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PUB SONGS & STORIES

Pub Songs & Stories, the virtual Public House for Celtic culture and change through music. Marc Gunn plays Sci F'Irish music. He will take you on an adventure. He'll share the stories behind his songs as we explore pop culture media through the lens of Irish & Celtic music. You will have fun and sing along, and maybe get a far too real glimpse of yourself.

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Favor of a Dance | West Side Story Meets Firefly
West Side Story meets the TV show Firefly. We’re digging into fake gallantry, a duel with swords, and fighting back against those who feel the need to control others. It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories #257. WELCOME TO PUB SONGS & STORIES I am Marc Gunn. This is the audio liner notes for the songs I record and play. The show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. If you enjoy this podcast and my music, please join the Club. You’ll get 2-4 podcasts per month. You’ll be able to download songs featured in this show, get occasional sheet music, and access to Coffee with The Celtfather video concerts. You get a lot for just a little, just $5 per month. And you can save 15% with an annual membership. Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Rex H, Kathryn H, Timothy H, Bobby C 0:59 - WHAT’S NEW? My pizza stone cracked yesterday. I’m not really surprised. But I’m really sad. This is my first pizza stone. I didn’t know how to cook with it when I started, let alone take care of it. And to be completely honest, I’m also a bit negligent on a lot of things. As I took the broken stone out of the oven, I carefully cleaned off the burnt cornmeal that remains after making pizza. I learned through trial and error that if you have cornmeal on the stone, the pizza slides off it easier. A lot of that cornmeal falls onto the bottom of the oven. What do I usually do with that cornmeal? I leave it there. I don’t finish the job. It’s sort of like the twisty tie that came off the finished loaf of bread. I saw it lying by the back door on the floor. Usually, I leave it where it lies in my home. I don’t clean it up. But I picked it up yesterday. I’m still learning about personal responsibility. It’s been haunting me a lot more as time goes by and our world becomes more partisan. It’s the first stepping stone for communal responsibility. Something just as important, yet just as ignored. I understand better now. Picking up that twisty or cleaning up the stove is essential for the health of our home. It also means I have less time doing things I WANT to do. However, it could mean that the pizza stone that I loved might not crack. I wouldn’t have wasted good money and added waste to our environment. Hm… I just finished re-reading Shepherd’s Tale, the story behind Shepherd Book of Firefly. I feel this whole thought process is relevant. I’ll let you know more when we publish the new episode of In the ‘Verse. In the meantime, I have a new Firefly song to talk about in today’s show. But first, let’s talk about upcoming shows. 2:50 - UPCOMING SHOWS SEP 10: Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Hendersonville, TN SEP 14: Coffee with The Celtfather SEP 22: Hobbit Drinking Songs Livestream @ 8 PM ET SEP 28-OCT 2: ALEP in Shakertown, KY OCT 8: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. OCT 14-16: MultiVerse, Atlanta, GA 3:58 - STORY OF FAVOR OF A DANCE “Favor of a Dance” is a single I released at the end of June. It features the music of Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, with backing vocals by Jamie Haeuser. I love the instrumentation that Vicki and Jonny added to the song. Jonny’s guitar takes a big lead on it. And Vicki’s flute playing adds a joyful, touch of brilliance. I liked the song before. But I love it so much more with those two playing along. The song is based on the episode Shindig, the 4th episode of Firefly. I originally wrote the song for the 4th episode of In the ‘Verse. That’s a podcast I make with my friend Mikey Mason. I recommend you check out that TV and podcast episodes too, or at least the synopsis, if you want context for the song, but I’ll share a shortened version for those who don’t do that. I love the story of my song. “Favor of a Dance” is based on the episode “Shindig”. It’s a love triangle about respect, rules, and kindness. In the episode, Malcolm Reynolds runs into Inara at a ball. She and her customer, Atherton Wing, are dancing. But despite his fake gallantry, Atherton proves himself to be the kind of man who believes in controlling women. Malcolm picks up on that and picks a fight with Atherton by asking Inara for a dance. This leads to a punch in the face and eventually a duel with swords. I feel like my story does a good job following the storyline of the episode. The first verse talks about the “social event of the season”. It talks about Mal’s and Inara's joy of dancing, and ends with the hostile, controlling nature of Atherton. Verse two digs into that hostility. “His hand is tight around your arm”. I love that line. I have trouble coming up with good metaphors when I’m writing songs. Especially the initial drafts. I frequently add those in later, like I did here. I feel like this is a great line to show the mean nature of the antagonist. The last lines of the second verse dig into the rules aspect of the episode and how sometimes you have to break the rules to bring kindness to a situation. Each chorus has a slightly different phrase in it. “Give me the favor of a dance” was a line that Mal respectfully uses to ask if he can dance with Atherton’s guest. And it’s all done from the perspective of Mal. The third verse again continues the original story. Mal and Inara dance even though Mal is not a great dancer. But they have a nice time, at least until Atherton breaks up the dance and pulls Inara away from Mal. This is where the story for me takes a twist. The two main characters draw swords to fight. And thematically the song starts to remind me of West Side Story. If you haven’t seen West Side Story, you’re missing out. That musical was written as a modern version of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. There are some brilliant musical-based, choreographed fight songs. In one scene, there’s this big dance off. Lots of posturing, back and forthing as they threaten each other. This culminates in a big Rumble with even more fantastic dancing to music and then the death of one of the main characters. “Favor of a Dance” makes me think of those dance scenes. Except my song is doing the same thing, lyrically. So the second chorus talks about the animosity of Atherton. But it also uses the idea of sword-fighting as dancing. Or fighting as dancing. What is that, a boxing phrase, “you wanna dance with me?” That’s how the chorus ends. You can hear a little grumble in my voice as I sing that one asking for a fight. The final verse announces the defeat of the antagonist. It uses the idea of a puddle of blood. But instead, I changed the line to a “puddle of shame” because in the episode, Atherton isn’t killed. He’s stabbed, because “mercy is the mark of a great man,” says Mal. Then he stabs Atherton a few more times and says, “I guess I’m just a good one.” The dance and the verse conclude. Our hero has won. But he doesn’t feel like it. It just feels like a different game that people play. Different rules. A different world. Some people feel the need to control others, to install their own values on someone else. That is the opposite of kindness. People should be in charge of their own bodies. Their own lives. They should make their own decisions as long it doesn’t affect another living, thinking human being. And yes, I am referring also to the right of women to choose what happens to their bodies too. They should have that individual right.  And not having legislators try to control and manipulate them through legislation. But that’s a tangent. Ultimately, “Favor of a Dance” is about kindness and generosity. I took the idea of generosity from my friend Jamie Haeuser, who sings on the song. She has continually proven herself to be overflowing in generosity. She’s one of the most generous and giving people I know. Whatever game we play, we should approach things through kindness and generosity. Whether that means not throwing trash on the ground or picking up a piece of trash someone else threw on the ground, so that our community is improved. That’s one of the areas I’m still waking up to. We have some control. We can pick up stuff that we didn’t toss, because it’s the right thing to do to make our community better. Of course, it could be as simple as making time and taking better care of the things in our own homes, so that they last longer. They don’t need to be tossed out like my pizza stone. We can take care of our world with kindness, generosity and respect for ourselves as well as for our community. 9:41 - “Favor of a Dance” by Marc Gunn with Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer and Jamie Haeuser from Come Adventure With Me 12:37 - CLOSING I hope you enjoyed the song. “Favor of a Dance” will be on my next album, Come Adventure With Me. The album is on Kickstarter right now until September 11, 2022. So there’s less than a week to go for you to support this album and the merch that I am fundraising for. Oh! FYI. There’s a $100 level that pretty much has everything. That is your best option for this album. So please consider it. You can download this song as an MP3 when you join my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Finally, What are you doing while listening to this Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what this story reminds you of. Post it on social media or email it to me. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. Thanks for listening to Pub Songs & Stories. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen to the regular show wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you'll get more stories behind several of my most-popular songs. And of course, please tell one friend about this podcast. Word of mouth is the absolute best way to support any creative endeavor. Have fun and sing along at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #westsidestory #shindigfirefly
