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CD Release Party at the Cactus Cafe

Our CD release party date is set for Tuesday, July 15th at the Cactus Cafe from 8:30-10:30pm. This is a big deal. The Cactus Cafe is Austin's premiere Celtic and Folk music venue, and is usually reserved for national major label touring acts. But now it's gonna feature the Brobdingnagian Bards!

But we need your help to promote this event. Visit our Forum to help coordinate the promotional campaign. You can help whether you live in Austin or The Netherlands. So drop by and find out how.

Oh, and don't forget what this album is all about... Memories of Middle Earth, our sixth studio album and already chart-topping music!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, May 30, 2003
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Nagian Picnic Approaching for Sinclair Day

It looks like our Nagian Picnic will be bigger than ever again. Not only are we getting a good response from Nagians attending, but I also got word that the Sinclair Day celebration is on once again!

It was three years ago when some local Scots decided to put on the first Sinclair Day picnic, celebrating the Scottish arrival in the Americas a century before Columbus. That last few years saw a big gathering of Scots to celebrate and listen to some great music. Well, it's all coming back again this Saturday when we will combine our Nagian picnic with the Austin Scots for an afternoon of merriment.
Where to find us
The picnic will be in the same location as previous years. Head to Zilker Park and take the entrance that leads to Barton Springs pools. Then park in the first parking lot on your left. We'll have some picnic tables and some Scottish flags around noon. Music will be provided by Comhlan Oganta, the Brobdingnagian Bards, Widening Gyre, and some bagpipes. Bring some food and drinks and lets hang out together. This should be the biggest year yet, so tell all your friends!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, May 27, 2003
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Learning to Relax at Scarborough Faire

Well, I had a grand ol'time on Sunday going to Scarborough Faire in the DFW area. It was the first time since we started performing at faires that we actually paid to get into a Ren Faire. What a concept! And it was all well worth it since we got to see tons of friends, including several we haven't seen in a Long time.

Another great thing about it was, I got to do some relaxing. That's just something I don't get to do much at faires these days. So it was a pleasant change, though way too short.

At the end of the day, though, I got to hear a fantastic original song by Lily, formerly of the Bedlam Bards. That was a wonderful surprise. Ah, and to hear Queen Anne's Lace and The Rogues again is always a treat. The weather was nice and by the time I got home, I was pleasantly wiped out. Grand day!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, May 27, 2003
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Celtic Storm Goes Global

KOOP 91.7FM is now streaming online. So you can listen to Donnelle MacKaskle's Celtic music program (Celtic Storm) Monday mornings from 9am-11am CST on your computer. You do need Real Audio and there is a source to download a free copy from the site.

You are no longer hampered by time or space to hear the best in traditional and not so traditional Celtic music. Goto: to tune in. This is one of my favorite programs. Donnelle is a fountain of knowledge about the Celtic culture and music. So this is well worth checking out.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, May 18, 2003
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Central Texas Gets a Real Irish Pub

This weekend, we had the first of what hope will be many performances at the Irish Dragoon Pub in Killeen, Texas. My hat goes off to the pub's owner, George Shott. He's done an incredible job at putting together a pub that is more than just drinking.

I'm not knocking some of Austin's own pubs, but there's something extra special this pub. George has gone out of his way to educate Killeen about what pubs are about in Ireland--family. That in itself sets the Irish Dragoon apart from probably 90% of the Irish pubs in Texas. George is dedicated to making it a place where parents can enjoy great Irish food, music, AND they can bring their kids.

So it was our pleasure to be the second band to perform there last Friday and Saturday night. We put on a couple fun shows and left feeling great about the pub and an extremely attentive waitstaff. It's only about an hour away from Austin, and well worth the trip. We're hoping to be back there a few more times this summer, so stay tuned to the gig calendar for our next show.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, May 12, 2003
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Memories of Middle Earth Tops the Pops

Online sales of Memories of Middle Earth are booming! And as the CDs sell on, we climb higher in the charts. Right now, "The Ring of Hope" is the #1 Adult Contemporary song and is one of the Top 40 most-listend to Pop song on "Breaking of the Fellowship" is Top 20 on the "Easy Listening" charts, and the recent release of "Moria" as a free download has it climbing to the top of the "Film Charts".

I already heard from Things Celtic that they expect to sell out of CDs by next week. So if you were hoping to get one there, ye better hurry. We'll be restocking them soon though and should have CDs at Waterloo and Tower Records by the end of next week.

We'd love to get even more feedback about the album...good and bad. So if you have a spare moment, please complete our bounceback form. Then head back over to and listen to more of our music. Thanks again for all your support!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, May 09, 2003
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CDs Now at Things Celtic

Though the official CD release date of Memories of Middle Earth is not yet set, we are now sending CDs out to the stores. Austin's Things Celtic now has copies of the CD. Head over to their new location at 1806 West 35th Street or give them a call at 512-472-2358 to obtain a copy.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, May 08, 2003
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It's Here!!!!

Memories of Middle Earth is here, and it looks and sounds fantastic! And hey, we even got an early review of the album from someone on
Hey, I just got your CD Memories of Middle Earth and I just wanted to say that it is a great CD and that you guys should keep up the good work. And have you ever thought of making a few songs from the Silmarillion? Which if you do not know is the best of Tolkien's works in my opinion.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, May 06, 2003
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