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

Brobdingnagian Bards Tales

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Bards at Two Rivers Renaissance Faire

Our first year at this one weekend faire in Southeastern Arizona.

Two Rivers Renaissance Faire was born of a love for all things Renaissance. A time when chivalry was alive and well. When people were realizing art, science and exploration. The Renaissance Faire celebrates the music, food, and fun of the olde world village marketplace. Come experience life in Renaissance Europe. This will be another fun and exciting family event, unlike anything else in Yuma.

Feb 1-3, 2008
Two Rivers Renaissance Faire
West Wetland Park
Yuma, AZ

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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January 2008 House Concerts and Gigs

Thu, January 10, 2008
Studio Joe
600 Autumn Drive
Little Rock, AR
Opens at 7:30pm (2-40 min sets)

Thu, January 17, 2008
House Concert at Cameron and Stephanie Rowe
3620 Azalea Dr.
Destin, FL 32541
Opens at 7pm. First set ~ 7:30pm.
Please RSVP. Ph: (850) 650-3002
stephanie @ crcdatatech.com

Fri, January 18, 2008
Haeuser House Concert
47167 Highway 445
Robert, LA
RSVP to ghislainederouen @ hotmail.com
Show at 8pm (2-40 min sets)

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, January 02, 2008
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Notes about the Louisiana Renaissance Festival

Oh! I was just reminded of a couple of corrections I need to point out if you plan to come see us at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival.

If you've checked the faire's schedule, you'll note it differs a bit from the schedule on our website. The times are the same, but the acts are not. Our first two showtimes at 11:45a and 1:00p are listed as "Brobdingnogain". The best Andrew and I could figure out is that this is the Brobdingnagian version of Rogain. Andrew is before (short hair), and I am after (long hair).

However, our last show at 2:45 features "Barbie/etc". I have No Idea where the hell they got that from. I mean I don't wear high heels. And I don't think Andrew cross-dresses (aside from the obvious kilt jokes). But then... he did, after all, talk to the entertainment director. So? Hmm...? No. Even with that he's a bit tall to bother with high heels. Just doesn't make sense. But I digress.

Those times 11:45, 1:00, and 2:45 are indeed OUR showtimes, withOUT high heels or skirts. Just KILTS!

And even then, that schedule is only for the First Half of the Faire. At present, I don't know Where we will be for the second half!?!

So the best I can suggest is patience. We might just be playing in the lanes. If that's the case, my guess is that we'll be by Jamie's cottage most of the day. But wherever we are I will let you know as soon as I know something. Slainte!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, November 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.

Thanks!
Slainte!
- 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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MiddleFaire

It's nearly time for MiddleFaire. Located in Hillsboro, Texas, just South of Dallas, this small faire is in its second year and our second year performing there. Though there's a small change to the original schedule. Andrew won't be able to make it on the first weekend. So Marc will be performing solo. But come second weekend, we will return with full bardic goodness.

Weekends, Oct 6-7 and 13-14, 2007
Middlefaire
8581 SH 171
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Kids (6-12), Free Children (0-5)
Time: 11 AM to Dusk Saturday, 11 AM to Dusk Sunday
Middlefaire is located at the SW corner of County Road 1458 and State Highway 171.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, September 17, 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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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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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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Brobdingnagian Bards Return to DragonCon, the Sci Fi Convention Extravaganza

We did it at last! We have our confirmation that once again we will return for our sixth time to DragonCon, one of the biggest Sci Fi Conventions in the world. This convention sprawls out between three hotels. There hundreds of guests and tens of thousands of people who show up dressed in fantastic costumes or with cameras to take pictures of fantastic costumes, to visit panels, meet celebrities and more.

Fri, Aug 31-Sept 3, 2007
DragonCon
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Show Schedule: (Times may change)

FRIDAY
1-2:30 PM - Art Show
4 PM - Comedy Show - 1st Show Time
8-8:30 PM - Open for Emerald Rose at the Evening at Bree (30-45 minutes)

SATURDAY
7 PM - Parsec Awards
10:10 PM - The Signal Podcast (Performing a new Firefly Song)
11:30 PM - Filk Concert (arrive early to get a seat)
1 AM - Firefly Shindig, International North in the Hyatt

SUNDAY
5 PM - Concourse
1:30 AM - Pirate Party - Regency V in the Hyatt

I look forward to this convention more than just about any other thing we do each year. If we're still playing music at 90, I hope we'll still be performing at DragonCon... though maybe our kilts will look a little too amusing on our ancient legs. But that's a side note...

What can you expect if you go? Well, let's see. There's the ever popular Goth satirist, Voltaire. You'll laugh yourself to death with his dark humour. And if you see Celtic folk musicians, Emerald Rose show, you can expect to dance until you drop!

There's a lot of funny music this year. The FuMP (Funny Music Project) will be out in full force with artists like Tom Smith, Rob Balder, Worm Quartet, Carrie Dahlby, Throwing Toasters,and Luke Ski will be there. Carla Ulbrich is the Filk Guest of Honor. And two of our favorite bands, Boogie Knights and Bedlam Bards (do you notice a B theme with us too?), will be there as well.

Plus, you'll hear Renaissance festival favorites, Three Quarter Ale.

There'll be guests from Firefly (Shepherd Book and Badger and folks from The Signal), Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings, Apollo and Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, and much much more.

The list goes on and on. Visit the website to find out more!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, July 27, 2007
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Ft. Worth House Concert

Join us for a relaxed evening of bardic fun in Fort Worth for a summer show. You never know what to expect from a Brobdingnagian Bards concert. This evening will be no different.

August 3, 2007
Rush House Concert @ 7:30pm
2526 Boston Ave.
Ft. Worth, TX 76103

Please RSVP to Emilee
817-531-2433 House
817-233-8755 My Cell
Emilee.Rush@gmail.com

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, July 05, 2007
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Return to ELYSIUM

Elysium is Austin's premiere Goth club and industrial haven. The Brobdingnagian Bards are Austin's Original Celtic Renaissance. Add a bit of drinking songs and some mystical Lord of the Rings inspired-music and you have an idea of what we're about.

Come join us!

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2007
Time: 11pm (Exit), 12am (Brobdingnagian Bards)
Location: 705 Red River
City: Austin, TX 78705
Phone #: 512.478.2979
Cover: $5
Age: Must be 21 or older to attend.
Website: www.elysiumonline.net

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, July 01, 2007
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Gen Con

I remember reading Dragon Magazine in high school and hearing about this gaming convention of gaming conventions. Mind you, I originally wanted to go play Dungeons & Dragons instead of music, but hey, that's what I do now. And I love what I do! That said, I'm still uber-excited to finally go to GenCon and play music at this great con.