13:57 09/05/2022
Lads in the Shire | New Lord of the Rings Song
Do you have song lyrics that you wrote that could be set to music? Send them to me. Kelly and Mitchell did. Their song “Lads in the Shire” is on my new CD, Selcouth. We will tell you how it happened and if it’ll work for you. It’s Pub Songs & Stories #256. 0:02 - WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Stories. Hey, if you want to know more about the songs I play? This is the audio liner notes for you to get to know more about my songs and how they might relate to your life. 0:30 - THANK YOU GUNN RUNNERS But first, Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. The public version of his show is released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. There will, however, be a private version. It will come out two weeks after the public one, exclusively on Patreon. If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, like we had in episodes last year, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. As a patron of mine, You’ll get this podcast, be able to download songs featured in this show, get sheet music, and access to Coffee with The Celtfather concerts. You get a lot for as little as $5 per month. And you can save 15% with an annual membership. Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop, Don Rice, Antonya Pickard, Debra Cottrell, Didi Magnin, Nancy DouglasdeBaca, Wayne Finegar 1:40 - WHAT’S NEW? My new Kickstarter goes live in August. The album is called Come Adventure With Me. It features that title track, and some of my newest music. Several songs are already recorded and released as singles. And if I haven’t given them away on Patreon yet, they will be. Why is that? Well, Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample all of my music. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour. Patreon funds my songwriting! Kickstarter funds physical products like CDs, shirts, pins and other merch. The plan is to officially release the album next year. But in what format? I have quite a few people who ask that I keep releasing CDs. I also started releasing Album Pins, which are lapel pins associated with each album. That is what this new Kickstarter will fund. Yes. Some of the music will go to pay musicians for their time in helping me create the music. But most of it will go into producing physical merch for this album. Although I’m also raising money for album lapel pins of a couple past albums. If you’re interested in supporting this album, please subscribe to my newsletter and follow the link to my Kickstarter page in August. 3:13 - UPCOMING SHOWS AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN AUG 19: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. AUG 20: Best End Brewing, Atlanta, GA @ 7:00 - 10:00 PM AUG 26: Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA AUG 27: Pepper Place Farmer's Market, Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT SEP 1-5: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA with Brobdingnagian Bards SEP 10-11: Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Hendersonville, TN SEP 28-OCT 2: Hobbit Band at ALEP in Shakertown, KY A while back, Mitchell Petersen emailed me some lyrics. Mitchell is not only the sound engineer for my podcasts. But he and his wife Kelly are also fans of my Firefly Drinking Songs and Hobbit Drinking Songs shows at Dragon Con. And of course, he’s a fan of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast which is where they found the song that they filked. I will let them start by telling you more about the song “Lads in the Shire”. 3:43 - STORY OF LADS IN THE SHIRE To answer that question about whether Andrew and I had played that song much before our Hobbit Drinking Songs show. The answer is no. It’s funny getting song lyrics from people. What makes me choose one song or another? It really varies. First off, I don’t do nearly as many parodies as I used to. I enjoy parodies. However, one of my big goals these days is to write song lyrics and melodies. It’s rare that I follow up with songs sent to me that are parodies. Especially if I don’t know the original song. Sometimes, I will write my own melody. Mitchell and I have gotten to know one another over the years. So I thought it would at least be worth trying that. Some songs are really tough. They just don’t click. I have some lyrics from Rie Sheridan Rose that I still haven’t set to music. But of course, I also have a whole bunch that I did. Maybe it’s the hobbit-y nature about this song, But I loved the lyrics. They were different from my standard hobbit lyrics. Especially the ones that I write. It felt like a good change to try. So I picked up the autoharp and started strumming. I said some songs are really tough to write melodies for. This one was not. The autoharp and melody came together with minimal effort. I also decided to record it. Initially, I thought I would just have Mitchell mix it and release it on Patreon as a one off freebie. But after getting additional instrumentation added and hearing the mix, I decided to consider it for This CD. Now I should point out, I had about 20 tracks I was considering for the album. Why did this one make the cut instead of being delayed until the next album? Length. My goal was to keep the album at under 44 minutes. That’s 22 minutes per side. After organizing all of the songs, this 2 ½ minute song fit perfectly on the A side of the album. Yeah. I know. It’s kind of silly. That’s not to say it wouldn’t have made the cut. I still love it and as Mitchell pointed out, it is the latest addition to my Hobbit Drinking Song show I do. The delightfully simple instruments of bass and mandolin were provided by Daniel Briggs. And of course, Mitchell Petersen mixed and mastered the song. You can download “Lads in the Shire” as an MP3 when you join my Gunn Runners on Patreon. 13:55 - Marc Gunn “Lads in the Shire” from Selcouth Thanks for listening to Pub Stories. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get an album for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #ladsintheshire #hobbitsongs
17:51 08/01/2022
Conjuration: From Ren Fest to Sci Fi Conventions
Live podcast from Conjuration 2021. You will learn how I became a podcaster, how I moved from Renaissance festival musician to science fiction conventions. You’ll find out what crazy things I sang in college. It’s Pub Songs & Stories #255. PUB SONGS & STORIES Welcome to Pub Stories. Do you want to know more about the song I play? This is the audio liner notes for you to get to know more about me and my  music. But also to find out how the song relates to your life 0:43 - THANK YOU GUNN RUNNERS But first, Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. The public version of his show is released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. There will, however, be a private version. It will come out two weeks after the public one, exclusively on Patreon. If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, like we had in episodes last year, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. If you enjoy my music or this podcast, please sign up on Patreon. You’ll get this podcast, podcasts from my travels, be able to download songs featured in this show, get sheet music, and access to Coffee with The Celtfather concerts. You get a lot for as little as $5 per month. And you can save 15% with an annual membership. Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop 1:07 - UPCOMING SHOWS JUN 24-25: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL JUL 1-4: InConjunction, Indianapolis, IN JUL 7: Dragon Con Filk Concert with Brobdingnagian Bards JUL 8: High Card Brewery, Tucker, GA @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM ET JUL 9: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN AUG 19: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. SEP 1-5: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA with Brobdingnagian Bards SEP 10-11: Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Hendersonville, TN SEP 28-OCT 2: Hobbit Band at ALEP in Shakertown, KY 1:58 - WHAT’S NEW? Kickstarter coming in August 02:06 - LIVE STORY AT CONJURATION 03:38 - Star of the County Down 11:49 - Irish Ballad 15:08 - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park 18:40 - O'er the Way 23:10 - Happily Ever After 28:58 - Jedi Drinking Song 34:17 - Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits 40:28 - Blink 44:30 - Name on My Soul 49:51 - I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK You can download a copy of “Happily Ever After” in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. What are you doing while listening to Pub Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. Thanks for listening to Pub Stories. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #conjuration2022 #harrypotterconvention  
