Friday, October 5, 2012
Keith Harkin and Paul Byrom- beloved/emerging artists from Celtic-Thunderland
Keith Harkin took a big risk in creating and releasing his album on such a grand scale, and no doubt this was an expensive project. His music is amazing, and he is a sexy blond Irish man with charisma and a great personality. Surely it should be easy for such a person to make it big in music. Frankly, so long as he keeps wearing his pants tight and making flirtatious comments on social media, he's going to be a hit with teenage girls. He has a great music video on youtube now, for one of the songs off of his new album, "Don't Forget About Me", and even graces the world with some lovely shots of himself sans shirt in this video.
his new album and solo career, I'd have been very worried for him, considering all the challenges facing any emerging artist. As it is, having followed Josh Groban's career for years, I get the sense that Mr. Foster is a great asset for Keith, and someone who will do everything he can to ensure that Keith is successful. So, I am only a little worried, or maybe just 'concerned' about Keith as he continues to promote himself whenever and wherever he can. To some extent we Celtic Thunder fans just have to trust that Mr. Foster will take good care of our beloved Irish singer, and trust that between his skill and judgement and Keith's abilities and general amazingness, all will work out for the best. At least Keith has someone like Mr. Foster and the folks at Verve to support him, while Paul Byrom is a bit more reliant on his flock of loyal fans to promote him and his efforts.
Paul Byrom's current project his fans have been banding together to fill the seats that will make special kickstarter concerts happen, providing money for Paul to create an amazing video recorded show that he can take to PBS. Fans in cities throughout the US and Canada are organizing shows to fit the specifications of Paul's $10,000 pledge parameters. Sadly I still know no one in Fort Collins who is enough of a fan to pay $250 for a ticket to see him, and I can't honestly afford it myself either, so at least as of today there's not much chance Paul will be singing in Fort Collins by way of his kickstarter project. Still, I am glad so many people in so many places have been busy setting up these grand-scale pledges for him.