Keith's debut album comes out tonight, at midnight, EST. I won't get mine till sometime tomorrow, since I pre-ordered mine via amazon, but it'll be here for sure tomorrow.
The other event going on it Celtic-Thunderland is the Kickstarter Paul Byrom started. Had I known he did not know of Kickstarter I'd have bugged him about it months ago, but in any case, he has one now, to raise $50,000 in the next 40 days to put a PBS show together. It's just the first afternoon of the first day of his project now, and he's starting out well. Actually, at the $10,000 level he has as his gift a private concert, for 'you' and up to 39 guests, and if any of his fan clubs can get together 40 people willing to go in on it, $250 is less than a lot of people pay for tickets and meet & greets, and those 40 people would get to meet Paul, in a rather cosy setting where they could actually talk with him.
I've got my tickets displayed where I can gaze at them on my dresser, and they'll have gathered about 2 months of dust before the guys get to my area, but the countdown is underway, at least. Two months from now I'll have a camera full of pictures from my adventures in Denver, a city I haven't actually been to in a couple years. Even without shots of the show itself, which I am not sure I'd be allowed to take even if I was not going to be in the balcony (too far away for my camera to take recognizable pictures of anyone anyway), I can find plenty to photograph as illustrations for that day's events.
I've pretty much decided I am too much of a coward to pester anyone for autographs, and I can't afford to buy extra tickets/passes to their sound checks, so this year's concert will probably not be an opportunity for me to meet my beloved Irish men, but at least I'll get to finally see my first live Celtic Thunder show. Maybe in another year or two I'll be enough of a music industry professional that I'll get to meet them where I might actually get to talk with them. You just never know. With any luck I might even get to meet Keith sometime, either when he's touring solo, or if he reunites with Celtic Thunder later for a future tour. He sounds less certain now as to where he might end up down the road, so you just never know. I love chatting with musicians, I've discovered, but I hate feeling like an idiot, and with all the stress of being at a proper concert where I can't hide behind my pink camera, meeting any of the Celtic Thunder guys could be rather painfully embarrassing. Whatever happens that day, till then I'll be soaking in Keith's new album and continuing to explore all the great emerging and local talent that is still at a scale where I can meet the musicians casually near the stage and just chat over beers and sodas.