50:38 06/20/2022
Wherever I May Roam
Are you like Bilbo Baggins? Do you love a good adventure? Will shaking up your life help you to find happiness? Subscribe to Pub Songs & Stories #254 to find out. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind my music. 0:24 -  WHAT’S NEW? Let me start by reminding you that Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. The public version of his show will be released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. However, there will be a private version. It will come out every other week, exclusively on Patreon. If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. If you enjoy my music or this podcast, please sign up on Patreon. You’ll get this podcast, and be able to downloads songs featured in this show. You also get Stories from the Road, sheet music, and get access to the Coffee with The Celtfather concerts which happen on Wednesdays at 11 AM eastern. You get all of that for as little as $5 per month. And you can get a discount with an annual membership. Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop I’m still putting together my next Kickstarter. The album is called Come Adventure With Me. It features that title track, and some of my newest music. Several songs are already recorded. And if I haven’t given them away on Patreon yet, they will be available there. That’s because Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample all of my music. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour. Patreon funds my songwriting! Kickstarter funds physical products like CDs, shirts, album pins and other merch. The plan is to officially release the album next year. But in what format? I have quite a few people who ask that I keep releasing CDs. I also started releasing Album Pins, which are lapel pins associated with each album. That is what this new Kickstarter will fund. Yes. Some of the music will go to pay musicians for their time in helping me create the music. But most of it will go into producing physical merch for this album. Although I’m also raising money for album lapel pins of a couple past albums. If you’re interested in supporting this album, please follow the link to my Kickstarter page and make a pledge. 3:15 - UPCOMING SHOWS MAY 6: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM. MAY 20: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. MAY 21: Pepper Place Farmer's Market, Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT May 28: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA 3:30 - STORY OF WHEREVER I MAY ROAM I’m like Bilbo Baggins. I love a good adventure. I think it all started when my parents divorced. My dad would drive us to Texas each summer to stay with our grandparents. My brother and I would fly home a few weeks later. I loved air travel. Then my mom moved to Italy in 1985. My brother and I flew, just the two of us, across the big blue ocean, to Italy. This was the height of my Dungeons & Dragons days. So going to Italy was like stepping inside one of my D&D campaigns. It was magical. I relished it. My mom had a small home in Isola Montagne. It was a few miles from the Vicenza military base. I moved to Italy in 1989 to live with my mom. I visited Rome, Venice, the alps, Florence, Verona, just… everywhere. It was incredible. Life was an adventure. But I also knew that I didn’t want to adventure alone. Sure I had fun in 2003. I sprained my ankle. But I had already booked a flight to Germany where I would take a train to Italy. It was fun. But also lonely. I wanted a family. In 2009, I met my wife, Gwen, at a house concert in Virginia. It was one of the few actual tours I ever made as a professional musician. We clicked instantly. We solidified our kindred spirits a couple months later when we met up in London. Our first big date was in Cambridge. I was living in New Orleans at the time. It turned out that New Orleans was where she called home before she swam out of it during Hurricane Katrina. We are connected in part by our love of travel. That’s something we’ve made a big part of our lives, and that of our children too. We took Kenzie to Galway, Ireland when she was 1 ½ years old. It was cold, wet and rainy that April of 2012. But an adventure! Since then, we’ve gone back to Cambridge. We’ve traveled around the US. This summer, we’re heading to Scotland and Europe as a family. This is what “Wherever I May Roam” is all about. It’s finding happiness and love wherever we are. One of my first epiphanies back in the 80s was that if things aren’t working out how you want them to, shake things up. Do something radical. That’s why I moved to New Orleans. It’s why I split up the success of the Brobdingnagian Bards to move to New Orleans. Travel is a great way to open your mind and spirit to great possibilities. 7:50 - Marc Gunn “Wherever I May Roam” from Selcouth You can download “Wherever I May Roam” as an MP3 when you join my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Hey if you want to join me on an adventure, every year I host Celtic Invasion Vacations. These are small group trips to Ireland or Scotland. This year we’re going to Invade the Banks of Loch Lomond. The trip is already filled up. I don’t know where we are going next year. But you can subscribe at celticinvasion.com to be the first to find out. Thanks for listening to Pub Stories. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get an album for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #whereverimayroam #kickstarter
11:37 05/02/2022
Serenity Valley Waltz #253
Living literally or metaphorically in a war is a terrible way to live. How do you keep going forward when your friends are dying all around you? Come Adventure with me and my new Kickstarter. Find out how you can keep listening to more Pub Stories on Pub Songs & Stories #253. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind my music. 0:30 - WHAT’S NEW? First, let me tell you that I am getting ready to Kickstart a new album. If you’re not yet subscribed to my mailing list, please sign up so you don’t miss the Kickstarter. It’s for an album called Come Adventure With Me. It has some more amazing songs. I hope to announce the release of the Kickstarter on the next episode. Second, you’ll note that this episode is quite a bit shorter than past shows. After much debate, I decided to once again retire the format I’ve been working on for the past year. There was a LOT that I loved about that format. I’ve actually been pretty giddy about it. But the pros just didn’t outweigh the cons. You can read about my decision in my blog on my website. That said, the Pub Stories are not exactly going away. If you want to keep listening to my Pub Stories, then join my Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. I plan to release two episodes per month in the Spring and Fall season. However, they will be shorter episodes like this and they will focus almost exclusively on my music. You can get that with any pledge on Patreon, for just five buck a month. And I also plan to post at least one episode per month in the PubSong.com feed. At least through the end of the Spring season. So what happens to the stories I still have left to publish? Because I do have a few. Those will move to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I’ll add them to every 2-3 episodes. So again, thank you for all of your support. I truly appreciate everyone who became an actual fan of THIS show. A special Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Robert Eby, Mikey Mason, Nowisthewinterofourdiscord, Sue DeSimone, Bill Shields 3:13 - UPCOMING SHOWS APR 22-24: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA APR 24: Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA @ 4-7 PM. APR 29: Pontoon Brewing, Sandy Springs, GA @ 6-9 PM MAY 6: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM. MAY 20: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. May 28: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ I was gonna do a story about Tough Times in this show. But I realized I already highlighted it in show #217. It’s even called Tough Times. 