Scottish & Irish folk songs combined with Lord of the Rings music and Celtic music fun at Renaissance Faires

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Scottish and Irish folk songs combined with the Lord of the Rings music and a wee bit o'Celtic fun. The Brobdingnagian Bards (pronounced brob-din-nahg-EE-en) are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo from Austin, Texas. Their unique brand of folk music on the autoharp, recorder, and mandolin has made them one of the most-popular Celtic music groups online where they give away thousands of free Celtic MP3 downloads daily.

The Brobdingnagian Bards perform coast-to-coast, and in a given month might be at a Lord of the Rings Oscar Party, a Celtic festival, or a Science Fiction Convention. However, they are an absolute favorite at Renaissance Faires where they add high-energy and wit to make every show a memorable experience.

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Brobdingnagian Bards Split

Brobdingnagian Bards broke up in 2008. We are amazed and gratified by the outpouring of love and support from their fans over the last 10 years. Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee have had the good fortune to meet interesting people, see new places, and, most importantly, have fun every step of the way throughout their journey together. After much soul searching, the time has come for them to follow their own artistic pursuits for a while.

Bard CDs are still available for purchase through and all of the valuable information will still be available. Information on Marc and Andrew's individual projects will be listed on the site and newsletter so please stay tuned for updates.

The Bards greatly appreciate your continued interest in their music and look forward to sharing their music with you for years to come. Thanks again to all of you for your support.



Brobdingnagian Bards Origin Story

In 1993, Andrew and Marc first met. They were both living in Moore-Hill Residence Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. Marc was Andrew's Resident Assistant and was dreaming about being the next Elvis Presley. Andrew was a computer geek. Wow! Things haven't changed much. Years past and they became good friends.

In 1997, Marc's last rock band finally broke up. So he started learning how to play the autoharp and writing a lot more songs. Several months later he quit his day job and decided to record an album--Ichabod's Geography.

Knowing that Andrew played some musical instruments Marc invited him to come play on his CD. Andrew recorded a track with the recorder on "Lounging in La-La Land", the one semi-Celtic sounding song. The album failed due to poor promotion. Several months later, Marc started working at the UT Austin again.

While practicing on the South Mall, Marc was invited to perform at a Renaissance Festival. He asked Andrew to join him and the Brobdingnagian Bards were born.

If you want even greater details check out their individual Bard Biographies.

Andrew McKee played guitar and saxophone in high school. He grew up with a classical music background and found the transition from saxophone to recorder to be seamless which led him to perform on Marc Gunn's first solo album. He is entirely self-taught on the mandolin.

Marc Gunn is an Irish and Scottish folk singer with a strange affinity for Celtic ballads, drinking songs and cats. He is the lead singer for the Brobdingnagian Bards, an internet music promoter, podcaster, poet, photographer and publisher of many, many things on and offline. Communicate with me through my websites:

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