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The latest music news, stories, and events of The Original Celtic Renaissance music group, the Brobdingnagian Bards. CELTIC GEEK at its Best! Find out more from the Nagians page.

Thank You Thank You Thank You!!! - Recovering from an Internet Scam

Let me start by saying how much I appreciate EVERYONE who's written their sympathies, support and hugs. Wow! Ya'll are amazing! While I wanted to warn other musicians, I never dreamed we would get THIS MUCH support. THANK YOU!

Tons of people got the word out about our distress and these internet scammers in LJs, Myspace, Blogs and websites. The FuMP (The Funny Music Project) took a HUGE stand passing around the word. A HUGE thanks to Tom Smith, Sudden Death and Rob Balder! Ya'll are Amazing!

Ren Radio and Wander Radio put the word out on the netwaves. Rennies and even some music groups showered us with emails and phone calls. And the Nagians went above and beyond the call of duty with hundreds of dollars of donations and pledges, some asking Nothing in Return. Wow! Wow! And Wow!

I haven't done the full calculations today, but I'm fairly certain we are now back in the black. So THANK YOU! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

I am so very grateful to everyone who donated their money and energy to spreading the word about this scam. I think we Really Got the word out. I heard four other Celtic groups were contacted with the same offer and narrowly missed out on losing thousands of dollars too. Your efforts have worked. And I'm leaving open to hopefully warn others about the dangers of internet scams. Feel free to post your stories and suggestions there as well.

All that said, I don't think we even went through all 30 DVDs that we offered to release. So my thought was to leave the donation button open just a little bit longer, at least until those 30 DVDs are gone, and donate all the surplus to a non-profit.

Do any of you know of any non-profits who help folks scammed like us? if so, please let me know.

Again, thank you a million times over. Your support in this stressful time was overwhelming. Thank you.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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Bards Rebuilding from Fraud - You Can Help!

We are $2500 poorer. I'm ashamed to admit that we were the subject of fraud. You can read about what happened here. We contacted the FBI, but as indie musicians, we can't afford this sort of loss. That money wiped out all the money we earned from the release of our new CD LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus and then some!

To help us recover, we've decided to do a special fund raising deal. If you read our message board, you know how many people would LOVE to see us perform live. That's one of the reasons we released the live CD. But we still don't have an official DVD.
SPECIAL NOTE! All 30 DVDs are now gone.

I want to seriously thank everyone who has donated to help us out and also to everyone who spread the word.
We are now back in the black!

Now we are adding up the money and looking for a charity where we will send all surplus donations to help others who've gone through this same problem.

Thank you again. And if you do care to support the Brobdingnagian Bards further, please
purchase a CD, t-shirt, or buy our MP3s.
However, we have received video recordings from fans. So we decided to take it to the limit. We are putting together THIRTY Fraud Rebuilding Gift Packs to help us recover some of the money we lost. That's it. There will be only thirty. In it you will receive:
  1. ONE LIVE DVD from the Georgia Renaissance Festival,
  2. ONE Virgins/Dragons T-Shirt of your size and choice (Small to 4X),
  3. ONE Tote bag, and
  4. ONE CD of your choice,
  5. MP3s from our Live Show in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland, and
  6. TEN "Real Men Wear Kilt" stickers, plus
  7. OUR Eternal Gratitude!
The first few people who make a donation can also choose from some CDs that are no longer available, including:
  • Nagians Only, Vol. 1 - some live show recorded in 2000, only 3 more copies left! never to be re-released);
  • Do Virgins Taste Better - a 4-song EP of songs that were later released on other CDs with an exclusive cover-only 20 of these exist at all... and I have five!;
  • A Million "Million Ducats" - the original version of this 6-song EP (we hope to release a longer version some day, but who knows when?) was done in 2000. It includes all the versions of "Ducats" that we had recorded in the studio at that time, four of which never made it onto another CD;
  • Marked By Great Size - our very first CD ever, no longer publicly available for sale; or
  • Gullible's Travels - our very second CD ever, also no longer publicly available for sale.
You can also pick any CD that we've released or that I've released as solo artist.

A special thanks also to Lunatic Fridge who donated the shirts and totes for this rebuilding.

PS. Please share this warning with your musician friends.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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"Monster Mash" Video

Find the "Monster Mash" lyrics here.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards in The Devil's Panties

No. This really isn't some sort of perversion. Last week, we were featured in Jennie Breeden's web comic, The Devil's Panties. But then many of you prolly already know that. I had over fifteen people mention it to me. Sorry it took so long to post.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus #1 on CD Baby!

We did it. Our new CD LIVE: Nex Monceroti, Per Risibus hit #1 on CD Baby today! Woohoo!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy of this fun new album. You ROCK!
Thank you! Thank you!

And as an extra special gift, it looks like The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs also climbed into the Top 40 at #30. Way cool!