Aug 16th-19th
GenCon Indianapolis
Indiana Convention Center
100 South Capitol Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46225
http://www.gencon.com/

It's the reason you bother working the other 361 days a year. Life leads up to this: Gen Con-the best four days in gaming, period. Gamblers have their Las Vegas. Jocks have their Super Bowl. But we gamers-ah-we have our Gen Con. It's the literal epicenter of premier gaming. Thousands of gaming enthusiasts gather together and celebrate 96 hours of what we do best: Play hard. Create worlds. Think brilliantly. Be our heroes. Be ourselves.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, July 01, 2007
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Florida Shows Next Weekend

Fourth of July is coming and we're visiting friends in Louisiana. So we thought, "Hey! Let's go a little further." And off we're booked for house concerts and some shows.

July 6th, 2007
House Concert
Cameron & Stephanie Rowe
3620 Azalea Dr.
Destin, FL 32541
Opens at 7pm. First set ~ 7:30pm.
Ph: (850) 650-3002
stephanie @ crcdatatech.com

July 7th, 2007
Tammy's Downtown Cafť
229 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
6pm to ~9pm
Ph: (850) 215-3401
envisions@knology.net
http://chrisarrant.livejournal.com/128005.html

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, July 01, 2007
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Oklahoma Renaissance Faire

I think it was in 1999, our first year as a band, that we last performed at Castle Muskogee. The faire was just a few years old at the time. And even then, it was a cool faire. Nice site, great cast, and lots of good entertainment. I remember playing non-stop for 12 hours on one Saturday. It was amazing.

Oh! And we even released our very first CD at the end of the festival. If you were lucky, you never got a copy. That CD was terrible.

But what is great is all the entertainment at the Oklahoma Renaissance Faire. Many of our faire friends are out there like Bedlam Bards, Queen's Gambit, Nancy Daily-Green, The Lord Mayor's Company, Shantyman & Bonnie Lass, Red McWilliams, and Lord Kerridwynn. Plus, we'll get to see some folks I've yet to meet like Howl-O.

Some come out and join us for our exciting return to OKRF!

May 19-20, 2007
Oklahoma Renaissance Faire
3400 W Fern Mountain Rd
Muskogee, OK 74401

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Brobdingnagian Bards at Stoa Galleries in Colorado

One of our friends sells jewelry in a gallery in Castle Rock, Colorado. That's pretty close to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Since we haven't been able to make it out there, she thought a Renaissance festival kick-off party would be a great way to start the season.

Enjoy the book store, art gallery, internet cafe as they have Renn costume fittings, wine tasting, and even a boba tea tasting, Plus, find some kids activities planned and, of course, the Brobdingnagian Bards. And this will also be a great way to kick off Opus Fantasy Arts Festival in Denver that weekend.

Thurs, May 24, 2007
Stoa Galleries @ 6-9pm
425 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO
(303) 688-1186

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Tour for Tara - Tipperary Inn

We're returning once again to the Tipperary Inn for another exciting performance one of the great Irish venues of Dallas. This time, we're adding a wee bonus... This is part of our Tour for Tara.

The Irish government is planning a highway right by the former home of the High Kings of Ireland. The beautiful vista that you may've experienced while visiting Tara in the past, may disappear forever, replaced by a highway. We hope to raise awareness for the upcoming Anam Cara Festival organized by the Global Arts Collective Initiative.

Thurs, May 17, 2007
Tipperary Inn @ 8pm-12am
5815 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75214-7310
(214) 821-6500
No Cover

Please help us make this a smashing success. Download a flyer (68k), fill in the info above, and start sharing it with all your friends. Then don't miss this exclusive engagement!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, April 26, 2007
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Shakespeare and Friends Renaissance Faire

June 2-3, 2007
Shakespeare and Friends Renaissance Faire
Located in Historic Rogersville
Rogersville, TN
Ph# 423-754-4495
10 a.m.-6p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Admission $10 adults - $8 students and seniors (under 18-over 60)
Two day ticket price $16 adults - $12 students and seniors
Children 12 and under free
No Pets Please

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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FOUR WINDS FAIRE

This faire is my new favorite for small Renaissance festivals in Texas. And it's actually a decent-size site. They have a fantastic joust, lots of great music and entertainment, and an beautiful site.

Four Winds Renaissance Faire
Troup, TX (South of Tyler)
Phone: (903) 839-5271
Four shows daily

Read my review of the our first weekend at Four Winds Renaissance Faire.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, April 02, 2007
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Four Winds Faire Review

Just got back from the Four Winds Renaissance Faire up by Tyler, Texas. I must admit it wasn't what I expected.

Going from pictures and a few people I expected a desolate faire out in the middle of a cow field somewhere. I was pleasantly surprised. The faire began thirteen years ago. And it is still a fairly small site considering the duration. However, it is bigger than the original Excalibur Fantasy Faire site. Much bigger, in fact. And I was surprised to find that despite its size, the land was well used.

Last year, Andrew and I were talking about the "perfect" faire. We thought a smart faire site would do what Excalibur did. Start with a small hexagonal piece of land and add new hexagonal pieces each time you start packing the original pieces.

Four Winds forced me to re-think that idea. The majority of their shops line one side of the faire. On the other is a lot of open space for dancing, watching jousts, archery, smithying, and just lounging. You see, I'm still a big fan of small faires. I like the fact that with small faires, you can see all there is to see and only Then, will you really experience the faire.

Four Winds is small, but not too small like the old Excalibur where some patrons might wonder if they're getting their money's worth. Here, you have a beautiful site with with well placed stages for belly dancers with loud drums that don't drown out the rest of the shows. They have sharp looking pirate stage, and the acoustics at the tavern and in the pavillion are just... well, very admirable. I've been bummed with a lot of faires because they don't have good music stages. This is the first site I've seen that has Several!

Now the one downside was some of the buildings. I'm a little biased towards buildings that look like they are out of the Renaissance. Okay, in this case, I'd like to see some that looked like they were out of Musketeer France (their theme). But there are several that do a brilliant job at keeping the theme.

Overall, I must say I loved playing here. This was the first time in a long time that I've been to a faire, the day came to a close, and I was quite ready to leave. I can't wait to go back there in three weeks.

April 21-22, 2007
Four Winds Renaissance Faire
Troup, TX (South of Tyler)
Phone: (903) 839-5271
Four shows daily

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, April 02, 2007
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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.

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--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 @ sbcglobal.net

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, February 16, 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.

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

THE ONE RING CELEBRATION 2007
Presented by Creation Entertainment in association with
TheOneRing.net and authorized by New Line Cinema

BURBANK, CA
Fri., Sat. & Sun. March 9-11, 2007
The Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel
(formerly The Hilton)

Updated: January 19, 2007

STAY OVERNIGHT WITH US
AT OUR HOST HOTEL & PARTY!

