New Year's Eve(n better!!! 😉)

As the time ticks down to midnight, I thought I’d drop you all a line to, first of all, wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2018 and thank you for all the support in 2017! 

It was great to get back home just before Christmas and find time to breathe and reflect on what was a pretty crazy busy – but brilliant – year both on the road and in the studios. 😉 

The Celtic Thunder schedule was certainly a busy one over the year, but I must say – I think it’s probably my most enjoyable in the ten years we’ve been together! A brilliant symphony tour performing around the US alongside amazing orchestras, another trip on the “floating Irish pub” around the Caribbean, recording and releasing an “Inspirational” album of some of our favourite spiritual songs were all diverse and rewarding projects. However, I think the preparation, recording and filming of our “Ten Year Anniversary Show” was the highlight. 26 new songs, coupled with all the nostalgia of what has been a life changing decade, culminated in a fantastic night filming the show in the Helix Theatre, Dublin in October – the place where it all began ten years’ previous! 

After releasing the album “Echoes” with Neil in 2016, I didn’t expect 2017 to be an even better year for “Byrne and Kelly” – but that’s what happened! The reaction to our film documentary, “Echoes – The Story,” was something we both took great pride in – with recognition from various film festivals and industry organisations, but, more importantly, the personal stories of how the film has meant a lot to people is one of the most gratifying things a songwriter can hear. 

On a very personal level, the donations I was able to make on your behalf to the Macmillan Cancer Society in relation to the sale of the Larry Kelly calendars over the year was something which made me very happy. To know that my late father’s memory is being used to help a charity which helped him immensely in the final weeks of his life via calendars of a wee dog he loved is something I treasure. Again, the 2018 calendars are helping to keep this connection strong and I’m so thankful for that. 2018 LK Calendar

I also finally succumb to your requests and launched the “Ryan Kelly Official Fan Club” at the end of the year!! The reaction has been great and I look forward to sharing some unique (and probably sometimes questionable!! ;-) ) exerts from my life at home and on the road over 2018. For those who haven’t received their Fan Club packs yet, don’t worry, I’m signing and sending them out day by day and I promise they’ll be with you very soon!! 😉 Ryan Kelly Official Fan Club

So, before you all start opening the bottles of expensive champagne to bring in the New Year, I guess I just want to once more thank you for all the support and love over the year. Here’s to a big year to come in 2018, but, for tonight, I’m stepping back to be thankful for the people in my life – and everything you lot give back to me. It’s why I do this job! 

Love always and Happy New Year!!! 

RK xx

 

24 comments

  • Joan

    Joan Michigan USA

    Happy New Year to you, Larry and your family....Hope to get a chance to see you in 2018.

    Happy New Year to you, Larry and your family....Hope to get a chance to see you in 2018.

  • Sarah Talbert

    Sarah Talbert 6790 East 39th

    Happy New year's to you and Larry! Maybe this year to come I will get the chance to get to see you and Neil ! God Bless you and have a great Night! HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

    Happy New year's to you and Larry! Maybe this year to come I will get the chance to get to see you and Neil ! God Bless you and have a great Night! HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!

  • Carol Ann Blankenship

    Carol Ann Blankenship Tennessee, USA

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.

  • Alice

    Alice Connecticut

    Happy New Year to you and your family too <3 Wer Larry’s calander is on our walk in the kitchen finally taking down the very behind 2013 Celtic Thunder one lol God Bless Alice

    Happy New Year to you and your family too <3 Wer Larry’s calander is on our walk in the kitchen finally taking down the very behind 2013 Celtic Thunder one lol
    God Bless
    Alice

  • Di Fairbrother

    Di Fairbrother Adelaide South Australia

    Happy New Year to you too. Lovely to read the story of the last year and also privileged to have been part of it. You thank us...we thank you for being the beautiful person you are and for all the wonderful music and agree that you lads in Celtic Thunder are sounding and looking better than ever. Sadly we missed seeing the show in Dublin by a couple of days .we’d booked our flights before we heard about the show. Hoping like anything it will eventually get Down Under. Can’t wait to see you and Ryan in Adelaide in February. You are such a caring and special guy. ☘️💜☘️

