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Set Sail With CT

Concerts on the Celtic Thunder cruise will be performed at the Pantheon Theater aboard the MSC Divina. (MSC)
By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
March 10, 2014

Thunderheads, be prepared to set sail this fall. Irish band Celtic Thunder plus a slew of other Irish music performers will headline a four-night cruise aboard the MSC Divina from Miami to the Bahamas.
Those who want to immerse themselves in the floating song fest -- from Irish standards to musical theater to a little pop rock -- will be entertained by the band's Keith Harkin, George Donaldson, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan.
The cruise ship leaves Miami and stops at Nassau and the private island of Thunder Bay. Fans receive assigned seating (based on order of sign-up) in the ship's 1,600-seat Pantheon Theater for a Celtic Thunder musical review of best-of songs and a holiday show. Band members also will be performing solo during the cruise.
Other performances include rockers Young Dubliners, the Killdares and female vocalist Chloe Agnew as well as jazz bands, dueling pianos and traditional bands playing Irish music. And there will be dancing with choreographer Belinda Murphy's Gaelic Rhythm Dance Show.
When: The cruise sails Nov. 8-12.
Price: Staterooms start at $999, based on double occupancy and are as low as $699 each for four people in an interior stateroom. Children 11 and younger sail free when sharing a cabin with two adults. Price includes on-board cabins, meals and entertainment. Airfare to and from Miami is extra.
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Celtic Thunder Cruise’s 2014

Celtic Thunder Cruise’s 2014 Voyage
by Sarah Marie Pittman
Monday 3/3/14

The Celtic Thunder Cruise is following up 2013’s maiden voyage with another trip out to sea in November. Celtic Thunder is bringing along several top-tier Irish acts including former Celtic Woman Chloe Agnew as the group’s very special guest.

“We had such a blast on last year’s cruise and it was great to meet so many amazing fans,” Celtic Thunder’s Colm Keegan said. “We are all really looking forward to a fantastic Celtic Thunder Cruise this year, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. We are bringing two new shows, we have new guest artist and bands joining us. The lineup is amazing, it’s going to be so much fun and I can’t wait to get onboard.”

The second annual Celtic Thunder Cruise is scheduled Nov. 8-12. Setting sail from Miami, the MSC Divina will head for Nassau, Bahamas, and the private island Thunder Bay.

Attendees will enjoy two full shows from Celtic Thunder, a Best of Celtic Thunder and a Celtic Thunder Holiday Show as well as duets and solo shows from the individual members – Keegan, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Keith Harkin and George Donaldson – as well as the backing Celtic Thunder Band.

Plus, there will be performances from former Celtic Woman Chloe Agnew, Gaelic Storm, Young Dubliners, The Killdares, Paddy Cole Band, Belinda Murphy’s Gaelic Rhythm show, and Full Set. More acts are yet to be announced.

Stand-up comedian Mick Thomas will deliver the laughs and the Celtic Thunder Mixologists will take care of your beverage needs.

Celtic Thunder pianists David Munro and Seamus Brett will entertain you with dueling pianos. Prepare yourself for a “high-octane party, equal parts piano show, comedy show” that comes with “all sorts of antics and craziness thrown in.”

Plus, the internationally renowned psychic medium Sandra O’Hara will be onboard. There will also be surprise guests, sound check parties, a whiskey and cigar event, afternoon teas, pub quizzes, dancing lessons, cooking demonstrations and more.

Cabins are on sale now.

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--Sarah Marie Pittman

Chance to Win Guitar Signed by CT

Celtic Thunder headlines Irish music cruise
by Fran Golden, Experience Cruise expert blogger, contributing editor of Porthole Magazineco, author of Frommer's Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.
Special for USA TODAY February 27, 2014

Popular Irish singing group Celtic Thunder will headline its second annual Irish music theme cruise onboard the MSC Divina, cruising out of Miami next fall.

On the four-day Celtic Thunder Cruise 2014, Nov. 8-12, the headliners will perform two shows, "Best of Celtic Thunder" and a "Celtic Thunder Holiday Show."

The Bahamas cruise will also feature performances by former Celtic Women star Chloe Agnew, Gaelic Storm, the Young Dubliners, the Killdares, Full Set Traditional Irish Band and the Paddy Cole Jazz Band, with more acts to be announced.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tour the MSC Divina (click on link below)

"We had such a blast on last year's cruise and it was great to meet so many amazing fans," said Colm Keegan of Celtic Thunder. "We are all really looking forward to a fantastic Celtic Thunder Cruise this year, it's going to be bigger and better than ever."

Irish music-focused activities will take place both on land and on shore, the organizers said.

Also performing will be comedian Mick Thomas and psychic Sandra O'Hara. Special activities will include a "sound check" party and whiskey and cigar event, as well as afternoon teas, Ceili dancing, pub quizzes, cooking demonstrations and Irish-inspired movies.

Tickets for the cruise went on sale today. Passengers who refer a friend or family member to also book a cabin by March 31 have a chance to receive a limited-edition guitar signed by Celtic Thunder.

MSC Cruises 139,500 gross-ton MSC Divina will be the European line's first year-round U.S.-based cruise ship, beginning with cruises from Florida to the Caribbean this November.

CT Guys Go Acoustic

Celtic Thunder duo Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly go acoustic (VIDEO)
Off the Record by Mike Farragher
Posted on Saturday, November 02, 2013

Celtic Thunder has been thrilling audiences for the past six years. They’ve racked up a string of successful albums connected to big production tours.

The juggernaut sees no sign of slowing down, with a Celtic Thunder cruise, another record-breaking tour, Mythology, booked through June of 2014, and a Christmas CD on the way.

Say what you will about the glitzy production — it has done an enormous amount of good for Irish culture by shining a much-needed spotlight on great songwriters and producers like Paul Brady, Phil Coulter and Christy Moore. It has also launched the careers of some great Irish artists, including Glee star Damian McGinty and Paul Byrom.

Cast members Ryan Kelly from Moy, Co. Tyrone and Neil Byrne from Bray, Co. Wicklow began performing a live show together called “Acoustic by Candlelight” during the nights off from the Celtic Thunder tour, and that has now developed into an album titled Acoustically Irish.

“We wanted to give us our own signature. We wanted the listeners to have this organic feel to it,” Kelly explains.

“Celtic Thunder has a full orchestra; it is very lush. We wanted to have a more intimate setting. Fans that came out to see us said they wanted an album from the candlelight shows, so the decision to put out an album came from that.”

Fans of traditional Irish music will love their takes on songs like “On Raglan Road,” “Back Home in Derry,” “The Fields of Athenry,” “The Rose of Allendale” and “The Water Is Wide.”