Journey with us as THE ONE RING CELEBRATION moves to a new location in 2007: the gorgeous Burbank Airport MARRIOTT, site of many of our most famous conventions! The hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport, features a newly renovated convention center which we occupy fully, wonderful sleeping rooms, a hopping bar and fine restaurant, Starbucks coffee in the lobby, and a warm and friendly staff used to fans! (After all we now run four other big fan conventions here!). Burbank itself is convenient to all of Southern California's sites and attractions!

2007 GUEST STARS

BILLY BOYD
Pippin in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
DAVID WENHAM
Faramir in Lord of Rings Return of the King and he is starring in the new film "300".

ANDY SERKIS
Gollum (Smeagol) in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as Kong in in the latest King Kong film. Appearing Sunday.
DOUG ADAMS
As a musical associate of composer Howard Shore, he has been working closely with Howard on the release of the Complete Soundtrack Recording box sets. He's done all the liner notes. He will give a great presentation on the themes used in the music to represent various races or characters at ORC.

Jan. 11: We have been informed by Elijah Wood's representation that he will be filming in Europe on a job he just got. He therefore will be unable to attend this year's convention, unfortunately. We look forward to working with Elijah again soon and wish him well on this new film!

All guests and events are tentative and subject to change. All guests have the right to cancel their appearance if film or television work will not allow them to make the convention.

2007 Convention Events

BEECAKE

The amazing band featuring Billy Boyd will be playing a concert during the weekend. Due to long-standing public demand we are flying in the band from Europe to appear! We'll keep you posted on ticket prices and other information but get set to be with us for the fun!

BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS

The Brobdingnagian Bards (pronounced brAHb'ding-nšg-EE-en) hail from Austin, Texas. They take traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs, mix it up with Lord of the Rings music to create a unique brand of Celtic Filk.

And when they say "unique", believe it! How many bands do YOU know that play autoharp, recorder, and mandolin... while wearing KILTS?!

The Bards (or if you're from Chicago "Da Bards!") were voted the ..1 BEST PERFORMING NOVELTY BAND in the 2004-5 Austin Music Awards. They are the 'Godfathers of Celtic MP3s'. Over FIVE MILLION MP3s have been downloaded by their fans online. Over a million MP3s were from one song, "Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)". They continue to give away over a dozen free Celtic MP3s from their website at http://www.thebards.net

In July, they released a NEW CD-BROBDINGNAGIAN FAIRY TALES. This is the eighth album from The Bards, and it features many of their hit songs inspired by contemporary Sci Fi culture from "Star Wars" to "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer", "The Last Unicorn" to "Schoolhouse Rock".

MIDDLE EARTH IDOLS

M.A.R.S. Productions presents Middle Earth Idols, a film parody of American Idol featuring Lord of the Rings characters, with celebrity guest judges Kiran Shah (LOTR), Daniel Reeve (LOTR), Dean Haglund (X-Files), Grant Wilson (Ghost Hunters) and more! Special musical performance by Emerald Rose! Who will be the next Middle Earth Idol?

2007 ORC MUSIC VIDEO CONTEST

Rules: one music video about Lord of the Rings may be submitted on DVD only (please no computer- based media like CD accepted). Only footage from the New Line Rings trilogy or home made video can be used.

Entries are judged on the following criteria: video quality, audio quality, editing quality, inventiveness, song selection, and originality. Humorous submissions are encouraged. Entries can not be returned, and person submitting entry is granting Creation the right to play this entry in perpetuity at Creation events worldwide.

Creation does not sell music videos so your entry will never be sold as a commercial product, just presented at our events. Winners will receive a $100 gift certificate good for Creation products and services worldwide (if both your entries are selected you will still be entitled to only one gift certificate).

Winners will be announced and certificates awarded on site at our Burbank event; if you are not present we will mail the certificate to you so be sure to include your return address, phone number and e mail. You may call our offices to confirm receipt of your entry but we do not announce winners until the event. All entries are due at Creation offices by Feb. 20th with no exceptions.

Please send entries to:

Creation Entertainment
ORC Video Contest
217 South Kenwood
Glendale, CA 91205

Thanks and good luck!

http://www.creationent.com

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, January 24, 2007
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See. Hear. Speak. Two. - Comedy Festival in Austin

ColdTowne Theater Presents:
see. hear. speak. two.
3 nights of film, music and comedy
Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20

see- Thursday, January 18 at 8pm.
A night of Comedy short films from local and national acts, featuring
work from Studio8.net and more!

hear- Friday, January 19 at 8 and 10pm.
Austin's finest musical comedy acts hawk their wares at the ColdTowne
Theater for one night only in flagrant disregard of local noise
ordinances.

hear will feature the following acts:

8PM
Phil Aulie's Ukulele (ukulele songs)
Jerm Pollet (improvised songs)
CockSound (rap)
Swingin' Sammy Gold and the Sultan
Bearded Lamb (It's a surprise!)
Southpaw Jones (humorous folk music)

10PM
Coolio Populore (faux-brazil)
Bill Stern (improvised songs)
Jeff Luna
Owen Egerton (a man, a beard, and a keyboard)
Mr. Happy Ray of Sunshine OBGYN and a Purple Bear with No Birthday
Terp 2 It (rap)
The Brobdingnagian Bards (irish/celtic) <----- THAT'S US! :)


speak- Friday January 20 at 8 and 10pm
Austin's finest comedy auteurs speak from their collective hearts with
two slots of one man shows.

ColdTowne Theater.
http://www.coldtownetheater.com
Airport and 481/2 St. next to I Luv Video.
512-524-2807.
$10

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, January 18, 2007
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Back to Elysium on Feb 8th with Voltaire

Elysium is Austin's premiere Goth club and industrial haven. Voltaire is a brilliant Goth musician and satirist from New York City. The Brobdingnagian Bards are Austin's Original Celtic Renaissance. Add a bit of drinking songs and some mystical Lord of the Rings inspired-music and you have an idea of what we're about.

Once again, we return to Elysium to share Celtic comedy with the Austin Community. And once again, we share the stage with one of my favorite Goth musicians, Voltaire.

Come join us!

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2007
Time: 10 pm Guymon Adams, 11pm (Brobdingnagian Bards), 12am (Voltaire)
Location: 705 Red River
City: Austin, TX 78705
Phone #: 512.478.2979
Cover: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Age: Must be 21 or older to attend.
Website: www.elysiumonline.net

Download flyers:We could use your help promoting the show. Please consider downloading a flyer and posting it in your place of business. Thanks!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, January 14, 2007
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Touring Europe This June

We're less than six months away from our trip to Ireland. I am hoping to visit some of my friends in Italy after the trip, and Andrew would like to see more of Europe too since he's never been.