3:51 - STORY OF SERENITY VALLEY WALTZ “Serenity Valley Waltz” changed everything for me. I was not confident I could write a song on command. Heck, I’m still not. But I am MORE confident. Mikey Mason and I met at a sports bar in Chicago for FuMPFest a few years back. Mikey asked if I’d be interested in starting a podcast where we wrote a song for each episode of Firefly. I didn’t think I could do it. I was nervous as hell, but I wanted to try. I wanted to flex my songwriting muscles and get better. What better way! So the first episode we watched was “Serenity”. It’s the two-hour introduction to the characters. I remember when I first watched it, I was left in a kind of daze. I didn’t know what to think about the episode. When I rewatched it, one of the things that stuck out to me was the introductory scene. It’s a flashback to one of the most-important battles of the Unification War. The Battle of Serenity Valley is when the Alliance finally beat back the Browncoats. ⅔ of the Independents died fighting in that battle. The look of dejection on Malcolm Reynold’s face when the Angels retreat is just incredible. It’s also very appropriate. And then later in the episode when he talks and the season when he talks about Serenity Valley, you can tell there was trauma. The type that must be SO hard to get over. I mean, imagine fighting in a battle where ⅔ of your family and friends that you’re fighting with end up dead. Hm. ⅔ is such a weird number. Imagine you’re standing with 9 of your best friends and family. At the end of the battle, six of those people are no longer there. This is the type of stuff that I think about with the War in Ukraine. They’re fighting hard. But the Russians are ruthless and evil. It’s not just fellow soldiers there. It’s family and friends. Imagine that. It makes me want to cry. That’s where I was when I was writing “Serenity Valley Waltz”. Music is such a great healer. I wanted to write a song for the survivors. How did they do it? I imagine Mal, Zoe, Tracey and others sitting around the campfire singing this song, raising a glass to the fallen. The second verse is extra important to me too. Because it’s a realization of the damage we can cause to one another when we don’t believe. It was inspired a bit by the Me Too movement. But also by a couple friends who are very dear to me. It’s also a universal truth. Sometimes we hurt those around us. Sometimes we just don’t want to believe it. Either from their own ignorance or because they just don’t trust you. Maybe because we’re a bit dramatic at times or because they’re in their own colored-glasses world. What’s made a huge difference is my family. When I’m sad or hurting, I turn to them. But I learned the Serenity Prayer from my mom, who was drug and alcohol counselor. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” That’s what that last verse is for me. I’m not sure Mal found that peace in the show. But he definitely built a family around him. That too is his Serenity. You can download the Campfire version of “Serenity Valley Waltz” as an MP3 when join my Gunn Runners on Patreon. 7:43 - “Serenity Valley Waltz” by Marc Gunn from Thanks for listening to Pub Stories. If you want more behind-the-scene Pub Stories, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. This is how I make a living and support this show. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You will love  subscribing to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get a free album. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #serenityvalleywaltz #serenityvalley
11:27 04/18/2022
Funny Irish Stories
The rock walls of Ireland make for a harrowing driving experience. Is it calamity or comedy? Do musicians love song requests or not? How to stand out with good food. The Lost Druid Brewery tells their tale. Why do musicians forget lyrics during shows? I can’t speak for most musicians. But I will share my reasons. This is Pub Songs & Stories #252. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:27 - WHAT’S NEW? If you're new to the Pub Songs & Stories, please subscribe and post a comment on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Special thanks to mine Robert, Mikey Mason, Jacob and Sue Background sounds from The Pocket in North Georgia Check out the new Mont St-Michel Video. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. Take a picture of where you are. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 5:05 - CONCERNED FOR AIR, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE One of my big goals with mentioning the Climate Almanac in the last show was to start a discussion. Someone emailed me last week. They responded “my concern about air and water (not climate change) are more health related than political.” I know I didn’t make myself clear. My fight against climate change is not political either. I don’t care about your politics. Sure 95% of all Climate scientists say human-made climate change is real. And so yes, I trust the science. If you wanna call that political, that’s up to you. But I’ve been passively supporting the environment long before the climate change discussion began, back when I was a member of the Surfrider Foundation in college, when I was actually studying to be a marine biologist. But I’m not talking about climate change for the science I can’t see, but rather for the empirical evidence that I can see. And you can see. We both see and feel the repercussions of pollution. I remember picking up a Budweiser beer can that someone left on the bank of a lake in Alabama. That’s something you can see. Or have you seen the oil film left on the water of a lake? My friend pointed out the public health effects on asthma. In Texas, they frequently have air quality warnings. I didn’t need the warnings. Every time one of those days came about, I used my inhaler BEFORE I heard the warning. For those of us who live with asthma. That is something to fight against. And it will get worse. Taking care of the planet is an everyone issue. Remember that the human population on earth grows exponentially. It might not affect you… right now. But it will one day. Because more people means more pollution. Whether that’s air pollution, water pollution, whatever. You, your kids and other people will feel the effects. We are a community. So we should take care of one another. So even if you don’t believe scientists who warn about human-made Climate Change. There is no harm done in supporting the Climate Change movement. Even small changes can make a big difference over time. Because if each of us makes a small change, that means BIG change. That’s what the Climate Almanac is about. 7:34 - Old Blind Dogs “Bonnie Earl” from Four on the Floor 12:16 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST There’s a lot of great new music added to our Best of 2022 playlist on Spotify and Amazon Music. Wolf & Clover Lissa Schneckenburger Jenna Monynihan Heather Dale Marc Gunn “Breathing” Old Blind Dogs Kathy Barwick Marys Lane Listen to the playlists on Spotify or Amazon Music. 12:54 - UPCOMING SHOWS APR 2-3: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 9-10: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX One show daily with Brobdingnagian Bards. Others with Jamie Haeuser APR 16: : Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. APR 22-24: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA 13:37 - Kathy Barwick “My Native Home” from In My Life 18:45 - STORY OF JOUSTING WITH JALOPIES Have you ever driven in Ireland? The roads were not made for our modern automobiles. They’re kind of narrow. It comes with its own challenges. Dublin Abbey is a band out of Seattle. They share their story of driving the narrow rural roads of Ireland. 21:50 - “Jousting With Jalopies” by Dublin Abbey from Single It is always interesting driving in Ireland. Those narrow roads are just crazy. It’s actually very fine art to drive in them. While also doing it on the wrong side of the road. Sometimes even with a stick shift. I can definitely appreciate Dublin Abbey’s comedy 24:04 - HOW THE LOST DRUID BREWERY STANDS OUT WITH FOOD I love good, creative, interesting food. I’m happy to say The Lost Druid Brewery stands out on that front. And there’s a reason as Rob and Stacia will tell you about. 29:17 - Beyond the Pale “Mooney (The Donegal Fiddler)” from Queen of Skye 35:03 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. However, if you hear something you love, these artists need your financial support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon like I am. