On April 26, 2016, Keith Harkin announced his departure from the group to focus on his solo career. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year / We Wish You A Merry Christmas5.
On that same day, it was announced that Michael O'Dwyer will be replacing him.
He was preparing for the Celtic Thunder Australian tour in May.
Celtic Thunder made their ‘Mythology’ tour as a homage to him.
Celtic Thunder is an Irish singing group and stage show known for its eclectic, theatrical style show.
The group is backed by the Celtic Thunder Band on their concert tours, and their live shows are known for the use of dramatic set pieces (often invoking symbols of ancient Celtic mythology), visual effects, and highly choreographed staging.
Their first three albums also placed in the top 10 for World Albums.
In December 2008, 20, Billboard magazine named Celtic Thunder Top World Album Artist.On August 21, 2011, Mc Ginty announced on The Glee Project's Live Viewing Party, that he would be stepping down from Celtic Thunder due to his new role on Glee.During their 2012 tour, Colm Keegan was asked to stand in for Ryan Kelly, who was hurt in a fall.Since the original group's formation in 2007, Celtic Thunder has released twelve albums as well as ten live performances on DVD, 3 of which were split into two releases.History Celtic Thunder debuted in August 2007 at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland.On December 16, 2015, Colm Keegan announced that he will be taking a break from touring with Celtic Thunder for a year and will be recording a new solo album. Emmet Cahill rejoined Celtic Thunder to replace Keegan. Since their formation in 2006 by creator-producer Sharon Browne and composer Phil Coulter, Celtic Thunder has released four extremely successful albums and appeared on numerous PBS specials.Like their female counterparts Celtic Woman, they seem to have particularly captivated the Irish-American audience, with their careful balance of Irish traditional songs and updated classics.So I was legitimately surprised when I sat down in the theater next to a couple gushing about Celtic Thunder in Italian.When I spoke with Thunder member Keith Harkin, I asked him if he thought the Irish-American connection had been particularly integral to the band’s popularity.