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Last Chance to Visit Cafe Mundi
Since last summer, we've had a marvelous time performing every couple weeks at Cafe Mundi. But times change, and they want a new lineup for the spring, so tonight is your last chance to see us perform there for a while. We'll have other gigs in Austin, coming soon, but for now, this is it. I hope you can make it out for our final blowout performance.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, November 26, 2002
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Return to the Dr. Demento Funny Five
Once again, we hit #3 on Dr. Demento's Funny Five. I'm so psyched about this. Haven't climbed much higher yet, but we're slow making our way up the ranks of the most-requested comical songs in the world!

If you're in Austin, you know Dr. Demento come on at 7am on 102.3. Way too early for me, but if you click the link above, you can go to Dr. Demento's website, and you can listen to our first time on the Funny Five! Here's the list for this week:

#5 It Saw Her Standing There - Steve Goodie
#4 Maybe - Craig Roberts
#3 Donald, Where's Your Trousers?/What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor? - Brobdingnagian Bards
#2 Another One Rides the Bus - "Weird Al" Yankovic
#1 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On The Bedpost Over Night) - Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group

Ain't that too cool! Well make sure you keep requesting it!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, November 22, 2002
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A New Precedent Is Set
Wow! I just checked out the Celtic charts on For the first time in at least a year and quite possibly EVER, the Brobdingnagian Bards pretty much own the Celtic Top 10! The first seven slots belong to our music. Lothlorien fills in #8. And then, it's more bard music.

Wow! Thank you for listening, buying our music and have faith in us. That's amazing! I'm dumbfounded. Course you know what this means right? Well last time we got this close, Lothlorien released a new single. I'm betting they'll do it again. No matter, what I feel like Sally Fields. To paraphrase, "You really like us!" :)
Texas Ren Fest Comes to Sad Closing
Well TRF is now over sadly. I'm already missing many of our new and old friends that met at faire. I hope we might have the opportunity to see you again soon. Mayhaps next year. I do want to say, if you enjoyed our shows, make sure you let the festival know. I want to go back. We were talking to the faeries about writing music for some of their scenarios. And that would be a blast! Because the faeries Rock!

Plus, despite the rain, we had a fun time performing and entertaining throughout the faire. Yeah, it was exhausting, but I, for one, had a blast! Ren Faires are just too much fun! So please let them know so that mayhaps we'll get a decent proposal for next year.

And let me offer a special thanks to all our helpers: Rie, Jessica, Shandy, Amethyse, Gwen and Tink. Ya'll are amazing!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, November 18, 2002
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I hope to keep it short and sweet. Any case, if you're interested in learning more about Marc Gunn. Then, go head over to the link above and sign up.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, November 14, 2002
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Bozo the Ogre
Okay, tonight at Cafe Mundi had to be one of the most fun performances we've had. I'd see it was easily one of the Top 10.

So what was so special about it? Well for one we introduced a new Tolkien song, "The One Ring of Hope" to a very enthusiastic audience. But what topped it off for me was when we had a request for a song about an Ogre. Inspired by this weekend's success at improv songwriting, I came up with a song about an Ogre, a flower, and coffee.

I nearly busted a gut. I laughed so hard after that song that I couldn't perform "An Irish Lullaby at all! So we played "Big Strong Man, and it wasn't much better. I laughed throughout the song and kept breaking up that Andrew had to take over the vocals.

Yes, I think "Bozo the Ogre" has been formally immortalized. Now if Andrew will play it again? That's the ultimate question!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, November 12, 2002
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Return to the South Mall
Well, Andrew and I talked about it. We're gonna start heading out every Friday again. For a while at least, and as long as the weather is decent. Time? Starting a few minutes after 1pm. And ending a few before 2pm. Well that's the plan at least. Who knows if it'll change.
Texas Ren Fest and Clan Gunn Ceilidh
The weather at long last was wonderful at TRF. A wee bit warm, but at least it didn't rain. Beautiful weather, not too many broken strings and Saturday we had some great shows.

Sunday was a bit slow for us. But we had fun playing around. We played some upbeat versions of depressing songs. That was fun! Then we did some fun wandering. I had a nice time previewing some of our Tolkien music to the fairies. And even wrote a few new songs.

