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Theres always that extra bit of pressure in the hope you don't mess something up!

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Theres always that extra bit of pressure in the hope you don't mess something up!

........LIFE ON THE ROAD…….

 

Sitting in the snow again today here in Orono ME.  Woke this morning to a white blanket surrounding the bus…. and there was me bragging about spring arriving?! Spoke too soon I guess.  It's hard to believe that tonight is show number 41 on the “VERY BEST OF TOUR.”  We are flying through the gigs at this stage.  The past 3 weeks have...

been eventful to say the least.   As if we weren't busy enough on the road… The producer of CT Sharon decided that we were to film one of the shows out of the blue!  We decided to shoot the show in Casino Rama Ontario.  The venue there is huge and has tonnes of space for cameras and crew.  Its the only place where we could shoot a live show on the road so that the audience weren't effected by the bustle going on around them.  When filming a new show, sadly it's not just as easy as running the same show and filming it.  Theres a lot more prep that goes into it than that.  On rehearsals alone we spent hours getting everything perfect… if it's not done right on camera…. Well then…. Its not done right at all.  You only have the one shot to nail it… And nail it we did. Every one played a blinder.  I was in the production/media truck for some of the other lads solo songs and everyone looked and sounded great.  Its not easy doing a live shoot… Theres always that extra bit of pressure in the hope you don't mess something up!  Non the less… We got it done… You lot are in for something really special, real soon!!!

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Friends, you guys & family have been asking me to do more painting’s.  So I have… I couldn't get much of anything done the 3 weeks previous as you can understand, but the second I did I got tore into it.  I LOVE painting… Its just another expression.  Painting is a lot like writing a song… some songs you can write easy and some you can’t… the same as a picture.  Some days you cant paint at all… Some days you can paint it all… It’s all a state of mind I find. I also want to get as many done/ practice in for the fund it campaign that I will be doing for my new album “On Mercy Street.”  Here is a time laps of me doodling ;)  The music is a piece that I composed played and produced a while back Called "The Uninvited Guests."  It's this idea I had for a burlesque/ seedy/ illegal drinking den/ prohibition era of music Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Final mixes on the songs are being done right now 6 of the 12 tracks I am delighted with… The rest are almost there just a few more weeks here and there.  After that I’ll send them onto a guy we have in France for mastering…. We reckon he’s the best around, thats why he’s our guy.  Mastering in a nutshell is when a mastering engineer can unify your album with skillful use of EQ, gain, and compression to give it a consistent sound from track to track. This process also allows the mastering engineer to pump up the volume of your overall album so it's as hot as can be and make it sound unbelievable.  And unbelievable is what we are going for.  

 

 

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I cant wait for you guys to hear “On Mercy Street,” as I sit and write this I’m listening to new mixes and my head wont stop bobbing.. I love the work thats went into each not on every track and you will too..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Guest
    Nancy M. Chier Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Any chance you'll be up near the Binghamton, NY area when you do your solo touring? There are some cool places here that I'm sure would love to have you perform (small venue).

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    Donna Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I hope you include the song that accompanies your vid of doodling Keith.. I love it

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    Karen Greenberg Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    So glad that you are doing more paintings. The video was interesting to see how you go about it. True artist at work! Very excited for the release of "On Mercy Street". I'm wearing out your first CD...need another copy. Anxious to hear the tour dates and cities. Hope you include Portland's The Old Church again.

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    Barbara Martorana Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Thank you for sharing your life with everyone!!!! Oh to be young again I could never keep still and I have so many memories as you will have when you get older cherish those goodtimes!!!!! Still have a signed Woodstock poster for you have to see where I can send it too you guys are the best and are truly appreciated you are a man of all seasons !!!!!!

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    Jeannie Rose Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Thanks for the update Keith. Am waiting patiently for the new CD #On Mersey Street. Hope you had a Happy Easter. Sure wish I could of seen the show this year
    Good Luck
    :D

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    Roger Stroupe Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    ~ Good Day, cheers to the show as this was posted for Orono, Maine. Looking so forward to the release of 'On Mercy Street'. Roger Stroupe and portbreak1 Music Sites at your service.

