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A Brobdingnagian Minute - Episode 1


After much urging from Mur Lafferty of Geek Fu Action Grip, we have created our very own Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast -- A Brobdingnagian Minute.

A Brobdingnagian Minute RSS Feed

Download A Brobdingnagian Minute (8.23MB)

Notes:If you're not familiar with podcasting, it's like a downloadable radio program. In this case, it's us chatting about what's going on with The Bards. The best thing about it is that you can add it to a podcasting client and have it downloaded automatically every time we release another.

Get a client like iPodderX or you can now access it directly through the new podcasting section of iTunes where you can also buy our music.

Oh! And it seems I messed up the link to the Renaissance Festival Podcast in the newsletter.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, June 30, 2005
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Announcing the Renaissance Festival Podcast

I started something new that I think could be really call for the Renaissance Festival community. It's called the Renaissance Festival Podcast. If you're not familiar with podcasting, this is basically a weekly downloadable radio program featuring music and entertainment from groups performing at upcoming (this weekend) Renaissance Festivals. It's sort of Ren Faire report of what's happening.

I recorded the first one this weekend. It's a big rough around the edges, but you can subscribe to the podcast or download it and listen to it on your iPod or MP3 Player.

I'd love to get some feedback and have people contribute faire soundbytes as well. Let me know if you have an idea you'd like to contribute.

I'd also appreciate it if you would share this info with your Ren Friends.



--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 24, 2005
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Best of Austin Poll

Every year, the Austin Chronicle holds TWO polls. The Austin Music Poll, that we rocked out at this year, and the Best of Austin Poll.

In the past, the Brobdingnagian Bards won "Best Renaissance Men" and "Best Way to Fix Your Computer and Fight Dragons". There aren't any real categories for The Bards to fit in, however, I recently finished a poetry book and we have lots of friends in the running.

So we need your help. Think of this as a Retirement Gift for me since I quit my job on July 8th to start playing music with the Brobdingnagian Bards full-time.

So please go, vote for me and our friends. Details and suggestions can be found here.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, June 21, 2005
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Webster's Word of the Day Is... "Brobdingnagian"

Looks like our favorite English word, "Brobdingnagian" is being recognized in Webster Dictionary's Word of the Day.

Yes. The word IS in the dictionary.

Where did we learn the word?

Well of course there's Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. But Andrew first recognized the word from a comic in the newspaper where a boy who was reading a lot says to his concerned mother, "Your corpulence is very brobdingnagian." Andrew looked it up in the dictionary, and wow! There it was. It means "marked by great size" or a big word meaning "big".

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 17, 2005
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Bard Night Shirts - Bard Tested. Unicorn Approved.

There are still some more Bard Comic T-Shirts available for sale. Not just that but we have some 2XL-4XL shirts that also make great Night Shirts.

If you haven't picked up your copy, click the link above to order yours today.

Virgins: Bard Tested. Unicorn Approved.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, June 15, 2005
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Saradora's Coffee House in Round Rock, Texas

It was probably five years ago when last we played at Saradora's Coffee House. Saradora's is located I believe in downtown Round Rock off E. Main Ave. It was a small cute little venue and one of the few places in Round Rock offering live music. It won a Best of Austin award in 2002 as the "Best Coffee Hangout in the Burbs".

I've been jonesing to play in the Austin area. And although, we have a CD release at the Cactus Cafe and then at the Irish Dragoon Pub in about four weeks, this a great opportunity to get out there and spend time with friends.

We'd love it if you'd email your friends, or create a flyer to post around in a couple o'locations around town. Thanks a million and we'll see ye Saturday.

Saradora's Coffee House
101 E Main Ave
Round Rock, TX 78664-5242
(512) 310-1200

You can read a few reviews of the coffee house at Austin Citysearch.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, June 15, 2005
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Free Gifts to Say Thank You

I must say I'm a bit blown away.

A few days ago in the Brobdingnagian Crier, I asked You if you wanted to either (a) get our newest CD, Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales, before it was officially released, or (b) like to help us make it a #1 hit CD on CDBaby. I was overwhelmed with emails saying, "Let's make it NUMBER ONE!"

You are just amazing! Thank you!

It continues to boggle both of us how much you enjoy AND support our music. Some fans just casually listen, but you are actively helping us to realize our dreams. For that we thank you a million times over.

To show our thanks, I am compiling a list of special gifts for everyone who buys the CD. Right now, I have some live MP3s, outtakes, eBooks, and some free exclusive MP3s from some of our musical friends online. I already have free MP3s from a variety of generous bands, including: Queen's Gambit, Black 47, Cantiga, Bedlam Bards, and Christene LeDoux.

That's just the beginning too. There's over twenty dollars of bonus gifts thusfar and I just started!

So thank you very much for all your support over the years. We are touched by your kindness, and I hope you will enjoy our music for many years to come.

Keep an eye on The Bards Tales and the Brobdingnagian Crier to find out how to reap the rewards.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 03, 2005
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The Bards Comic Book Is A-Coming!

There still seem to be a few people out there who don't know we have our own comic strip, called "The Brobdingnagian Bards Adventure Comic." Nikki O'Shea started the comic of Dragon Press Graphics started it three years ago. She's nearly finished telling the story of the song "Do Virgins Taste Better Medley."

So last week she made the big announcement. She's publishing the Comic Book. Very soon you can read the whole story, start-to-finish, with a few bonus bits thrown in.

Right now, Nikki is preparing for the third anniversary of the comic by taking pre-orders for the Comic Book. It's on sale until mid-July. So this is the perfect time to get your copy. So go show her how much you love are comic strip and lets keep it going for another three years, bigger and better than ever.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 03, 2005
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