It's been a while since I checked in - and posted a video!! :-)

Hey folks! 

Hope you are all well! Just a quick note here from Abbotsford, British Columbia as this "Very Best Of Celtic Thunder" tour keeps rolling on now into Canada after what has been a brilliant few weeks so far already! Getting to sing the "old favourite" songs from the bygone years of CT again has been really brilliant. As have the audience reactions to them! It's like we've turned full circle from those days back on the first tours in 2008 when I was coming on stage a complete novice, not believing this whole thing was a reality! Here I am, seven years later, much older and decrepit-looking, but actually loving it more than ever before!! Long may that continue!! :-)

And talking of loving the music, I've been spending the last while working with Neil, Nicole and Peter writing a lot of original songs for a new "Byrne and Kelly" album which is really taking shape! We're all loving the process and the sounds and images that are flowing from the writing sessions and can't wait to get them out there for you to hear!!! 

In the meantime, we're hoping to debut some of these brand new tracks at our Stageit online live concert in April - which I believe is close to selling out!! (details here : https://www.stageit.com/byrne_and_kelly/live_in_the_studio/44189) and we're putting together the finishing touches of our tour schedule for Summer/Autumn 2015 - so there's a lot of exciting times ahead!! 

Of course, I also am looking forward to squeezing in a bit of time at home in between to see my wee best friend Larry, who's fan base and popularity exceeds mine by more and more every day - which I can totally understand and, in fact, agree with as well! :-) Just on that note though, I want to take this time to say thank you once more for all your generosity to me - through your kind messages, cards, gifts or taking the time to read my nonsense, listen to my music, or log on to one of my pages. It truly makes me feel very humbled and honoured to be lucky enough to do what I do.

And so, I thought, I'd post this video for you. I sang this song on a recent web chat and a lot of you requested a version of it. Yes, the language may be a little strong, but I feel this song from Damien Rice just speaks volumes and reminds me why I love his style of song-writing - honest, real and true. It's what I try to do in my own performances and writing. And aspire to get better and better at that. 

Thanks for reading and sharing my music, thanks for your support and kindness. You make life good... :-)

Love always, 
RK xx


13 comments

  • Judith

    Judith Texas

    Thanks for the update and song Ryan! So glad the tour is going so well! I got to see ya'll on Valentine's Day and I absolutely loved it. I didn't want it to end. I'm still hoping ya'll come to Dallas with the Best Of Tour, maybe in the fall. I'm so glad that you are getting to live your dream. And you continue to be so humble. :) I can't wait for the new music with Byrne and Kelly and concert dates! I've already got my ticket to the stagit show! It's the day before my birthday! I'd love if ya'll would wish me happy birthday, but understand if ya'll don't. Keep on singing Ryan, you have a beautiful voice and a God given talent! You may be older, but you aren't decrepit looking. ;)

    Thanks for the update and song Ryan! So glad the tour is going so well! I got to see ya'll on Valentine's Day and I absolutely loved it. I didn't want it to end. I'm still hoping ya'll come to Dallas with the Best Of Tour, maybe in the fall.
    I'm so glad that you are getting to live your dream. And you continue to be so humble. smile
    I can't wait for the new music with Byrne and Kelly and concert dates! I've already got my ticket to the stagit show! It's the day before my birthday! I'd love if ya'll would wish me happy birthday, but understand if ya'll don't.
    Keep on singing Ryan, you have a beautiful voice and a God given talent! You may be older, but you aren't decrepit looking. wink

  • Kathy Walcott

    Kathy Walcott Long Island, New York

    Hey Ryan...love the website. Your blog and video were great. Love the way you do that song. And...you are far from decrepit. You are a truly talented who gives back to his fans so much. Larry is adorable BTW.

    Hey Ryan...love the website. Your blog and video were great. Love the way you do that song. And...you are far from decrepit. You are a truly talented who gives back to his fans so much. Larry is adorable BTW.

  • Susan S

    Susan S North Florida

    Always love hearing from you and hearing you sing! The songs you write and others you choose to sing are so full of raw emotion, the kind that everyone can relate to at some time in their own lives. Thank you for letting us feel your emotions and thus letting our own be released. Very healing!

    Always love hearing from you and hearing you sing! The songs you write and others you choose to sing are so full of raw emotion, the kind that everyone can relate to at some time in their own lives. Thank you for letting us feel your emotions and thus letting our own be released. Very healing!

  • ruth

    ruth erie, pa

    thanks for the blog and the video can't wait for the stage-it show to hear some original songs by Byrne and Kelly the album will be fantastic as both Neil and you are very talented songwriters.

    thanks for the blog and the video

    can't wait for the stage-it show to hear some original songs by Byrne and Kelly the album will be fantastic as both Neil and you are very talented songwriters.

