On August 17, 2016, Keith Harkin, a singer of Celtic Thunder fame, performed a solo concert with his band at Siamsa Irish Pub in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to the show, VIP ticketholders were treated to a sound check and a meet and greet with Harkin.
Harkin, who was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and grew up in Donegal, Northern Ireland, sung songs off his latest album, “On Mercy Street.” He also performed traditional Irish classics like “Galway Girl,” “Homes of Donegal,” and “Whiskey in the Jar.”
Harkin’s performance was fun and upbeat. He had the audience to their feet, dancing by the end of the show. There was no intermission, with Harkin’s energy going strong throughout the show. He fed off his band and the audience.
Between songs, he told stories of what each song meant to him personally and how he came to write songs on his album. The audience enjoyed these tales that gave and insight to his life.
The band consisted of an electric guitar, a bass guitar, a drum, and a keyboard. Harkin played acoustic guitar. The musicians never overpowered the vocals. They maintained a great balance and played out when Harkin was not singing.
Overall, it was a fun evening of music, stories, laughter, and dancing. Harkin’s personality shined through each song as he sung passionately. His music and stories reflected who he is, and the audience loved that.