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Learn St. Patrick's Day Songs Now

St Patrick's Day is fast approaching. Irish musicians everywhere are gearing up for a great St Patrick's Day party. I want everyone who loves Irish drinking songs as much as I do to start practicing. Here's a list of Irish St Patrick's Day songs that you can start singing today.

Many of these are from our growing number of Celtic music CDs include Songs of Ireland, our most-popular CD every St. Patrick's Day. Start learning...
  1. An Irish Lullaby
  2. Big Strong Man
  3. Bog Down in the Valley
  4. Come Out Ye Black and Tans
  5. Danny Boy
  6. Fiddler'sGreen
  7. Finnegan'sWake
  8. Healthto the Company
  9. Jedi Drinking Song
  10. Johnny at the Door
  11. JohnnyJump Up
  12. Jointhe British Army
  13. Jugof Punch
  14. Lanigan'sBall
  15. Lily the Pink
  16. Old Dun Cow
  17. Paddy McCollough
  18. Patriot Game
  19. Rising of the Moon
  20. Rocky Road to Dublin
  21. Rosin the Beau
  22. Satisfied
  23. Spancil Hill
  24. The Leprechaun (You're No Irish Laddie)
  25. The Mermaid Song
  26. The Orange and The Green
  27. The Parting Glass
  28. The Scotsman
  29. The Unicorn Song
  30. Whiskey in the Jar
  31. Wild Mountain Thyme
  32. Wild Rover

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, February 20, 2006
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The Dog & Duck Pub - Austin Rennies Gathering

The Dog & Duck Pub is has been in Austin since 1990. Wow! That's the year I came to Austin for college. Yet, it wasn't until a few years later before I was old enough to actually spend time there. So I never really did.

But during the past couple years, I've made more trips to the Dog & Duck than I ever did in college. It's a nice little pub, close to campus, and has a great atmosphere. Plus, for the past few months, it's held the monthly Austin Ren Rat Gathering. This is a gathering of Renaissance festival fans in Austin.

We scheduled a last minute gig there.

Time: 7pm
Showtime: ~7:30pm
Location: 406 West 17th Street, Corner of Guadalupe & 17th Street
City: Austin, Texas
Phone #: (512) 479-0598
Tickets: Free

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, February 19, 2006
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Marc's Autoharps and Autoharps. Did I Mention Autoharps?

I own, oh, about seven autoharps. What can I say, it's an addiction.

Actually, it's not. Rather, I put my autoharps to the test. I don't know of any other autoharper out there who works their instrumentions as hard.

Don't get me wrong, thinking I'm bragging. It's not that. It's just that I work at Renaissance festivals. Faires are extremely demanding physically, mentally, and to my autoharps. The ones I play are usually hot and humid. This wrecks havoc on my autoharp strings.

In fact, several years ago I brooke 22 autoharp strings in one weekend!

Can you imagine?

I think that was the weekend when we were performing at the Texas Renaissance Festival. It was in the high-90s with about 70% humidity all weekend. I was sweating like a dog. My House of Dra Cossak shirt was drenched. It was late afternoon when I broke three strings, two in one song. This was annoying.

Then we were playing "The Mermaid Song" when a G-string broke. Maybe it was the horror of the joke to follow if I broke another G-string. Or maybe it was Andrew just trying to protect his life. My string snapped and fly straight towards him.

It was like something out of The Matrix. Playing his recorder, Andrew leaned back almost 90 degrees, the music still pumping. He was still playing.

Fortunately that show ended soon. Twenty-two autoharp strings in one sitting is no inexpensive deal. The strings cost like $3 each if you're lucky! We didn't even make sixty bucks in tips that weekend. Good thing we were fairly well paid.

That said, what kind of autoharps do I own?

I own a wide variety. I have a few autoharp reviews on my Autoharp Music Tips website. Just check out the site. It'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the autoharp... or if it not, it'll tell you were to go to get the info!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, February 08, 2006
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Done the Impossible Coming Soon

Done the Impossible is a new documentary that tells the fans tale of Firefly and Serenity. The Brobdingnagian Bards (we are huge Firefly fans) were featured in the documentary with an exclusive track (called "The Fall of Serenity Valley") on the DVD.

They are showing the final cut at Wondercon in San Francisco, Friday February 10th, 7:30pm, Room 2014. The DVD, with extended interviews and many special features, will be available shortly after Wondercon.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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