    Happy New Year to you too. Lovely to read the story of the last year and also privileged to have been part of it. You thank us...we thank you for being the beautiful person you are and for all the wonderful music and agree that you lads in Celtic Thunder are sounding and looking better than ever. Sadly we missed seeing the show in Dublin by a couple of days .we’d booked our flights before we heard about the show. Hoping like anything it will eventually get Down Under. Can’t wait to see you and Ryan in Adelaide in February. You are such a caring and special guy. ☘️💜☘️

  • Amy Isham

    Amy Isham Ohio USA

    Happy New Year Ryan!! Blessings to you and yours in 2018!! Much love, Amy ❤️

    Happy New Year Ryan!! Blessings to you and yours in 2018!! Much love, Amy ❤️

  •  Kimberly Clark

    Kimberly Clark Nebraska

    Happy New Year to you and Larry as well as your mom and the rest of your family and friends! To have been a small part of your 2017 adventures was a blast! Kansas City in March with the Echoes reveal, getting to hang around with you all, and for my daughter to get the chance to finally meet you all was amazing! Then to get to celebrate my 40th birthday in Kansas City at the Irish Festival 2 days in a row. Having brought my best friend who hadn't been exposed to your music as much but she loved it and is ready to go back next year was phenomenal as well! Inspirational, along with every album you all put out has something for everyone to connect to. Thank you for all that you all do to provide such excellent music and performances for us all! Looking forward to 2018!!!

    Happy New Year to you and Larry as well as your mom and the rest of your family and friends! To have been a small part of your 2017 adventures was a blast! Kansas City in March with the Echoes reveal, getting to hang around with you all, and for my daughter to get the chance to finally meet you all was amazing! Then to get to celebrate my 40th birthday in Kansas City at the Irish Festival 2 days in a row. Having brought my best friend who hadn't been exposed to your music as much but she loved it and is ready to go back next year was phenomenal as well! Inspirational, along with every album you all put out has something for everyone to connect to. Thank you for all that you all do to provide such excellent music and performances for us all! Looking forward to 2018!!!

  • Debbie Rollings

    Debbie Rollings Indiana

    Happy New Year Ryan!! Hope to see you back in Indiana in 2018. I promised my grandson, Killian, that he could go to the next B &amp; K concert. Much love &amp; many hugs from Katie's Mom.

    Happy New Year Ryan!! Hope to see you back in Indiana in 2018. I promised my grandson, Killian, that he could go to the next B & K concert. Much love & many hugs from Katie's Mom.

  • Barbara

    Barbara Bethlehem PA

    Dear Ryan, Thank you for the lovely note. I wish you and yours a Very happy 2018. Hope to see you along the way in the new year. I'm really looking forward to the new show. It will be great to see the show and enjoy new new music.

    Dear Ryan, Thank you for the lovely note. I wish you and yours a Very happy 2018. Hope to see you along the way in the new year. I'm really looking forward to the new show. It will be great to see the show and enjoy new new music.

  • Carol Jasnosz

    Carol Jasnosz Beaumont, CA

    Ryan you are so special. Happy New Year to you and your family. I'm looking forward to watching StageIt and to seeing you, and Neil, in May in Phoenix, AZ and Pasadena, CA. It can't get here soon enough but I'm happy you've had a chance to be with your family I loved your comment about the "Floating Irish Pub". Safe travels when you hit the road........Love ya!.

    Ryan you are so special. Happy New Year to you and your family. I'm looking forward to watching StageIt and to seeing you, and Neil, in May in Phoenix, AZ and Pasadena, CA. It can't get here soon enough but I'm happy you've had a chance to be with your family I loved your comment about the "Floating Irish Pub". Safe travels when you hit the road........Love ya!.

