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Cafe Mundi last night was a smashing success! The sky threatened rain, so we decided to play inside, and it was standing room only in that small cafe with a good fifty people packed in like sardines, singing-along and enjoying our music. There were even a lot of new people out for the show thanks to a feature on Austin360. By the end of the summer, I'll wager that we will have well-outgrown that small little venue and will have to seriously consider something else. In the meantime, we'll be back on July 10th, decked out in kilts and ready to play all your favorites. Hope to see you there!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, June 27, 2002
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On Monday, Andrew and I went to a Music Industry Bootcamp on "How to Get Your Band on the Radio" put on by the Austin Music Foundation, a non-profit that's helping to educate Austin musicians. The panel was extremely well-done. South By Southwest needs to take lessons from Nikki Rowling, who has moderated all four bootcamps to date.

There were a lot of great panelists and it was a pleasure to Kevin Conner (DJ for KGSR) again. And we met local Austin pop celebrity, Ginger MacKenzie. She's had several hits around Austin on her own label. A true Indie success! Also, met one of the members of Quattropaw. They play roots rock here in Austin and I've seen their name for a decade it seems. T'was my pleasure to finally meet someone from the group.

But I was most-excited to meet Jen Proctor. Jen is the producer for Ekkletikos at 90.5 KUT radio in Austin. KUT is public broadcasting station located at UT Austin. And Ekkletikos is the premiere radio program of Austin playing eccletic music and hosted by John Aielli. John has been the DJ for this program for over twenty years, and it is literally one of the most eccletic stations in the world! I've heard him play Mozart back to back with Metallica. John Aielli knows music, and his show is a testament to that.

Any case, it's always nice to meet people you've met only through email, and Jen is one such person. A strong and talented producer who's been kind enough to add our eccletic music to their eccletic programming. If you get a chance, make sure you drop by the KUT website. KUT streams their show live over the net from 8am-1pm (Monday-Friday), so you can listen every day and enjoy some exquisite music!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, June 26, 2002
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You know, now and then, I kinda wish we never got started on back when it was paying artists decent money for downloads. I was looking at our stats today. 3300 downloads yesterday. When we started up, that'd equate to about $165 per day, or about $5000 per month... Ugh, yeah, I should definitely stop reflecting and be thankful with what we have.

Nearly 1.9 million mp3s downloaded on and some incredible fans and friends who made it all possible. And the numbers are growing... Thank you all for your amazing support these past three years. You all are amazing!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, June 25, 2002
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Do you remember Chumbawamba? They're the band that had that song Tubthumbing a few years back. Well, they've a new killer interactive site with lots of downloads and videos including a Humpty Dumpty parody. Check 'em out or go see a new Free Music Downloads eBook that is now available.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, June 20, 2002
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The new CD cover for Songs of Ireland is now available for sale on And the CD is currently selling for only $9.99 and the old CD cover has jumped in price. So if you've been looking for some cool new Irish songs to sing-a-long to, order a copy today.

Last night at Cafe Mundi was a blast! Our audience there is growing with every show. There were a good 30-40 people there last night with a lot regulars starting to come out as well. In addition to that, we had a very nice turnout for the Rennie's Night Out. Everyone was dressed in their Renaissance Faire finest garb and had a great time. So much so that I think we're gonna repeat this evening in two weeks for our next show. This time, both Andrew and I will be dressed in kilts and ready to put on another great show. See ye then!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, June 13, 2002
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This weekend, Andrew and I were given a box of haggis. So tonight, Andrew, a friend and I tried it for the very first time tonight. It was boxed in three tins in a brand called Caledonian Kitchen. And ye know, it wasn't all that bad. I heard a lot of horror stories about Haggis. But the general consensus seems that this brand is okay.

So what is haggis? I don't know even want to try to explain it. Go to the link above. But Andrew described it as oatmeal soaked in gravy. Not too bad a description.

On another note, we hooked up with The Buzz Factor to start promoting a new eBook called 72 Free Music Downloads. It's absolutely free and it features free (and legal) music downloads by bands of all genres. I've just started to go through the eBook, but there is some great music so go download your copy now.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, June 11, 2002
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As of Wednesday, I'm now a member of the Board of Directors for the Austin Celtic Association. I'm looking forward to helping promote the Celts of Austin. If you're interested in helping to build the Celtic community here, drop me a line.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 07, 2002
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Are you ready to learn the secrets of life? Then find out How Stuff Works from this great website. From CDs to movies, food to automotive. It's an encyclopedia of great information.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, June 04, 2002
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The Third Annual Sinclair Day Picnic was a wonderful success. Next year, we'll do a better job at promoting it no doubt, but after this year, I'm pretty sure there are enough people interested in its success to make a nice blowout for next year.

We've a busy week ahead. College Station on Friday with gig and radio performance. Not sure what we'll be playing so feel free to make a request. Then on to Arlington for the Texas Scottish Festival. Oh! If you'd like to help us out at the fest, please email me ASAP! See ye soon.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, June 03, 2002
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