Scottish & Irish folk songs combined with Lord of the Rings music and Celtic music fun at Renaissance Faires

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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.

New Stickers Are In!!!

We ran out of "Real Men Wear Kilts" stickers earlier this month, so we had to make another run of them. Well, the new stickers are now in.

To find out how you can get a copy of our Free Scottish Stickers that read "Real Men Wear Kilts", click here.

Texas Renaissance Festival starts this weekend

I'm pretty excited. At long last, another season of the Texas Renaissance Festival begins. We'll perform there every weekend, four shows a day at the Warfside Gazebo. Please come out and cheer us along.

Oh, and if you have any song requests from our regular set, just shout 'em out. If you want us to do songs ye've not heard us do, please make a song request.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 29, 2003
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Nummy Muffin Cocoa Butter

What on Earth is that?!? It's novelty music radio for those unafraid to be amused. Or more particularly, it's a radio program on 91.7 KVRX radio, broadcast from the University of Texas at Austin. Nummy Muffin is one of those radio programs bold enough to play our music live on the air.

Better still, they're willing to have us come out and perform live this Thursday the 25th at 7pm. And you don't have to be in Austin to listen. They broadcast live on the net as well. Join Roy and us live on the air tomorrow night.

Hey, and if you live IN Austin, come on down to the studio. There'll be a wee bit o'room to watch us perform live! Find out more about Nummy Muffin Cocoa Butter here.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 24, 2003
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Yesterday, I went through The Bards eGroup list to remove some of the bouncing email addresses. Apparently, some of those addresses were still good. So my apologies if you were unsubscribed against your will. Feel free to resubscribe or contact me to be resubscribed.

Hobbit Birthday Song apologies
My apologies to all trying to download that song yesterday. Not sure what went wrong with the conversion to MP3, but it sounded like crap. I fixed it last night and *think* it's working properly now. Let me know if you have any further problems.

Tolkien Climbing Amazon charts?!
I was checking's download pages and saw that "Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)" was racing up the charts. It would be a killer move if we could get it up to the top of the charts by the end of the year, just in time for The Return of the King. Drop by and download if you have a some time.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 24, 2003
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Happy Eleventy-First Birthday to Bilbo Baggins and Thirty-Third to Frodo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILBO BAGGINS - The Hobbit Happy BirthdayWell, twenty minutes before midnight, I finished the mixing and mastering of "The Hobbit Happy Birthday Song". Ah well... it's ready for next year at least.

Listen to "The Hobbit Happy Birthday Song"
Download "The Hobbit Happy Birthday Song"


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 22, 2003
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Bilbo's Birthday Party Weekend Begins

Had one fan confused about when the party was. While Bilbo's Birthday is on September 22nd, we're celebrating it on Friday the 19th (today), and Saturday the 20th. So come join the fun in Killeen at the Irish Dragoon Pub!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, September 19, 2003
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Soul of a Harper Now On Sale

About five years ago, I planned on recording a solo album. It was put on hold when the Brobdingnagian Bards, but about three years ago, I started recording songs for a solo album. I put pieces of it together into a CD, Mountain Rain, on, but there were things I wanted done differently.

Finally this summer, I recorded, re-recorded, mixed, and mastered various tracks from my solo recordings and compiled an eleven song album called, Soul of a Harper. Yesterday, it went live on It's a simple recording with just my autoharp, my vocals and me united for one simple project. Over half the album features some incredible Celtic folk music I've composed during that time. You can now listen and download tracks from the album from

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 17, 2003
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Bard T-Shirts get a Make-Over

I've been wanting to do update our Cafepress t-shirt designs for a while. Well this weekend, I finally did it and put together some cool looking shirts.

Bards Rule!
Short, simple, and to the point. These shirts may seem simple on the front, but the back, prepare to be educated on the definition of the "Brobdingnagian". Yes, it's in the dictionary folks. Look it up!

You Owe It to Your Elf!
This has become our most popular t-shirt. I guess the Elven Nagians love the slogan we use to promote our latest CD, Memories of Middle Earth. Can't blame 'em. I had to get my own copy of this shirt. It's very cool.

