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Done the Impossible Soundtrack Now On Sale

"Done the Impossible" the documentary that tracks the return of Firefly and which we contributed a track to, just released the soundtrack. The Done the Impossible Soundtrack has lots of great music from the Bedlam Bards and Emerald Rose and several others, plus an exclusive track by us "The Fall of Serenity Valley".


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, July 28, 2006
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Review from G-Pop

Check out the new review from G-Pop of our CD Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales by Melissa Minners.
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Austin, Texas), there lived a musician and a computer geek. The musician wanted to be a rock star. The computer geek…well, he was busy doing whatever it is that computer geeks do. Then, one day, the musician’s rock band was no more and the musician, known to all as Marc Gunn, decided to learn how to play the autoharp. Knowing that his computer geek friend - otherwise known as Andrew McKee - also dabbled with musical instruments, Gunn decided to ask McKee to join him in his endeavor to create a musical album. Unfortunately, the album idea never panned out. But a short time afterward, Gunn was invited to play at a Renaissance Festival. He invited McKee to join him and they became the Brobdingnagian Bards.

Since that fateful day, the two have been inseparable. Marc Gunn is primarily an Irish and Scottish folk singer who brings a unique quality to the genre. Andrew McKee taught himself how to play the mandolin, and adds his talent in vocals and recorder to the mix. The music of the Bards is unique. Sure, they perform classic Irish and Scottish folk songs, but they have taken other songs and set them to the folk song genre.

Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales is the title of the Brobdignagian Bards latest album. The album features 18 tracks and contains both classic folks songs and new creations. Classics include The Orange and the Green, a story of a young man whose father is Protestant and whose mother is Catholic, Old Dun Cow, a drinking song, and Bog Down in the Valley, a traditional folk song with a humorous twist by the Bards. Other Bard creations include: Angel’s Lament, a song inspired by the television show Angel and set to the tune of the alternative rock song How’s It Gonna Be, Jedi Drinking Song which tells the tale of a would-be Jedi with a Brobdingnagian twist, Exclamations, a parody of the song Interjections from School House Rock, and If I Had A Million Ducats, a Brobdingnagian twist on the song If I Had A Million Dollars. Also included, are unique renditions of Santa Lucia and the Monster Mash.

Fans of Celtic Renaissance Music will enjoy Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales for its music as well as its lyrics. Folks who normally wouldn’t listen to music in this genre will definitely get a chuckle out of the lyrics such as: “How'm I gonna eat, when Buffy no longer loves me / How'm I gonna eat, when the writers kill me / How'm I gonna eat, when the Goth scene's too depressing / Will I be like Mr. T, in a spinoff series, how'm I gonna eat” from Angel’s Lament or “A long time ago, in a pub far away / I sat on a barstool, just drinking away, / I couldn't hold it down, I guess I had too much / I felt a tremor in the force and then I lost my lunch / I woke up in a desert land, feeling hot and sick, / I saw a bearded man, he looked like some kind of hick, / He slowly waved his hand, and my pain was gone / He said let's go see Yoda, and I'll teach you this song.” from Jedi Drinking Song.

Every track of Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales is loaded with fun. Even the Bards themselves appear to be having fun, as witnessed in the live tracks If I Had A Million Ducats and Bog Down in the Valley. If you’re a fan of Celtic Renaissance Music and are looking for a rollicking good time, this CD is for you!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, July 19, 2006
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Ask and ye shall receive... eventually. After years of fans asking, we were thrilled to receive an email from the Tipperary Inn in Dallas asking us to come perform at their pub. So we are now booked there in October. Four hours of bardic goodness.

Tipperary Inn @ 8pm-12am
5815 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75214-7310
(214) 821-6500
No Cover

Please help us make this a smashing success. Download a flyer (68k), fill in the info above, and start sharing it with all your friends. Then don't miss this exclusive engagement!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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FenCon III

FenCon is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention with quite a lot of filk programming, some science programming, an outstanding collection of guests, an art show, a short story contest, a writers workshop, and members like you.FenCon is a production of the Dallas Future Society.

Fri-Sun, September 22-24, 2006
FenCon III
Holiday Inn Select
North Dallas
2645 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234
If you wish to contact FenCon, go here: Contact Info page.

Our Show times:
Filk for fun and profit Panel, Friday at 6:00 PM
Bards Concert, Saturday at 4:00 PM
Bards Concert, Sunday at 2:00 PM


Spread the word: An updated and much cooler edition of our FenCon III convention flyer is now available for download (390kb) in a ready-to-print PDF version. Be sure to make copies for all of your friends.

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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Atlanta Georgia House Concert

We continue our July House Concert Tour with a gig in Atlanta, Georgia with a friend from the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Udell House Concert @ 9-11pm
1307 Winchester Trail, SE
Smyrna, GA 30080 at or by phone at 678-640-2550 $10 donation/person.
Call or email to RSVP.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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Do Virgins Taste Better (Exclusive Magazine) - You Can Help Answer the Age-Old Question

So I have this silly idea (what's new) that I want to do for DragonCon. I don't really have time to do it alone, so I thought I'd ask for creative writing Nagians to help out. Here tis.

Andrew and I were talking once again about the Dragon/Virgin taste test and cookbook. What I'd like to do for fun is put together a sorta Star Magazine (that's the stupid magazine with outrageous headlines like "Big Foot Taste Tests Virgin Queen Elizebeth Declares 'She's No Virgin'".

So I want to take silly ideas like that and put together a simple magazine that people can read at DragonCon. Silly stories relating to the song "Do Virgins Taste Better Medley)". You can make them as simple or as perverse as you like. It'd also be nice to have a couple sorta "Journal of Natural Science" study on the same topic with a cultural study on the phenomena.

So if you like to write and want to write just some amazingly silly things, let me know. Email me.

You can post articles and read past posts on our message board.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, July 16, 2006
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