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AETN Foundation brings 'Celtic Thunder: Heritage' to Arkansas; Keith Harkin to perform exclusive acoustic show in AETN studios March 11.

Posted 08 Mar 2011

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will premiere the latest program from Celtic Thunder, “Heritage,” on Friday, March 11, at 8:30 pm., followed by an exclusive acoustic performance by Keith Harkin in the AETN studios.

During the broadcast, Harkin and Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder will be live in the AETN studios to talk about the new show, their careers and the new Celtic Thunder tour coming this fall.

After their on-air appearance, Harkin will perform a special acoustic show in AETN’s Studio C beginning at 11 p.m. Doors will open at 10 p.m. Tickets for this intimate performance are $25 each. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the AETN Foundation. Seating is limited to 175 people. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-662-2386.

Celtic Thunder features seven male vocalists: Paul Byrom of Dublin, Ireland; George Donaldson of Glasgow, Scotland; Harkin and Damian McGinty of Derry, Northern Ireland; and Ryan Kelly of Moy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland; Neil Byrne, who also plays guitar and percussion, of Ireland; and Cahill of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland.

“Heritage” is an all-new Celtic Thunder show that focuses entirely on their Celtic and Irish roots. Featuring traditional standards such as “Whiskey in the Jar,” “Black is the Color,” “Skye Boat Song” and “Red, Red Rose,” as well as a few beautiful love songs such as, “The Dutchman,” “Noreen” and “Just a Song at Twilight.” Celtic Thunder fan favorite “Ireland’s Call” and the new “A Voice in the Choir” are also included. The performances range from solo numbers to duets and ensembles. The show is a celebration of true Celtic music and the Celts’ heritage, performed as ever with Celtic Thunder magic.

The AETN Foundation will also present Celtic Thunder's “Heritage” tour at Robinson Center Music Hall in Little Rock on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a donation to the AETN Foundation of $50 to $100 and are available on a first come, first served basis. Additional information and tickets are available at or 800-662-2386.

This concert is a fundraiser for the AETN Foundation, and all proceeds will support programming on AETN, Arkansas's PBS affiliate and only statewide network.

The AETN Foundation exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETN’s mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Foundation provides Arkansans opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer, or by other means of giving. The AETN Foundation builds relationships between AETN, donors and viewers and is committed to being a transparent and accountable steward of private financial support.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).