Size Does Matter
"Brobdingnagian" means "marked by great size". So that's what we named our first album. So we just HAD to put together a t-shirt to promote the album with this catch phrase. Turn around and on the back you'll find our Chalice Well logo that has the Arthurian folks asking for more.

You'll find t-shirts and a variety of other times like stickers and baby items for our lilliputian Nagians. They are all available now and I believe there's a few sales currently available as well. So head over there and order today!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 17, 2003
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How will you celebrate Bilbo's birthday?

Next weekend, we're heading to the Irish Dragoon Pub to celebrate Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday. We're looking forward to a couple o'fun performances, but as I chat with a bunch of LOTR fans, the question arose, "What are other folks doing to celebrate Bilbo's birthday? Share your thoughts in our forum.

And while you're at it, take advantage of our great special CD offer of Memories of Middle Earth. Right now, you can order the CD for just $11 with NO shipping and handling charges. It'll make a great gift to give for Bilbo's birthday to other LOTR fans.

The Leprechaun
Not sure why the link I sent out isn't working, but you can listen to The Leprechaun on

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, September 12, 2003
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Share your Review of our CDs

A lot of people out there like to know what others think before they plop down their hard-earned money to buy something. That's why we need people like you to review our CDs. So let's take it one step at a time to share your thoughts of our music, like Edward Burke did:
What I love about the Bards is that their music is ancient and magical, simple yet complex. Etheral and Gothic, yet not depressing. Humourous, yet still able to tell stories and drive a few points home on the meaning of life. If only bands featuring four or five members could pull off what this humble (yet vocal) group of two can do. We need more groups like the Bards to take us back to simpler times.
We'll start with CDBaby. CDBaby is one of our main distributors online. They are also THE site for independent music since CDstreet started having problems.

Please help us out. Head over to CDBaby right now. Click a CD, scroll to the bottom, and place a review. Share your thoughts. Also, be as specific as possible about songs you like, why you like them, or how the music affects you. The more specific you are, the better the review will help others thinking about buying our music.

Bilbo's Birthday Party in Central Texas

Celebrate the Birthday of Bilbo Baggins from the Lord of the Rings with Bilbo's Birthday Party. The party lasts two nights at the Irish Dragoon Pub at 2100 So. W.S. Young Dr. in Killeen and features live music by the Brobdingnagian Bards whose recent LOTR album, Memories of Middle Earth has made them one of the Top 10 most-downloaded bands on, the world's largest free music portal. Fun for the whole family with a mix of energetic Tolkien-styled music mixed Irish folk songs.

Find out more about the Irish Dragoon Pub now.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Brobdingnagian Bards Adventures comic hits one year old

I was chatting with Nikki O'Shea, the author of our very own Bard comic strip. She reminded me that the Brobdingnagian Bards Adventure Comics is now one year old.

It's almost hard to believe it's already been a year, but it has. To celebrate, Nikki has setup a Bards Comic community on Livejournal to keep everyone informed about the last Adventures and to allow your interaction with the comic strip and author. So head over there drop a comment.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, September 06, 2003
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"The Ring of Hope" Hits #1 on isn't the only place where our music is topping the charts, it seems. Just saw that "The Ring of Hope" hit #1 on the's Celtic music charts for the second week in a row! Visit for more details...and keep listening!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, September 06, 2003

Highlander Radio goes overtime

I was checking our stats today, and wow! We've gotten a lot of hits from Highlander Radio. One of the things I love most about that station is that you can make requests direct to the station and have them played within twenty minutes or so. So help share the news and let The Bards be heard more on Highlander Radio.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, September 05, 2003

Memories of Middle Earth now available at Tolkien Town

Our Lord of the Rings tribute is now available through Tolkien Town, the world's largest Tolkien store. If you have a moment, please head over to the website and review the CD. Your reviews will, encourage other LOTR enthusiasts.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, September 04, 2003
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Dragon*Con Pictures Are Up

I may not have taken as many as I hoped, but there countless others who did. Visit the Dragon*Con website for pics. If ye have any bard pictures, let me know.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 03, 2003
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Post-Dragon*Con Blues

It's over for one more year. *sigh* Ah well, I had an absolutely spectacular time. There was so much that went on, I'm not sure where to begin. It was just fantastic.

