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 muziek included on the sm

ash 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 door the end of march! Keith also has his own muziek Label “Busty muziek LTD,” this is the label both he and his sister will be released on this year.

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Who are your main influences in life?

My family have always been there for me and

supported me in all i do, I love socializing, being out hearing new muziek and surfing…this all helps get me through week to week!

Best location u 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 vos, fox theaters and Radio City muziek hall NYC, in saying that though i performed at the white house and met president obama and his family… that was pretty surreal.

(following on from that)

Best live sjees, gig u 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 geleden and was lucky enough to catch the Boss Bruce Springsteen after my show…he was on brand not giving the crowed enough time to breath.. Brilliant!

Who excites u locally at the moment?

I was at a JImmy Webb sjees, gig a fortnight geleden in Dublin and these two dudes called the Lost brothers were supporting him, they sounded like Simon and Garfunkel of 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 basically been writing for the past 7 years…

I have recorded 7 songs with my band “the Durty Stopouts” 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 gitaar 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 end of the jaar and then touring in Australia in the spring of 2012.

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

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 volgende 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, favoriete nook in the city for a pint of stout?

That would be telling…. ;-)

Keith Harkin