So it is time to find out just how many fans we have there. It's time to start booking some gigs. And you can help.

We've never toured in Europe before. So we don't know where to play at all. We also don't know what kind of fan base we have there. So we may end up busking, but we'd like the opportunity to play for fans.

Ideally, we'd love to put together some house concerts. But I understand that Europe is not as open to house concerts as we are here in the states. Nevertheless, we're gonna look into this idea.

The other problem is finding venues AND communicating with them.

So here's where you can help. If you live in europe, would like to see us play live, are interested in a house concert, or would be willing to talk to a venue for us, please contact us and let us know how yo are willing to help.

We will keep you up-to-date with what we were able to book. Thanks!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, January 14, 2007
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ShadowCon XI

Their Graces, Duke Sir Kane and Ilissa, invite the Known World to their annual party, the SCA / Sci-Fi convention, ShadowCon XI!

Come join us for a winter weekend indoors! There will be fencing, heavy weapons and tourneys. There will be gaming, D&D, Vampire LARP, computer gaming, board games, an International game room, Merchants Masquerade (Historical, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy), Hall costume contest, Belly Dance lessons, Friday night Karaoke, Saturday night Haffla (Belly dance party), Kane's Auction of the Strange and Unusual, and MORE.

ShadowCon XI
January 5th, 6th & 7th, 2007
Holiday Inn
MEMPHIS-MT. MORIAH RD & I-240

2490 MT. MORIAH RD.
MEMPHIS, TN 38115 UNITED STATES
Hotel Front Desk: 1-901-3628010

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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Houston House Concert

We were out at the Texas Renaissance Festival a few weeks back and ran into one of our dear friends at faire, Stacy. She's been asking us to come do a house concert in Houston for a few months now. So we finally confirmed that we would definitely do a house concert there. We haven't played in Houston in a few years so this is an exciting opportunity. If it's anything like our show in Dallas last month, I'm sure there will be limited seating available. So RSVP ASAP to make sure you can attend.

Friday, December 1, 2006
Tarik and Stacy Bakri House Concert @ 7:30pm-9pm
2731 Creek Terrace Drive
Missouri City, Texas 77459
Call or email Stacy to RSVP.
stacyann @ houston.rr.com or by phone at 281-208-4429
$10 donation

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, November 07, 2006
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Elysium in Review

Once again, I find myself amazed by Elysium... on many levels

Last year, I met a Goth friend online who invited me to the club. So I wanted to go for a while, but never made it out. Please being a Goth-o-phile, I was anxious to experience the club. But I didn't. It wasn't until this year, when I talked another friend into going there for a 80s Goth night. And then learned about their 80s night on Sundays. I went back for one of those and had a blast. I liked the club. It had a good atmosphere. Dark and swank. Since the smoking ban went into session Austin, it's not too been too bad for cigarette smoke... That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, but it's not unbareable though.

So after I-Con in New York, and spending another amazing evening hanging out with Voltaire, I decided I wanted to get him into the club. So I hunted down the agent, did the footwork, and I was impressed by the character of the owners who booked the club. Good people. And great character. Of course, the show was a rousing success.

So now we're up to the present. Friday night, we had our first show there where we shared the evening with two Goth bands. In case, you didn't know, we're not Goths. We're more geek than Goth. We've played a lot of shows here in Austin. I love playing shows in Austin. It's so much easier than being on the road. But it's also so much easier to be complacent.

Most of the venues we've played in Austin have been half-hearted in supporting us. To them, it's all about how many people we can bring in on a dead night. That's fine. I accept that that is the fate of a musician. That's usually what it's about. We're kinda fortunate to perform at Ren Faires and Sci Fi Cons, where that's not the primary issue.

Oh and I should mention that many venues also don't want to pay because in Austin, musicians are a dime a dozen. So why pay good musicians when you can get some for free?

Elysium--a Goth club--is the first place I've played in Austin where I feel we are treated with respect. I like that. A lot. To know that the club sees your value. They know what you can do, what you can do for them, and what they can do for you. And they are willing to help you attain that goal.

I know Elysium, as a venue, doesn't serve all of our fans. So I am on the lookout for more venues like it that will reach our other fans. But I am a huge supporter of independent businesses that are run from the heart. And Elysium is just that sort of business. I can't wait until we return there in another three months.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, October 08, 2006
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Goth Help Us - Back at Elysium This Friday

I don't think I've mentioned yet that we are going BACK to ELYSIUM, Austin's premiere Goth club. Bards dressed in black with dark humor... What am I saying, Andrew couldn't be dark if he tried! Well, I can! Really I can! Read my poetry, you'll see. It's not all Jedi, fish and chips.

Anyway, mark your calendars. We'll be there on Friday, October 6th at 10pm, opening for two killer local Goth bands: Ear to Anon and Lila's Medicine. What do we have in common with them? Very little musically. Though I bet they like Star Wars and drinking. I mean, who doesn't... except Andrew. Well, I mean he likes Star Wars, but not drinking... alcohol at least. I mean, he likes his sweet tea... bad tangent, where was I?

Our last show at Elysium was, well, like a show at Sci Fi Convention. High-energy and amazing fun!

Tell your friends and your friends' friends. And share the news with everyone you can.

Date: Friday, October 6, 2006
Time: 10 pm (Brobdingnagian Bards), 11pm (Ear to Anon), 12am (Lila's Medicine)
Location: 705 Red River
City: Austin, TX 78705
Phone #: 512.478.2979
Cover: TBA
Age: Must be 21 or older to attend.
Website: www.elysiumonline.net

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, October 03, 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.

Slainte!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, September 23, 2006
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DragonCon 2006 Highlights

DragonCon is over. And I am wiped! You can see it by the bags underneath my eyes. That, and the new sinus infection. This was by far the busiest we've been at DragonCon. We had more shows than ever. Non-stop musical mayhem... or something like that. I tried getting a lot of rest, but I guess it didn't work.

Next year, I need to remember to starting early preparing for DragonCon... training if you will. Regular daily exercise so that I don't get too tired that way too. Saturday evening I disappeared into my Happy Place there was so much stimulation.

Some highlights:
  • We played for the Masquerade. It was awesome playing to a good 4000 people. My vocal mic had probs. So before we played "Jedi", we swung into "In the Mood". Both were a huge success.

  • The filk shows were wild, packed. Friday, there were so many people we moved the show into the hallway only to have the Fire Marshall close us down. Saturday and Sunday both had lines out the door. We definitely need a bigger venue.

