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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.

The Continuing Story of a Cliché Revisited...

I just got word that Nikki has updated, the latest edition of the Adventures of the Brobdingnagian Bards Comic Strip. The current panel is based on ever popular song, "Do Virgins Taste Better."

Give it a listen and help us send it up the SoundClick Comedy Charts.

Oh! And if you want to stay apprised of the latest Bard Comic news, check out the Bard Comic Community on LiveJournal.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, June 28, 2004
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More Fun at a House Concert

Last December, I played at a House Concert in Missouri. It was a blast! Everyone left the house totally psyched from the evening. I realized then it was a great way to break into new markets.

This summer, we're kicking off our first big House Concert in Louisiana. Jamie Haeuser, a Nagian we met at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival is offered her home up as a venue.

Right now, we're looking for people in the East Louisiana area who'd like to join the fun. Head on over there and reserve your spot for one of the coolest times you'll find.

What's so cool about house concerts?

Imagine for a moment. There's a knock at your front door. You open the door and see two smiling bards wearing kils. We stand at the entrance packed down with autoharp, recorder, and mandolin.

You invite us into your home. Then we join you for drinks in your living room as we chat and wait for more people to arrive. There are more knocks at the door. Slowly, your friends and fellow Nagians arrive for the show. There are about 25 people sitting in chairs, on the floor, on the couch when we start playing.

There is no blaring sound system. No rain, or the background sound of paintball guns, or cars driving by. No. It's a personal performance at Your home.

Two hours later, you're all a glow. You've been laughing, smiling, mesmerized by ever word you hear just ten feet from you.

That's a house concert! And they totally rock.

Right now, we're looking for people who'd like to host house concerts in Houston, Dallas, and wherever you live. All we need is you to contact us and let us know and we'll work with you to make it happen.

Oh! And if you want more information about house concerts, I put together a webpage to help you learn more.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, June 21, 2004
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Bardic Intern Wanted

If you live in Austin and want to lend a helping hand to the Brobdingnagian Bards, I'm looking for an intern. I'd need assistance every Monday evening. I'd be happy to swap out with a couple of folks, if more than one are interested.

Primary duties include:
· preparing CDs for mailing
· preparing stickers for mailing
· minor data entry
· helping me get off my arse to get stuff done.

Optional traits:
· good organizing skills
· strong initiative
· event promotion
· graphic design.

At present, this is an unpaid internship. Though you'll get lots o'bardic freebies and the inside scoop on the latest bard news. Oh, and I'll do my best to feed you.

If you are interested or want more information, please email me.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, June 20, 2004
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Mid-Missouri Renaissance Festival Portends More MO Shows

Ah! Another fantastic weekend in Missouri at the Hamlet of Mid-Missouri Renaissance Festival. We got off the plan yesterday and said, "Man, it feels like it's been a year since we've been back in Austin." Guess that just goes to show how much Missouri is like a second home to us.

The festival was grand. This was the first time at this small fest that we had a great attendance at every one of our shows. It was a little tough considering I've been fighting a sinus infection. So Saturday was somewhat of a blur. But Sunday, I remember well and had an awesome time.

Saw lots of great shows including our eternal Celtic favorites, 3 Pints Gone. We at last got to see the new guitarist and third member, James Kuehl. He's a great addition. Awesome voice that well-balances Bill and Kathleen's vocals, and some cool arrangements to some traditional songs. I think "When Weill We Be Married" sticks out most in my mind. Very catchy song.

I finally got to see a full show of Tartanic with the new arrangement. I gotta say that the band is better than ever. I once heard a comparison of them as being like one of my favorite pipe bands, The Rogues. Well, whatever comparison there might've been is no more. This weekend's three-man setup of Tartanic is a formula for success: bagpipes, bombard, and drums. Great mix!

I was never a big fan of the bombard, but played with the bagpipes, it sounds amazing. According to Richard, that's a very traditional arrangement too. And of course, lets not forget Adrian. He is a genius performer, and really gives the band that extra edge that will drive the band to greatness.

And another favorite is Commedia Sans Arte. They're an improv comedy troupe that was out there last year as well. The group is absolutely brilliant! If you EVER get a chance to see them. GO! You'll laugh your arse off. I had fun being Jesusa's Cyrano as the she (with the audience's help) proclaimed my bum to be "like Alaska, frigid and unexplored territory"!

Any case, can't wait for next year, or hopefully sooner. Andrew and I talked about it, and he's trying to contact Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It doesn't look too promising. But after my successful solo show last year in Missouri, Andrew and I are looking into doing some gigs in December. If you're interested in helping make this a reality, please see our forums.

Oh! One final note, on the drive back to Kansas City to fly out, Andrew got a call from Bill Massino from 3 Pints Gone who had nothing but great things to say about our Memories of Middle Earth CD.
I gotta admit that I expected it to be cheesy like most of the other LOTR music I've heard. But I have to tell you I really liked this CD, my favorite song being "Weathertop."
--Bill Massino, 3 Pints Gone
It's always great to hear other musicians we know and respect enjoy our music. So thanks, Bill!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, June 15, 2004
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The Ring of Love and Hope

I gotta tell you a quick story I was reminded while at Opus Fantasy Faire. A couple of Nagians we originally met AT Sedalia were out there. They attribute their meeting to our playing there. Well, Friday night at Opus, we had our big show. Lots of folks gathered
in the audience.

And while playing "The Ring of Hope" a young man went down on his knee and proposed to his young love, offering her his own "ring of hope". It was a very touching sentiment that left more than one person in the audience drying their eyes.

To honor that romantic gesture, I'm dropping the price of "Memories of Middle Earth" for one week only to just $9.95, OR you can get the Limited Edition version for Just $50. Only 120 copies remain, so order soon!


The Ring of Hope - Tolkien MP3 - Listen

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, June 05, 2004
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