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. - The War Doctor (Podcast) - Donald MacGillavry (Music) - Breathing in Mont-Saint-Michel (Video) - Battle of Aughrim/Star of Munster (Music) - St Patrick's Day Irish Music & Dance (Podcast) - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens (Video) 36:20 - Wolf & Clover “The Columbus Set” from Twelvemonth and a Day 40:31 - STORY OF TORTURING MUSICIANS WITH SONG REQUESTS I love song requests. Heck, I think most indie musicians do. It saves me from having to think about what song to play next. Some musicians are even great asking for a tip to go with the song request. I’m not so great at that. But I still love getting and fulfilling the requests. The one problem I have is that I have 24 solo albums. I do not know the lyrics for all of the songs on those CDs. Did you ever see Middleman? I loved that TV show. They had this “stump the band” game. Someone would ask the musician if he could play a song. Andrew does that sometimes. He’s a whiz when it comes to playing melodies on the recorder. I, on the other hand, am not. I can barely remember many of the songs I’ve recorded. And that’s sort of how the story of “Why Do You Torture Me?” got started. For about two years, I had a monthly residency in Marietta, Georgia at Johnnie MacCracken’s Irish Pub. I was living in Birmingham at the time. I drove there once a month to play for a small group of fans. Almost every month, Chris would request the song “Christmastime in Texas”. This is a song I wrote early on in the Brobdingnagian Bards career. Andrew helped me refine it. It’s a satirical song about how they celebrate Christmas in Texas. Chris loves that song. I loved it when I wrote. But I’ll be honest. Sometimes I write a song. I love it. And a while later, I realize it’s not as good as I thought it was or I hoped it was. That was certainly the case with “Christmastime in Texas”. It was after midnight one evening. Chris requested the song. On a whim, I replied with that first line of the chorus: “Why do you toruture me? Why do you request a song that I can’t sing.” Happily, my digital recorder was running while I improvised a new song. In fact, it wasn’t very different from the one you can hear on the latest CD, Selcouth. I definitely tightened up the verses. But it wasn’t too different. The song captures the quirky things about writing and recording songs. Like the fact that I have written song lyrics in front of me while recording. I play the song over and over again, until I get it right. But I think my favorite verse is the last one. Because it visually captures that moment when you’re singing a song and you forget the lyrics. It used to be a running joke with me. Because I forgot the lyrics so often during shows. Fortunately, I realized if I actually had a set list, I’d spend more time focusing on the song I’m performing and less on what the next song would be. So I remember more lyrics these days. 44:43 - Marc Gunn “Why Do You Torture Me?” from Selcouth 47:21 - NEXT TIME - Arbor Day and Ellen Gibling Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #dublinabbey #aprilfoolsday
48:08 03/28/2022
St. Patrick's Day Irish Music & Dance #251
Happy St Patrick’s Day with an extra long episode. Jon Pilatzke shares some stories about the late Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains. The Muckers wrote a song on a Flogging Molly cruise. Guilty pleasures come in many shapes. What’s mine? I’ll give you a hint. It comes in plaid. The Lost Druid Brewery will tell you why they have so many beers to choose from. Climate change is real. But is it too late? Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke & Connolly will tell you about the different types of Irish dance. It’s on Pub Songs & Stories #251. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:47 - WHAT’S NEW? If you're new to the pub songs podcast, subscribe. Donations to Celtic Non-profits over $45,000 Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Special thanks to Not Higgins, C.J. Taylor, Sarah Crockett, Bill Mandeville, William McKissack, Brian Morin, Carol Baril, Kurt Goodyear, Miranda Nelson, Jan Czenkusch, Luke Miller, Josh Brown, LauraMay Sorkin, James ODell, Eric Ray, Tim M. O'Brien What new patreon content was added? What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. If you need a guest on your podcast… What song would you like to hear more about? 4:01 - The Carroll Sisters “Reels for Three Brothers” from Daybreak 8:38 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST There’s a lot of great new music added to our Best of 2022 playlist on Spotify and Amazon Music. The Carroll Sisters Poitin Band Kilmaine Saints The Rogues Listen to the playlists on Spotify or Amazon Music. 9:05 - UPCOMING SHOWS MAR 25-27: MidSouthCon, Memphis, TN APR 2-3: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 9-10: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX 9:27 - “Whiskey Is Calling” by Kilmaine Saints from Drunken Redemption 12:32 - STORY OF PLAYING MUSIC WITH PADDY MALONEY FOR 20 YEARS Paddy Maloney was the co-founder of The Chieftains. They were called Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors. The Irish music world mourned last October in 2021 when Paddy passed away. I posted my own sorrows for his passing on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast Facebook page. Jon Pilatzke responded. Jon is a fiddler and an Irish dancer. He played music with The Chieftains for 20 years. I asked him to submit music to the podcast. I asked Jon if he might be able to share a story or two about playing music with Paddy. He humbly shared this inspiring story of a Celtic music legend. 21:48 - Jon Pilatzke “The Canadian Set: Fisher's Hornpipe / Cotillon d'Avila LeBlanc / Reel du Forgeron (The Blacksmith's Reel)” from Amongst Friends 25:48 - STORY OF QUEEN OF THE PIT I was performing at Tucker Brewing Company at the beginning of last year, when who did I see in the audience, drinking a pint, Jeff Shaw of The Muckers. I first connected with Jeff a number of years back when he too was living in New Orleans. We both had an early introduction to Celtic music through an album of Irish drinking songs. But it wasn’t until Atlanta that I finally met him. And I was really surprised to see him in my audience. At that time, I was trying to find artists to collaborate with on my album Selcouth. One song stood out. That was “Kilty Pleasure”. I’ll talk more about it in a moment. But I emailed him the next day and asked if The Muckers might be interested in collaborating. And I’m so happy they agreed. There aren’t many Celtic bands in Atlanta that are making a splash. But The Muckers, they are definitely the go to band. They sound amazing. But I’m sure it also helps that they are a Celtic Punk band. That’s probably why they were on a cruise with the Celtic Punk icons, Flogging Molly, as Jeff will explain. 29:49 - “Queen of the Pit” by The Muckers from Irish Goodbye 33:30 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 34:16 - FINDING BEERS WE CAN ALL CAN ENJOY Have you ever been to the Cheesecake Factory? I like the place okay. But I’ll be honest. I get a bit overwhelmed. They have a 10 page menu with SO MANY items. I can see why it’s so popular. There’s something for everyone there. I can find something fun and so can my picky kids. In some ways, The Lost Druid Brewery in Avondale Estates, GA outside of Atlanta reminds of the Cheesecake Factory. They have SO many beers to choose from. There’s something for everyone. In fact, the head brewmaster, Rob, will tell you a story about why they have so many beers to choose from. 36:29 - GIVING BACK Next Stacia will tell you how the brewery gives back to their community. Speaking of giving back… 39:19 - WHAT IS THE CARBON ALMANAC? I was listening to Seth Godin’s Akimbo podcast a few weeks back when he announced a new project–The Carbon Almanac. It piqued my interest. I am extremely concerned about the impact we are making on our environment. Not as much for my sake, but for kids and their kids. What kind of world do I want to leave behind? We are causing major damage to our planet and atmosphere. It will affect everyone some day. But the good news is that we can make a difference. We can make positive change. Not just as individuals but as a community. The Carbon Almanac at its base is a book. It’s a book about how we can affect change on our planet. But it’s also a book designed to start discussing how we can make change together. If you too are concerned about Climate Change, I want to invite you to check out the Carbon Almanac website to get involved. Or at the very least, you can pre-order the book like I did for when it comes out in June. Order the Carbon Almanac now or check out the webpage at thecarbonalmanac.org . 40:48 - “Heart of Fangorn” by Brobdingnagian Bards from Memories of Middle Earth 44:09 - WHAT IS IRISH DANCE? I’ve played Celtic music for over twenty years. I remember how Riverdance was all the rage when I started playing Celtic music, I never quite understood it. I am a singer. I’ve fallen in love with the traditional tunes. But I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Irish dance. My daughter Inara loves to dance. We started her on ballet a year before the pandemic started. She quickly found it slow and boring. She has a lot of energy. So a year ago, we signed her up with Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke Connolly. She connected with it instantly. I wanted to find out more about Irish dance. So I contacted Emma Burke, one of the co-founders of the school. Emma is a certified Irish dance teacher and internationally certified Irish dance adjudicator, which allows her to judge Irish dance competitions world wide. During her Irish dancing career, Emma competed all over the world, winning titles throughout. Atlanta Irish Dance is the Premiere Irish Dance Academy in Georgia and one of the top Irish Dance Companies in the United States. They have an exciting performance based program run through their 501c3, in which they produce lively crowd-pleasing performances for crowds across Atlanta.  Their dancers and teams are ranked 1st in the Region, 2nd in North America, and among the top 10 in the World. So what is Irish dance? I’ll let Emma Burke tell you more about it. You can find out more about Atlanta Irish dance at http://www.burkeconnolly.com They welcome dancers as young as 3 up to Adults into their program.  They train every dancer with innovative and engaging teaching techniques that inspire each student to become their best. I attended a Father & Me Valentine’s Day class with Inara. It was fantastic. Exhausting, but fantastic. 