The lads also offer a bluegrass reading of Hothouse Flowers’ “Don’t Go,” a coffee house-cozy rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and a heart-tugging run at Paddy Casey’s gorgeous “Saints and Sinners.”

The album is a welcome, organic departure from the glitzy Broadway feel of the Celtic Thunder franchise.

The fans seem to be eating it up, catapulting this heart-throbbing duo to the top position on Billboard’s World Album chart and the top spot on iTunes World Album downloads in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

They borrowed Celtic Thunder bandmates Nicole Hudson on violin and viola, Declan O’Donoghue on percussion and Barry Kerr on tin whistle to create a zesty Irish backdrop to their shimmering harmonies.

I spoke to the guys about this new venture and the future of Celtic Thunder. Here’s how it went:

How did you decide to work together?

Ryan: Neil and myself were often doing these PBS things on tour and the six of us were often split up. Neil and I did an East Coast PBS tour. We have common ground on what we like, and we thought, wouldn’t it be great to break off on our own. We wanted to bring it back to where we began — the smaller gigs in pubs.

You play characters in this Celtic Thunder showcase: Ryan plays the rogue, Neil the clean-cut lad. I would imagine being yourselves onstage is pretty liberating?

Neil: It’s great to be able to have both. The side interest in Acoustically Irish is great. As you said, we have these characters. Our true personalities come out more in these gigs. We get to choose what we wear, what we play and everything else. So, yes, that is liberating.

How did you pick the tunes?

Ryan: The likes of “Raglan Road” and “Fields of Athenry” are things we grew up singing. They are great stories. “Don’t Go” by Hothouse Flowers and “Saints and Sinners” from Paddy Casey reflect the more modern, eclectic tastes that Neil and I have.

Neil: We thought putting more of our favorite songs by these artists might be interesting. “Captured” is Brian Kennedy’s song. He should be a household name. It’s like we’re bringing a new song out because unfortunately people haven’t heard these songs before. We are hoping to fix that.

Have any of the artists given you feedback on what they thought of your rendition?

Ryan: A while ago we sent Brian Kennedy a demo of “Captured” and he really liked it. He put up a nice comment about it on Twitter. “No Man’s Land” was written by Art Bogle; he wrote “The Green Field of France” and “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.” Just a great, unsung songwriter, and he was really supportive of us doing his songs.

I think they get a buzz out of that as well, that someone of our generation is interested in their music.

How did you pick the mix of songs?

Neil: We did so many gigs and versions of the shows, and we had some tried and true songs on it that we knew the fans would like from reading their faces in the crowd all these years.

What has been the response by the fans?

Neil: We got this amazing reaction overall and how people critique the album which is great because it shows they are listening to it. It seems to be something that people are playing over and over again, which is hugely gratifying.

Ryan: We treated the album as a mini-gig or show.

How was it recording and producing on your own? Would you consider writing your own songs?

Neil: We both have albums of original material so we are used to producing on our own. In fact Ryan has one coming out soon. We have written some songs separately and I think we have the taste to write together. We have common goals.

Ryan: Neil produced the album and has the amazing know-how to do it.

Do you still keep in touch with any of the former Celtic Thunder cast members?

Ryan: We’re all busy on all corners of the world so we don’t hang out as much as we did when we were in the same show. We lived out of each other’s pockets for so long that we have this bond.

It’s impossible to lose touch because we’ve been through so much together. We did an acoustic show recently and it turns out that Damian was in Seattle and joined us for a few songs. It was great!

Check out Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly by visiting their website on

Click below to see a video of Neil and Ryan singing "Whiskey in the Jar."

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Green Fields of France et. al.

Written by ERIC Bogle, not Art. Had the pleasure to cruise to Alaska with him in 2006. A true artist, performer and gentleman. ERIC.


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CT's First NZ Tour Coming in May

Celtic Thunder announce first NZ tour
Fuseworks Media
Wednesday, 11 September, 2013

World-renowned Irish super-group Celtic Thunder performs MYTHOLOGY live this coming May, as part of their first ever New Zealand Tour.

Released February 19th of this year, the 9th Celtic Thunder CD, MYTHOLOGY, debuted at #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart and marked the group’s 5th consecutive release to debut at #1. All six male soloists - Emmet Cahill, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan - perform both solo and ensemble numbers, leading to Celtic Thunder twice being named Billboard’s Top World Music Artist.

They are known for performing an eclectic mix of songs, ranging from traditional Irish fare to international hits such as ‘The Boys are Back in Town’ and ‘The Sound of Silence’, as well as original compositions including ‘Voices’ and ‘Hunter’s Moon’.

In addition to the six main vocalists, the tour will also feature strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes and more in the dynamic eight-piece Celtic Thunder band. The tour’s musical director is David Munro, who also plays keyboards in the show.

Created by Celtic Thunder Producer Sharon Browne, MYTHOLOGY bears all the hallmarks of a Celtic Thunder live show; an impressive and imposing stage resembling an ancient stone pathway drawn from Celtic lore and dramatic effects via lighting and choreography. Celtic Thunder’s signature brand of emotive and dramatic storytelling through traditional and contemporary music is found throughout the show. MYTHOLOGY presents the audience with the perfect blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on Celtic folklore.

Also for the first time ever in New Zealand, a massive amount of Celtic Thunder’s back catalogue of Albums and DVDs will be made available.


THURSDAY MAY 02 - HAMILTON Claudelands Arena


SATURDAY MAY 04 - HASTINGS Hawke’s Bay Opera House

SUNDAY MAY 06 - WELLINGTON Wellington Opera House

TUESDAY MAY 08 - QUEENSTOWN Queenstown Event Centre

WEDNESDAY MAY 09 - DUNEDIN Dunedin Town Hall


Ryan and Colm Will Visit Nepal

Celtic Thunder raises awareness for leprosy
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

Celtic Thunder will be at CN Centre on Thursday during their 62-city Mythology tour.

During their tour the group will be raising awareness for the Leprosy Mission Canada and American Leprosy Missions, that want to remind people leprosy is a disease that still exists and affects the poorest people.

After the tour, two Celtic Thunder members, Ryan Kelly and Colm Keagan, will travel to Nepal to see the work done by Leprosy Mission Canada and the American Leprosy Missions and meet people who benefit from the missions.


Fantastic to see CT supporting the work these organizations do. I know they promote donations to them, but Ryan and Colm actually going and seeing what they do will really bring things into the forefront of a lot of people's attention.

