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A Celtic Renaissance Wedding arrives soon!
A couple years ago, Andrew and I recorded a couple tracks to help us book more wedding gigs. We then decided to put together an exclusive MP3.com compilation CD called A Celtic Renaissance Wedding. It features fifteen bardic romantic favorites from all six of our CDs, plus, a couple exclusive tracks.

We only had a few copies left when MP3.com shut it's doors, leaving us with a growing back order for this popular compilation. I just got word today, that it was shipped from the factory. So it should be here by early next week. If you like our romantic music, then you'll enjoy A Celtic Renaissance Wedding. And since it's designed largely as a promotional CD, you will LOVE the price!

Course this low price is only available online, so order your copy today!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, January 30, 2004
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Official New Line Cinema Tolkien Oscars Party
Well, we've had an invite "Into the West", a Hollywood Oscar Party for Tolkien Fans in Hollywood, CA. We're still checking into the logistics to make it possible for us to attend. We need to see about booking an extra show in the California area during that weekend--February 29th. Need to find out who would be interested, and if you know of any venues in the Hollywood area.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 29, 2004
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Austin's "Celtic 101" Review
Saw Memories of Middle Earth and Soul of a Harper were briefly reviewed in the Austin Chronicle today.
"We're not really 'Celtic,'" explains Marc Gunn of the local Brobdingnagian Bards, and he's right; the duo is more lo-fi English folk with a distinct Gaelic twist. Yet their simple autoharp-and-recorder music is remarkably diverse ("Hobbit's Dance," "The Psychopathic, Chronic, Schizophrenic Gollum Blues"), as Memories of Middle Earth (Mage Records) displays. Gunn's own debut, Soul of a Harper, is only available on the Internet, the place where rebel Celtic music thrives the Bards' MP3 hit, "Tolkien," racked up well over a million downloads in cyberspace. Harper is a delightfully homespun collection of instrumentals and songs about dwarves and elves, rebels and Ireland, and trad a capella such as "My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose." (Gunn also oversaw the Celtic MP3 collection Coventina's Well, featuring Ed Miller.)
Slight mis-quote, but it's good publicity. More than anything I was saying, Memories of Middle Earth was not quite 'Celtic'. Ah well. I'm thankful nonetheless!

Read the whole Celtic 101 review at the Austin Chronicle website.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 29, 2004
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St Patrick's Day Confirmed
Typically, this is the time of year when we book our gigs. So you'll note that slowly, but surely, more gigs are being added to our schedule. Today, there's a new confirmation.

On St. Patrick's Day evening, we are confirmed to perform at the Irish Dragoon Pub in Killeen. This is one of our favorite pubs to play, so make sure you head out for this event.

This is also just the beginning. Every year, our St. Patrick's Day is packed with gigs, and I suspect this year will be just as maddening. So check back soon!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, January 28, 2004
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Burns Supper a Brilliant Success
Well, this weekend, Andrew and I performed at our first Burns Supper in Harlingen. It's really rather amazing. We were hired on the reference of one of the members of the Scottish Society of South Texas. That and the fact that the Gunns of Texas are such staunch supporters of us.

It's always funny to come into a new region and face expectations. I remember at the beginning of the night chatting with someone who jokingly said, "We're happy to have you. And if you stink, then may the Scots go easy on you." By the evenings end of the evening, all joking was aside, he was a bards fan.

What was really interesting with this group was the age demographic. It was a much older group than we usually perform for. They were big fans of Ed Miller, but who isn't! (I sure am)

Well, the Burns Supper went fairly smooth and orderly, and we took the stage. Andrew and I have not solidified our Scottish set thanks to the Gunns of Texas. We have plenty of music and are already wondering what songs won't be able to fit on our next CD Real Men Wear Kilts. So the songs went smoothly. We played for nearly an hour and a half before we decided... "Oh yeah, let's take a break." By then it was getting late, and Andrew was in his usual mischievious mood.

So as I attempted to give an closing to the set, Andrew jumped straight into Glen Miller's "In the Mood". You should've heard the roar. Can't say there was dancing in the isles, but there were huge applause when the song was over. I then fixed a couple strings, and twenty minutes later we finished up the evening.

All in all, it was a tremendous weekend, and a fun way to celebrate the national poet of Scotland. Listen here to music written by Robert Burns and learn some facts about this incredible individual and his annual birthday celebration.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, January 26, 2004
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Review Memories of Middle Earth at Amazon.com
We're attempting to gain more reviews. We'd like to get your review for our popular CD, Memories of Middle Earth. So head over there and tell Amazon customers what you think of our latest CD.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, January 20, 2004
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Venue suggestions for 2004
Andrew is hard at work on the calendar for 2004. So he's now taking suggestions for venues you think we should play. We're slowly branching out around the nation, so every little suggestion will be considered. Email Andrew.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, January 16, 2004
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The Statesman covers house concerts
After a wonderful show in Kansas City over the holidays, I found a renewed admiration for the whole house concert concept. So I was extra happy to see that the Austin American Statesman did a write up today in the XLent.

If you'd like to have us perform at Your house, check this out!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 15, 2004
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Austin Chronicle Music Poll 2004 - Polls are open until January 31

It's that time of year again. The Austin Chronicle is holding their 2004 music poll. For the past two years, we've done fairly well, but we have yet to win an award. The past few years, I've thrown out some suggestions, but this time, I just want ye to vote, vote, vote.

Vote for the Brobdingnagian Bards in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, January 07, 2004
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