  • Oh and after the Friday show, I was tired and delirious. I was posing in front of a statue of Jabba the Hutt doing... well... my best Leia impression, along with other embarrassing, blackmail pictures that I'm sure will show up online soon.

  • Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica fame pulled us aside on the Walk of Fame and asked us to play song. That was cool.

  • I was surprised by the number of Celtic festivals and Scottish games asking to hire us for their events. I just don't expect that much at Sci Fi cons.

  • I got a copy of Voltaire's new LIVE CD that was recorded at Elysium in Austin. My name was placed prominently on the back of the CD, "recorded by". Woohoo! I'm on a Voltaire CD. ;)

  • Mmm... Good food with West of the Moon folks.

  • We missed out at playing for Slice of SciFi and WingingIt, but I went to a Room Party of Michael and Evo's that was just brilliant. Author, Scott Sigler, "sang" a wild version of "Wild Rover" with me there. It was brilliant.

  • As soon as I get a chance to mess with the the Sunday night filk show, I hope to post it as a Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast. Keep an eye open for that.

  • The "Jedi Drinking Songs Prequel" went over great this weekend, though we kinda screwed up our performance of it in the Parsec Podcast Awards. But it was cool when Tracy Hickman of Dragon Lance fame expressed his love of our music. The Jedi Assembly seemed to dig the song as well.

  • Sunday on the Concourse, I had a blast playing "Health to the Company" with Bedlam Bards and Pandora Celtica. And Cedric's (of the Bedlam Bards) sign language interpretation of "The Unicorn Song" was a huge hit!

I guess that's all I can think of right now.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, September 05, 2006
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Things Celtic - Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day Party

Every year, Things Celtic holds a huge Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day party on September 17th. They're doing it again. And since the celebration is on a weekend, they're also having live music all day long.

Sunday, March 17, 2006
Things Celtic
1806 W. 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703


Check out our St Patrick's Day Music Downloads. And if you're in the mood for a St. Patrick's Day Party, check out that site.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, August 24, 2006
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DragonCon 2006 House Concert Tour

We're heading back to DragonCon for a weekend of geeky entertainment. On the way back, we'll be playing a few house concerts. To join the fun, just RSVP ASAP. :)

Friday, September 8, 2006
Pettingill House Concert @ 7:30-9pm
3671 High Bluff Dr.
Largo, FL 33770
Call or email Deborah and guy to RSVP.
columella@blackfish.biz or by phone at 727-321-1106
$10 donation

Sunday, September 10, 2006
John & April Leake House Concert @4pm-6:30pm
205 Grand Prix Dr.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 423-0122
Call to RSVP.
$10 donation

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, August 24, 2006
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TIPPERARY INN

Ask and ye shall receive... eventually. After years of fans asking, we were thrilled to receive an email from the Tipperary Inn in Dallas asking us to come perform at their pub. So we are now booked there in October. Four hours of bardic goodness.

Tipperary Inn @ 8pm-12am
5815 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75214-7310
(214) 821-6500
No Cover

Please help us make this a smashing success. Download a flyer (68k), fill in the info above, and start sharing it with all your friends. Then don't miss this exclusive engagement!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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Atlanta Georgia House Concert

We continue our July House Concert Tour with a gig in Atlanta, Georgia with a friend from the Georgia Renaissance Festival.

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Udell House Concert @ 9-11pm
1307 Winchester Trail, SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
fatima.al.zahra at gmail.com or by phone at 678-640-2550 $10 donation/person.
Call or email to RSVP.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, July 18, 2006
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July House Concert Tour

It all started simply enough. I wanted to visit meet a relative in Tennessee. Now, we're working on a House Concert tour that will last all of July. I'm really excited about it because House Concerts are an amazing way for us to showcase ourselves to fans. They are friendly with a great atmosphere.

Download a flyer to post and handout to friends. Here's all the gigs that will be featured in our July House Concert Tour:

Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Peyton House Concert @ 6:30-9:00pm
483 N. Birch St, Gardner, KS 66030
(913) 302-6581 or peytonpinklady at yahoo.com
$10 donation/person. Call or email to RSVP. There are limited number of seats available. So do it soon. Some snacks will be provided, but this is a BYOB event.

Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Rothermel House Concert @ 7:00-9:30pm
201 Trigg Ave, Blackwater, MO 65322
(660) 846-2053 or gothmama at iland.net
$10 donation/person. Call or email to RSVP.

Thursday, July 6, 2006
Callahan House Concert @ 7:00-9:30pm
102 N. Division, Stanford, IL 61774
(309) 825-8227 or jim at tablegamer.com
$10 donation/person. Call or email to RSVP.

Friday-Sunday, July 7-9, 2006
InConjunction Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
Sheridan Hotel & Suites
Indianapolis, IN
Fri 10pm Open Filk Jam
Sat 7pm Concert

Monday, July 10th
An Evening of Kilts @ 6:00-11pm
Panzarella House Concert
253 S. Main St., Winchester, KY
Call John or Kathy at (859) 744- 4235
$10 donation/person. B.Y.O.B. Please purchase tickets in advance. Also featuring Men of Thunda. Download a Kentucky House Concert Flyer!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, June 26, 2006
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Fourth of July House Concert in Missouri

We had numerous requests from people asking if we were gonna perform in Kansas City, Missouri during our House Concert Tour. Ask and ye shall receive. We've rearranged our schedule so we WILL be there. And we'll also be there on the Fourth of July!

I think they can only hold about thirty folks. So contact Terry and Kelly asap. Slainte

July 4, 2006
Peyton House Concert @ 6:30-9pm
483 N. Birch St
Gardner, KS 66030
(913) 302-6581 or peytonpinklady@yahoo.com
$10 donation/person
Call or email to RSVP. There are limited number of seats available. So do it soon.

Some snacks will be provided, but this is a BYOB event.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, June 25, 2006
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Irish Sing-A-Long at the CACTUS CAFE

A few years back, we played for a show for the Austin Gaelic League. It was an Irish sing-a-long. We dusted off all our most sing-a-long-able songs and crooned along with a happy audience of Irish Americans who just don't find such things in Austin, Texas.

That got me thinking. If we want to this right, we should pull in some other Irish pub singers. So I picked up the phone and called Campbell & Wilson. They're like us, a helluva lotta fun, only in San Antonio.

I think this is their first time playing in Austin. So let's make it one heckuva party. Come enjoy some great craic, slainte!

Weds, June 28, 2006
Irish Sing-A-Long @ 8PM (arrive at 7:30PM)
Cactus Cafe
Texas Union
UT Austin Campus
24th & Guadalupe
Austin, TX
(512) 475-6515
Also featuring Campbell & Wilson.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, June 16, 2006
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Comedy at the Carousel Lounge

Music, Comedy and Laughs!
Entertainment runs from 9:30pm to midnight

Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Brobdingnagian Bards
Carousel Lounge @ 10:30pm (our showtime)
1110 E 52nd St
Austin, TX 78723
512-452-6790

So far the lineup consists of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Parallelogramophonograph (improv comedy troupe), Terp 2 (freestyle comedic rap), and live Family Feud featuring cards from 1976 to wrap things up.