Keith Sets the Record Straight

Celtic Thunder star Keith Harkin brings solo tour to Mavericks bar
by Tony LoFaro, Ottawa Citizen, May 10, 2013

OTTAWA — Keith Harkin wants to set the record straight — he’s not leaving Celtic Thunder for a solo career.

His self-titled CD was released in September to critical acclaim and strong sales and lately he’s been touring the U.S. and Canada on his acoustic tour. When he gets off the road later this month he’ll take a short break, record some songs for a followup CD, and then probably join his bandmates later this year.

The five-man Irish pop-rock group is immensely popular around the world and Harkin is one of its star performers.

“I’m still a part of Celtic Thunder, I’ve been there from the start. I’m one of the originals who writes music for the show,” said Harkin, 26, in a telephone interview this week from Winnipeg, where he performed a show.

“I have no intention of leaving, I enjoy Celtic Thunder too much. We’re like family at this stage. I auditioned for them when I was 20 years old and I’ve been doing it most of my adult life.”

Harkin performs Monday night at Mavericks.

If Harkin ever wanted to leave the group, he certainly has a good shot at making it as a solo artist. His blond hair and blue eyes, songwriting talents and cool stage presence bode well for him as a breakout artist. He was one of the first singers signed to Verve Records under its chairman David Foster, who served as executive producer on his CD.

“Keith Harkin has a rare combination of talents, he’s a great singer, a unique songwriter and gifted live performer,” Foster has said in interviews.

Harkin said other members of Celtic Thunder have all released solo projects — he’s been the last one to go that route.

“It just takes longer (to put out a record) than most people think. People watch reality TV shows too much, like The X Factor and American Idol, and think it happens to the winners very quickly. Sadly, in the music world that’s not how it works.

“I’ve been pushing and pushing for the last eight years and I haven’t stopped working. I’m just now beginning to reap the rewards.”

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Harkin began performing when he was four years old and by 18 he was an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist. He’s appeared at the Tavistock Festival in England, and at the Glasgowbury Festival in Northern Ireland. He’s also composed and recorded songs for the BBC show Dha Theanga, an Irish program on the BBC in which he played a lead role. He joined Celtic Thunder in 2007 and has been an integral part in its success.

“I’ve done a lot more than what most kids of my age have done. For example, in the last three months, my guitarist Dave (Bakey) and I have been travelling in a van and we’ve done 14,000 miles in less than two months. I do most of the driving. I also arrange all the details with the hotels, unload the equipment at the gigs and even help book some of the gigs. The point being is that people just don’t see that side of it, which is cool.

“I do think a lot of younger people nowadays, they almost feel that it’s an entitlement to get on a stage, just because you can do one thing. For me, I was always taught that you’re entitled to do it if you work for it. I haven’t stopped since I was 17.”

The 12 songs on his CD are a mixture of original tunes and cover songs, including Harry Nilsson’s’ Everybody’s Talkin’, Van Morrison’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, and the George Harrison tune, Here Comes The Sun. Harkin said he was given leeway to choose the songs on the CD, although Foster gave him some direction.

“No one likes to perform a song that they don’t like, and for me if someone is honest on stage that’s what it’s all about, because they’re giving you all they can. The songs that I picked for my album are all songs that I performed since I was 15 years old.”

Two of the strongest songs on the CD, Don’t Forget About Me and Nothing But You and I, are as commercial as anything today and certainly deserve greater radio play.

He said he loves all kinds of music and grew up listening to such artists as Tom Waits, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Van Morrison and Glen Campbell. He admits he might be a hard artist to categorize, but if you had to he’d slide into the folk-country and pop categories.

“I know it’s a mixed bag, most of the songs are acoustic-driven on the album because I wrote them basically on guitar. The shows I’m doing now are more like folk-country and obviously there is an Irish influence in it, but that’s not injected in for any other reason,” he said.

“That’s just in my roots, I just can’t avoid sounding Irish.”

Celtic singer Keith Harkin, whose solo CD was released last fall to strong sales and critical acclaim, is in town May 13 for a concert at Mavericks.
When & where: Monday, May 13 at Mavericks, 221 Rideau St., 8 p.m.
Information:; 613-562-3941
Tickets: $25 at Vertigo Records, Compact Music and

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Keith Flying Solo

Flying solo means being own roadie for Keith Harkin
APRIL 25, 2013

Keith Harkin brings his solo show to Lucky Bar tonight, but he will be back Sept. 8 with his usual touring companions and bandmates, Celtic Thunder.

For singer-songwriter Keith Harkin, the difference between touring as a solo artist and touring with the six-member vocal group Celtic Thunder is like two sides of the same coin.

In both cases, the 26-year-old Harkin sings a selection of pop songs — some originals, some covers — with a clear, soulful delivery. The big distinction between touring on his own and with the Irish heartthrobs is the amount of behind-the-scenes work Harkin is expected to handle when he is the headliner.

“We’re doing everything at the moment,” Harkin said of the solo tour that brings him and bandmate Dave Bakey (who is also the guitarist for Celtic Thunder) to Lucky Bar for a performance tonight.

“We’re doing the driving, we’re the roadies. I’m tour-managing, booking gigs, booking hotels. Not only that, I’m the singer.”

His current life is quite a bit removed from the tour buses and first-class treatment Harkin receives when he tours in Celtic Thunder, his primary gig as an entertainer since 2007.

“I’m actually looking forward to getting back on the road with Celtic Thunder,” Harkin joked. “You get everything done for you, and don’t have to do much more than sing. Singing is the easy part.”

Harkin, who was raised in the Northern Ireland city of Derry, has been singing since he was four. He was cast into a role with the Celtic Thunder touring show when he was just 20, though at that point, he was already a veteran of numerous tours on his own.

Though he first toured when he was 17, and has been a part of 10 studio albums by Celtic Thunder, he didn’t release his solo debut until late last year. Having waited so long to put his name on something, Harkin said he wanted to nail every aspect of his self-titled recording.

He had some help in the form of Victoria native David Foster, who served as the album’s executive producer. Foster, who made Harkin his first signing after taking the helm as chairman of Verve Records, trusted the 26-year-old implicitly — enough that Harkin eventually received a writing credit on five of the album’s 12 songs.

He has a similar set-up in Celtic Thunder, it would appear. “I just do my own thing in Celtic Thunder. Sharon [Browne, creator and executive producer of the group] doesn’t really pigeonhole me into doing anything because she knows that’s not how to get the best out of me. They let me have free range.”

Harkin has all the freedom he could want as he pilots a van across North America with Bakey by his side. Once their tour of Canada winds down later this month, Harkin has a short break before donning his Celtic Thunder hat once again.