  • Rhonda Murphy

    Rhonda Murphy Virginia Beach Virginia

    Ryan I wish you wee Larry and your family a very Happy New Year and all the wonderful Celtic Thunder Crew and their families you all are a wonderful blessing in my life I love each and every one of you honestly I have never known performers like y'all the care and the love you guys show to all of us fans is absolutely priceless I know I just found CT in March 2016 but I have become a gigantic supporter with 10 shows in 2017 by grayhound busses and taboot seeing all the beautiful city's oh Love it looking forward to seeing y'all in 2018 First up Kansas City Missouri take care always be safe lots of love from a silly fan Rhonda Murphy Virginia Beach Virginia xx❤❤🙋

    Ryan I wish you wee Larry and your family a very Happy New Year and all the wonderful Celtic Thunder Crew and their families you all are a wonderful blessing in my life I love each and every one of you honestly I have never known performers like y'all the care and the love you guys show to all of us fans is absolutely priceless I know I just found CT in March 2016 but I have become a gigantic supporter with 10 shows in 2017 by grayhound busses and taboot seeing all the beautiful city's oh Love it looking forward to seeing y'all in 2018 First up Kansas City Missouri take care always be safe lots of love from a silly fan Rhonda Murphy Virginia Beach Virginia xx❤❤🙋

  • Kim Elliott

    Kim Elliott Strathroy Ontario

    Happy New Year Ryan and Larry. May you have a wonderful and inspiring year as you inspire us in the year to come.

    Happy New Year Ryan and Larry. May you have a wonderful and inspiring year as you inspire us in the year to come.

  • Kathy Mason

    Kathy Mason Oak Hill, WV USA

    As the clock edges closer to midnight for you, a blessed Happy New Year to you, Larry, and your family. May 2018 bring you peace and happiness. I enjoyed my first BK show in 2017 in Berkley Springs, WV last June and hope I am fortunate to attend another. My kids gave me "tickets" to Celtic Thunder in 2018, so maybe I'll be able to say Hi.

    As the clock edges closer to midnight for you, a blessed Happy New Year to you, Larry, and your family. May 2018 bring you peace and happiness. I enjoyed my first BK show in 2017 in Berkley Springs, WV last June and hope I am fortunate to attend another. My kids gave me "tickets" to Celtic Thunder in 2018, so maybe I'll be able to say Hi.

  • Alma

    Alma Poth Texas USA

    Happy New Year to you, Larry, and the family! I wasn't able to see CT or B&amp;K this year but will try mightily in 2018. May our Lord continue to Bless you this coming year.

    Happy New Year to you, Larry, and the family! I wasn't able to see CT or B&K this year but will try mightily in 2018. May our Lord continue to Bless you this coming year.

  • Phyllis Coolen

    Phyllis Coolen Tacoma, Washington

    Happy New Years to you, Larry, your mum and family. Looking forward to seeing you and Neil in Seattle. Your music continues to bring such joy and pleasure to me and my family. Thank you so much.

    Happy New Years to you, Larry, your mum and family. Looking forward to seeing you and Neil in Seattle. Your music continues to bring such joy and pleasure to me and my family. Thank you so much.

  • Sonya Seawright

    Sonya Seawright Virginia

    Happy New Years Ryan, Larry and the rest of the Kelly's Family. I wanted to say thank you for every thing that you do for us your Fans. God Bless you.

    Happy New Years Ryan, Larry and the rest of the Kelly's Family. I wanted to say thank you for every thing that you do for us your Fans.
    God Bless you.

  • Deborah Eicher

    Deborah Eicher Lafayette, Indiana

    Happy New Year to you and your family and Larry too. Thank You for all that you share with us about yourself and your family, I enjoyed seeing you on the cruise and hearing you perform with Neil and Michael, that was a fun night. I hope that I am able to see you perform in 2018 but if not I will remember the fun times that I had on the cruise and at the B&amp; K concert in Indianapolis.

    Happy New Year to you and your family and Larry too. Thank You for all that you share with us about yourself and your family, I enjoyed seeing you on the cruise and hearing you perform with Neil and Michael, that was a fun night. I hope that I am able to see you perform in 2018 but if not I will remember the fun times that I had on the cruise and at the B& K concert in Indianapolis.