And the Clan Gunn Ceilidh was a blast despite the exhausting drive to and from faire. And according to Royce Perry of Clan Gunn, it was smashing success! Don't know if it'll happen or nay, but there's talk about having us back next year too!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, November 11, 2002
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Return to the South Mall...sorta

If you were out at UT around 1pm, you might've seen Andrew and me out on the South Mall playing music like old times. Well not exactly. Basically, I've had an itching to go back out there and practice. So I invited Andrew along since we need to work on our Scottish songs anyways. So out we went.

Will this be something regular?

I still need to talk to Andrew, but I doubt it. Lunch is typically the time, I head to the gym, but now and then when the weather's nice, I wouldn't mind heading out there and playing some music. But right now, we're not committing to anything regular. But please check back, that may change...

Meantime, here are some OLD Bards at U.T. FAQ when we used to play there every day!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, November 08, 2002
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[exerpted from the Nagians Discussion List]
Late Breaking News from the Game and Wild Life Commission!!!!!
The Good News!!

Due to the very energetic and diligent efforts of some state employees we now have an Official Classification for "Bards",,,,as follows...

"Migratory Bipedal Melodic Mammalian, Non-Simian"

That's the good news,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,right,,,,,now the bad news!!!

It's the "Migratory" and Melodic" parts!!! The Federal Department of the Interior has gotten wind of it,,,,,and have declared "Bards" to be under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. This is likely to cause them to be classified as an Endangered Species...(Migratory and Melodic).........which,,sadly lassies, would mean No Open Season. We are still hoping to get the Endangered Species designation set aside,,which would allow limited Raffling and Auctioning........but likely not out right Hunting!!!

Negotiations are on going with the Department of the Interior as we speak,,,,,,,but the chances of a Bard Raffle this week end are looking a little dim.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, November 05, 2002
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Texas Renaissance Festivals Tickets Giveaway
Congrats to Terry Bedford for winning free tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival. We look forward to seeing you out there! Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter and for your kind comments about our music.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, November 05, 2002
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College Station Public Radio
We're now booked to perform live on KEOS radio in College Station. This is gonna be a great opportunity for us to promote our last weekend at Texas Ren Fest AND to mention that we are also booked for AggieCon 2003. Look for us in both places. And we'll see ye soon!
Free Stickers
Many of your will have already seen in the newsletter that you can now get free stickers. Well now, you can go pick them up at Things Celtic at 911 North Lamar. Just stop by and ask Lanora or whoever's behind the where you can get a free sticker that reads. "Real Men Wear Kilts!" And it's yours.

If you'd rather just have some sent to you. Send a SASE or $1 to
Brobdingnagian Bards
c/o Marc Gunn
PO Box 4067
Austin, Texas 78765
And I'll drop some in the mail for ye.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, November 04, 2002
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Bard Break the Big-Time...Dr Demento's Funny Five
Okay, so maybe it's not the BIG time, but I am pleased to find out that we made #3 for the most-requested songs on Dr. Demento's weekly funny five. The song: "Donald, Where's Your Trousers Medley". But what's really funny about this is that "Donald isn't even our funniest song!? But I ain't complaining!

So thanks for all your calls to Dr. D, and please keep requesting it!
Ren Faire News
Will it ever stop raining?! That's the question that keeps flying around at faire. Saturday we had our best day yet, with the sun being out until just about our last show and then the rain came...and came...and came...

Oy! Has it been wet out there. But at least Saturday was good. I want to thank all the people who braved the weather though. It really made the weekend. And I'm extremely happy that most of our shows are in the morning. Seems we have better weather then.

God-willing, this weekend will be nice and clear. If for no other reason, we have to drive to Salado to perform at the Clan Gunn and Clan Donald Ceilidh taking place Saturday night. We've been working on quite a few Scottish songs, and we look forward to sharing those with you. Many of these will be appearing on our Scottish CD in the upcoming months.
Personal News
Sorry I've been so out of it. I'm wayyy behind on emails and other correspondence. Among things like being swamped with too much to do and not enough time to do it, my fiancee of five years recently broke off our engagement. So now I'm recovering from that and while still having too much to do. So if I'm a little slow at responding, please be patient.

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