He and Bakey and the rest of Celtic Thunder will be back in Victoria on Sept. 8 for a performance at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Between now and then, there’s plenty of work left to do, Harkin said.

“We have done 12,000 miles in this van in the last five or six weeks,” he said, speaking with an exhausted tone befitting of someone who has been on the road since August.

“And we’ve got another 15,000 [miles] to do.”

© Copyright 2013


I was fortunate to see Keith, Dave and Barry at The Hard Rock Velvet Underground on March 31. Such a memorable night. Not only was the music sensational but the humor was such a plus! I think that Barry was leaving to go back for Ireland that next day to see his family. I was fortunate to get to meet him and talk with him, Dave and Keith. Keith is a true performer with ease, style and terrific showmanship. They are all very gracious to their fans. I don't know if I could hold up with the schedule that they keep. Looking forward to Mythology Tour and cruise.


Sherrod McWhorter Hart

CT Cruise Keeps St. Paddy's Day Going!

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond
Travel news you can use from The Travel Detective®

St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that originally paid tribute to the bishop who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish.

More than 34 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry, according to a U.S. census poll. That’s more than four times the population of The Republic of Ireland. Keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder New York City host the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade with more than 2 million expected revelers. Not far behind, Boston, where one-fourth of its residents claim Irish ancestry, hosts the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. ...

For those who want to keep the luck of the Irish going beyond St. Patrick’s Day, the Celtic Thunder Cruise, offered November 2 through November 7, promises the ultimate Celtic experience. Transforming the Carnival Victory into a Celtic celebration, passengers can enjoy live shows from the Celtic Thunder band and traditional Irish band Goitse, amongst other artists. Irish dance choreographer Belinda Murphy will offer dance lessons as well as a viewing of her new show, Celtic Rhythm. Departing from Miami, arriving in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman the Celtic Thunder Cruise keeps Irish culture alive and strong outside of St. Patrick’s Day.

However, if you’re lucky enough to travel to the Emerald Isle, the country as a whole is celebrating all things Irish in 2013 and has invited the world to join. The Gathering, as it’s known, offers information on hundreds of festivals, reunions, weddings, sporting events and anything else to do with Irish culture. Events are posted on The Gathering’s website and most are open to the public.

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday the world over can celebrate, but the culture, heritage and history can be learned, enjoyed and explored all year around.’s-day-parades-beyond/

Saskatchewan Show Planned

Celtic Thunder concert announced for Estevan
MARCH 15, 2013

Renowned supergroup Celtic Thunder is the latest attraction to be announced for Spectra Place in Estevan.

Celtic Thunder's concert, which is part of their “Mythology” tour, will take place on Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Spectra Place are teaming up to bring the group to Estevan.

An announcement was made on March 15.

Vocalists Emmet Cahill, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, George Donaldson, Neil Byrne and Colm Keegan comprise Celtic Thunder, which has twice been named the top world music artist by Billboard. Their musics covers such genres as folk, traditional Irish, adult contemporary, rock and classical crossover.

They have performed such international hits as “The Boys are Back in Town” and “Still Haven't Found,” as well as original compositions.

Their live shows are recognized for the use of dramatic effects via lighting and choreography, as well as a stage set resembling an ancient stone pathway, drawn from Celtic lore.

Their newest CD/DVD project, “Mythology,” presents a blend of entertainment, ideology and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition. A highly anticipated television special surrounding the Mythology tour began airing on February 28.

Celtic Thunder has become one of public television’s largest draws. In terms of viewers, their shows have aired over 16,000 times.

Tickets for the Estevan concert go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 15 at 10 a.m. by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-970-7328, on-line at or locally in Estevan at Henders Drugs.

Tickets are $75 and $55, plus applicable service charges.


Keith at Celtic Dinner/Show in PA

Celtic Thunder Singer to Perform at Hotel Bethlehem
Keith Harkin of renowned Irish singing group Celtic Thunder scheduled to appear Friday.
Bethlehem Patch
March 11, 2013

Celtic Thunder singer Keith Harkin will be the featured attraction at a special Celtic Dinner and Show at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem on Friday.

Harkin is the lead singer of Celtic Thunder, a singing group known for its PBS specials and tours of the United States and Canada.

Born in Derry, Northern Ireland and raised surrounded by music, he is a talented natural musician who began performing at the age of 4. His sound is unique - taking influences from artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, John Martyn, Glenn Campbell, Jack Johnson and Paul Brady.

A buffet-style dinner wll feature an eight-item salad station, Guinness beef stew, corned beef & cabbage, shepherds pie served in a savory tart and the chef’s selection potato & vegetable. The dinner will be followed with an assortment of mini-desserts, coffee and tea. There will be a cash bar with an assortment of Irish drinks.

After dinner, guests will move to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for an evening of Irish music.

Tickets for both the dinner and show are $60; the dinner buffet will be available from 4:30pm to 7pm. The concert will begin at 7:30, tickets for the concert only are available for $27.

Advance reservations are required and can be made through Keith Harkin’s website or by clicking the following link:

Keith Named Derry Icon

Keith Harkin voted city’s Cultural Icon

OUR NEW CULTURAL ICON... Keith Harkins debut album soared to No1 on the World Billboard Chart last year.

Published on Monday 14 January 2013 09:23

Derry musician Keith Harkin, who is currently taking the USA by storm, has been voted Derry’s greatest Cultural Icon.

Details are to be officially announced by Culture Company tomorrow, but it seems that the Derry-born singer has scooped the top slot by thousands of votes in a public competition to find the city’s greatest icon.

The singing surfer was up against some fierce competition too - Derry’s Nobel prize-winner John Hume, who was himself voted Greatest Ever Irish

Person some years back, Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey and local sporting heroes Jimmy and Billy Spider Kelly. He was also up against his fellow Celtic Thunder co-star, local musician and ‘Glee’ star, Damien McGinty! Those voting in the contest were in with a chance of winning a fantastic Golden Ticket allowing them exclusive access to City of Culture 2013’s top events - and the winner of that grand prize is also to be announced tomorrow.

Now living in Los Angeles, Keith Harkin was born in Derry and brought up in Quigley’s Point. He released his self-titled debut album to great acclaim in 2012.

For up-to-the-minute tweets

For up-to-the-minute tweets from the principals of Celtic Thunder, visit There will also be a button on the menu bar towards the top of the page for this as soon as it's ready. I invite you to check it out if you haven't already - it's clean and very sleek. Thanks to the website team for putting this together.

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Keith makes HuffPo

Getting Ready to Share Keith

Celtic Thunder member releases solo album
Susan Hartland 11th Nov 2012
Fraser Coast Chronicle
Australian Regional Media

KEITH Harkin fans are preparing to share him with the world.