52:10 - STORY OF KILTY PLEASURE I love my kilt. I don’t wear it as much as I used to when I wrote my song “Kilted For Her Pleasure”. It’s become a bit of a guilty pleasure. It’s largely something I wear when I’m going to a show or an event. I love it for many different reasons. Obviously, I love it becomes of Scottish heritage. Gunn is one of the clans of Scotland. That old Scotland map shows the Gunn land just Northwest of Inverness. But when I wrote the song, I realized there are other reasons. You see, the album is called Selcouth. That means, “when everything is strange and different yet you find it marvelous anyway.” That word sort of encapsulates my life. Yes, there was a time in high school when I just wanted to fit in. But when I got to college, I realized that I would never fit. I was just different. It wasn’t good or bad. It was just different. And we are all a little different. We are all unique. That is a great thing. America is a cultural melting pot. It’s not just white Americans. People from around the globe have immigrated to our country, just like my family did 150 years ago. I love traditional Irish music. But 15 years ago, a trad musician sat me down to tell me I wasn’t playing Celtic music. I didn’t fit the mold. He was right. But that didn’t make my music any less Celtic. I believe in inclusion. Not exclusion. I’ll be honest. The racism that our last president ignited and promoted was a big reason for this song. I was afraid that my people, the Scots and Irish of the South, were a part of that bigotry. So I wanted a song that waived a banner of what it truly is to be Scots-Irish in America. Our groups were once oppressed by the majority. Now we are a big part of America. And I believe it is time to realize we don’t have to oppress other minority groups to stand out. We can all be strong and proud of our unique heritages and embrace all of our differences. That’s what the kilt says to me. It’s a sign that I am a true American, and I am Celtic forever. And I love and respect you and your heritage, whatever it is. 55:15 - “Kilty Pleasure” by Marc Gunn & The Muckers from Selcouth If you enjoyed that song, I really would greatly appreciate it if you would buy the album. 59:28 - NEXT TIME We have some comedic Celtic music and stories, just in time for April Fool’s Day with Dublin Abbey. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #thechieftains #floggingmolly
60:03 03/13/2022
Golden Age of Celtic Music #250
Liesel Wilson rediscovers her heritage with Welsh tunes and a story. This might just be the Golden Age of Celtic Music. If you could name your own beer, how would you pick the name? Can a love of travel lead to the love of your life? It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories show #250. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:30 - WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon: James B and Gail P Edge of Great from Julie and The Phantoms. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story.Share on social between now and St Patrick’s Day and I’ll give a free download of an album of your choice. You could also win a free CD! What song would you like to hear more about? 3:50 - UPCOMING SHOWS MAR 2: St Patrick's Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM ET MAR 10. St Patrick's Day Livestream @ 8 PM ET. MAR 12: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM. MAR 13: Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA @ 4:00-7:00 PM MAR 25-27: MidSouthCon, Memphis, TN APR 2-3: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 9-10: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX 4:35 - Tuatha de Danann “The Dream One Dreamt” from In Nomine Eireann 8:57 - WHO’S GOLDEN AGE ARE YOU A PART OF? Vince Conaway wrote on Facebook: "When I started playing faires in the nineties I was told that I’d missed the high water mark of the eighties. Now I see people in the community romanticizing the nineties and oughts and can’t help but think that we need to focus on the present and remember that we’re currently living someone’s golden age." 10:15 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST There’s a lot of great new music added to our Best of 2022 playlist on Spotify. We also added another playlist over on Amazon Music. Screeched Inn & Marc Gunn with “Bright Side of Everything” Tuatha de Dannan Beyond the Pale Teada The Barley Boys An Lar Listen to the playlists on Spotify or  Amazon Music. 13:06 - Hair of the Dog “The Little Beggarman” from Donegal 15:22 - STORY OF WELSH MUSIC Today, we meet Liesel Wilson.  Liesel has been playing fiddle/violin for most of her life. She began playing Chinese erhu during her Chinese language studies in high school and college.  She specializes in singing in languages besides English, including Mandarin Chinese, Gàidhlig, Irish, Early Scots, Russian, Spanish, and Welsh.  She is a former member of Blue Canvas Orchestra and Chance Ensemble. She has performed throughout the U.S. and Scotland as a member of Willowgreen. They were added to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast last year along with her own solo music. It’s the Welsh music that we will visit today as Liesel tells the story of the “Welsh Beast Set”. 20:11 - Liesel Wilson “Welsh Beast Set: Pur O Fesur / The Gilded Room / Hen Ferchetan / Nyth Y Gwcw / Nyth Y Gog” from The Path 26:13 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 26:58 - BUYING LOCAL - HOW TO NAME YOUR BEERS It’s time to Buy Local. We chat with Rob, the brewmaster at The Lost Druid Brewery. He’s gonna share with you how he names his beers. I love how he names them and the pop culture references that he adds to many.. Including the little known secret behind the name Doctor Strange. 30:27 - “Famine” by Doolin’ from Doolin’ 33:21 - STORY OF WHEREVER I MAY ROAM Originally, I was gonna talk about the famous Scottish song, “Loch Lomond”. It seems I already talked about “Loch Lomond” in show #199. So instead… I fly to Texas in April to perform at Sherwood Forest Faire. My daughters are making the journey as well. It got me thinking about when I first started flying. I don’t remember. I was talking to my dad about it. He reminded me that during summers when we lived in Maryland, he would drive us to visit his family in East Texas. His parents would then drive us halfway to meet my mom’s parents. We’d stay in San Antonio for a while. Then we would fly home. It was me and my brother. On an airplane together. Fast forward to 1985, the two of us flew to Italy to visit my mom. In 1989, I flew all by myself for the first time to visit my mom in Italy. Talking to my dad, I realized my love of traveling began in part because of those trips. Especially on the airplane. Visiting Europe! It made a HUGE impact on my life. I flew to Hawaii to visit my dad and step mom during college. The next vacation, I flew back to Italy. We drove up to Germany, France, and even saw the Floriade in The Netherlands. I love traveling. So it was fitting when I met my future wife in 2009, that she too had a love of traveling. We love to roam. However, it wasn’t until 2013 or 2014 that I finally wrote my first good love song for my wife. I had written others. But they never went anywhere. The song was called “Wherever I May Roam”. I remember it was fairly easy to write too. The music I based on how I had been playing “Gypsy Rover”. It had a very pleasant rhythm that I tightened up. One of my big goals was to write a song that was a call and response. That is to say, something that I could sing and audience members could respond to the lyric I sang. But it’s the story that made it a love song. It was created in 3 parts. The first was my life before I met Gwen. My life was a bit rough before her. I was in a band. But I did not feel like I was growing as a musician or as a person. I was also wanting to find love. I had to make a change. So I broke up the band. I moved from Austin to New Orleans. I tried to start over. I learned in high school that every new year, I could sort of change my persona to be more like someone I wanted to be. Rather than who I was. But it required a radical shift. Ultimately, I learned that I couldn’t change who I actually was. But I did learn that the radical shift could do wonders for your life. The break up of the Brobdingnagian Bards was sad for many of our fans. But the move to New Orleans… it kickstarted my new life. I started writing new music. I recorded a ton of new albums. It launched Celtic Invasion Vacations. It also got me out on tour. At a little house concert in Reston, Virginia, I met my wife. That’s what the second verse is all about. The final verse… Sometimes when you’re a musician in a band, you start playing music together, just music. A groove catches on. Groove seems like the wrong word. Because it’s not about rhythm, it’s about playing in sync, together. It just matches. It works. As a budding singer and songwriter, I wanted something that was more than just a groove. I wanted a song. A beautiful song… that leads to other songs. That’s what “Wherever I May Roam” did. I wrote my first love song for my wife. It told our story. But it also blossomed into children and more adventures than I could have possibly hoped for. And likewise, this song also was the true start of my rhythm and folk musical style on the autoharp. The thumb lead, as they said at the California Autoharp Gathering. 39:03 - Marc Gunn “Wherever I May Roam” from Selcouth 42:01 - NEXT TIME - We’re talking about Kilty Pleasure and we have a story from The Muckers. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #lieselwilson #welshtunes
