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    Keith Harkin

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    Born in County Derry, Keith Harkin has traveled far and wide in search of the perfect wave and the perfect inspiration for his next song. With surfboard and guitar as his essentials, Harkin has entertained throughout Europe, Australia and North America. His disarming charm has won over countless audiences. Whether singing or sharing stories, there’s always a smile in his voice.

    On his album ‘On Mercy Street’, . . .

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    Born in County Derry, Keith Harkin has traveled far and wide in search of the perfect wave and the perfect inspiration for his next song. With surfboard and guitar as his essentials, Harkin has entertained throughout Europe, Australia and North America. His disarming charm has won over countless audiences. Whether singing or sharing stories, there’s always a smile in his voice.

    On his album ‘On Mercy Street’, Harkin draws from that place where Matt Nathanson, Van Morrison, maybe a bit of Zac Brown and Joni Mitchell meet — that sweet spot between adult pop and new country. Where do life and art meet in Keith Harkin’s life? When asked, he laughs and answers, “I would like to say yes, I am a romantic. When I look back at the songs I wrote when I was 16 or 18, when I was growing up and confused and trying to work out where life is going, I tried to make them all as romantic as I could.

    The obvious next question is: Who is Keith Harkin? For the thousands throughout the world who have witnessed “Celtic Thunder,” the spectacular musical celebration of Irish song and culture, he’s the eye-catching blond whose voice and stage presence stood him out even in the large ensemble. The those few who may have been at the Rialto in Derry City one special night some time ago, he was the precocious 4-year-old who stole the variety show with his rendition of “Mrs. Jenny Wren.” For many others, he’s simply a friend, a good guy to hang with at a seaside pub after a day spent riding waves along Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

    The album ends intriguingly with Harkin’s interpretation of “Auld Lang Syne.” “Obviously, everyone knows this song, but I think it’s wasted when everyone sings it too fast and too drunk once a year,” Harkin says. “On my tour just before Christmas, when we did 58 shows in 65 days across America, I would slow it down so people could actually hear the words. It’s about friendship, perhaps sitting down and being together. There wasn’t one night when we played it that people weren’t crying in the audience. That’s why I put it at the end of the album, so you can listen and think and maybe reminisce.”

    With that final bow, ‘On Mercy Street’ completes its picture of an artist for whom his art is part of, not separate from, his life, and whose songs are destined to become part of many.

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