We arrived at the Hershey Theatre and I purchased a little bit of merchandise (It's Entertainment DVD, Voyage Part I DVD, and a program; my mum got me two shot glasses and a magnet) before heading to our seats. I kept getting asked by people if I was in the show because of how I was dressed. Probably speaking in an Irish accent might have given them the idea as well...
Their performance was just as amazing, as I expected it to be. They sang some of my favourite songs...it was just perfect. Here's the playlist in case you're curious:
The Island (Keith)
Buachaill ón Éirne (Colm)
Raggle Taggle Gypsy (Ensemble)
Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears (Emmet)
Maid of Culmore (Ensemble)
Black Velvet Band (Colm)
The Old Man (George)
Past the Point of Rescue (Neil)
Galway Girl (Ensemble)
Streets of New York (Ryan)
My Irish Molly (Emmet)
Ireland's Call (Ensemble)
Everybody's Talking at Me (Keith)
Song for the Mira (Ensemble)
Ride On (Ryan)
Always a Woman (Neil)
Cat's in the Cradle (George)
Don't Forget About Me (Keith)
Place in the Choir (Ensemble)
Whiskey in the Jar (Keith, Neil)
Friends in Low Places (Ryan)
Remember Me (Emmet)
500 Miles (George)
Seven Drunken Nights (Ensemble)
Appalachian Roundup (Band)
After the show Keith was signing autographs but only on his new CD. I had no delusions on how it would be to meet Keith Harkin. But it was still disheartening for my intuition to be proven correct. I believe it must be very overwhelming to have a queue of people (mostly women) waiting to get your CD signed, but one can still take a second to make someone feel special or even like they matter. I was starstruck because he is ever-so handsome in person and that accent, those eyes, that voice, and those dimples...
But it was still a bit of a let down to be made to feel like a nuisance for getting a CD that you paid $20 for to get signed. I'm sure he's tired of doing all of the press, etc. for the new CD but you can't let that show because that just dampens things for the fans. We're the reason you are where you are... And I even bought his CD twice because I originally purchased it when it came out Tuesday. But being in a hurry, I forgot to bring it with me to the show. And you weren't even allowed to take a photo with him on top of it. Though I did get a hug, which by the time we came back to take a few more photos, they weren't even allowing hugs anymore.
When we left the venue, we saw crowds of people hanging out by the buses, and I got excited at the thought of possibly meeting Emmet. I asked someone standing nearby if anyone was out and she told me that Neil was over in one area and that Ryan was just putting his suitcase on the bus before coming out. I made my way to Neil Byrne.
He was so sweet. Smiling, signing autographs, taking photos, chatting. You could tell he really cared about the fans. Whilst waiting to have my turn, Keith emerged from the theatre with a woman and went straight on the bus and wasn't seen from again.
Ryan Kelly was the next one I met. He was also very caring and generous.
Emmet was everything I dreamed him to be. He was handsome, charming, funny. His dimples, his eyes, his voice, his boyish smile... It's enough to make a stronger woman than I swoon. Plus he was taller than me with me wearing heels! Now that's a dream man all wrapped into one real, live human being. Gosh, I love me an Irish man. I thanked Emmet for the photo and he said, "Not a'tall" with a wink and a boyish smile. I nearly died.
Next was George Donaldson. He was quite the hit with the ladies. A lot of the people that went to the show were older people so they enjoyed him especially (but they still flocked to the young lads). Hey, an Irishman is an Irishman.
Lastly was Colm Keegan, the newest member of the group. He was also very sweet and adorable.
Overall, all the lads were exactly as I expected them to be, with Keith being the only one that is regrettable about. Emmet, Neil, Ryan, and George were all so gracious and generous. You could tell they really cared about their fans and giving them a wonderful end to their evening.
Have you had any experiences with anyone famous? Were they good or bad?
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