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Procrastination Pays Off - Ireland Vacation Tour and Beyond

After a short break from recording my next cat CD, I finally booked my tickets for the Brobdingnagian Bards Vacation Tour of Ireland. And procrastination paid off. The tickets dropped $150 or so. W00t!

The tour is all a go. Right now, we have a nice 15 people booked for the trip. So there is still room if you would like to join us. We are asking for final payment by Feb 23rd. Though the date is a little flexible. So if you want to wait for your tax refund check. Drop me a line and let me know you're thinking of joining the tour.

When the tour ends on the 13th, Andrew and I are gonna do a wee bit of touring. We are looking for gigs. I have a good IN for Germany, but I've never seen England. So that's at the top of my list for places to play.

So if you are in England or can help us book a gig there or want to organize a house concert, email me. Or if you want to help us go to wherever you are, let me know. The big thing is we Will need your help to organize these gigs as we are booking this ourselves.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, February 08, 2008
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Booking Air Travel to Ireland in 2008

Now that the Vacation Tour of Ireland is now organized and ready to go, I have started looking at how much it will cost to fly to Ireland. While the tour includes all housing and food, it does not include air travel.

One nice thing about the CIE tour last year was that they had a set price for everyone who wanted to fly to Ireland as a group. I am currently looking into group rates. Soif you want to fly with us, bookmark this page right now (Ctrl-D). I'll post air travel tips here.

In the meantime, I'm gonna use the info from last year as a base.
  1. Round trip flights between JFK/DUB and SNN/JFK.
  2. Airfare $850 (this includes Airport departure taxes)
  3. To utilize these rates, the full airfare payment must be received by 65 days prior to departure. Otherwise it may be subject to higher rate.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, September 27, 2007
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The Bards' 2008 Tour of Ireland Itinerary Is Now Online

The Brobdingnagian Bards Vacation Tour of Ireland for 2008 is now online. Here are some of the quick details, but read the whole thing... It's amazing!
  • Transport by luxury motorcoach with a driver/guide (one man) for 8 days.
  • ALL meals included.
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin bedded rooms with private bath as listed opposite for 8 nights.
  • Full breakfasts (8).
  • Table d'hôte dinners (7). (advance special diet requests, no problem)
  • Dinner and traditional ceili entertainment at Kiloran's Tobercurry, Co. Sligo
  • Passage on the Tarbert Ferry across the Shannon
  • Visits and any admission fees to:
    • Durrow Castle, Co. Laoise (morning coffee stop)
    • Geoff's Pub, Castlemagner, Co. Cork (lunch and music stop)
    • Gougane Barra monastic site and forest park
    • Bantry Bay House, Gardens & Armarda Center
    • Music evening in Kenmare, Co. Kerry
    • Ancient sites of Beara Peninsula, stone circles and ogham stone
    • Brigit's Garden, Co. Galway (make your own Brigid's Cross here)
    • Hennigan's Heritage Center, Co. Mayo with storyteller Tom Hennigan
    • Carrowkeel Cairns, 6000 year old passage cairns
    • Shuttle to take you up the mountains to the Carrowkeel cairns
    • Music and more from Carrowcrory Traditional Cottage
    • Shannon Pot (beautiful spring well source of the Shannon River
    • Folk Crafts, Drama and Dance Workshop by Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh
    • Tara Hill, Co. Meath
  • Hotel porterage, service charges and Irish government VAT taxes.
Plus, you're gonna have lots of music from the Brobdingnagian Bards.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 24, 2007
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Take a Trip to Ireland with the Brobdingnagian Bards

It was the summer of 2000. The Brobdingnagian Bards were just a year old, and we started playing weekly at an Irish pub in Georgetown, Texas. The pub was an old house with good food and great drink. More and more people showed up to hear us sing Irish music. Some recommended certain songs. And many had stories to tell about their visit to Ireland.

I tell ye. I was ready to go back then. But I had a full-time job, and we had just released our second CD, Gullible's Travels. The CD was a hit, but we were still barely known. It was months before our fame would rocket on So we set some goals. "Next year," we said, "we're going." Next year came and went. Each show we played led to a booking at another venue. We released two more CDs, but I had huge debt and Andrew too was still scraping by. "Nope. Not this year," we relalized.

Well, years later, I can't say we're much better off. We're still gig as much as we can and sell a lot more CDs, but you have to spend money to make money. So we're still struggling. But last year, I woke up and noticed several bands were creatively finding their way to Ireland. If you can afford the trip, organize one! So that's what we did.

Do you know this our first chance to ever go to Ireland? I know. It shocks me too. It's a tragedy as much as I love Irish music, singing Irish songs, hosting Irish podcasts... Heck, I'm pretty involved in the Celtic community online, but I don't really know what to expect aside from a few movies or travel shows. Those just aren't the same thing.

Well, that's gonna change next year, June 2007. We've organized a guided tour of Ireland, and we want you to join us.

Imagine driving for an hour on a bus, stopping off in the lush green countryside. A tourguide describes the scene. We soak it in. Maybe play a song? Or arrive in Killarney and enter pub and sing. You get to experience each moment of this exciting adventure for us AND YOU!

I don't know who's gonna join us, but I think only about forty people can go on this tour. That's not a lot considering we have hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

Do you want to be a part of the fun?

Then join our tour to Ireland. This is an Adventure you will NEVER forget.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, August 27, 2006
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