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New DragonCon Interview Posted

DragonCon was a magical time as always. We met some wonderful people and got to spend more time with some splendid people we've known for a while. On our last night at the Con, we were pulled aside by West of the Moon, a hobbit-based fan fiction website and were given an interview for Memories of Middle Earth, our Lord of the Rings inspired album.

I was pretty out of it due to an infection I got while drinking with these same hobbits a couple days earlier, but the interview turned out great. Read our Lord of the Rings interview.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, October 27, 2004
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New Bard T-Shirts at Great Low Prices

Six years ago, Andrew and I were naming our first CD. We decided to name it using the actual definition of brobdingnagian. It means "marked by great size." Of course, we couldn't help but come up with lots o'jokes on that one. "Size Does Matter" was the first slogan we ever started using.

People loved it! Nagians asked about t-shirts, but we were too poor and trying to put out a new CD as it was. We couldn't put out t-shirts.

Fast forward a few years and along game Cafepress. They allow us to sell a variety of t-shirts with no upfront cost of our own. Sure, we don't make a profit on the shirts, but at least you get to show your support. And it'll cost you as low as $9.99!

I designed four different shirts based on different CDs from Memories of Middle Earth, Songs of Ireland and Marked By Great Size. Yeah, there are still a few more CDs that need some designs. For now, these are looking nice.

Go take a look. If you have any comments or feedback, I'd love to hear it.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 12, 2004
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Download 'Lily the Pink' Free!

I'm pretty anxious about finishing Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales. So much so, that I want people to hear it before it is completed. That's why we are giving away 'Lily the Pink' for free!

Andrew told me he grew up listening to an Irish Rovers recording of "Lily the Pink." So last year, we added the song to our repetoire. It's now one of our catchiest new songs. It's about as popular as Mrs. Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound was at the beginning of the 20th century.

This is the perfect song to introduce you to some of what's to come. So right now, we're giving it away for free. All we ask is that you share the Free MP3 with your friends when you download it? So go ahead. Tell your friends about it. I guarantee they'll love it.

Lily the Pink - Gift Free MP3

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 12, 2004
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Exclamations of Fairy Tales

One of our newest Ren Faire hits is a song called "Exclamations." It's particularly popular with Schoolhouse Rock fans who remember the original song "Interjections."

I love to see the faces of people who remember it from Schoolhouse Rock. It usually starts with a perplexed look. Then, their eyes widen. Next thing you know, they are glowing and laughing at every line. It's a blast!

So much fun, in fact, that we've recorded it for Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales. We fell in love with this song from the first. When we decided to put together this filk CD, "Exclamations" was a must!

Course, if you can't wait, Boogie Knights at long last has a website of their own. Dave Keefer of Bookie Knights authored this parody, and the band has a huge assortment of hilarious medieval filks. They're even about ready to release two more CDs. They are a funny group, so go check them out!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 05, 2004
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Texas Ren Fest... Let the Rain Come!

7am, Saturday morning. I was watching the approaching storm clouds on the weather channel. It looked like the first day of the 2004 Texas Renaissance Festival was gonna be a rainy one. The people Andrew and I were staying with moaned. I was just too excited. Not only do we get to head back to the world's largest Renaissance festival, but it was going to rain too!!!

Yes, the average person sees rain on the radar at TRF and thinks maybe we won't go to the Texas Ren Fest today, or this weekend. But I have a secret for you. If you love Renaissance festivals, go on a rainy day. You won't regret it.

Rainy days are always the best days at Ren Faires IMHO. Yes, they're not as profitable for the faire. The record-breaking numbers that normally show up on the first weekend don't make it out. Those who do have a much better time. Why?

You will have smaller crowds.
You'll hear more music.
You'll see more shows.
You'll visit more shops.
You will be up close and personal, a part of the festivities, not lounging in the background like when the faire is packed.

The Texas Renaissance Festival is enormous. Last year, there were 29,000 people out on the first weekend. Shoot! I still remember the 35K people in our first year. Autoharp? What autoharp? No one could hear me play. I couldn't hear myself play. 29K is not too dissimilar. It's just a bunch of noise. That's no fun!

What's fun... and magical about Renaissance Festivals is when you become a part of the festivities. Many performers try to involve you, but you haven't much hope when there's thirty thousand people. No, the best time is when it's rainy.

Then people gather in shops in cramped corners as musicians play for YOU. You stomp around in the water mud and visit big stage acts who've resigned themselves to putting on a great show despite the weather. You see more people you've longed to see. You get more hugs from friends. It's just a zillion times better on all accounts.

Sure, you need to remember to wear good shoes to keep your feet from getting wet, and an umbrella may not be Renaissance-y, but it's useful. The cold water may touch you, but I think you'll find many more warm hearts that will keep you toasty inside.

Lo and behold, the sun did come out on Saturday at the Texas Renaissance Festival. It was a bit humid and only 17,000 people showed up. When I finally laid down to go to sleep, a pleasant smile came over my face. I fell into a heavy sleep with the sweet dreams of many wonderful friends old and new and the joy that Sunday would be just as magical... and it was!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, October 04, 2004
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