So the theme is Variety, I'd say. And of course, the Carousel Lounge is circus themed. The Carousel Lounge is located at 1110 East 52nd.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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Opus Dei 1... Opus Fantasy Arts Festival, NOT Opus Dei from The DaVinci Code

Ah. The first day of Opus Fantasy Arts Festival is over. The festival is awesome! If you're in the Denver area, what are you waiting for? Come join us!

I was hoping to write something about it late last night after our show, but we ran into a little snag--time change. We've been on three different time zones on this trip. So when we played an 11:30pm gig last night, it was 1:30am EST. So we were a touch tired. No doubt the altitude didn't help matters, but the show went. Great!

We asked the audience if they wanted to hear our new "Jedi Drinking Song Prequel" and we had an overwhelming response. Aside from fumbling a few lyrics, it seemed to go over Really well. I finally talked Andrew into playing it live for the first time at O'Malley's Irish Pub in Missouri, but it still needs some work. When we get back to Austin, we will practice that one a lot, maybe even add it to one of our podcasts... We'll see...

Otherwise, the festival is awesome! The hotel is better than ever. It's a beautiful layout. Our booth is attracting more and more traffic and we're making new fans as usual. Rion and Sage, who run the festival, man, they've outdone themselves. I'm so impressed.

Oh! And there's a Feast tonight with a list of food that sounds deadly delicious! I need to remember to buy some tickets if they aren't already sold out.

The next big step is to convincing Rion to do a podcasting panel next year. We need to build up the whole podcasting phenomena. Because I tell you I LOVE doing podcast

Well, there's a show in another hour. So I need to get downstairs and help sell some CDs before Andrew gets snippy (as if he EVER is snippy, it's disgusting...;)

Oh! Last, I heard an Official confirmation from Voltaire about his gig at Elysium in Austin next month. There were a few particulars that needed working out and they are done. So now I can watch Voltaire rock Opus this evening and relax doing it. :)

Slainte!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Saturday, May 20, 2006
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Review of O'Malley's Irish Pub

Andrew and I arrived in Kansas City on Tuesday. We're staying with a friend from Kansas City Renaissance Festival from a few years back and we went down to a pub in Westport before crashing. Yesterday was spent catching up on email and recording the latest Renaissance Festival Podcast. I was barely down with the audio part when it was time to leave for O'Malley's Pub in Weston.

The drive up was quick and easy. Easier than we anticipated in fact. So we arrived at 6pm and found the pub was closed up. So Andrew and I sat outside and jammed a little bit when Emilee, our photo goddess who travels just about anywhere within a 600 mile radio of Oklahoma, it seems, showed up. We chatted and tested out the "Jedi Drinking Song Prequel" on them when Lisa arrived. Then as we were chatting with them, we saw a group of people knocking on the O'Malley's door too. They came over. We started chatting and learned that one of the lasses there was Also from Austin! That was too cool. So maybe we'll have one extra person in attendance on at the Elysium gig with Voltaire. Finally, the doors of the pub opened and Michael showed us around.

Wow! We heard about the great atmosphere, but never know what to expect. This is one cool place. The pub is built in an old Brewery. The actual location of the drinking and music is located in the cellar of this small building with two naturally cool buildings. The top level is small and stoney with a low ceiling and earthy flavor. The bottom level is much larger and usually open on weekends, but since the whole place is usually closed on weekdays, this was a special treat and we were on the top floor.

A good thirty folks showed up for the show. It was awesome to see. Because I can't tell you how many people suggested we book here, or somewhere in Kansas City. Especially since we won't be at the Kansas City Renaissace Festival this year. So now that we're doing this for a living, I hope to pull off more shows up here in the future.

We're definitely learning a lot on this tour. But I am about ready to get home. I was dreaming of my kitties last night. Mreow!

One more show to go in Denver, Colorado at the Opus Fantasy Arts Festival. Another brilliant show before we drive home.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, May 18, 2006
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Georgia Renaissance Festival in Review

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is over, and we're getting ready to leave Georgia in an hour or so. I must say that I am disappointed to go. I've had a wonderful time here all around. Plus, GARF really impressed me. If you've listened to my Renaissance Festival Podcast, you know that I was really impressed with the performers I knew from there BEFORE I went. But now, having attended the faire, I'm really impressed all around.

The faire is indeed a beautiful site. Lots of well-constructed structures and a very intelligent design. You can tell they thought out how to make the site when they bought the land. The site is smaller than most of the faires we attend. The closest in size is the Kansas City Renaissance Festival which we won't be at this year (though we've a K.C. gig on Weds). But this one has even better stages designed to fit larger audiences to sit through a show.

The Greenwood Stage, on which we performed, was rather well-designed for stage performances though it could use a slightly better natural acoustics. Other than that, it was a great stage, with good shade for the audience and nice look. I can't wait to see some of the pictures for the faire. Hopefully, folks will start emailing pics soon.

Yet, it's the performers that shine the most. They put on amazing shows. Three Quarter Ale, Joni Minstrel, and the well-loved The Lost Boys are brilliant at telling a story, filling a niche, and providing enjoyable songs you can sing-a-long to, laugh with, or just fill with incredible delight. And they were just the start of what I've come to love about the faire. There's a lot more. You'll hear that in my Ren Fest Podcast.

All in all, it is sad to leave, but Andrew's hounding me to start packing. We still have many more roads to travel. Meantime, I can't wait until we get back for DragonCon.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, May 15, 2006
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Touring Across the Country

It was an exciting night last night. Sinus problems were pretty horrendous which had me sounding like one of the guys from The Dubliners... The one with the really LOW voice. Fortunately, I was able to use my hoarse voice to my advantage. lol

One cool thing was there were a few people who came out to the show who found us on myspace and livejournal. I only made one of them. But that was neat to see. So a quick note to anyone out there:

PLEASE don't just sit in the background and listen, Come Introduce Yourself. I'd LOVE to meet and chat with you while we're on the road. Pretty please! With bards on top! ;)

lol

Oh, and if you are fan of the cat songs, I should warn you that we as the Bards don't play cat songs. That's a solo project. So pull me aside at some point after the show or at the faire, or whatever, and I'll play you a song or two. :)

BTW. Someone put together a cool shirts on Zazzle inspired by us, Here's the back, inspired by one of our podcasts (I don't remember this...) Back of Shirt, T-shirt front

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Sunday, May 07, 2006
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O'MALLEY'S PUB in Weston, MO

A lot of people have asked us to play a pub in Kansas City. Well at long last, we have one booked. We are touring through Missouri on our way to Colorado. Since we won't be at Kansas City Renaissance Festival this year, we decided we needed to book some more gigs in Missouri for all our fans up there. So here we go. If this goes well, perhaps we'll be able to many more.