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    Dawn Caskey Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    We can wait, you put many hours into all your endeavors for us ! I admire your style & dedication,&
    Commitment. You are a man of your word, that I respect !!! My name is on a few of OMS :). Still missed you in AC at meet and hug all the fatty nannies, you should receive the Medal of Honor ! YOU HAVE IT.
    Also eager for your tour dates.......but one thing at a time, with love & respect Ta Ta Dawn

    PS : I AM NOT A STALKER, I LOVE CT.! You are my fave we are the same souls.

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    isabel Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Enjoy seeing you in action during your creative process. The music is perfect for the venture. I assume you put a rough sketch on your phone- that is why you keep glancing at it. I paint indoors but your style is very plane aires (in the out doors-famous Ca. Style). Love to see more of your work.

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    Susan Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Keith, Love your energy, blog , music and art - you're cover of Gentle on My Mind is the best ...I saw the original a long, loonngg time ago and like your version best!!

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    Treena Leman Saka Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Great blog and Video. Love the song and enjoyed watching you paint. But best of all I love how Sharon surprised you and the Lads that you where going to film the Show. Looking forward to your new CD and to the CelticThunder DVD.

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    Kate L. Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I was so surprised and happy when the show began at Rama and you all let us know it was going to be a taping. I was at the taping of Storm/It's Entertainment in Mississauga, so it was a real pleasure to be part of another one this year :) I loved the big screens at Rama because then I could see close ups of everyone as well as the entire stage. It was nice, as a fellow guitarist, to be able to see your hands as you played certain songs. Loved every second of it thank you for coming back to Ontario! Keep painting/playing/singing/making magic.

    -Kate

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    Renee Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Enjoyed watching you paint. My son is an artist and works in many mediums. I love to watch him create too. Something about the way your minds work as you create, it's amazing to watch. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

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    Gail Barstow Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    So envious of your artistic abilities...What can't you do, and so well? You certainly keep us, and yourself entertained! My Gran Helena was like that..There was nothing she wouldn't do, or try and usually pulled it off. She was the ultimate character, and a very naughty one, at that! I was just the ballet dancing, modeling clown! Oh, well..Can't wait to hear the album! Happy Trails, Mr. H.

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    Carol Ann blankenship Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Thanks for the update Keith! Waiting patiently for the album! So proud and excited for you! Keep up the good work man! Much Love, Carol Ann in Tennessee

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    Mary Alami Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I love the blog but also really love the music on your video...that for me would be great on your album! It shows the depth of your musical talent :)

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    Relda Williamson Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I cannot wait for the tour video or the CD, "On Mercy Street". I know it is going to be amazing!! Thanks for all the updates! Have a safe rest of he tour and may God bless you, always!

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    Shannon Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    I think I could listen to you play guitar all day... Anyway- love the video of you painting... Made me smile..finding a place to paint, even if it's outside behind the venue you are performing...I need to take it up again... It's very relaxing and gets some feelings and self expression out there... Keep doing what you love and you won't ever work a day in your life. Enjoy your trip home to Ireland when you go... I went last spring and can't wait to go back again... I was in the Republic of Ireland, next time will be Northern Ireland... Such a beautiful place... So looking forward to your new Album in August and also thanks for sharing your life with all of us.

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    Petra Perbandt Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    WOW Keith-again a great bloc and an awesome video

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    Regina O'Connor Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    Saw you heading out the door at Harrahs great show but would have liked to get pic
    Since it was our 40th wedding anniversary and my husband played at the casino on the first cruise with you. students from a school here on delaware were in the news for having a boat they released land on stranhill beach county Sligo

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    Allene Quina Tuesday, 07 April 2015

    If, God forbid, your voice ever leaves you, like when your 80,you can fall back on your painting. Thanks for sharing your life with all us fans, it is appreciated.

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