42:33 02/28/2022
Celtic CD Release Party #249
Eamonn Flynn shares a story about what he missed from home during the pandemic. Is streaming music good or bad? What does “buy local” mean anyway? How treating people with loyalty, kindness, and respect can heal open wounds. We’ll talk about two new CDs. It’s a CD Release Party on the today’s Pub Songs & Stories #249. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:34 - WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. I want to thank my Superheroes on Patreon: Not Higgins, C.J. Taylor, Sarah Crockett, Bill Mandeville, William McKissack, Carol Baril, Kathleen & Luke Miller, LauraMay Sorkin, Eric Ray. Selcouth is now on sale! This is my 24th solo studio album. I am so excited to share it with you. In fact, I did a livestreaming listening party on Friday on Facebook. I’m doing another one at 1 PM EST today. Then on Wednesday, I’m gonna play songs from the album live on YouTube.Then on Thursday is my official online CD Release Party for Selcouth. It’s happening on Bandcamp. It’s free! And there will be a giveaway. So please plan on joining me on Thursday, February 17.If you have the album or you streamed already, I would LOVE to know what YOU think of Selcouth or what’s your favorite track on the album. Make sure you hashtag it with #selcouth when you post on Social Media. And tag me! What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 2:54 - We Banjo 3 "Wynne's" from Roots to Rise 6:47 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST There’s new music on the Best of 2022 playlist. I added Gerry O’Connor, The Canny Brothers Band, The McDades, yours truly and We Banjo 3. These are from episodes #540 and #541. Listen Best Irish & Celtic Music of 2022 on Spotify or Listen on Amazon Music. 7:19 - WHAT’S UP WITH STREAMING MUSIC? The Gothard Sisters responded to a question in their mailing list about streaming music sites. The question was basically, is streaming music good or bad? I answered that question back in 2018 on my Celtfather podcast episode “Yes! Please Listen on Spotify”. But that was four years ago. So I thought I’d address it for 2022. Let’s start by looking behind the streams. First, does Spotify pay artists? Technically, yes. They do. But it is a pittance. We get paid about ½ a cent for every stream that lasts at least 30 seconds. I’ve heard. Personally, I get about 2500 listens per month. That’s about $12. During Christmas, that goes might climb to about 11,000 streams or a whopping $55. It’s not much. Does it upset me that I get paid so little? No. I LOVE streaming. I love it because it’s a brilliant music discovery tool. If I hear about a new band, I will go there and listen to their top tracks. I’ll check to see if they have music that would work for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I listen because it’s quick and easy. I don’t always have my computer on hand. So this lets me find and enjoy new music with minimal effort. As long as I realize I’m not gonna get paid, I’m all good. Plus, there’s always the hope that you will add my music to one of your playlists. Perhaps that playlist will be followed by others. Next thing you know, a song gets more popular. Thus far, it’s only happened with my Christmas music. But it’s a start. So how do I and other musicians make money? There’s the big question. For me, it starts with education. That’s the reason I tell you in every episode of both this and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast to support the artists. If you find an artist you really love then, buy their stuff. CDs are still great mementos, even if you don’t listen. Shirts are great for showing others how much you love the artist’s music. I’m starting to offer lapel pins to go with various albums as a small artistic alternative to show your colors. You can support the artists by tipping them. Spotify added a tipping function on their website. All of the money you tip goes straight to me. I’ve heard of a few bands who are killing it through this method. Bandcamp makes tipping extra easy. I have a Livestreaming CD Release Party scheduled for this Thursday, February 17. Since it’s a CD Release, the show will be free. But you can choose to pay any amount for the show. You can also buy a CD or lapel pin while you’re watching the show. And of course, I am also a member of a few Patreon pages, like The Gothard Sisters. Because I want to help them keep making new music. The last thing I wanted to say was the third item in The Gothard Sisters newsletter, titled “What We’re Doing: A Rising Tide”. “One of the things I love about creating playlists on streaming services is that we can include some of our other favorite Celtic, folk and world musicians, along with our own music. Every person who streams the playlist then discovers new artists that they may not have found otherwise. We absolutely love being able to help promote other artists this way.” I love this. This is one of the reasons I publish Pub Songs & Stories and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I get to help musicians be heard. But I can also do that with my own playlists. I have dozens of playlists, mostly Celtic-based. Some are Firefly inspired or Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or even cats. You’ll hear a lot of my music. But you will also find music from other bands that I love. You can find many of my playlists here. 12:15 - UPCOMING SHOWS FEB 2: Coffee and Groundhogs with The Celtfather @ 11 AM ET FEB 17: CD Release Party - Celtfather Livestream on Bandcamp @ 7:30 PM ET. FEB 19: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 7:00 – 9:30 PM. CD Release. FEB 25: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. CD Release. MAR 2: Coffee, Beer, and Lost Druids with The Celtfather @ 11 AM ET MAR 10. St Patrick's Day Livestream with Dragon Con Filk Track @ 8 PM ET. MAR 12: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. MAR 13: Three Taverns Brewery, Atlanta, GA @ 4:00-7:00 PM 12:58 - Gerry O'Connor "The Old Dash Churn (Jigs)" from Last Night's Joy 17:03 - STORY OF LIFE IN DUBLIN Eamonn Flynn was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. He first came to prominence playing Hammond organ and piano on the soundtrack for the movie, The Commitments. He has a brand new album coming out on February 25. Today he’s debuting one of the songs for the album along with a story about life in Dublin. 22:24 - “Baile Átha Cliath” by Eamonn Flynn from Anywhere But Home 27:13 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 28:04 - STORY OF GOING LOCAL Before I share my story, I want to do something new. I was living in Austin when I first heard the term “Buy Local”. Over the last few years, that phrase has meant a bit more to me. That’s because our world has grown. The internet with all of its opportunities for us to share have made it less personal. I was reading about the demise of local news. As much as I hated holding physical newspapers, I realize we need local news. It connects us with our community. I remember my family in East Texas looking out their window. My uncle would shout out to my grandma, “Gerry just drove by. I wonder where he’s going?” At the time, I thought it quite quaint and odd. But they lived out in the country. This was one of his ways of connecting with the community. I want to do the same. I want to share and promote my local community. Now of course, local and community can have different meanings than the obvious one. But today, I want to promote my first regular venue here in the Atlanta area–The Lost Druid Brewery. Not only did they come up with the phrase Sci F’Irish music, but they also did a lot for getting me started in the Atlanta area. I finally sat down with the owners Stacia and Rob, the brewmaster, with a recorder to talk about The Lost Druid and to share my love for this local community brewery. 29:50 - DIVERSITY OF THE LOST DRUID You can find out about The Lost Druid on their website at thelostdruid.com. You can see me perform there this Saturday, February 19, 2022. And stay tuned for more of these features of them and others in my local community in episodes to come. 31:42 - STORY OF BREATHING My favorite episode of Firefly is “Out of Gas”. In the episode, the crew is taking their time getting to the planet Greenleaf, the third planet in the Red Sun system. Yeah, I looked that up for the heck of it. As they’re out in the Black, a compression coil blows out which knocks out life support. The crew decides to board the two shuttles and try to get help. I love the episode, because it offers a lot of character development. We see scenes from when Malcom and Zoe first buy the ship. We learn about the sexual appetite of Kaylee. We discover the moment that Inara rents the shuttle from Mal. We learn that Zoe didn’t like Wash when they first met and how Jayne is lured to switch sides during a heist. It’s a massive episode. You can hear a more detailed synopsis in the 8th episode of the In the ‘Verse podcast. Mikey Mason and I share our themes that inspired us while watching that episode. One of those themes became my song “Breathing”. There’s a great line at the beginning of the episode during one of Malcolm's flashbacks. “Treat her properly. She'll be with you for the rest of your life," says the man trying to sell a spaceship to Mal. On the surface, the song is about treating people with loyalty, kindness, and respect. But there’s a bigger story. It’s about a couple who’s having a tough time. Much like the broken engine in the show, they’re having problems. But with love, patience, loyalty, and of course breathing they pull through. Meditation is something that helps me a lot. I get overwhelmed quite easily. What helps me when I have trouble focusing and pulling things together is to keep breathing. It relaxes me and makes me stronger. My hope is that next time you’re feeling a little stressed that you too take a deep breath and sing along. 33:58 - NEXT TIME 34:14 - Marc Gunn “Breathing” from Selcouth Liesel Wilson rediscovers her Welsh heritage with Welsh tunes and a story. Marc Gunn shares the story behind the famous Scottish song “Loch Lomond”. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories
