Scottish & Irish folk songs combined with Lord of the Rings music and Celtic music fun at Renaissance Faires

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Interview on the Pacific Northwest Celtic Podcast

Hey Everyone!

Last Sunday I had the awesome opportunity to interview Marc Gunn of the Brobdignagian Bards. If you want to listen to it, it is now available on my site at www.pnwcmpodcast.com.

It was a live interview, made possible by the good people at Blog Talk Radio. This format allow me not only to interview artists, but allows fans to call in and ask questions, or just fawn over thier favorite musician. Hopefully this is the first of many. I plan to do one live interview a month, to suppliment my once a month podcast posting.

If you are an artist who would like to participate, feel free to email me at pnwcmpodcast@gmail.com. I would like to schedule them out as far as I can, so if you have a CD or tour you want to promote at a specific time, contact me.

If there is an artist you really want me to interview, whom you would really like to ask questions or fawn over...feel free to email me too.

Enjoy the interview!

Becky Johnston
Pacific Northwest Celtic Music Podcast

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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Post-DragonCon House Concerts

After we leave DragonCon, we're taking the long way home, playing house concerts along the way.

Thurs, Sept 6, 2007
McKinney house concert @ 7:30 pm
1453 Carterís Ridge Road
Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777
Please RSVP. Call (828) 467-0973
Cost: $10.00

Description: Western North Carolina, about halfway between Asheville and Boone. On Highway 226 going towards Spruce Pine, turn right onto Carterís Ridge Road just beyond the Grassy Creek Baptist Church and across from the Grassy Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Itís the fourth house on the right; park in the yard and come around the back of the house (go to the right of and below the driveway and follow the grassy curve to the left towards and through the chainlink gate).

Friday, September 7, 2007
Deese House Concert @ 7:30-10pm
1619 Ashley Downs Dr.
Apex, NC 27502
Please RSVP. Call Nathan at (919) 608-2933

Saturday, September 8, 2007
Wilson House Concert @ 7:30-10pm
2302 Liberty Street
Parkersburg, WV 26101
Please RSVP. Call Robin at (304) 428-0292

Sunday, September 9, 2007
Panzarella House Concert @ Time TBA
253 S. Main St., Winchester, KY
Please RSVP. Call John or Kathy at (859) 744-4235

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, August 24, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards, Interfilk Guests at GAFilk 2007

It was 2000 when I first heard the term "filk". We were playing music at a wedding at the Texas Renaissance Festival for a friend. The wedding came to an end, and we were leaving the festival. He joyously took us by the arms and said, "I love your music. And I love that you play filk." Andrew and I both stared at him. "We play what?" we asked in unison?

That was my introduction to filk music. Since then, we go to quite a few Science fiction conventions where filkers gather. And quite frequently, you will find us in the filk room, listening and singing with others. It's a great place to try out new songs. For this reason, we were invited to be guests at GAFilk in 2008. If you're big into filk music, then this is the place for you.

January 11-13, 2008
GAFilk @ 2:00pm-3:00pm
Crown Plaza Atlanta Airport Hotel
1325 Virginia Ave
Atlanta, GA 30344

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards at A Long Expected Party

September 22nd is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. I wrote my own hobbit birthday song for Bilbo and Frodo's Eleventy-First birthdays. And of course, we recorded an all-original album of Lord of the Rings music with Memories of Middle Earth.

Well, we've already received our invitation to perform A Long Expected Party. In 2008, you will find us in the nearest thing to Hobbiton in our mundane world. It's at the Shaker Village in Kentucky. A bunch of LOTR enthusiasts decided to revive the Baggins birthday celebration with a spectacular party in a location that will make you think you're at home in Middle Earth. And we're lucky enough to be booked to perform at this event. Four days of music, guests, and fun.

Sept 25-28, 2008
A Long Expected Party
3501 Lexington Road (US 68)
Harrodsburg, Kentucky 40330
Cost : $250 for 4 days, see website for details

Email a friend and tell them to join you at A Long Expected Party.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards at LARF

We just received the exciting news. We will return to the Louisiana Renaissance Festival this Fall. But even better than that is we'll be there for the entire run of the faire!

The Louisiana Renaissance Festival is a little different from most of the faires we attend. This one is built around a small "lake". Okay, it's more like a pond, but it's a nice-sized body of water. It has beautifully built structures, a great cast, and an atmosphere that leaves me yearning to go back every year. That's why I'm so excited that we now have this notice earlier than usual.

Some of our favorite Renaissance Festival performers are there too, like Vince Conaway, The Limeybirds, Craig of Farrington, Paolo Garbanzo, The Tortuga Twins, and lots more.

This year, we'll have more intimate stages too, which will add to the atmosphere.

Weekends, Nov 3 - Dec 9, 2007 and Friday Nov 23rd (day after Thanksgiving)
Louisiana Renaissance Festival
46468 River Road
Hammond LA, 70401
985-429-9992
Cost : $14 adult 1-day pass

Showtimes:

Peninsula Stage: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Dance: 2:30pm

I hope you'll not just be there, but tell a friend. Invite them to experience the faire and share a musical experience with the Brobdingnagian Bards.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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New Celtic Art Store

Ingrid Houwers announced the opening of her new webstore. The site features art, jewelry, bodices, and much much more. Ingrid designed the CD cover to Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales and also Marc's solo CD Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers.