They've felt like a select few "in the know" about Harkin and this singer/song writer's eerily, beautiful voice.

But now he is unleashed with his long-awaited solo album and the secret is out: Keith Harkin is a major talent.

Not that he's unknown - as a key member of Celtic Thunder, the blond singer from Derry, Northern Ireland, already has millions of devoted "Thunderheads" behind him.

But his self-titled album with Verve Music Group - Keith was one of the first signings to David Foster's new label - is showcasing this unique voice to a wider audience.

It features half wonderful originals and half covers, interpreted with a Celtic twist by a singer with a sweetly beautiful voice - as that saying goes, Harkin could sing the phone book and we'd be sighing and weeping at that clear, unique sound.

Among the originals, Daisy Fields is a standout and it's been playing in my brain for weeks now, while the more upbeat Don't Forget About Me and Nothing But You and I helped push this album to the top of Billboard's world music charts as soon as it was released (pre-sales took it to number two on Amazon).

Thunderheads already know Keith can rock it with the best - I'm thinking not only Whisky in a Jar but his original All Day Long on Celtic Thunder's Voyage CD and DVD, recently released.

This album is gentler, a sweet, easy listening journey from a tremendous young singer songwriter who is bound to win even more fans.

And those of us who've been there from the beginning will just have to share him. Sob.

Keith Hits #1

Keith’s debut soars to top of World Chart
Derry Journal
By Julieann Campbell
Published on Wednesday 3 October 2012

Derry musician Keith Harkin is celebrating success again this week after news that his new solo album soared straight into No.1 on the Billboard World Album Chart.

Not only that, the local man’s work with stage phenomenon Celtic Thunder continues unabated too, with Celtic Thunder’s latest offering ‘Voyage’ also charting at No.6 in the World Album charts, with the re-entry of their follow-up collaboration - Voyage II - also charting at No.8 in the same album chart! Three separate entries in the Billboard World Album Chart - not bad for a Derry/Donegal surfer who just loves his guitar!

Keith’s album only hit the stores on September 18, but already is causing considerable stir across the Atlantic. As one of the first artists signed to the Verve Music Group since Grammy Award winning producer David Foster joined, he is reaping the rewards.

When asked to describe the style of his debut album, Keith said: “We haven’t put it in a genre as such, we’re looking at it in an old school album way. You know, years ago genre wasn’t the issue. A great album was a great album and it had a taste of everything through it. So on mine, there’s love songs, there’s ballads, there’s pop and a lot of folky things on it.

There’s something for everyone.”

Customer reviews are particularly glowing too, with one customer, Mary Sanders, remarking: “Do yourself a favour and buy this - play the whole thing over and over again! Just Amazing!” Elsewhere, fan Mary Grady says: “The best new artist to come along in quite some time.”

‘Keith Harkin’ by Keith Harkin is in the shops and available online now.

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Keith Harkin to Release Self-Titled, Solo Debut on Sept. 18
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:29:23

Verve recording artist Keith Harkin is readying his self-titled solo debut for release on September 18.

Anticipation for the album has already driven pre-sale orders to No. 2 on Amazon. Jochem van der Saag—who has worked with such artists as Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and Seal, produced the CD.

If his name is not instantly familiar to you, let us make an introduction as best we can. Harkin is best-known as a principle singer with Irish global powerhouse Celtic Thunder, which Billboard named Top World Music Artist.

Keith Harkin, a twelve-track collection split between classic covers and original compositions, illustrates the artist's skills as both an interpreter and a writer. The album's first single is the bittersweet traveler's plea, "Don't Forget About Me," which will be accompanied by a video.

"I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record," says Harkin. "Neil Young, pop, dance, country—I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It's quite a broad horizon."

Cover versions of rock and pop classics include Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," featuring a duet with two-time Grammy® Award winner Colbie Caillat, Tom Waits' "The Heart Of Saturday Night," "Everybody's Talkin'," which Harkin mastered at age 13, and a powerful version of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence."

In addition to "Don't Forget About Me," other self-penned tracks include the gently rolling, heartfelt love song "Nothing But You & I," and the yearning ballad, "Rosa," which Harkin considers "one of the best tracks on the album," adding, the first time I heard the strings added at Abbey Road Studios, I was in tears."

A native of County Derry in Northern Ireland, Keith Harkin started performing at the age of four. Already an accomplished songwriter and guitarist, he has composed and recorded songs for "Dha Theanga," an Irish program on BBC in which he plays a lead role. As a principle singer and songwriter for Celtic Thunder, Harkin has already sold millions of albums and DVDs and performed at the White House.

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Keith in the Spotlight

Singer-Songwriter Keith Harkin's Self-Titled Solo Debut CD Due September 18th, 2012 On Verve Records
Executive-Produced By Multi-Grammy® Award Winning Producer David Foster

By The Verve Music Group
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 - 7:06 am

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Verve recording artist Keith Harkin's self-titled solo debut is set for release on September 18th, 2012. Anticipation for the album has already driven pre-sale orders to Number 2 on Amazon. Jochem van der Saag—who has worked with such artists as Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and Seal, produced the CD. David Foster, the multi-Grammy® Award-winning producer and recently appointed Chairman of Verve Music Group, serves as executive producer. Harkin is best-known as a principle singer with Irish global powerhouse Celtic Thunder, which Billboard named Top World Music Artist.

"Keith Harkin has a rare combination of talents -- he's a great singer, a unique songwriter and gifted live performer. He defines the very qualities true artists are born with," said David Foster, adding, "We're proud to have Keith as a key member of the growing Verve family."

Keith Harkin, a twelve-track collection split between classic covers and original compositions, illustrates the artist's skills as both an interpreter and a writer. The album's first single is the bittersweet traveler's plea, "Don't Forget About Me," which will be accompanied by a video.

"I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record," says Harkin. "Neil Young, pop, dance, country—I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It's quite a broad horizon."

Cover versions of rock and pop classics include Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," featuring a duet with two-time Grammy® Award winner Colbie Caillat, Tom Waits' "The Heart Of Saturday Night," "Everybody's Talkin'," which Harkin mastered at age 13, and a powerful version of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence."

In addition to "Don't Forget About Me," other self-penned tracks include the gently rolling, heartfelt love song "Nothing But You & I," and the yearning ballad, "Rosa," which Harkin considers "one of the best tracks on the album," adding, the first time I heard the strings added at Abbey Road Studios, I was in tears."

