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Do You Have a Venue Suggestion for Us?

As we go out on tour more and more, we ask fans if they're willing to host a house concert for us. Typically, we get a lot of enthusiastic fans writing, "you should play here..."

I do greatly appreciate all your suggestions. However, I guess I also find it frustrating some times. Making venue suggestions is great IF I know we're gonna follow up on these things. Now and then, we go out of our way to contact venues that people submit. But more than likely, we don't. I accept that. Our time is limited, and cold calling pubs or folk clubs takes too much time for any booking agent which is why we usually only play places where fans take an active interest in getting us out to a venue.

So here's the deal. If you want us to play at club near you, talk to the pub or festival yourself. Take them a CD. Play it for them. Ask them if they'd be willing to book us at their venue. Follow up. Once you get a response talk to Andrew. You are now the promoter who's job it is to get as many fans into that club for us to make it worthwhile for the venue to bring us back.

Course, if you decide to host a house concert, the same situation is true. Your job is to promote the event. We can usually bring in a few extra people to a venue, but most of it is up to you.

I don't say this to stop you from contacting us. But knowing how we book gigs, I figure now it might be better to have fewer responses from Nagians who are willing to make things happen...

Interestingly, that's how I booked Voltaire at Elysium. I went in as a fan and said, you need him to play here. Now, the club wants him there twice a year.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, February 18, 2007
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San Antonio House Concert

Some people realize that when you can't get enough of something, you have to take matters into your own hand. That's what a few Nagians decided to do down in San Antonio. It's just an hour a way, but we never play there.

So what were the options? One, contact a venue and serve as a promoter to have us play at that venue. Or two, have us play a house concert at your place. They chose TWO.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Villarreal House Concert @ 6pm-8:30pm
119 Laurelwood
San Antonio, TX, 78213
Call or email Kim to RSVP
210-541-9892, 210-240-1340
kimbervillarreal @


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, February 16, 2007
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Justin Timberlake Has Nothing on Us

The 2nd Annual Renaissance Festival Awards winners were announced a couple o'weeks, and we won! Okay, not really.

As the host of the Renaissance Festival Awards, the Brobdingnagian Bards are unable to win. So I made a special award just for us--"Best Ineligible Band".

Yes, it's true. We beat out Madonna, U2, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and countless other ineligible bands to win this special award. *sniff* Thank you, Mom!

And after mentioning that we won in our podcast, our friend Mike, who designed the award graphics, made one for us too. (Thanks Mike!:)

So let this be a lesson to you all. When it comes to ineligibility, we can't be beat!

*scratches head*

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, February 12, 2007
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St Patrick's Day in Austin in 2007

We're starting to compile our St. Patrick's Day gigs. They are still in the works. But here's what we know of so far for my birthday, March 17, 2007, St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day for Kids
Dougherty Arts Center at 10:30am
1110 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX, 78704
(512) 397-1468
Sponsored by the Austin Celtic Association.

Things Celtic St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Things Celtic at noon
1806 West 35th Street
Austin, Texas
There's lot more music and entertainment, including: Brobdingnagian Bards (noon), Celtic Storyteller (1pm), Doc Grauzer (2pm)

You can find more St. Patrick's Day events in Austin from our St. Patrick's Day website (as they become available). Or check out the Austin Celtic Calendar where you can find a whole slew of Austin Celtic events and gatherings, plus some free St. Patrick's Day MP3s.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, February 06, 2007
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