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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.








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… 




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  • Guest
    Angela K Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Love the insight into your life that you are so generous to share with us! Enjoy the rest of your downtime before the touring starts back up. Much love to you and Kelsey from South Carolina. - Angela K

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    Debora williams Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Wow what a home coming.!!.to be able to travel around your home that way..what memories y'all will have...enjoyed your blog and looking forward to rest of it..love the pictures too..take care..p.s. loved the VOB tour saw it twice..lol

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    Annie Johnson Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    **Loved your recent Blog*Please promise to stay as grounded as you are right now*As I said before*Fame Is a Vapor*Just keep stoking that fire in the hearts of your fans and the flame will always burn brighter each passing day*You are an out standing and very talented Man and we love everything you do*Always do what you enjoy the most that gives your heart that feel good feeling and you will always be happy*Mat GOD bless you and keep you forever safe*Hugs and Lots of Love**XO

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    Karen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    I am so glad Kelsey and you got some much needed time to relax. I also want to thank you both for sharing your pictures, twitters,and blogs.
    :) :D

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    Karen Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    I am so glad Kelsey and you got some much needed time to relax. I also want to thank you both for sharing your pictures, twitters,and blogs.
    :) :D

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    Doreen Kelley Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith, your amazing write-ups and pictures allow us to see sides of you that wouldn't necessarily be known to us otherwise. Thank you for these insights and see you with the boys, if not sooner.

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    Janet Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Glad you had such a great time. I guess you can "go home again". You seem so much more grounded, and in your pictures, you have the happy look of a satisfied man. The happy part comes from being home with family in the land of your ancestors. The satisfied part comes from two factors. The first is knowing that you are doing a great job at what you love. The second is having the love of the girl you love. Nothing puts that smile on your face like love. In case you haven't noticed, your photos are saturated with that look. Keep her, hold tight, and never let go.

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    Janet Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    PS. I made my first buy from hhq. I bought the black watch plaid newsboy cap. You call them flat caps. In the USA they are newsboy caps because in the late 1800's and early 1900's the newsboys in the large cities like NY would stand on street corners and hawk their newspapers, shouting out the day's headlines. Come to think on it, those boys may have come off the boat from Ireland.

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    Deanna Bernard Reed Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    So glad you spent your time enjoying your native land and, of course, France. I know you enjoyed your time living here in the US but you'll always be an Irish lad.

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    Kira Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Very well written Keith. You do so much for your people and yet you still take time in doing things for yourself. You are one AMAZING person! Couldn't thank you enough!! Need to mention that i really enjoy reading your blog!:)

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    Charlene Gregory Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Keith I love your writing voice as well as your singing voice. Very interesting as well as humorous. You should write a book. My daughter is a writer and I know what I'm talking about, seriously do it. Can't wait for your album. I wish you the best success.

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    Jeannie Rose Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Awesome blog Keith glad you cleared your mind and soul. I'm happy that you had time to spend with your parents friends and Kelsey. Looking forward to seeing you on tour with the CT Troup and alone.
    Please take care of yourself.

    Jeannie Rose

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    Deb Pevlin Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    What a lovely blog! You express yourself so well, sweetie :) And the pictures add even more pizzazz to your words. Of course, you are ever the tease........"to be continued"......really??? Guess we have no choice but to wait. Personally, I think the anticipation is as good as the actual getting, so I'm happy to wait for your "continuation". Thanks, again, for sharing so much of yourself with your fans. #onmercysteet :)

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    Lady Foot Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Not exactly a startling revelation that you're an awesome creation, created in God's own image. You're not only a young Durty Stopout as affectionately and lovingly dubbed by your Grandma Peg but you're a man full of wisdom, courage and philosophy, packing his heart, taking it along with him and following his dream. In spite of your 'skepticism' about love, you undeniably have a heart fully of it, cultivated no doubt from the exceptional example of your parents and evidenced by the advent of your fiancée, the lovely Kelsey Nichols. Well, you're no longer the one-man entrepreneur but still set to do exploits as the HHQ team forges ahead. I am sure you know that there are wolves in sheep's clothing purporting to "follow" you but as our Lord said, "Let the wheat and the tares grow together until the time of harvest...." Paul, in Phil. 1:18, faced the same conflict so, whether they pretend or are genuine, they are helping to get your name out there. All the very best with the On Mercy Street tour. I pray that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.

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    Terry Ruch Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful and fun things you do. Reminds me of my son (that passed) and how he did much of the same things. I'm happy for you Keith! You bring me smiles! X

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    Cheryl Lynn Black Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Thank you Keith, Your posts and music make me homesick for a country I've never seen but, told is where our family started...I keep dreaming of not just visiting someday but, living there...Celtic Thunder is about the only musical group I listen to and all of you have the greatest solos...I can only smile and dream for now but, maybe someday, maybe someday...God Bless you and take care from one of your many fans..."old fans " lol

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    MissNance3 Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    ...a charmed life; that's all I'm gonna say!

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    Treena Leman Saka Tuesday, 11 August 2015

    Great Blog Keith! Sounds like you really had a chance to relax and get your mind ready for what is to come. Looking forward to reading the next part. Will pop into the store and have a look at the Irish goodies.

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    karen caprio flynn Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    Exciting times for you and your family. All the best as always. Keep on keeping on.

  • Guest
    Jane Wednesday, 12 August 2015

    Sounds like you and Kelsey saw alot. I am very happy that you and Kelsey had some private time together. It is very nice of you to share this with your fans.

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