A native of County Derry in Northern Ireland, Keith Harkin started performing at the age of four. Already an accomplished songwriter and guitarist, he has composed and recorded songs for "Dha Theanga," an Irish program on BBC in which he plays a lead role. As a principle singer and songwriter for Celtic Thunder, Harkin has already sold millions of albums and DVDs and performed at the White House.

Harkin's signing to Verve Records furthers the label's commitment to the pop and contemporary music markets.

Prior to a solo tour of the U.S. in late spring 2013, look for Keith Harkin performing with his band mates in Celtic Thunder in the U.S. and Canada in late summer and fall 2012, and Australia in early spring 2013. More info on those tours at

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Keith's New Album

Keith Harkin Releasing Solo Album

Verve have set a September 18th, 2012 release date for self-titled solo debut album from Celtic Thunder's Keith Harkin.
Jochem van der Saag—who has worked with such artists as Josh Groban, Michael Bublé and Seal, produced the CD.

Keith Harkin is a twelve-track collection split between classic covers and original compositions. The album's first single is the bittersweet traveler's plea, "Don't Forget About Me," which will be accompanied by a video.

"I love all music, and a lot of my influences are on this record," says Harkin. "Neil Young, pop, dance, country—I love Glen Campbell. I see it like an old-school Elton John record, where he would play rock next to country next to folk. It's quite a broad horizon."

Cover versions of rock and pop classics include Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," featuring a duet with two-time Grammy Award winner Colbie Caillat, Tom Waits' "The Heart Of Saturday Night," "Everybody's Talkin'," which Harkin mastered at age 13, and a powerful version of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence."

In addition to "Don't Forget About Me,"other self-penned tracks include the gently rolling, heartfelt love song "Nothing But You & I," and the yearning ballad, "Rosa," which Harkin considers "one of the best tracks on the album," adding, the first time I heard the strings added at Abbey Road Studios, I was in tears."

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Keith Will Continue to Tour with Celtic Thunder!

Derry Journal Interview - Keith Harkin - ‘It’s not every day you go to work in Abbey Road!’
With legions of fans and a blossoming solo career, Keith Harkin is fast becoming one of Derry's finest exports..
By Julieann Campbell
Published on Wednesday 1 August 2012

With scores of fans all over America already clamouring for news of Keith’s self-titled debut album, it’s no surprise that it went straight into the No1 position in World Music over a month before its official release on September 18.

Speaking exclusively to the ‘Derry Journal’, Keith, who was born in Derry and raised in Donegal, admits that even he is surprised at the interest that’s building in his solo material.

He recalls with some amusement how he discovered he’d hit the top spot in the charts.

“My mate from the States was buying a CD online and saw my face on there and since then it’s just went up and up,” Keith laughed. “But I haven’t had time to look it up again since! It’s kind of crazy, but I’m just happy the album’s getting noticed, to be honest.”

Nowadays, Keith divides his time between Derry/Donegal, touring and living on a boat in Los Angeles. In November 2011, he signed to Grammy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated producer and songwriter David Foster’s new label Verve, with Universal Music.

Having written six songs on the new album, he is understandably delighted at the buzz surrounding it.

“Of course I have high hopes for the album,” he says, “There’s been so much time spent on it, since October until last Friday so it’s just about done.

“We’ve worked hard to get here. Last month we were in the Abbey Road studios with a 48 piece orchestra – in Studio One where the Beatles recorded! It was amazing and I brought my mum and dad over and they were just sitting in there, nearly in tears! It’s not every day you go to work in Abbey Road!”

Last year, Keith was the first signing to legendary producer Foster’s new Verve label, and he reveals with a giggle: “And I hear their second signing is Rod Stewart! That’s mental...”

While on the subject of revelations, he has another to share with ‘Journal’ readers too: “After the album is released, Crosby & Nash are apparently interested in doing some kind of duet with me - on a song I wrote!”

He also duetted with Grammy-award winning singer Colbie Caillat. “She’s amazing and we do a duet on the album,” he says. “We recorded it in a private studio in Malibu and it’s co-produced by Jochem van der Saag, who’s a bit of a legend in the business and has been really easy to work with, a proper genius.”

With fans in high places and all sorts of ambitious plans for the future, Keith is determined to make the most of every second. But rather than kick back and enjoy the rock & roll lifestyle, he prefers to work in pursuit of his dream and is currently holed up in a Dublin studio, recording the latest Celtic Thunder album.

“It’s always great being back home, but it hasn’t been a break – I’ve been bombarded with stuff I have to do and meetings and all that. So although I’m home, and delighted to be home, I’ve just been either gigging or in the studio flat out!”

“We’ve been doing the final mixes on the album too,” he goes on. “I’m heading away on tour soon and that’s me booked from now to April! I’ll be doing the Celtic Thunder tour and juggling my own album and trying to promote that too in between times.”

In autumn 2008, Keith embarked upon a coast-to-coast US tour as part of the musical phenomenon Celtic Thunder, performing to capacity crowds in major venues, including Radio City Music Hall in New York.

The show made Keith a household name all over the United States and also starred a fellow Derry man, teen heart-throb and now star of ‘Glee’, Damien McGinty.

Meanwhile, Celtic Thunder album I and its follow-up, album II, featuring original compositions from Keith himself, both reached No 1 in the World Billboard Charts.

As part of Celtic Thunder, Keith has now toured the United States and Canada a staggering seven times, as well as a tour of Australia, which saw them perform to 5,000-6,000 people on almost every night. Such is the phenomenon created by this touring eulogy to Irish culture, Celtic Thunder has achieved a Gold Album in the US, two Gold Albums and one Platinum Album in Canada, two Platinum Albums and one Gold Album in Australia. He also performed in the White House for US President Barack Obama!

Despite his now bourgeoning solo career, Keith has no intentions of leaving Celtic Thunder.

“I still love doing Celtic Thunder and I’m writing songs for it now too, which is amazing, and so I’m going to keep doing both for as long as I can. Besides, we’re like a family now after being on the road together for Celtic Thunder for five or six years. It would be strange to leave all that now...”

Keith has also set up his own independent record label at home in the North West - Busty Music – to which is supremely talented younger sister Rebecca Harkin is now signed - with Keith producing her debut album in between his own projects. He’ll also fly back to LA shortly to shoot a video for the album’s first release.

“I do love America,” he admits. “I love the standard of life there and the fact that there’s always something to do on your days off! And because it’s 20 degrees there every day too, some change from Ireland! But home is home and I’m never too far away.”

The amiable local man also has high praise for those who helped him along the way.

“So many people have helped me get to this point. I’d have to say some very big thanks to Sharon Browne in particular, she’s the producer behind Celtic Thunder and she’s just brilliant. She’s helped me a lot over the years.”

