LIKE RYAN & NEIL ARE. WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE NO AUSTRALIAN TOUR WITH CT, THERE WAS & IS ALOT OF ANGER THAT WE WERE LEFT OUT OF THE 2015/2016 CT EXPERIENCE. WE HAVE CREATED A CELTIC THUNDER STREET TEAM AUSTRALIA TO HELP PROMOTE CT & FIND VENUE'S FOR YOU LAD'S. WE WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET OUR CT LADS BACK ON AUSSIE SOIL. KEEP YOUR AWESOME BLOGS COMING KEITH. ;-)

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    Veronica Van Vugt Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Lovely to see you taking the time to conect with your family and friends. You lead such a fabulous life. Thank you for sharing. Love and blessings to you and Kelsey xx

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    Charlotte Patton Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Great blog as always ... Keith

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    Debra Smith Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Oh Keith, you always leave us wanting more, you are such a tease x x so glad you had an amazing time in Ireland with Kelsey and your family, there is nothing like it x x

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    Nila Wilson Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thanks Keith - love how you have gotten to be expert at leaving us hanging and waiting breathlessly for your next post, move, song, photo - maybe you should indeed write that book! I enjoyed the pictures especially of those market baskets since I have 2 beautiful ones sitting in my living room now! I so appreciate you and Kelsey sharing your travels and lives with us. I can't speak enough about Shivon soap - you are right in that it is just an incredible product and your Mom is lovely and so responsive to her customers. I'm not only a Harkin music fan, but loyal to HHQ and Shivon soap. How wonderful that you were able to take time to reconnect with "home" and family and friends - nothing better to replenish and nourish the soul and heart. Can't wait till the next stop in your journey! On Mercy Street and the tour!!
    Nila Wilson - Roanoke, Virginia

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    Renee Flaherty Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    You sure are livin the dream!!!!!! Life is being good to you!!!! I'm looking forward to the next CD.....big time!!!

  • Guest
    Stephanie Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    So who else tried to read that using Keith's accent. Is there any other way to read it. :p

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