So come on out and bring some friends!

Date: Weds, May 17, 2006
Time: 7:30pm-10pm
Location: 540 Welt St
City: Weston, MO
Phone #: 816.640.5235
Cover: $5
Website: www.westonirish.com

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, May 05, 2006
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HOUSE CONCERT in Lawrenceville, GA

The Bards will head to Georgia in May and perform a House Concert thanks to Sara Carman who is hosting this performance.

What's a house concert? It's a live performance in an intimate setting. You can find out more details from our house concert webpage

Date Friday, May 12, 2006
Time: Opens at 7pm. First set ~ 7:30pm.
Location: 2285 Turtle Creek Way
City: Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone #: (770) 339-0021
Cover: $10 per person (Please RSVP)
General Directions:
- Take 85N to exit 115 -Hwy 20, Mall of Georgia exit.
- Take 20 east toward Lawrenceville.
- Turn left at the fourth traffic light onto Old Peachtree Rd.
- At the first traffic light, you will cross over Brazelton Hwy.
- About 1/2 mile after that light, Old Peachtree takes a 90-degree turn to the left. Do not make the left turn. Go straight and you will be on Prospect Church Rd.
- About 100 yards from where Prospect Church Rd begins, you will see Turtle Creek Lakes subdivision on your left. Turn left into the subdivision and you will be on Turtle Creek Way.
- Follow the road to the back of the subdivision. Our house is on the right and the street number, 2285 is on the mailbox . If you hit the cul-de-sac, you have gone too far.

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--posted by Andrew of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, May 05, 2006
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HOUSE CONCERT in Destin, Florida

The Bards will head to Florida in May and perform a House Concert thanks to Cameron & Stephanie Rowe who are hosting this performance. This is a little different than our standard House Concert since they are holding it at their business, a CyberCafe.

What's a house concert? It's a live performance in an intimate setting. You can find out more details from our house concert webpage.

Date: Wednesday May 10, 2006
Time: Opens at 7pm. First set ~ 7:30pm.
Location: 4014 Commons Dr. West, Suite 122
City: Destin, FL 32541
Phone #: (850) 654-7262
Cover: $10 per person
Cafe Website: http://www.crcdatatech.com/contact/
General Directions:
located behind Wal-Mart & OfficeMax, across from Destin Animal Clinic, next door to the Benjamin Moore Paint Store

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--posted by Andrew of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, May 05, 2006
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ELYSIUM, Austin Goth Club with Voltaire and Brobdingnagian Bards

Elysium is Austin's premiere Goth club and industrial haven. Voltaire is a brilliant Goth musician and satirist from New York City. The Brobdingnagian Bards are Austin's Original Celtic Renaissance. Add a bit of drinking songs and some mystical Lord of the Rings inspired-music and you have an idea of what we're about.

So how does an Celtic group get booked at a Goth club?
Answer: Voltaire!

It's strange how things work out.

You see, Voltaire performs at a LOT of the same Science Fiction Conventions (I-Con, DragonCon, Opus Fantasy Arts Festival) that we play at. Many Goths go to Sci Fi Conventions and many like our music too. Our fan bases cross over quite a bit.

Also, I'm a HUGE fan of Voltaire. When we were up in New York last month, I decided I wanted to have Voltaire perform in Austin. So I went to the place where every Goth in Austin goes, ELYSIUM. While I was booking Voltaire into Elysium, I mentioned how well our audiences mesh. Lo and behold, we were booked alongside Voltaire and another yet to be mentioned Goth music group.

So on June 3oth, we are going Goth. Don your black kilt and eyeliner, grab a copy of Voltaire's book What Is Goth to find your Goth name, and join us at Austin's Goth Club, Elysium, for a new you won't soon forget!

Date: Friday, June 30, 2006
Time: 10 pm (Brobdingnagian Bards), 11pm (the Machine in the Garden), 12am (Voltaire)
Location: 705 Red River
City: Austin, TX 78705
Phone #: 512.478.2979
Cover: $11
Age: Must be 21 or older to attend.
Website: www.elysiumonline.net

Download flyers:We could use your help promoting the show. Please consider downloading a flyer and posting it in your place of business. Thanks!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Tuesday, April 25, 2006
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C.W. Post Renaissance Faire

No sooner had we left Long Island then we were invited back. This time for a Renaissance festival--CW Post Renaissance Faire.

This faire is being held at the CW Post Campus in Brookville, New York. We're still trying to gather up the details. But here's all that I know so far.

Location: CW Post Campus at Riggs Lawn
Time: noon-6pm
Our Times: noon and 3pm
City: Brookville, NY
Phone #: 631.632.6045
Website: for driving directions see:
http://www.cwpost.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/location/directions.html

*Performances:*

The Brobdingnagian Bards - 12pm & 3pm
C.W. Post Madrigals - 2pm
The Commedia dell' Arte Players - 4:30pm

*Participating Clubs - Activities*

Say Anything Improv., PTSA - Human chess game
Pre-Law Assoc. - History of Medieval law, Stock pictures
Anime Club - Dunk Tank (Drench-a-Wench)
L.O.G.S. - "Werewolf" game
Alpha Xi Delta - Ribbon Wreaths (headresses)
Indian Pride Club - Henna
Latin American Women's Society- Hair Braiding

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, April 07, 2006
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CD Release Party for The Circle, Katrina Relief Benefit CD

Five months ago, a devasting hurricane wrecked on the Gulf Coast where many of our dear friends live. So when Bob Brinkman of Modern Bard suggested that we create a Renaissance festival compilation CD to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, I jumped at the opportunity.

The CD is now complete. It's called The Circle. It features 22 tracks of great Ren Faire music. On February 18th, we're having a CD release party at Mother Egan's Pub to celebrate the new album. Also performing is the Bedlam Bards.

February 18, 2006
Mother Egan's Irish Pub @ 7-10PM
Location: 715 West 6th St.
City: Austin, Texas
Phone #: 512.478.7747

Help us out by telling all your friends to join the fun!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Friday, January 27, 2006
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Return to the Hamlet of Mid-Missouri Renaissance Festival

Yes, we ARE confirmed for the Hamlet of Mid-Missouri Renaissance Festival. I lost track of how many years we've performed there. Was it 2000 when we started playing there?