While courting the international acclaim now heaped upon him, Keith is also understandably grateful to have such strong family ties back home.

“My mum and dad, and the whole family in general, have supported me all the way and that’s been so important,” he muses.

“After all, it was my mum and dad who gave me my taste in music and that’s what got me where I am today! So really, it’s all their fault!”

Keith’s album ‘Keith Harkin’ will be in the shops and available online from September 18.

CT in AC Interview with Keith

Celtic Thunder in residency in Atlantic City
Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 9:02 PM
By Marc Berman / blogger

Celtic Thunder, Harrahs Atlantic City
When: June 27 through July 8
Tickets: $65. $45. $35. Available through Ticketmaster

The Skinny: It’s upbeat, fun and will have you clapping your hands and tapping your feet. Celtic Thunder is best of the Irish and Celtic solo favorites that we all know: "Mountains of Mourne," "My Boy," "Ride On," "She" and "My Irish Molly O," while in the ensemble "Ireland's Call," "Take Me Home" and "Still Haven't Found."
Celtic Thunder’s Atlantic City shows feature a different set list to the Voyage (Fall) tour and will be the only chance to see this show.

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Irish Music Forever Article, May 2012

Ryan Kelly – energetic and charismatic

Celtic Thunder auditions
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Ryan Kelly is a solo artist and also a member of Irish vocal group, Celtic Thunder.

He is known for his energetic and charismatic performances, whether it’s with Celtic Thunder, during his solo concerts or while acting in stage musicals like Blood Brothers.

Ryan Kelly

With Celtic Thunder he has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people, including US President Barack Obama, and is now embarking on a solo career as a singer songwriter. He has also been performing acoustic concerts with his Celtic Thunder colleague, Neil Byrne
Singing since he was a child

He was born in The Moy, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. His father was an accomplished musician and young Ryan inherited his dad’s love of music.

He has been singing since he was a very young child and gave his first public performance aged seven when he sang at his First Communion.

He has always loved performing and when he was a child he would sing whenever he could. His dad would often play the organ to accompany him.

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He developed a love and a talent for many different types of music including soft rock and big show tunes but he always had a soft spot for traditional Irish music.

When he was a teenager he learned to play guitar and started writing his own songs.
Ryan Kelly – talented actor

He went to Queen’s University in Belfast to study accounting. He got a job as a charted accountant but music was his first love and he carried on playing in a band called Emergency Exit.

Ryan Kelly – on his work
He has a great bond with his fans and they can be inspired by each other’s enthusiasm at concerts.
He said: “It’s clichéd, but music is my life. It’s what makes me happy and I feel blessed to be able to call this my job.”

As well as singing, Kelly has also shown a talent for acting. He has performed in the lead role of Mickey Johnstone in ‘Blood Brothers’ and played Judas Iscariot in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’.

When Kelly was 24, he took part in the BBC talent show called Country Cool. He made it to the final after receiving 70% of the audience vote. He eventually finished second in the competition out of thousands who entered.

He won SCOR, another singing contest, four years later and went on to perform with some of the biggest names in Irish and UK pop including Simply Red, Westlife and Girls Aloud. He shared a stage with them for a ‘Children in Need’ charity concert in Belfast.

Kelly had come a long way from singing songs while his dad played the organ, but his biggest break was about to come.
Getting his big break with Celtic Thunder

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CT Star Search

Celtic Thunder searches for more Derry stars
Derry Journal
Published on Monday 7 May 2012

Following on from the stratospheric success of Derry singers Damian McGinty and Keith Harkin, the producers behind hit music stage show Celtic Thunder want to see more raw talent from the city when they hold open auditions in Dublin next week.

Celtic Thunder tours have been so impressed by the talent of their Derry performers that they’re now especially keen to hear from other male music talent in the city in their search for the internationally acclaimed show’s new principal singer.

Speaking to the Journal, Music Manager Jean Clancy highlighted the big opportunities that could be available to the lucky auditionee who is chosen.

“We have been very lucky in the past with the amazing talent we have cast particularly Damian McGinty and Keith Harkin. Damian has obviously gone on to great things with GLEE! and Keith is finishing up his debut CD with producer David Foster who has produced records for Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Brian Adams, Christine Aguilera, The Bee Gees and many more.

Auditions will be held in the Gallery at The Helix, DCU Collins Avenue, Glasnevin on Wednesday, May 9 from 10am until 6pm and producers are searching for a male vocalist with a pop/contemporary style aged between 20 and 30.

Celtic Thunder Shop

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Hope you had a nice Easter weekend. Just want to let you know that the new and improved Celtic Thunder Shop is up and running. Come check it out if you haven't already: There are some new items that you may find interesting.


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Climbing Even Higher!

Celtic Thunder "Voyage" remains #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart while climbing to an astonishing #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart
as the greatest gainer this week!!

Top O' the Chart!

Celtic Thunder Voyage is currently #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart and #45 on the Top 200 Chart!!!!

CT on QVC on St. Pat's Day

Authentic Irish Goods Directly From Ireland to be Offered on QVC
Multimedia Retailer to Host Its Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration

MarketWatch...The Wall Street Journal
Feb. 15, 2012, 9:33 a.m. ESTDUBLIN, Ireland[/i]

(GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- According to the census, more than 11 percent of the U.S. population claims Irish heritage. Of course, as the saying goes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day! To help viewers "go green" this St. Patrick's Day, QVC(R) will, once again, host its Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration, which is scheduled to kick off at 1 AM (ET) on March 17.

As one of the largest U.S. retailers for Irish goods, QVC will offer distinctive Irish products from Ireland-based artisans and craftsmen through 11 hours of dedicated programming. The Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration not only provides consumers with a chance to shop, but an opportunity to celebrate the holiday with a closer look at the people and traditions of Ireland.

"The products range from classics, such as the wool sweaters from Aran Crafts, to specialty and handcrafted products that most Americans will not find outside of the QVC program -- unless they travel to Ireland," said Kevin Fleming of Enterprise Ireland.

Many of the products featured during QVC's special St. Patrick's Day broadcast were created especially for the multimedia retailer. In addition to Aran Crafts, QVC is scheduled to offer a wide variety of Irish products from Kilronan, Connemara Marble, Belleek Pottery and Fragrances of Ireland. Killarney Crystal, JMH Jewellery and Solvar will offer an extensive range of Irish and contemporary jewelry. These products and more will be available through QVC throughout the day as well as online at Additionally, world-renowned singing groups Celtic Thunder and Celtic Woman are scheduled to perform during the broadcast.

The entire collection of Irish goods included in the Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration will be available beginning at 1 AM (ET) on March 17 through QVC, or 800.345.1515, while supplies last.