  • Kathy

    Kathy Warner Robins, GA

    Thank you for taking time to write and do the video. Love your music! Looking forward to the Stage-It show. Also hoping Byrne and Kelly are coming to Atlanta this year. Always hoping for another show.

    Thank you for taking time to write and do the video. Love your music! Looking forward to the Stage-It show. Also hoping Byrne and Kelly are coming to Atlanta this year. Always hoping for another show.

  • LINDA M

    LINDA M WHITE BEAR LAKE MN.

    LOVED THE VIDEO. YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL BETTER. WILL SEE YOU IN DULUTH ON THE 23. ALSO HAVE MY TICKET FOR STAGE-IT. HOPR YOU AND NEIL COME BACK TO MN. WITH YOURNEW SHOW. BLESS YOU. LINDS XX

    LOVED THE VIDEO. YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME FEEL BETTER. WILL SEE YOU IN DULUTH ON THE 23. ALSO HAVE MY TICKET FOR STAGE-IT. HOPR YOU AND NEIL COME BACK TO MN. WITH YOURNEW SHOW. BLESS YOU. LINDS XX

  • JRCan

    JRCan

    Loved Damien's song the first time you sang it and love it even more now. You always put such feeling into your music that it speaks to the heart. So glad to hear you're working on new music with Neil, Nicole, and Peter; looking forward to hearing a sample in April. Very exciting to think about a new Byrne and Kelly tour and a new CD. Really hope you'll once again grace us with your music in San Antonio - PLEASE! Enjoy the rest of the "Best of..." tour and stay safe. I've had a stroke of luck and will now be in Jacksonville for the final show! Hope to see you then, and will definitely see you on 3 May! :-) BTW: do NOT call yourself old and decrepit! That just makes us "senior groupies" feel ancient as the pyramids - or at least this senior groupie! ;-)

    Loved Damien's song the first time you sang it and love it even more now. You always put such feeling into your music that it speaks to the heart. So glad to hear you're working on new music with Neil, Nicole, and Peter; looking forward to hearing a sample in April. Very exciting to think about a new Byrne and Kelly tour and a new CD. Really hope you'll once again grace us with your music in San Antonio - PLEASE! Enjoy the rest of the "Best of..." tour and stay safe. I've had a stroke of luck and will now be in Jacksonville for the final show! Hope to see you then, and will definitely see you on 3 May! :-)

    BTW: do NOT call yourself old and decrepit! That just makes us "senior groupies" feel ancient as the pyramids - or at least this senior groupie! ;-)

  • Carol Ann Blankenship

    Carol Ann Blankenship Loudon, TN USA

    Thanks for the update Ryan! Always good to hear from you. Can't wait to hear the new music! Damien's song is really awesome, you sing it well! Thanks for sharing! Larry is such a cutie pie, always love to see the photos of him. Good luck with the rest of the tour. Thoughts and prayers are always with you. Love, Carol Ann

    Thanks for the update Ryan! Always good to hear from you. Can't wait to hear the new music! Damien's song is really awesome, you sing it well! Thanks for sharing! Larry is such a cutie pie, always love to see the photos of him. Good luck with the rest of the tour. Thoughts and prayers are always with you. Love, Carol Ann

  • Debbie Bender

    Debbie Bender

    I'm a Damien Rice fan and love his songwriting, and you've done him proud with your version of this song. Brilliant! I enjoyed it when you sang it on your chat and had been hoping you'd give us a video. Thank you for taking the time to do just that! Yes, you're a bit older, as are we all. It's all in the attitude. As for "decrepit-looking", please, please don't EVER say that about yourself, even in jest. There's enough negativity getting thrown about at each of us in the world, and we should never to be the ones beating ourselves up. Besides, you're far from decrepit, Mr. Kelly!!! And I'm not one to engage in insincere flattery. Larry does have a sizeable fan base and I'm a sucker for a wee furry face, but until he can sing or play guitar, you've my vote. Now, back to the music. You pour your heart into your music and the results reflect that. You are indeed lucky to do what you do. To do what you love. Please know that the gratitude is mutual. We, the fans, (ok, I'm speaking for myself, but I'm sure my sentiments are shared) are grateful for all you share, from the music, to your time, to little peeks into what makes you “you”. Your humbleness and gratitude doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. It means a great deal. I can't wait to see what you, Neil, Nicole, and Peter have created!!! You are all such skilled musicians, I know it will be fantastic! I love that we'll (hopefully) be getting a taste of these new tracks in the Stageit concert. I'm not sure if you ever have time to read the comments, but if you do, I'd love to know where the heading photo was taken. Gorgeous!!! Save travels on tour! See you soon! #MusicIsLife

    I'm a Damien Rice fan and love his songwriting, and you've done him proud with your version of this song. Brilliant! I enjoyed it when you sang it on your chat and had been hoping you'd give us a video. Thank you for taking the time to do just that!