  • Ashley Hamilton

    Ashley Hamilton Dallas Texas USA

    Happy New Year to you and Larry Ryan I want to thank you for everything you do for us all sharing your Life your Music everything else too you are a Incrediable selfless person inside and out and I am so beyond Proud of you in your Acomplishements Ryan Thank you for your Friendship and Bond that you share with me I am proud to be apart of these things and to be your Friend you are so Loving Kind Caring Generous and more to me I Love your hugs I Love to be Loved on by you Thank you for being here for me when my Grandma passed it meant the World to me to see you in person get a hug from you and the Kind words that you said to me to be honest I almost Cryed but I dident want Geary eyes for our Picture together with Damian Happy New year again my Dear Friend I Love you so verry much!! Ashley

    Happy New Year to you and Larry Ryan I want to thank you for everything you do for us all sharing your Life your Music everything else too you are a Incrediable selfless person inside and out and I am so beyond Proud of you in your Acomplishements Ryan Thank you for your Friendship and Bond that you share with me I am proud to be apart of these things and to be your Friend you are so Loving Kind Caring Generous and more to me I Love your hugs I Love to be Loved on by you Thank you for being here for me when my Grandma passed it meant the World to me to see you in person get a hug from you and the Kind words that you said to me to be honest I almost Cryed but I dident want Geary eyes for our Picture together with Damian Happy New year again my Dear Friend I Love you so verry much!!
    Ashley

  • Heather

    Heather Surrey BC

    Hi Ryan. I hope you and Larry and your family have a wonderful New Year and 2018. Looking forward to the New Year myself...not to mention my first ever B&amp;K show in April! Can't wait to meet you &amp; Neil. Much love to you and the entire Celtic Thunder family!

    Hi Ryan. I hope you and Larry and your family have a wonderful New Year and 2018. Looking forward to the New Year myself...not to mention my first ever B&K show in April! Can't wait to meet you & Neil. Much love to you and the entire Celtic Thunder family!

  • Martha Miller (i.e. Brown-eyed Jayhawk Girl!)

    Martha Miller (i.e. Brown-eyed Jayhawk Girl!) Olathe, KS

    Ryan, do you have any idea how much you mean to my mother, dad, and myself? You lift up Mom's spirits, as does Neil, and I thank you both for doing that. Your kindness is heartfelt, your talents, wit, and entire package makes us want to be of the stalking sorts! Okay, maybe that's just Shirl and me! May you be blessed in 2018 and always, know that you are loved and appreciated by the 3 M's and many others. Cheers to you, ready for the craic in 23 days, yes sir, I AM counting them down! It's 3 degrees, what else would I be doing? ;) Here's to many more encounters with Byrne and Kelly, Kelly and Byrne, Celtic Thunder, bring it on. "Life!"

    Ryan, do you have any idea how much you mean to my mother, dad, and myself? You lift up Mom's spirits, as does Neil, and I thank you both for doing that. Your kindness is heartfelt, your talents, wit, and entire package makes us want to be of the stalking sorts! Okay, maybe that's just Shirl and me!

    May you be blessed in 2018 and always, know that you are loved and appreciated by the 3 M's and many others. Cheers to you, ready for the craic in 23 days, yes sir, I AM counting them down! It's 3 degrees, what else would I be doing? wink

    Here's to many more encounters with Byrne and Kelly, Kelly and Byrne, Celtic Thunder, bring it on. "Life!"

  • Debbie Morgan

    Debbie Morgan Irving, Texas

    Happy New Year to you and your family! God bless you!

    Happy New Year to you and your family! God bless you!

  • Ashley Hamilton

    Ashley Hamilton Dallas Texas USA

    Ryan you are a Incrediable person inside and out I did not mean to call you Selfless I Love you!,

    Ryan you are a Incrediable person inside and out I did not mean to call you Selfless I Love you!,

  • Katherine Hite

    Katherine Hite Fort Worth, Texas

    Your journey has been along side so many of our journeys. After a cruise couple of years ago, I lived out a dream to see Ireland. Of course we took a side trip to The Moy!! Since the day y'all signed my daughter's Miss Texas sash til today, you have been a positive role model. Oh there will be crazy stalkers (it is unavoidable) but from those of us who are true fans, we applaud your professional and personal attitude for us to keep making sweet music to soothe our souls. God bless you and your family for a beautiful 2018. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Your journey has been along side so many of our journeys. After a cruise couple of years ago, I lived out a dream to see Ireland. Of course we took a side trip to The Moy!! Since the day y'all signed my daughter's Miss Texas sash til today, you have been a positive role model. Oh there will be crazy stalkers (it is unavoidable) but from those of us who are true fans, we applaud your professional and personal attitude for us to keep making sweet music to soothe our souls. God bless you and your family for a beautiful 2018. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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