It's been a while. I'm looking forward to seeing some great friends including, Queen's Gambit, Nancy Daily Green, Mother Pockets and Seymoure. Plus, there's to be a killer Highland Games this year. It will be a blast, so join us at this great wee Renaissance festival in the heart of Missouri.

Oh! And I'm pretty sure we will have our annual Nagian Gathering on Sunday evening. Just have to check my work schedule. (just one month and 10 days to go!)

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Thursday, May 19, 2005
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Carney's Irish Pub

Last night, we had a small, but loud contingent of Nagians at Carney's Irish Pub in Bryan, Texas. It was a grand time, but boy was it a challenge.

After a fairly exhausting weekend in New York for I-Con 24, I was wiped out at work. Though I came up with a great shocking comment for the Nagians when they asked why we weren't wearing kilts (we don't always, just usually).

I responded, "Well this is the last time we'll be coming to Carney's Irish Pub...
when I have a day job that won't allow me to easily change into my kilt before we go."

The gasps and looks on the Nagians faces was priceless! ;)

The show went rather well. I got to use a newly setup autoharp that sounded really good. We also had a lot of great anecdotes from New York.

Seems most of our limited "Virgins: Bard tested... Unicorn approved." T-shirts are sold out except for the 2XL-4XL shirts. So if you want one, better hurry. Course, you can also get smaller sizes from the artist, Nikki O'Shea.

Also, seems there are a lot of people interested in the new compilation CD that we released through the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. The CD is called The Secret World of Celtic Rock. We're not on it though my vocals were used in remix of "My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose" by Rimbo, who recorded "The Scotsman Dance Remix" for us.

Overall, Carney's Irish Pub was a wildly successful evening and thanks to the Brazos Valley Celtic Association for hosting us.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, April 13, 2005
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This past weekend, we performed at the Austin Celtic Festival and had a smashing time. It was the first time that Andrew and I have performed at the festival, and it was also the first year that it was not rained out... Coincidence? I think not... Rather, I am beginning to believe Andrew when he says, "I'm Irish. I'm lucky...with anything but women!" :)

Seriously though, it was a great festival. A few thousand people showed each day and it was the first time the ACA actually made a profit. We also had the joy of sharing a booth and the stage with our good friends and headliners, The Rogues who put on their usual incredible performance! To see the way they stir up the crowd and get them dancing in the stands, they really are an amazing inspiration to me.

Some other highlights in my book would have to be the Blarney Brothers who put on an amazing performance. Whenever I think of the Blarney Brothers, I think of the Jolly Rogers up in Kansas City, you know, pirate songs, right? Wrong. The Blarney Brothers actually remind me more of The Saw Doctors. They perform some pirate songs, but they are all performed with a pop rock beat. They have some beautiful harmonies and just put on a fantastic show.

Spot was another simple joy for the show. He plays guitar and banjo and tells some great stories in between some fantastic Celtic songwriting. Oh, and Michael Fracasso, the token non-Celtic songwriter also was a pleasure to see. I remember hearing him on the radio a few years back and was sorely disappointed, but this weekend, I stopped and listened. He really is a fantastic songwriter and vocalist.

Our friends, Widening Gyre, debuted their first CD this weekend and did so with a wonderful show. Canadian-born musicians, David and Aditi are always fun to watch. And I got to hear a few new songs I hadn't heard before, played better than ever. I'm looking forward to hearing their CD soon as well.

I didn't get to see enough of their show, but B.D. Riley's favorites, Pubcrawler also debuted at the ACF for the first time as well. I saw their opening song. An original crowd-pleaser that had the audience shouting for more. They play every Friday at B.D. Riley's here in Austin and man, this is a performance you've got to witness! They have no CDs out yet, but the music is by far one of the best at the festival!

Now, the hardest working musician at the festival would have to be Wolf Loescher from
Jiggernaut. He also performed in other bands, including The Rogues this weekend, and the guy didn't stop to breathe it seemed. But I got a good dose of Deanna Smith, the lead vocalist, and an amazing singer at that.

We got to play the run of the festival, and yesterday, we were even sitting in between the two stages strumming away some great old songs for the enjoyment of passerbys. I guess the one major downside to it all was when the Entertainment Director told us we couldn't play "Patriot Game" due to it's political content.

It's kinda silly IMO, but understandable. I think the Ent. Dir. seems to think that we are volatile supporters of the IRA. "Patriot Game" is a song written at the beginning of this century in support of the IRA. The song was written by Dominic Behan, brother of Brendan. It tells the story of Fergal O'Hanlon from Ballybay, Co Monaghan, who tried to abolish the border between the Six Counties and the Republic. He was killed during the Brookborough attack at the age of 17. The song has become world famous and even Bob Dylan recorded a version in the 60's. It is undoubtedly one of the best ballads ever to come out of the Irish struggles.

Well to set the record straight, I am not a supporter of the IRA. I am not proud of the actions of England against the Irish, and I do support the freedom of Ireland, but I do not support that freedom or any freedom by terrorist actions! "Patriot Game" to me is a great song! That's it! And as a bard, I consider it my duty to preserve great songs like this one for our children's children. I hope you will consider that too in the future.

Okay, that's all for my soapbox today. Thanks to the many people who came out and heard our music and bought our CDs and T-Shirts. Thanks for the scores of new people who have joined the ranks of Nagians this week. And thank you for sharing the news about our music with your family and friends. Slainte'!

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, November 05, 2001
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We had a great time at the Garden in the Heights' Celtic Harvest Festival. The weather was hot and humid, and I only broke ONE string.

Plus, we got to enjoy the music of Houston's On the Dole and Canada's Hadrian's Wall. It was a great day. On the Dole plays Celtic Rock with an accordian and mix a bunch of traditional songs with some modern covers. They play on Thursdays at Slainte' in downtown Houston, and are well worth the visit. Very funny and rousing band.

As for Hadrian's Wall, I'd heard of them before and now I got to find out out why the rumors abound. The band is incredible. Although you could call them Celtic rock too since they play with a full drum kit, the sound is very traditional. Beautiful harmonies, exquisite fiddle-playing, and fantastic vocals. The band is amazing!

As for us, we got to play two sets early in the day. The audience seemed to really enjoy themselves. We ended up selling most of our CDs and All of our t-shirts. So at long last, we will be placing another order. But thanks to all of you came out, listened and sang along. You really made the day for us. Thanks!

Also happening this week, look for The Mermaid Song on MP3.com. That's the next track to be released. This is probably my favorite track off the new album, which is why it's the first song on the album.

Oh and this weekend, we're doing a benefit show for the Austin Celtic Associations annual Celtic festival, alongside Austin Celts Poor Man's Fortune and Spot. So please come on out.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, August 13, 2001
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