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CD Sale: I'm trying to push tracks from Songs of Ireland into the Celtic Top, and the best way to do that is to put the CD for sale at just $7.98. This is perfect timing too since this will be your last chance to get the St Patrick's Day special edition cover at a low price because the regular edition should be done in a couple weeks. So take advantage of it now, and order your copy today!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, March 28, 2002
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We are now officially the #1 Celtic band on This means that we are indeed of the Top 20 bands on out of thousands of artists. Not too shabby, eh?

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, March 21, 2002
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As of today, we'll have listed 1,502,022 downloads on and still growing by about 6000 per day! I'm still waiting for the final tab, but either today or tomorrow, we will biggest Celtic band on Lothlorien currently holds that title. They broke 1.5 million downloads yesterday, but our popularity is growing much faster than theirs. Though I must add, if you want to hear some phenomenal music, check theirs out. They are still one of the top-selling bands on with little or no promotion.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, March 21, 2002
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Nothing is sacred! Especially, Fellowship of the Rings. Found this Secret Diary of the Fellowship. It's very amusing.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, March 19, 2002
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What a great week, but boy, am I tired now! SXSW was an overall success. We made a helluvan impact on the Austin music community dressed in kilts and tromping around the music conference. We had a great interview that was broadcast all over Austin and at the Austin Music Awards, plus, we made a powerful appearance in the Austin Music Awards.

Margaret Moser of Austin Chronicle told me on Friday that the music poll editor came to her asking what this Tolkien song was. She said, "check". No, it may not be a commercial radio hit, but it's eating up the internet! She made a special point to tell the editor that the internet online music is something that can't be ignored.

Saturday, at Excalibur Fantasy Faire hosted a record number of attendants on Saturday. It was an incredible day, and we played to packed audiences. As a result of frequent requests for Virgins, Ducats, Jedi Drinking Song and more, we've decided to limit our most...interesting set, for the last set of the day at 3:30pm.

Finally, Saint Patrick's Day was a blast. We stopped off first at Barnes & Noble and played a great show before a very receptive crowd. Got to meet a St Patrick's Day baby from last year too. Then, off we went to the St Patrick's Day Fiesta. The fiesta was packed and we played to very excited audience and had people laughing, clapping and singing along by the end of the show. T'was fantastic!

Then off to Mother Egan's Irish Pub. This was their first year to feature Celtic music. The pub was packed. We got on stage and put on a fantastic performance and left them singing "always look on the bright side of life" while downing their beer.

To top it all off, our music is totally dominating the charts. I couldn't easiliy count how many songs we have in the top 40s of the top charts. Tolkien is just barely outside the top 40 of

Then to bring everything to a joyous end, I celebrated my 30th birthday with several of my closest friends (even Andrew ;). Nancy made an incredible pumpkin cheesecake with a pecan praline sauce. Dio buono, was that amazing! (I love cheesecake)

AND to top All that, she got me Anne of Green Gables - The Continuing Story for my birthday. I admit it. I'm a sap for Anne movies even those that have Nothing to do with the book.

Whew! I'm exhausted. I'm sure Andrew's passed out still at home.

But the fun isn't over. We're gonna finish up Something for the George Harrison compilation. Then we start on our many, many other projects that we've planned: a Tolkien CD, a Christmas CD, a Scottish CD, a Bard CD, sheet music, and lots of gigs hopefully expanding past current sphere of influence. We have lots of plans. So stick around and if you'd like to get involved, drop me a line.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, March 18, 2002

On the Air Dallas Radio: Andrew got a phone call from his uncle in Dallas. It seems 99.5 The Wolf played The Unicorn Song on their morning show. This is one of the largest stations in Dallas, so it's an incredible amount of exposure. Hopefully, they'll think of us again next St. Paddy's Day. But if you're in the area, make sure you drop them a line and request it again. The more, the merrier. Thanks

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, March 15, 2002
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Well our Official SXSW showcase is done and over. And it went pretty well, all things considered. The "all things considered" refers to our sound engineer or lack of a decent one. But despite the whirrring sound from speakers turned up too high, we kept smiles on our faces and did what we could to put on a great show. Sold a quite a few CDs, passed out a ton of business cards and met some great people.