First, it was great to see all of our friends online. Some, we met for the first time. Others, we met a year ago and barely remembered, but solidified them in my mind at last. We finally put names to faces.

We arrived on Thursday and started the weekend right, hanging out with Emerald Rose. The guys from Emerald Rose were as incredible as always, so helpful in making us feel at home and jumping through the hoops. Sometime after dinner, we joined up with Emerald Rose who were helping conventioneers pass the time in the long registration lines by jamming with them. Then I spent a nice relaxing evening catching up with other friends before hitting the hay.

Friday the fun began at 9am as I hauled stuff downstairs and setup shop, waiting for our sales crew to arrive. They did, and off Andrew and I went to play for the Dealers. Once again, we drew a lot of attention from people waiting outside and had a blast composing instrumental music as we wandered the lanes. Even made it down to the crowded aisle of stars, but there were throngs of people waiting for folks like James Marsters, aka Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So we didn't stay too long sadly.

At four o'clock, we performed in the art room then headed back to our table to watch the hordes of people. "Evening at Bree" was the next big event that included a costume party and music by Emerald Rose. Enticed by dancing women, I joined in the fun. Hopefully, I didn't flash too many people dancing around there. No doubt some blackmail pictures of me will arise. But maybe I can pay them off with AVI videos I have of Andrew dancing at a wedding a few months back. ;)

Saturday was the big day. We had several shows scheduled. Yeah, we got up a wee bit late after partying late on Friday. Once again, we headed for the Dealers room first thing. Andrew was looking for a place to sell his Magic cards, and stopped to talk. We attempted to make our way to the Guest area, but it was just too packed, so turned around and hit our 2:30pm show on the Concourse.

That show was a blast. I wish I knew how many people were there, but let's just say a LOT. We put on a wild show, but I hadn't been drinking enough water, I was left with heat exhaustion. So went upstairs, ate and slept till early evening. That evening was our BIG show on the Regency Ballroom stage. There must've been a good hundred and fifty people in the audience, not too shabby considering Spike's band was playing at the same time. Seems we even pulled in a few Buffy fans. We played through our popular filk songs and had people telling us for the next two days that they haven't laughed so hard in a looonnng while. It was a tremendous success that left me wired. If it hadn't been for the heat exhaustion earlier, I would've continued to party the rest of the night. Caught a couple of songs from our next door neighbors on the Concourse, Opland and Freeman, an incredible Anglo-Alaskan Acoustic music duo based out of Washington State and Ireland.

Sunday we were pulled aside by Marc Singer, the actor from The Beastmaster and V series. He was really excited about our music, so we gave him a copy of Memories of Middle Earth in appreciation of his appreciation. He was very thankful.

We played the Art Show again in a much more informal setting which was nice. Some artists were drawing costumed folks in front of us. Then we wandered around and played for the artists selling their wares. I wish I grabbed more business cards so I could remember who was there, but I was excited to meet Jessica Galbreth, an incredible fantasy artist I heard about a few months ago.

The rest of the day, we enjoyed the music of Voltaire, Lost Boys and later that night, the hilarious 50-60s style Medieval parodies of Boogie Knights.

The weekend flew by, and there was still so much I didn't get to do and people I didn't get to see. I'm sure I'm missing a dozen cool things, but Andrew'll probably fill in the rest.

Oh, but I do want to mention one really cool thing that happened regarding Andrew's Magic cards. Andrew brought them with the intent of selling them. Well, after chatting with Magic gamer about where to sell them, he went back and gave him the whole set. I just thought that was too cool not to mention. (Just don't tell him I said so).

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Texas Ren Fest Helpers Needed

We are in need of one more person to help promote ourselves at the Texas Renaissance Festival this Fall. You'll need to be available every weekend. We will provide you with a free pass to the festival. Drop me a line if you think you can do it. Please include some info about yourself, especially if we've met you before. Thanks!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 02, 2003
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