So, are you looking for nice Celtic jewellery that is unlike the 'mass market' products? Looking for affordable neck Torcs? Come in and take a peek!

Direct link to the Torcs section

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 20, 2007
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Return from GenCon

Finally home. GenCon was Amazing! I really liked that convention. Made me feel like I was at home. I just wish I coulda gone gaming. But no such luck. But our show at Friday Night Live with Tom Smith, Luke Ski and more was... Wow! We had a standing ovation for our warm up song. hehe...

Basically, Andrew was playing "Name That Geek Tune" on the recorder while people shouted out various Sci Fi shows to play tunes from. Then at the end of it, someone, as always, requested "Freebird", and we thought, "What the hell!" We put on a high-energy performance that left me pulling a couple muscles in my legs and skinning my knees. And yes, we had a standing ovation.

After that, we had our show. It was awesome. And again, ended with a standing ovation. I'm really not used to that. That was really cool! 300 people cheering and standing in front of their seats. Yeah. That definitely felt like the Rock Star moment. :)

Overall, I think we made a good impression. And hopefully, we'll be back next year. Then as I was looking at the program, I saw GenCon Australia. And said to Andrew, "So when you ask Jeanette about GenCon can you check in to Australia too?" hehe. Well, she doesn't handle it, but we met some of the people who do in the Exhibitors Hall. Gave them a press kit and with any luck, next July we'll be in Australia. That'd be soooo brilliant!

The only downside for the weekend was the Lonnnnnng drive. Oh! But at least up there it went great. We played in Little Rock, Arkansas to a fantastic audience. I'm hoping we'll be making more trips there in the future.

Meantime, just over a week before we drive to DragonCon! WOOHOOO!!!!!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 20, 2007
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NEW: We Have Totes and Tees!

I forget when we first released this t-shirt. I guess it was in 2003 maybe? Or was it 2004?

Whenever it was the T-shirt design was created by Nikki O'Shea of Dragonpress Graphics. We met Nikki several years ago at I-Con, a Sci Fi Convention on Long Island. We loved her work and asked if she would be interested in making a Brobdingnagian Bards Comic. She agreed.

Nikki began the comic using lyrics from Randy Farran's song "Do Virgins Taste Better". And if you're wondering why there's a unicorn in this story, you'll have to read the comic.

Nevertheless, it went over so well that she decided to design a T-shirt. The t-shirt sold out shortly after printing it. We made a second printing. THAT one sold out. Then she designed a 2006 shirt for us. And while "Dreams Are Made of Music" went over great, everyone kept asking for This Shirt.

At long last, *whew*, we reprinted the shirt. This time, we added in baby doll shirts for the ladies. The shirts were printed by Lunatic Fridge and they look fantastic!

Oh! And we also printed some Tote Bags too, which is Awesome, because my old Tote Bags are really worn out.

Ready to get your Brobdingnagian Bards Comics, T-Shirts and Tote Bags? Click here.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards in Little Rock, Arkansas

August 15, 2007
Studio Joe @ 19:30
600 Autumn Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas
Cost : $10.00

Description: Coffee, espresso, tea, NutriSoda, and munchies will also be available. Studio Joe is a smoke-and-alcohol-free venue. From I-630/I-430 in west Little Rock, take Chenal westward to Autumn Drive (at the corner with Barnes & Noble, Purple Cow, and IHOP). Turn downhill on Autumn and youíll see the sign on the left almost as soon as you get out of the intersection. Itís the gray building with the green roof. Entrance is around on the back side. Email msminlr [at] gmail.com if you have any questions; be sure to put "Brobdingnagian Bards at Studio Joe" in the subject line.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 13, 2007
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Make Your Own Internet Radio Station

Recently, I've been spending time at SoundClick.com. This is the website where we sell digital downloads of our music in a nice DRM-free manner. It was the replacement to MP3.com, and it seems to be growing as such. When I first found them, you could just host music there. But now, now you can buy albums and create your own custom internet radio station.

I put one such station for a new CD I'm working on. I admit it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to create. But it wasn't too difficult either. Though the thing I like best about it is since these stations are managed via SoundClick and the music is all licensed via SoundClick, you don't have to worry about the internet radio atrocities that were created by the music industry and SoundExchange. Just last month, Ren Radio closed due to those problems. And Highlander Radio is fighting to survive as well.

So if you are at work and want to your hear favorite songs by the Brobdingnagian Bards or Marc Gunn, start your own internet radio station and share it with your friends. There's a lot of great music on SoundClick as well. Enough to keep you entertained for weeks.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 13, 2007
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DragonCon and a New CD

Woohoo! We're finally listed on the DragonCon website!

And we have a New CD coming too.It features live recordings from a number of shows we've done.

Track Listing: Star of the County Down, Pachelbel's Canon/Old Dun Cow, Jedi Drinking Song, Jug of Punch, Garry Owen Set, Oor Hamlet, Finnegan's Wake, Jedi Drinking Song Prequel, Donald Where's Your Drunken Scotsman?, If I Had A Million Smurfy Ducats, Seven Drunken Nights, Do Virgins Taste Better Medley, The Leprechaun, An Irishman Who Doesn't Drink, The Unicorn Song, In the Mood.

The CD title is Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus. That translates to "Death to Unicorns, With Laughter". You'll understand when you hear the CD.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 06, 2007
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