I hope you all have a brilliant weekend! Ours is extra nice.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, October 13, 2007
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Bards LIVE CD Hits #2

We almost made it! LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus climbed to #2 today! (I thought the charts changed more than once a week... is it twice a week?)

Whatever the case, the CD is now just a pinch away from #1. Just a few more days until the sale ends next Monday. So pick up your copy asap!

The Bards sparkle live
author: Lynn McKinney
If you're a fan of live music, this is the album for you! On this album there's a lovely selection of Bard Banter, with audience participation and comedy improvisation. The guys were really on their highest level of wit when they recorded these songs, and the recording is a feast of humor and pop culture references for the media fan. But there's plenty of music too, in fine Bard Style! I've always maintained that the guys lose a certain something if you don't hear them live, and this is as close as you can get to being at a Live Bards Concert without actually being there.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, October 12, 2007
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Bards LIVE CD Still Fighting Its Way to the Top

The new Brobdingnagian Bards CD LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus is still selling fairly well at CD Baby, though it has begun to slow down a lot. Right now, we are about 30 CDs away from my goal. As I recall CD Baby's Top Now Charts update once a week on Monday. So if we can pull in enough CDs over the weekend, we might chart a little bit higher. But I'm not certain at present if we're gonna have enough to top the charts.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, October 11, 2007
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Bards LIVE Is Editor's Pick on CD Baby!

I know. I know. I'm posting a LOT about the CD, but I just saw that our new CD LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus is the Editor's Pick on CD Baby's Musical Comedy Charts. WOOT! Guess we did something right! :)

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, October 08, 2007
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Live CD Update

It's just past mid-day and the new the Brobdingnagian Bards' CD, LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus is selling well. We're about a third of the way from our goal for today. If we sell over 100, maybe 120 CDs, we should hit #1 on CD Baby in the next couple days. It usually takes a few days for the charts to update. So it might not show up tomorrow, but we can hope. We'll see how many we sell today.

A BROBDINGNAGIAN Thanks to everyone who's ordered the CD today. Ya'll rock!

Oh! And when you get the album, please listen and post a review at CD Baby as well. T'anks!


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, October 08, 2007
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Middlefaire and Order Brobdingnagian Bards LIVE NOW!

Back home from Middlefaire. My first faire solo. It wasn't too bad. I pulled off the shows well enough. Well, I did on Sunday at least. Saturday, I felt like I was in a daze. It was one of those days, I really wish Andrew was there because he could hopefully cover for 'space out' Marc. But again, the shows seemed to go over fairly well with my audience.

It was nice playing cat songs too. But it was also tough coming up with other original songs. So many people play the same songs at faires that I wanted to play songs that weren't quite as popular. Andrew and I have that with songs like "Exclamations", "Lily the Pink"... and most of the songs Andrew sings. LOL.

I need to find more songs like "Lish Young Buy-A-Broom". I played that a wee bit. I love that song. Such great lyrics. Kinda romantic. Kinda playful. I don't have enough songs like that one. Hmm. Maybe I should write song.

I did improv a song. Those are fun. And this was deteriorated into sick, perverted comedy quite quickly... But it was amusing. The Drunken Damsels listening in there didn't help much. The Pervs. ;) I had fun hanging a wee bit with those lasses. And of course, always with the Bedlam Bards too. The bastards have me listening to their music now. Grrr! :)

Oh and the Damsels have a cool virgin of "Versions"... wait! Flip that statement. Hoping to get those lyrics to post on the website.

But I was saying... Same songs. A friend mentioned the repetition of songs in the Irish music world. Admittedly, I'm HIGHLY guilty of that. But then, I have a devious plan *insert wicked laugh here*, which is to attract new fans to find our other music. And I have been writing a LOT of music recently. Sure, most are instrumental, but not all. And I'm moving in the direction I hope to.

Anyway, enough jabbering. It's late. In fact, it's almost midnight... which means.......

And help us push that song to #1 on CD Baby!!!!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, October 07, 2007
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NEW: "Live: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus"

Well, the Brobdingnagian Bards' New CD, LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus, is here! And we need your help. We want to push this album to #1 on CD Baby. So we would like you help. Please order your copy of our new CD on Monday, October 8th.

As an added bonus, the CD will be on sale all next week.

Yes, you could buy it from me at MiddleFaire, but we want to totally terrorize the charts on CD Baby and send the CD to #1. So please, please, please purchase your copy of this CD on Monday. And help show the internet world that the Brobdingnagian Bards are better than the crap being forced down your ears by corporate radio.

- Marc Gunn

Oh! And if you're signed up to our newsletter, I'll be sending a reminder about his on Sunday evening.

PS. And if you already have the new CD from DragonCon, please post your review of the album on CD Baby. Thanks!

PSS. And please share this post with others!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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Live on Destinies

We were recently featured on Destinies, a radio program out of Stony Brook, NY. They played a live performance of us from I-Con. You can listen to the show online.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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