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Dragon*Con, here we come!!!

I have a few minutes before we head over to the plane to fly to Atlanta for the biggest Fantasy & Sci-Fi Convention in the nations, so I figured I'd drop a quick message and say, "Hi".

I barely slept last night in anticipation. Haven't been so excited about an event in a while. I guess last year made a great impression on me. Whatever the case, I can't wait! Everything is together, and I really look forward to strolling through the vendors area and entertaining everyone we meet.

On other news, I talked to Andrew last night, and in an effort to protect ourselves from the demise of our #1 promotional vehicle,, we will start building up our shop and possibly even offering MP3s for sale with a continual assortment of free MP3 downloads maintaining ourselves as one of the most-popular Celtic groups with MP3s.

One piece of the equation is a store featuring all of our swag. I started it originally in conjunction with my Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, but it's now gonna cover much more. You can see and start ordering now from A Dragon's Eye, a spiritual retreat of fantasy artwork.

Guess, that's all. Hopefully, we should have a report for ye late Monday evening or on Tuesday. We'll see how wiped out we are. Slainte!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, August 28, 2003
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Demise of an MP3 institution

This morning, I was reading again the announcement on It's not shutting down yet, but they are cut back a lot of their features in an effort to make this musical institution better able to sell.

The rumors are flying on the message boards that is about to close their doors. I sure hope not. But it is time to start finding some other alternatives for promoting our music online. Sadly, I've been spent most of my time promoting AT So I'm really gonna probably need some help getting the word out. Anyone interested in helping us get setup, please email me.

Well, all good things must come to an end, I guess. Hopefully, the word of mouth we've started will help to continue the spread of our own music, but only time will tell.

Meantime, here's the notice from SOPHIE about streamlining's assets, and here's an article from on "Saving".

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, August 27, 2003
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Dragon*Con approach-eth

I can't believe we are days away from one of the largest Sci Fi cons in the world--Dragon*Con. I've been really anxious about this festival for the past two months. Something I've been looking forward to for a while. Now it's almost here.

What's so cool about Dragon*Con

Well, I hear from our friends Emerald Rose, who will also be out there, that this should be the biggest year ever for the Convention. There's an incredible lineup of guests, panels, art, you name it!

Expect to actors from Star Trek, Babylon 5, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more. Plus, Ray Bradbury will be teleconferencing. The original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno will be back. Tracy Hickman of Dragonlance fame will be there. Plus some incredible Fantasy art.

It's actually pretty pathetic, but I don't know a tenth of the people who show up, but they are all well-known in their genre.

We will have a table in the Concourse once again, and we've invited, fantasy author and bard archivist, Rie Sheridan to join us. So come by and check out her books.

If ye want to find out when and where we're playing, we should have a schedule on our website shortly. We'll also continue our tradition as roaming minstrels and perform throughout the vendors area.

Please make sure you stop by and say hello. I'd love to meet ye, slainte!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 25, 2003

"Hobbit's Dance" Breaks into the Classical Top 10

Aside from "Tolkien", it's looking like "Hobbit's Dance" is the most-popular songs on from Memories of Middle Earth climbing to #10 on the Classical Charts and keeping steady at #1 on the Medieval Charts! It has even begun to out-sell A Faire To Remember at #17 on's Top 100 Selling CDs.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, August 22, 2003
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Somerfest: Hot but Fun

We had lots more fun with the Brazos Valley Celtic Association. We joined them in Somerville, TX on Saturday and, in spite of some sound problems, had a good show and a good time. They are just a fun group to hang around with and we look forward to it next year. Friday we were in College Station doing a little promotion for Somerfest at KEOS 89.1 FM. Tom, Melanie, and the rest of the crew there are always wonderful to us and it is always a blast. It's strange that when we are on the radio with the most people listening to us, that is when we are the silliest.

--posted by Andrew of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, August 17, 2003
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Memories of Middle Earth Now Available at Waterloo Records

We sold out of CDs at Waterloo Records a few months ago. I was finally able to make it over there to drop off some new CDs and added Memories of Middle Earth to the list of CDs that you can purchase from Waterloo. If you want a great deal on CDs, head over to Waterloo Records at the intersection of N. Lamar and 6th Street.

I also made my way over to Things Celtic and dropped off copies of our new Celtic compilation CD benefitting the Austin Celtic Association--Coventina's Well. Head over there and order your copy today to show your support for the Celtic culture in Austin.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, August 17, 2003
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Brazos Valley Celtic Assc meeting show

We had a heckuva lot of fun last night in College Station. Didn't quite know what to expect. We played Carney's Pub earlier this year on St. Patrick's Day, but it's always wonderful to perform for an audience that wants to hear our style of Celtic folk music.

The place was packed with a good fifty people. The stage was a little bit wobbly which left me uneasy at first, but once I got use to it. Had a lot of fun breaking into some of the Nagian favorites.

A special thanks to Claire Byrne of the Brazos Valley Celtic Association. She and the BVCA in general have done an incredible job creating a much-needed Celtic organization that really seems to serve the members. Next up...
Bards on KEOS Radio in Bryan
This Friday evening, look for us from 7-9pm on Celtic Core Radio in College Station. Feel free to come on down to the station to get a preview of what we'll also be performing out at the Sommerville Festival.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, August 13, 2003
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CDs for sale in Killeen

We had a couple of great shows this weekend at the Irish Dragoon. Friday evening was packed with people, and we put on a fun show for a full house. Sounds like Killeen folk are really starting to understand just how cool the Irish Dragoon Pub really is!

We've also setup the Irish Dragoon as our Official CD distirbutors in Killeen. We have four CDs now available for sale at the pub, and if ye need more, ye can always special order them. Look to the Irish Dragoon Pub for future CD sales as well.
Bilbo's Birthday Party
About a year ago, I was hoping to put together an event in September called, Bilbo's Birthday Party to celebrate the release of Memories of Middle Earth. Well, the CD wasn't released in time, but at long last, we're making it happen.

Officially, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were born on September 22nd. The translation of that date into Earth the calendar comes out to September 12th, as I understand it.

That means, there are pretty much ten great days to party and celebrate the little hobbits' b-day. We're still setting something up in Austin, but in the meantime, we have secured the Irish Dragoon Pub as one the Bilbo's b-day headquarters when we return on the September 19th. So get your party hats on and don't show shoot off too many fireworks for this festive occasion.

And come back soon, as I help guide you with party tips on how ye can throw together your own Bilbo's Birthday Party to celebrate and promote the Brobdingnagian Bards.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 11, 2003
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Irish Dragoon Pub Tonight

We're heading back out to the Irish Dragoon Pub for another rousing show in Central Texas. The Irish Dragoon is located in Killeen, just an hour outside of Austin. It's a largely, family-style Irish pub with a very warm staff and audience that loves fun Irish songs. So expect the fun music you've come to love. Hope to see ye there!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, August 08, 2003
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Changes to the Bard Crier

In effort to focus things a wee bit more, I've updated the Bard Crier. I'm gonna try and keep it shorter, and general news right here. So hopefully, Andrew and I will be a wee bit more diligent in keeping you informed about the latest Bard news.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, August 08, 2003
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