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A Faire To Remember is rocketing up the charts as sales start to take off, and to think I haven't even mentioned it to the newsletter yet....shhh! Don't tell anyone!)

Oh yesterday, I went to check out the Lanigan's Ball grounds. The location is great. We went out at dusk. There was a very pleasant wind blowing, rolling hills and fresh country air in Kyle, Texas. The Captain and I talked a bit about the event. Right now, there are thirty Rennies have made reservations in advance. And we're expecting twice that many to show up at the gate. I put up some new info on the Lanigan's Ball homepage to help you learn more about the event. Andrew and I are going to head out there Saturday afternoon. Music will start at 3pm, and there will be a Bardic Circle where you are welcome to sing a song.

This is going to be a fun event. So hurry up and make your reservations to come out. It'll Save you $5.00! I'll see ye at Lanigan's Ball!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, August 22, 2001
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No more waiting! A Faire To Remember is at last here. It's only available on though until September 1st. So if you want to be one of the first to have a copy of this killer new CD, head over there ASAP.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, August 18, 2001
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We had a great time at the Garden in the Heights' Celtic Harvest Festival. The weather was hot and humid, and I only broke ONE string.

Plus, we got to enjoy the music of Houston's On the Dole and Canada's Hadrian's Wall. It was a great day. On the Dole plays Celtic Rock with an accordian and mix a bunch of traditional songs with some modern covers. They play on Thursdays at Slainte' in downtown Houston, and are well worth the visit. Very funny and rousing band.

As for Hadrian's Wall, I'd heard of them before and now I got to find out out why the rumors abound. The band is incredible. Although you could call them Celtic rock too since they play with a full drum kit, the sound is very traditional. Beautiful harmonies, exquisite fiddle-playing, and fantastic vocals. The band is amazing!

As for us, we got to play two sets early in the day. The audience seemed to really enjoy themselves. We ended up selling most of our CDs and All of our t-shirts. So at long last, we will be placing another order. But thanks to all of you came out, listened and sang along. You really made the day for us. Thanks!

Also happening this week, look for The Mermaid Song on That's the next track to be released. This is probably my favorite track off the new album, which is why it's the first song on the album.

Oh and this weekend, we're doing a benefit show for the Austin Celtic Associations annual Celtic festival, alongside Austin Celts Poor Man's Fortune and Spot. So please come on out.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 13, 2001
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Lanigan's Ball, the song is now posted on my mp3 page. Sorry, it took so long. can be slow to approve songs. Slainte'!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 07, 2001
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Alright, I just now uploaded Lanigan's Ball to Hopefully, it won't take forever to be approved. But I am thrilled to say the sound is ooh so much better. I think I finally found some recording settings that sound least not muffled.

Today, Andrew and I played a wonderful wedding. Congrats to John and Christine! They had a seemingly very interesting Renaissance ceremony at Mercury Hall here in Austin. I wish you all the best and thanks for letting us be a part of your wedding.

We met John and Christine on the South Mall at UT. They used to come out and listen. What's really funny is one of the groomsmen was a good friend of our. And they knew all of our old gaming friends, including David English, author or Lady Faery and who's percussion will be featured on our next album "Songs of Ireland".

Meanwhile, we are still doing our best to promote our next few shows, including our performance at the Garden in the Heights in Houston. If you want to help out, download some flyers from our shows page.

Last, I have a new project in the works. It's called the Celtic Music Directory, and is a new eBook I'm going to put together filled with places world- and webwide where you can find Celtic music. If you have a website, play in a band, or know of a cool site, share this information, or submit it yourself. Slainte'!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, August 04, 2001
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