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end of the year and then touring in Australia in the spring of 2012.

Tell me a little more about your upcoming gigs locally in the town for April?

ers and Radio City Music hall NYC, in saying that though i performed at the white house and met president obama and his family... that was pretty surreal.

Keith Harkin is well known in Ireland and the UK for his distinctive alt-folk/pop and alt-country sound, is better known to US audiences as a member of Celtic Thunder – in fact the only member to have his original music included on the smash hit show. A seasoned musician, who has been gigging with his own material since he was a teenager, Keith has just recorded his own album which will be out by the end of march! Keith also has his own music Label “Busty Music LTD,” this is the label both he and his sister will be released on this year. /keithharkin

Who are your main influ- ences in life?

My family have always been there for me and supported me in all i do, i love social- izing, being out hearing new music and surfing...this all helps get me through week to week!

Best location you have ever performed at?

At this stage now I have toured all over the Sates and Canada 4 times over, on a solo tour of the states as i type this, and another tour in a few months, there isn’t much of this side of the pond i haven’t seen, but i think the best venues are the Fox theat-


(following on from that) Best live gig you have ever been to?

I was privileged to see Tom Waits on the rat Cellar tour in dublin 3 years ago, he blew me away!!! since then i was playing at Glastonbury two years ago and was lucky enough to catch the Boss Bruce Springsteen after my show...he was on fire not giv- ing the crowed enough time to breath.. Brilliant!

Who excites you locally at the moment?

I was at a JImmy Webb gig a fortnight ago in Dublin and these two dudes called the Lost brothers were support- ing him, they sounded like Simon and Garfunkel or the Everly brothers...refreshing to hear something like that nowadays!

What are your plans for 2011/12?

I have just finished my own 1st album, which i have basi- cally been writing for the past 7 years... I have recorded 7 songs with my band “the Durty Stop- outs” a few acoustic and a few on the piano...also on the tracks the one and only Henry McCulloch is playing guitar, Henry has played guitar in such bands as Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartney’s Wings, and toured with Joe Cocker in the US. Along with touring my own band round Ireland in April, i am producing an Album for my sister rebecca in the summer, touring in America & Australia till the

I am on a Solo Acoustic tour of the states at the moment, promoting my new Album working my way across from L.A to Florida for the next few weeks, which brings me to the Irish tour that i will be embarking on with my own band “Keith Harkin and the Durty StopOuts” and the Philly Based Ska PUNk band “tsunami rising” from the 2nd of April Till the 5th of may all round ireland...


Last question, favorite nook in the city for a pint of stout? That would be telling.... ;-)

2nd April The Strand Strand Hill sligo

3rd April Sandinos bar Derry

4th April Auntie Annies Belfast

8th April Rosy surf n skate jam

9th April mc garrigles sligo town


16th April Monroe in Galway

21st April Cork

28th April Derry Jazz Festival/Sandinos Bar

29th April Derry Jazz Festival/ open air fest in craft village Derry

30th April Cellar bar D town G session.

1st May “Derry Jazz Festival” Tinneys bar

2nd May “Derry Jazz Festival” Masons bar


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