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DragonCon 2006 Highlights

DragonCon is over. And I am wiped! You can see it by the bags underneath my eyes. That, and the new sinus infection. This was by far the busiest we've been at DragonCon. We had more shows than ever. Non-stop musical mayhem... or something like that. I tried getting a lot of rest, but I guess it didn't work.

Next year, I need to remember to starting early preparing for DragonCon... training if you will. Regular daily exercise so that I don't get too tired that way too. Saturday evening I disappeared into my Happy Place there was so much stimulation.

Some highlights:
  • We played for the Masquerade. It was awesome playing to a good 4000 people. My vocal mic had probs. So before we played "Jedi", we swung into "In the Mood". Both were a huge success.

  • The filk shows were wild, packed. Friday, there were so many people we moved the show into the hallway only to have the Fire Marshall close us down. Saturday and Sunday both had lines out the door. We definitely need a bigger venue.

  • Oh and after the Friday show, I was tired and delirious. I was posing in front of a statue of Jabba the Hutt doing... well... my best Leia impression, along with other embarrassing, blackmail pictures that I'm sure will show up online soon.

  • Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica fame pulled us aside on the Walk of Fame and asked us to play song. That was cool.

  • I was surprised by the number of Celtic festivals and Scottish games asking to hire us for their events. I just don't expect that much at Sci Fi cons.

  • I got a copy of Voltaire's new LIVE CD that was recorded at Elysium in Austin. My name was placed prominently on the back of the CD, "recorded by". Woohoo! I'm on a Voltaire CD. ;)

  • Mmm... Good food with West of the Moon folks.

  • We missed out at playing for Slice of SciFi and WingingIt, but I went to a Room Party of Michael and Evo's that was just brilliant. Author, Scott Sigler, "sang" a wild version of "Wild Rover" with me there. It was brilliant.

  • As soon as I get a chance to mess with the the Sunday night filk show, I hope to post it as a Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast. Keep an eye open for that.

  • The "Jedi Drinking Songs Prequel" went over great this weekend, though we kinda screwed up our performance of it in the Parsec Podcast Awards. But it was cool when Tracy Hickman of Dragon Lance fame expressed his love of our music. The Jedi Assembly seemed to dig the song as well.

  • Sunday on the Concourse, I had a blast playing "Health to the Company" with Bedlam Bards and Pandora Celtica. And Cedric's (of the Bedlam Bards) sign language interpretation of "The Unicorn Song" was a huge hit!

I guess that's all I can think of right now.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 05, 2006


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