    Yes, you're a bit older, as are we all. It's all in the attitude. As for "decrepit-looking", please, please don't EVER say that about yourself, even in jest. There's enough negativity getting thrown about at each of us in the world, and we should never to be the ones beating ourselves up. Besides, you're far from decrepit, Mr. Kelly!!! And I'm not one to engage in insincere flattery. Larry does have a sizeable fan base and I'm a sucker for a wee furry face, but until he can sing or play guitar, you've my vote.

    Now, back to the music. You pour your heart into your music and the results reflect that. You are indeed lucky to do what you do. To do what you love. Please know that the gratitude is mutual. We, the fans, (ok, I'm speaking for myself, but I'm sure my sentiments are shared) are grateful for all you share, from the music, to your time, to little peeks into what makes you “you”. Your humbleness and gratitude doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. It means a great deal.

    I can't wait to see what you, Neil, Nicole, and Peter have created!!! You are all such skilled musicians, I know it will be fantastic! I love that we'll (hopefully) be getting a taste of these new tracks in the Stageit concert.

    I'm not sure if you ever have time to read the comments, but if you do, I'd love to know where the heading photo was taken. Gorgeous!!!

    Save travels on tour! See you soon!
    #MusicIsLife

  • Louise Siederer

    Louise Siederer New Jersey

    Ryan my dear man if you're old and decrepit then I must have one foot in the grave. You look fantastic and I absolutely love this song and your version of it!! Looking forward to seeing the VBO show in Atlantic City on my birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than at a CT show. Well maybe I can LOL at a Byrne and Kelly show!!!

    Ryan my dear man if you're old and decrepit then I must have one foot in the grave. You look fantastic and I absolutely love this song and your version of it!! Looking forward to seeing the VBO show in Atlantic City on my birthday. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than at a CT show. Well maybe I can LOL at a Byrne and Kelly show!!!

  • Sunalei Noquisi

    Sunalei Noquisi Ohio

    You give so much of yourself, I'd like to give back something back to you. With recently discovering and watching your videos, including this Tim Rice cover, I see the genuine passion you have for your music. With being a musician myself and having also been a songwriter, I remember feeling that same passion. I understand the gratification a songwriter experiences, upon learning their music has helped someone. Please know how your music has helped me. I've picked my guitar back up after an extended period of time and am retraining my right hand to play once again. I now have some functional difficulty with the hand, so am not sure I'll eventually play the way I used to but, I'm playing my guitar again and am currently working on new song material. This is because of you sharing yourself as you do through your music and so I'd like to sincerely thank you, as well as ask that you always keep doing what you do. I look forward to the Byrne and Kelly Stageit gig! My hope is that 'Byrne and Kelly' will perform in a venue near my location, and I can then experience first hand what I hear and see in the videos. You're all so very talented and Neil has been inspirational as well. My apologies for being 'windy' but, I never write things like this. Just had to tell you what you've done for me and in respect, what you've done for the people I might possibly inspire once again with my own music. See how that works? Oh and...you're not decrepit. Rock on with the CT VBO tour!

    You give so much of yourself, I'd like to give back something back to you. With recently discovering and watching your videos, including this Tim Rice cover, I see the genuine passion you have for your music. With being a musician myself and having also been a songwriter, I remember feeling that same passion. I understand the gratification a songwriter experiences, upon learning their music has helped someone. Please know how your music has helped me.

    I've picked my guitar back up after an extended period of time and am retraining my right hand to play once again. I now have some functional difficulty with the hand, so am not sure I'll eventually play the way I used to but, I'm playing my guitar again and am currently working on new song material.
    This is because of you sharing yourself as you do through your music and so I'd like to sincerely thank you, as well as ask that you always keep doing what you do.

    I look forward to the Byrne and Kelly Stageit gig! My hope is that 'Byrne and Kelly' will perform in a venue near my location, and I can then experience first hand what I hear and see in the videos. You're all so very talented and Neil has been inspirational as well.
    My apologies for being 'windy' but, I never write things like this. Just had to tell you what you've done for me and in respect, what you've done for the people I might possibly inspire once again with my own music. See how that works?
    Oh and...you're not decrepit.

    Rock on with the CT VBO tour!

  • Lenad Miller

    Lenad Miller South Africa

    Thanks for sharing a tune that speaks to my soul. You reach far and wide. Keep the good energy flowing.

    Thanks for sharing a tune that speaks to my soul. You reach far and wide. Keep the good energy flowing.

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie Minnesota

    This is the best thing ever. You should do more videos of Damien's music. Maybe "The Box"? You have such a beautiful voice. Damien was my favorite until I heard you sing. Now I have 2 favorites. You two are very welcome to come and serenade me any time. ;)

    This is the best thing ever. You should do more videos of Damien's music. Maybe "The Box"? You have such a beautiful voice. Damien was my favorite until I heard you sing. Now I have 2 favorites. You two are very welcome to come and serenade me any time. wink

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