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King Arthur Returns to Excalibur Fantasy Faire

It's funny. I consider Excalibur to be a staple of our annual venues. But it occurred to me when we were at the Irish Dragoon a few weeks back that some people don't know a thing about our home faire.

Excalibur Fantasy Faire is a tiny little faire just East of Austin, past Bastrop in Smithville, Texas. The faire began in 1999. This was the faire that invited me out to an audition where I grabbed Andrew, and we formed the Brobdingnagian Bards.

I still remember bits and pieces of those early days. I think we had three songs we tried out with... Not even sure I remember what they were, but for some crazy reason, the Glen, the Entertainment Director, liked our performance enough to allows us to play.

I can't imagine why.

I bow my head in shame when I think what we must've been like... Actually, I know what it was like. We have a video we made as a test performance before some of our friends. Yikes! They did stone us or anything, but boy were we rough. Nevertheless, we made it out there. We started playing the "Do Virgins Taste Better Medley," and when we wrote "If I Had A Million Ducats" our fate was set. Of course, many of those songs eventually made it on to our renaissance festival CD, A Faire to Remember.

Happily, we've grown a LOT since then. And so has the faire. Yes, the site is still pretty small. It will take you an hour or two to see all the shops, and then comes the real fun... relaxing in the Medieval Renaissance.

That's what I love about Ren Faires--the opportunity to just relax and take it easy, chatting with friends, and sharing in the atmosphere.

Excalibur is exceptional in that way. It's a people faire. It's built around community, music, and entertainment, AND you can shop. It's not just about shopping like many faires.

So if you're free March 12-April 3, come see what's different about a faire for the people who love faires, reenactments, fantasy and history. Let's sit together at the Golden Cockerell and drink a pint (after hours for me) or relax under the Live Oak and share faire stories.

I look forward to seeing you out there. Check out the Excalibur Fantasy Faire website and order your tickets now.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 27, 2005
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Last Chance, Austin Chronicle Contest Ends FRIDAY!

Serves me right for not reading the fine print. The Austin Chronicle contest ends three days earlier than I thought. It's over THIS FRIDAY, Jan 28th. So if you haven't voted for your favorite bards, PLEASE, PLEASE do so now. Time is runnin gout.

Our Nagians have grown tremendously since we started. Our mailing list numbers in the thousands. That's more than 90% of the bands in Austin.

If we were able to mobilize our entire fanbase, we could sweep the contest. As it is, only a small percentage of fans regularly read the newsletter. So we still have a very good shot, but every vote will make a difference.

Any and everyone can vote. You don't have to be from Austin. This is a contest on how the world perceives Austin musicians. So before it's too late...


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, January 25, 2005
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Austin Chronicle Music Poll Clarification

Quick note: I've had a bunch of people think that they shouldn't vote because they're not in Austin or overseas and think that that is strange.

I agree it is, BUT the Austin Chronicle Rules encourage people from around the world to vote in the Austin Music Poll. It is literally open to EVERYONE.

So I don't care if you're in Outback or New York or some tiny hut in the Brazillian rain forest. You're vote WILL count. So go ahead and VOTE.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 13, 2005
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Help Bards Become #1 Folk Band in Austin

It's that time of year. The Austin Chronicle Music Poll is here again.

Last year, The Original Celtic Renaissance duo, the Brobdingnagian Bards, were voted the #2 for the most-popular folk band in Austin! We'd love to be number one this year. All it takes is a couple minutes of your time.

I posted some suggestions for categories to vote for us and some of our favorite Austin band suggestions as well.

Vote at Austin Music Poll Suggestions

P.S. Anyone in the world can vote, but only Once. So please help us out and get your friends involved in making us the #1 Folk Band in Austin.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, January 10, 2005
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