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The latest music news, stories, and events of The Original Celtic Renaissance music group, the Brobdingnagian Bards. CELTIC GEEK at its Best! Find out more from the Nagians page.

Two Towers Review
I just uploaded a review for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Feel free to check it out.

--posted by Andrew of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 20, 2002
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Happy Holidays
Tonight, I fly to Italy for the holidays! I'm pretty excited. It's been a couple years since I've been back (my mom lives there). I'm looking forward to jamming with some Italians while I'm there, and maybe a wee bit more. No word just yet though about possible gigs. Guess I'll just have to play it by hear and hope for the best. I will try to post something right here if I'm able to pull anything off. If you'd like to find out about the trip, visit my Marc Gunn, Bard homepage and read my online journal that's now available. You'll also find some poetry and one of my latest Tolkien songs called "The Heart of Fangorn".

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, and I look forward to meeting you all next year! Buon Natale!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 20, 2002
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Listen Up Colorado!
The calendar has not yet been updated, but we're in the final negotiations with a convention in Denver, Colorado in April. We should have the contract in a couple days, so at long last, we'll be performing in Colorado, hopefully the start of many more engagements!!!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 20, 2002
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Tolkien Update
Well I'm hearing some great reviews of the new movie, and I can't wait to see it. Sadly, it looks like it won't be until next year. I'm hopping a flight to Italy tomorrow morning. Ah well.

Yesterday, I sent out a message regarding, Memories of Middle Earth, our Tolkien Lord of the Rings tribute CD. For those who are curious about the progress, it's been delayed a wee bit longer. We currently have five songs totally completed, and another 12 songs that are written, but just need recording. Andrew will be working on his parts over the holidays, and I'm gonna jump on it ASAP when I get back on the 2nd of next year. I'm seriously hoping we will be able to buckle down and finish the album by the third week of January. Then, it'll be about three weeks later when we should get the album from the CD pressers.

I also hope to write another song or two over the holidays. We're looking at having a minimum of sixteen songs on the album, but maybe even more. This will be our first and only album not to be released on MP3.com though we will release a short 6 or 7 song EP there once we have enough tracks done. So it's coming along. Look for a lot more music in the upcoming weeks!

One last thing, I'm trying to get our song "Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)" back up the charts. So if'n ye don't mind, we'd love it if you would click the link and download the song from Amazon.com. Thanks!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 20, 2002
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I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees!
I love Dr. Seuss, and the Lorax is one of my favorite stories. It is not only fun, but it also tells a gripping tale about the troubles that can happen when one doesn't take care of the environment.

It was the Lorax that came to mind as I read an article on Tree Free Paper. The tree forests are vast diminishing to meet our growing paper demand, and yet, there are cost-effectives alternatives to using trees. Read the article, then sign up for their bi-monthly newsletter to see what you can do to lead a more earth-friendly life.

And if you're in the Austin area on Tuesday, January 7th, join me for the Austin Sierra Club's monthly meeting.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, December 17, 2002
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Bard Messageboard
Along with MP3.com's changes are a few cool things, like an artist messageboard. Our is now setup. So head on over to the link above or click from our mp3.com webpage and say hi, ask questions, make comments, tell us your favorite songs. Whatever ye want!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 13, 2002
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Music Research Goes Straight to the Head
Read a cool article about how music affects the brain in today's issue of the Austin Chronicle that I thought you might enjoy.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 13, 2002
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Sake To Ye... No wait! That's Sock It To Ye. Ah whatever...
Our show at Sake on Sixth was a tremendous success! We had a great crowd out, and the staff and patrons all seemed to love the Japanese-Irish Sushi Bar combination.

Went so well that they've asked us back. Right now, it's not official yet, but we're looking at having weekly gigs on Fridays in January probably starting the 10th. That'll be the test run to see how well it goes. Then we'll see if we keep going out on Fridays, move it to Wednesdays, or limit it to once or twice a month or just find a new venue altogether. Any case, starting telling your friends so we can continue to have a great turnout!

And thanks a million to everyone who came out last night!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, December 13, 2002
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Bad News at MP3.com
All great things must come to an end. And it looks the end is near for MP3.com's Payback For Playback program. What does this mean for us? I'm not sure just yet. But I suspect it will mean fewer free MP3s to download.

But don't fret. I believe in the power of the Free MP3, so were' not ditching it altogether. But we will have to change the way we promote ourselves a wee bit. Stay tuned and I'll tell ye more laterz...

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, December 12, 2002
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Nominated in the Demented Music Poll
I got an email saying we've been nominated for the Demented Music Poll, an annual poll celebrating music that made it to Dr. Demento. We've made a showing in their Funny Five selection and want to make a killing. There's also room for write-ins of your favorite songs. So click the link above and vote for us! Thanks in advance for your help.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, December 11, 2002
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Brobdingnagian Bards Dolls
I was reading in the Austin American Statesman about how you can order custom dolls of people from photographs. So for those who are dying to own a bard, you can head to herobuilders.com. Mind you, you'll have to be really anxious about it because customized doll prices start at $450 for the setup. Then it's just $40 for each additional figure.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, December 10, 2002
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Last Chance to See The Bards in 2002
Our last show is coming up this Thursday. It's gonna be a wild blowout performing at a Japanese Restuarant called Sake on Sixth. This'll be a great performance opportunity and might turn into a regular gig. So we need everyone to tell their friends about this fun show. C'mon out!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, December 10, 2002
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Austin Celtic Association Better Than Ever
Over the past few years, I've been a member of the Austin Celtic Association. Well recently, a contentious board member resigned leaving an incredible dedicated group to lead the ACA on to greater heights. I'm very proud to be a board member of this organization. And I'd like to invite you to come join us as a member. It only costs $20 per year to join, and in return, you'll get a membership card with some great discounts on Celtic events around Austin, plus, the opportunity to support an organization dedicated to promoting Celtic music. So please lend a helping hand.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, December 10, 2002
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Rogue-ish Inspiration
Josie Litton is a best-seller author read by Jenny, a Nagian from Abilene. Well she was checking out Josie's website and found a page dedicated to the many inspirations for her novels, called "Josie's Rogues".

Well Jenny submitted our names for the Rogue-ish list. While I don't know if we really compare to many of the Rogues on the list, I'm flattered to be there. But it's not much use unless other people share the same opinion. So if you find us inspiring. Visit the link above to vote for us as your favorite inspiration. Mayhaps, we'll at least just slightly make an impression on the list and earn greater recognition.
December Break
I'm thrilled that December is here. I'm very much in need of a break. If for no other reason, Andrew and I need to finish the Tolkien CD. We'll I have a brand new song I finished writing and adding music to this weekend, called "The Heart of Fangorn". It's fun new song, and I can't wait to record and share it, hopefully at our next gig on the 12th when we play at Sake on Sixth. But that's pretty much our last official, scheduled gig for the year.

But we do have a lot of people contacting us about unofficial gigs. If you'd like us to play for some Christmas party of yours, make sure you find out how to book us.

We hope to have a lot more gigs next year and possibly even some minor touring for a change. Keep telling your friends. The bigger the buzz, the easier it'll be for us to get to your town.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, December 02, 2002
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