Daniel has the "Voice of an Angel"

Daniel signs albums in store ahead of Christmas Eve TV slot

New Ross Standard
Tuesday December 20 2011

HAVING JUST returned home from a four-month tour of America and Canada with an international vocal group, fans of Daniel Furlong can catch up with the Wexford boy soprano on RTE 1's 'Carols from the Castle' on Christmas Eve as well as in Pettitt's Supervalu this Friday where he will be selling signed copies of his album.

When Daniel Furlong won the All Ireland Talent Show earlier this year he thought it was surely the experience of a lifetime, however, having returned from his four month tour with international vocal group [b]Celtic Thunder, where he performed to thousands of people almost every night, the 13-yearold says it just keeps on getting better for him.

'I had the best time ever,' said Daniel. 'I got to see so many places I never dreamed I would, I can't believe how lucky I have been'.

Now that he's back in Ireland Daniel doesn't intend on slowing down - he's scheduled to sing on RTE 1's ' Carols from the Castle' on Christmas Eve and has a new album to promote.

The album entitled ' Voice of an Angel' includes all the tracks from the All Ireland Talents Show plus some new tracks including ' Nella Fantasia' and ' When Somebody Loved Me'.

'We've had a great response to the album so far and we're really delighted with it,' said his mother, Teresa.

The album is stocked in various outlets including Westgate Design and White's Electrical in Wexford and Enniscorthy. It's also available online via itunes.

Daniel will be in store in Pettitt's Supervalu in St Aidan's Crescent this Friday, selling signed copies of his album.

Billboard Talks to Neil About CT and Damian

'Glee' Role Makes Celtic Thunder Singer's 'Dream Come True'
by Gary Graff, Detroit | December 09, 2011 11:40 EST

The other members of Celtic Thunder are positively "Glee"-ful for their former groupmate Damian McGinty.

The 19-year-old Irish singer, who was with the vocal troupe for five years, was one of the winners of the Oxygen network reality show "The Glee Project," snagging a seven-show guest role that, of course, he hopes might lead to a full-time cast spot in the future. And the rest of Celtic Thunder is rooting for that to happen.

"It's just a dream come true for him and fantastic for us to see him do so well," the group's Neil Byrne tells "It was one of our tour managers who suggested (McGinty) do it, just for the experience of it. I think (McGinty) wants to go the sort of television route, anyway, so he went for it...and happened to win, which was quite incredible. We always knew he'd do very well. He has a strong personality and likability, a great voice and everything."

Byrne says McGinty "popped into a couple shows we were playing in Los Angeles," while his role on "Glee" has created a new habit in Celtic Thunder. "We tune in every week now to see him," Byrne notes. "It's surreal but fantastic. It's great to see him doing so well."

Celtic Thunder is doing just fine, too. The group is in the midst of its annual holiday run of North America while also promoting its latest album and DVD, "Storm," a conceptual, narrative project that came out in September and debuted at No. 1 on the Top World Albums chart and No. 25 on the Billboard 200. Byrne says there's been no word yet about staging a specific "Storm" show yet, though he and the others would be up for it. "I really enjoyed it," he says. "It was a challenge, more sort of acting than just getting up and singing. There was a lot of choreography, and the music was great. I would enjoy if it went on the road. We like to keep it fresh."

That said, Celtic Thunder has already finished its next outing, a more straightforward performance album and DVD called "Voyage" which was taped and filmed during two October concerts in Kansas City and is due out in March. "It's a full live show," Byrne reports, "new stuff and then of course some of our anthems. We've just seen some footage of it and it looks really, really good. Everyone has a lot of experience with filming and stuff like that; to have a live audience in front of the camera really gives us something to bounce the act off of."

Byrne says "Voyage" will include "some different arrangements of duets and stuff we've done before," including a new take on "Whiskey in the Jar" as well as "Kindred Spirits," a new song by Celtic Thunder composer musical director Phil Coulter. "There's a lot of fun injected into it this time, a lot more than we've done before -- what we call good banter," Byrne adds. "We like to keep some familiarity in there, then inject a lot of new stuff to keep it fresh. But it still has our stamp on it."

Ryan Nominated for Award

Tyrone men in line for music awards

Tyrone Times
Published on Thursday 17 November 2011

Two East Tyrone men find themselves in line for awards at the 2011 Irish Music Awards in Weston, Missouri.

Ardboe man Mickey Coleman and Ryan Kelly from The Moy find themselves in line for two of the top awards at the ceremony which take place in January next year.

Ardboe man Coleman spent much of the summer touring the east coast of America and his efforts have been rewarded with a nomination for as the ‘Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue’.

Among those also up for this award are Luka Bloom younger brother of popular folk singer Christy Moore.

Singer/ songwriter Coleman released his second album A Mother’s Lullaby last year to great acclaim Mickey has played support to some of Ireland’s most renowned performers including Cara Dillon, the Chieftains and Bagatelle.

Moy man Ryan Kelly is also in line for an award as the ‘Top Solo Performer in Concert’ and faces a stiff competition in the category.

Ryan has spent much of the last six months touring throughout the United States and Canada.

He had previously made his name as a member of the Celtic Thunder and toured extensively with the group.

Among the others nominated are popular group the High Kings, tenor Finbar Wright and internationally acclaimed vocalist Enya.

Damian Hosts OxygenLive Chat on Nov. 1

New "Glee" character was in Celtic Thunder (in Utah on Nov. 3)
The Salt Lake Tribune
Burger With Relish: Music
by David Burger
Published on Oct 24, 2011 10:20AM

Damian McGinty, one of two winners of “The Glee Project,” returns to Oxygen to host a special OxygenLive chat on November 1 to kick off his first of seven episodes of “Glee.”

Fans of Damian and “The Glee Project” will be able to engage in a live Q&A with McGinty from the set of “Glee” beginning at 5 p.m. MT.

Fans that attend the live chat will get an exclusive sneak peek about his role on “Glee” and what to expect in his debut episode.

Derry City, Ireland native Damian McGinty, 18, became the season one winner of Oxygen’s “The Glee Project” which earned him a seven episode arc on FOX’s series “Glee.”

Previously, McGinty toured with the Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder — who will perform in Utah on Nov. 3 — and had been performing with them since the age of 14, despite having a lower voice than most male pop singers.

Fans can RSVP for the chat event on Oxygen’s Facebook page at (Event deep link: Additionally, fans can also follow @TheGleeProject on Twitter ( for a live tweet party hosted by Oxygen at 6 p.m. MT during the airing of Damian’s first “Glee” episode on FOX.