On other news, we did not win any awards in the Austin Music Awards, BUT we certainly made an impression. With a little more organization, we'll definitely score some winners next here. Click here for the full results.

Here's how we ranked in the Best of
#10 Song of the Year: Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)
#19 Male Vocals: Marc Gunn
#7 Band Website:
#4 Misc Instrument: Andrew McKee, Recorder
#3 Strings: Marc Gunn, autoharp
#6 Folk
#5 World Music
#3 None of the Above

Plus, our friend Donnelle McKaskle came out as follows:
#14 Celtic Storm, Donnelle McKaskle; KOOP

If you remember, a few weeks back, we were interviewed by the local WB affiliate for program that would air last night. It did, and it went great. I think considering how well we ranked (out of thousands of bands), our statement about "introducing ourselves to the Austin community" was extremely well done. Thank you all for your votes. I predict in another year, we will sweep the Austin Music Awards. Thanks!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, March 14, 2002
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I just saw this a moment ago. But Excalibur Fantasy Faire started this weekend. And there's a brief shot of me and my autoharp on a local news segment that you can watch.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, March 11, 2002

Brobdingnagian Bards on the WB If you're in Austin, keep an eye out for us on the Warner Brothers station channel 54 (12 cable). A few weeks back, we did a promo that's to be aired at the South By Southwest Music Awards and on the WB the night of the music awards. I just got a call from my brother saying he saw us on TV in an ad promoting the event. We had fun evening doing that so if you're can't make it to our show on March 13th, stay at home and watch us on TV.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, March 07, 2002
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East Coast, here we come! We just got invited to I-CON 21, a fantasy and Sci-Fi convention in the Long Island area of New York. We're in need of Nagians interested in helping us sell CDs and promote the living daylights out of us at the fest, so if you're interested, please drop me a line.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, March 06, 2002
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The Scotsman Unbound: Huh? Here's something fun for ye. A few months ago, my friend Jimmy Rimmer aka Rimbo decided to remix one of our songs. He turned The Scotsman into a cool dance track. So in addition to a bunch of new Irish songs, we also have something for you to dance to.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, March 05, 2002
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SXSW News: Okay, I got a wee bit o'an update regarding cover charge for our South By Southwest Shocase at B.D. Riley's on March 13th. Basically, John Erwin, pub owner, has no control over the cover charge. The way it typically works is that wristband people get first dibs on coming into the venue. If there is room left over in the club, then SXSW officials have the right to let patrons in after paying a cover charge. What that will be, I have no clue.

What I do know is that Weds, March 13th is one of the very first showcases of SXSW, AND it takes place during the Austin Music Awards that will take place at the Austin Music Hall. This means that more than likely, getting into the venue should be no trouble. I don't forsee record labels bashing down the doors. So make sure you come early to the gig and bring some cash.

Songs of Ireland Is Here! A St. Patrick's Day special edition of our fifth studio CD is now available for sale. This CD features 19 Great Irish songs. The special edition features a special St Patrick's Day CD cover with the beloved shamrock. The CD is on sale for just $9.99, so very affordable. Order your copy today.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, March 05, 2002
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Songs of Ireland is done. Well sorta. The mixing and mastering are done. The plan is to first release the CD with a special Saint Patrick's Day cover. The final cover will be out within the next couple weeks. But the Songs of Ireland - St Patrick's Day should be available for sale either tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest! We will have limited copies of this CD available for sale at Excalibur Fantasy Faire this weekend.

We also plan to camp this weekend. We'll be scouting out a campsite Saturday morning probably at the foot of the hill away from the drums so we can have our own song circle. Bring out an instrument and your favorite songs, new and old, and let's have some fun.

Finally, I'm pleased to announce that we've worked out a special arrangement with Michael McDane Harris of Ren Radio, the only internet radio program broadcasting Renaissance Festival music 24/7. Through it, you can now purchase a unique copy of A Faire To Remember with a brand new CD cover featuring some of Michael's favorite Renaissance art. A portion of profits will go to benefit Ren Radio to keep it running.

While the music is the same, the cause is invaluable. The cost of running internet radio programs is growing especially as major labels try to step and take away the Independent's liberties to make a living online. So order your copy of A Faire To Remember Ren Radio today to keep Renaissance Festival music alive!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, March 04, 2002

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