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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 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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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.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 06, 2007
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Bard Bootleg, Vol. 1 - KEOS 2001-2002

MP3 CD | $20.00 + S&H

Bard Bootlegs, Vol. 1Take a step back in time with us. We have three live, in-studio performances that we recorded at a KEOS Radio in Bryan, Texas back in 2001 and 2002. You will hear one of our earliest performances of the "Jedi Drinking Song", a couple songs unavailable on any CD, a dragon's beheading, and the first recording of "Moria" from Memories of Middle Earth that includes it's ORIGINAL name. Plus, I can't begin to tell you how funny these are. Andrew and I were dying laughing while listening to our antics.

You'll have nearly three hours of rough-and-tumble music and bardic fun. We plan to release only 100 copies of this bootleg MP3 CD (one CD packed with all these MP3s). Remember, these are bootleg quality recordings recorded off the radio. This is only for the diehard Nagians so if you want a copy order soon before they vanish forever into the depths of Nagian History.

We will order these CDs on this week. So it will take about a month before you get your copy of the album. Sorry. We sold out of this CD as of Sept 29, 2006.


--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, September 29, 2006
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Dragons and Virgins

We're still at FenCon right now, but I'm a little awed. At long last, we met two people whose names we've only known from years of playing songs by these two people. They are Randy Farran and Claire McMurray. Those two authored "Do Virgins Taste Better" and "The Dragon's Retort" respectively.

Andrew was first introduced to the first song through his sister in our first year together. After doing some research online, he found Claire's song "The Dragon's Retort". We combined those two songs together when we first started playing at Excalibur Fantasy Faire. It was our first "hit". So we recorded them individually for our first CD, Marked By Great Size. But Nagians wanted to hear the two songs together, as we perform them live. So when we started recording A Faire To Remember, we decided we would indeed record those two songs together. It's been one of our most-popular songs since.

Nevertheless, Randy and Claire have been sorta secret heros of mine ever since. I caught a little of Randy's show he had today, which was fantastic. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that Claire was at the convention too. So I was disappointed when we performed our "Medley" when I realized I mentioned Randy Farran as an author, but not Claire McMurray. And even more ironic was that Claire was in the audience and Randy wasn't. LOL. Anyway, my apologies Claire!!!

Oo! On an extra exciting note, Claire asked about my solo cat CD, Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers and she's planning to submit a song for the next cat album. Oh! And Cedric of the Bedlam Bards has a couple more songs planned for the album, too.

All in all, FenCon is just brilliant fun, while being soo much more relaxing than DragonCon. Though it just makes me miss DragonCon all the more. I can't for next year. However, I'm now also really hoping that FenCon will have us back next year. It's a good time all around.


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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, September 23, 2006
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The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs

I hate to say it, but sometimes Andrew comes up with the most brilliant ideas. Last night, he did that. I went to Mother Egan's to take a LOT o'pictures of Guinness to see if I can come up with a CD cover for the new Irish drinking songs compilation. As I'm mentioning how on the back cover I was using a picture of a castle, he jokingly threw out a silly idea that I ran with. Thus was born the title of our new CD, "The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs". And the cover you see below:

UPDATE: Wow! I just got back from Andrew's. We were practicing a few songs for DragonCon this coming weekend. He's been hard at work mixing new songs, and remastering old ones. And wow! I'm impressed!

Andrew remastered all of the old songs and gave them a fuller body. A lot of our earlier recordings, while they sounded great, they weren't radio ready. They didn't have a fully body. Lots of highs and now low end. Andrew's learned a LOT about mastering and took those old recordings, cleaned them up and remastered them so they sound sharper and fuller than ever. It's amazing!

My hat's off to Andrew. The new CD will sound brilliant!

More details of the CD should be coming... Find out more about The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs here.


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

I love free stuff. I've given away MP3s, CDs, stickers, t-shirts, you name it. But it's the free stickers that have become one of my favorite freebies of recent.

I don't even remember where we got that slogan. I think it was thrown around on our Nagians discussion group. But last year, we started giving away free stickers that read "Real Men Wear Kilts".

We just wanted something to promote the Brobdingnagian Bards. These days, we pretty much only wear kilts at gigs. It seemed like a natural slogan, especially as much as I dance on stage, kilt swaying, women trying to look for a blue ribbon.

Any case, our first run was just a thousand stickers. We gave the free stickers away from our website with a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope. I was pretty surpised at how quickly they disappeared. I think the first batch was gone in three months.

So I decided to get serious. I hired fantasy art guru, Jen Clower-Brown to create a new design. I ordered another thousand stickers. This one disappeared in two months!

I was blown away! This was pretty much a vanity project. I don't think we make a dime on these stickers. In fact, I had to really talk Andrew into agreeing to print two thousand more since we were losing money. But it's promotion. So he finally agreed.

It helped that one day, I had a brainstorm. We were already planning on making our next CD an album of Scottish folk music. The tentative title, Songs of Scotland, would match our Irish folk song CD, Songs of Ireland. But the more I think about it, the more happy I am we scrapped that first CD title.

It kinda hit me like a baseball in the head. "Duh, Marc! Real Men Wear Kilts."

I mean, we've been doing all this promotion for this Scottish CD using that slogan. Why not just name the CD "Real Men Wear Kilts." And that's what we're doing.

We're now into our fourth printing of stickers. That means, over four thousand stickers are already decorating the cars, books, computers, and instrument cases of America. And there seems to be no end in sight. Which is grand!

So 2005, we're declaring "The Year of the Kilt". So hit your local kilt retailer, don your plaid, and show your Kiltic colours. And to start it off, don't forget to pick up your copy of our free stickers, "Real Men Wear Kilts. OH! And now you can order a hundred stickers at a time for just thirty bucks!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, July 08, 2004
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