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March 07, 2013
Celtic Dinner & A Show with Keith Katkin

Bethlehem, Pa. (March 6, 2013) – Dennis J. Costello, General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem, is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a very special Celtic Dinner & Show on Friday, March 15th, featuring the lead singer of Celtic Thunder, Keith Harkin.

Guinness StewExecutive Chef David Troxell has created a wonderful menu featuring traditional Celtic foods.  “We’ve chosen buffet style for this dinner so that people can taste different foods and experience traditional Irish fare in a relaxed manner, they don’t have to worry about ordering an entire meal that they are not sure about” says Executive Chef Troxell.  The buffet will feature an 8 item salad station, Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherds Pie served in a savory tart and the Chef’s selection potato & vegetable.  The dinner will be followed with an assortment of mini-desserts, coffee and tea.  There will be a cash bar with an assortment of Irish drinks.

After dinner, guests will move to the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for an evening of Irish music with singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor, Keith Harkin.  Harkin is the lead singer of Celtic Thunder, born in Derry, Northern Ireland and raised surrounded by music.  He is a talented natural musician who began performing at the age of 4! His own sound is both individual and unique - taking influences from artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, John Martyn, Glenn Campbell and Jack Johnson and Paul Brady.   2006 brought Harkin to Dha Theanga an Irish program on BBC where he played the lead role, rewrote and arranged all the music for the show. And now to date he is currently doing the monster hit show Celtic Thunder with a coast to coast tours of the states and Canada regularly.

Tickets for both the dinner and show are $60; the dinner buffet will be available from 4:30pm to 7pm.  The concert will begin at 7:30, tickets for the concert only are available for $27.

Advance reservations are required and can be made through Keith Harkin’s website or by clicking the following link: http://hotelbethlehem.ticketleap.com/keith-harkin/

* The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is the recipient of, Wine Spectator Magazines “Award of Excellence” for the breadth, quality and variety of their wine selection.

Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, Pa.  It is in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district.  The hotel is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  Experience world-class service, charming guest accommodations and award winning cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.

For more information for please contact Kelly Ronalds at (610) 625-2210 or kronalds@hotelbethlehem.com -

Tickets http://hotelbethlehem.ticketleap.com/keith-harkin/#
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2T3Tra40Ho


Keith HarkinKeith Harkin comes from  County Derry in Northern Ireland, where he started performing for the public at the tender age of four, wowing audiences with his beautiful voice and musical talent. Now at 26, Keith has played to audiences across Europe, Australia, the USA and Canada. He has performed at the Tavistock Festival in the UK, and at the Glasgowbury Festival in Northern Ireland for the past five years and has composed and recorded songs for the BBC show Dha Theanga, an Irish program on the BBC in which he played a lead role.

Keith started out as a guitar-playing singer-songwriter, and has recently released his debut solo album. He is one of the first artists signed to the Verve Records under the new leadership of Chairman David Foster, the Grammy® Award-winning producer who also served as Executive Producer on his self-titled solo CD. The album's twelve songs, split between classic covers and original compositions, illustrate Keith's gifts as both an interpreter and a writer. As a huge Van Morrison fan (like any self-respecting Irishman), he takes special pride in his version of "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," done as a duet with Colbie Caillat. The song selections truly reflect Harkin's musical passions—"I've learned that there's nothing worse than doing a song you don't love," he says.

Although he has released his solo CD, Keith still continues his integral role within Celtic Thunder as one of the show’s six vocalists. In 2013 Keith will tour Australia, the US and Canada with Celtic Thunder bouncing back and forth between Celtic Thunder shows and the exhausting responsibilities that surround the launch of a new record. As an avid surfer, though, he's not afraid of taking risks, and is able to enjoy the sense of artistic achievement he's already attained.

His career with Celtic Thunder began back in 2007, when returning back to Derry from a recording session in London, Keith heard about the auditions for Celtic Thunder that were underway and decided to chance calling in just as the auditions were wrapping up. He auditioned and was immediately invited to attend the final auditions in Dublin, and was ultimately selected as one of the principals for the Celtic Thunder show. The self-described “singer-songwriter-surfer” did not fit into any particular role in Celtic Thunder. “I’m just doing what I’m doing, being myself,” he says. “I don’t really have to play a part. I just get up there with my guitar, and I get to perform.” Keith has toured with Celtic Thunder since the show’s inception and is featured on nine specials for Public Television and on 9 CDs and DVDs, which have sold millions of units worldwide. The latest Celtic Thunder show Mythology will be released in the US and Canada in February 2013 and will be aired on Public Television stations across the US in commencing March 2013.


Reviews:

Keith Harkin“Keith Harkin is sure to be a Grammy winner ! In an eclectic mix of styles, Keith's Irish roots and unique musical vision shines through this collection of covers and original songs. You think only George Harrison could do justice to Here Comes The Sun? Think again! Keith's version is both mystical and joyous. And Don Henley's End of the Innocence? After you hear Keith's rendition, Irish-flavored by Barry Kerr's Uillean pipes and whistles, you'll say "Don Who?" His duet with Colbie Caillat, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You is sweet, simple, and emotional.”

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“Keith Harkin is, more than anything, a gifted songwriter. Poetry set to music, every song is a jewel. The two best songs, Orange Moon and Rosa, beautifully showcase his skill as a lyricist and composer. In Orange Moon an upbeat, catchy tune masks conflicted yearning for lost love complicated by the pull of the road. Rosa is a tender love song, so poignant that the first notes bring me to tears at every listening. With every word he writes, Keith shares his heart and soul.”

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“I've had the privilege of watching and listening to Keith Harkin as he's grown into the polished artist that he has become. I was blown away, this one is a musical journey all the way through!”

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“Super talented singer, songwriter, with a great team behind him. I laughed, I cried, I remembered a true love and those that weren't. Every song, and this is rare, I enjoyed.  Keith, you wanted us to pick a favorite. A very tough choice. I have to say Rosa because it brought me to tears with the love you showed. Make a video for this one please!“

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“The emotion that Keith puts into each and every song is amazing. Keith is an outstanding performer and I can't wait to hear more from him in the future”

 


 

 

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