39:05 02/14/2022
Irish & Celtic Music Best of 2022 #248
Get inspired by the famous Isle of Mist with a story by Duncan McLauchlan. You will learn the secret of why cats knock things over. Discover which two Celtic artists were added to the all new Best of 2022 Irish & Celtic Music playlist on Spotify. It's on the next Pub Songs & Stories #248. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:32 - WHAT’S NEW? ● Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Thanks to our newest patrons: Cary S, Richard H, Gail P. ● Patrons can save 25% off all of the merch in my MageRecords.com store. That includes shirts, CDs, stickers, songbooks, USBs, whatever. ● What are you doing with your local celtic community? What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. ● Question. What song would you like to hear more about? February 14 is the official release day of Selcouth. That’s my 24th solo studio album. The title means “when everything is strange and different, yet you find it marvelous anyway.” I feel like that suits my music to a tee. So I’m getting ready for the release. It’s odd releasing music as an indie musician. I host the largest podcast in the world for Celtic music, the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I also have the Irish & Celtic Music Magazine to promote it. There’s a sizable mailing list there. But I realize that’s it for what I can do. From there, I need to actually reach out to other businesses and organizations. I gotta say it’s kinda scary. And there’s a reason why it’s scary. Years ago, the Brobdingnagian Bards released our first album, Marked By Great Size. I had NO network back then. I was not a gatekeeper for Celtic music. I was at the mercy of every newspaper, magazine, or radio show. I sent the album out. I hounded the media places I sent the CD to. One was Dirty Linen magazine. That was the #1 magazine for Folk Music in the world. I emailed and emailed and wrote. No response. Months later, the album was finally reviewed. 2.5 stars and a very short 3-5 sentences belittling the album. I was heartbroken. Months of hard work yielded THAT. Now to be fair, it also inspired me to start my own internet magazine and eventually a podcast. But after releasing 23 solo albums, I realize that’s just not enough. I need to do more. And I’m scared to. So I’m gonna throw this out there. Is anyone interested in helping me promote my music, drop me an email. I have a method that will hopefully work. 3:45 - Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh “The Emigrant’s Farewell” from daybreak: fainne an lae 7:34 - NEW PLAYLIST: IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC BEST OF 2022 I have a new playlist on Spotify. It’s called Irish & Celtic Music: Best of 2022. This is something I created in conjunction with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. There’s a new podcast episode every week with an hour of fantastic Celtic music. Patrons of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast get to vote every week for their favorite songs on that podcast. Those votes are added up a couple weeks later. The most-popular songs are added to that Spotify playlist. I thought it would be cool to share some of the more popular music this week. The first artists added to the new playlist were Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and House of Hamill. You can listen and subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music: Best of 2022 playlist in the shownotes. House of Hamill “Superb Owl” from Folk Hero 9:13 - UPCOMING SHOWS ● FEB 2: Coffee and Groundhogs with The Celtfather @ 11 AM ET ● FEB 17: CD Release Party - Celtfather Livestream on Bandcamp @ 8 PM ET. ● FEB 19: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 7:00 – 9:30 PM. CD Release. ● FEB 25: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. CD Release. 12:47 - STORY OF THE ISLE OF MIST Duncan McLauchlan originally hails from Dunfermline, Scotland. He’s the son of a Scottish coal miner. Now he currently resides in Roswell, Georgia, not far from me. He has been around the Atlanta Celtic music scene for several years now. He’s a relative newcomer to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. But his music is solid. And he’s writing songs inspired by his heritage while fusing in some Rock and Americana. In a great Scottish tradition, Duncan will share a story about his love for a place in Scotland. 18:00 - “Eilean a' cheo” by Duncan McLauchlan from A different flag 22:47 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic, physical CD. Your purchase allows all of us to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Save 15% with an annual membership. 23:39 - STORY OF CATS KNOCKING OVER CUPS One of my favorite Celtic songs to sing is “Mingulay Boat Song”. I recorded a fantastic version of the song for my CD Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion. You can hear more about that song in show #243 of Pub Songs & Stories. Being a filker as well as a Celtic singer/songwriter, I find myself rewriting traditional Celtic song lyrics on a whim. That’s what ultimately led to my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers series of CDs. “Mingulay Boat Song” was one such song that was a victim of my filking. It happened when Kenzie was about 2 or 3 years old. Must’ve been about two. Because I remember her in a high chair right next to our kitchen table. She was eating and had a juice bottle sitting on the table. She barely finished eating. I realized we were running late. So I didn’t clean up. I picked her up and ran out the door, and drove her to daycare. When I got back, I walked into the kitchen and stepped in a puddle of sticky juice. JENGA! We had four cats at the time. We call ourselves the Brady Bunch of cats. She had two girls. I had two boys. They all had their quirks. Jenga was Gwen’s cat. She was a tuxedo, black fur and white paws. She had a tiny head and a big body. One of her quirks was to meow and beg when someone was eating ice cream. The other was she knocked over any cup liquid that was left alone longer than 3 minutes. For this reason to this day, we rarely have open drinks sitting out. Bottles of water are always preferred even though she passed away a couple years ago. I don’t remember when exactly I wrote “Mingulay Cat Song”. But it wrote itself. I just had to remember the various instances when she knocked over this or that glass of liquid: watching TV, at bedtime, or just watching her in the act and wondering what is that all about? Why do cats like to knock things over. Three things that I really LOVE about the lyrics. First is the third verse. There’s a cold glass of water by the bedside. When I’m performing the song, I love acting out the tongue trying to lick the water in the glass that is not yet spilled over. I also love ending the verse with “satiated” even though it doesn’t rhyme. It still works. The third thing I love about the song is answering the question: why do cats love to knock over stuff? And I feel like my answer is pretty creative. 28:23 - Marc Gunn “Mingulay Cat Song” from Selcouth 32:27 - NEXT TIME Eamonn Flynn shares an inspiring story of Dublin during a pandemic. I have a song to remind you to keep breathing when times are tough. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubstories #DuncanMcLauchlan #whydocatsknockthingsover
33:13 01/31/2022
Top 20 Celtic Bands for 2022 #247
We’re gonna countdown the Top 20 Celtic Bands and Musicians of 2021 in this first episode of the year. Learn about the Bright Side of Everything, the first official single from Marc Gunn’s 24th studio album. It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories #247. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:28 -  WHAT’S NEW? Celtic Invasion of Scotland St Patrick’s Day in Ironshield Brewing and Inara dancing with St Patrick’s Day Parade New CD coming out on February 14–Selcouth Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon: Cary S, Richard H. You’ll get at least one new recording each month. That could be a brand new studio recording, a rough cut, a live performance, or even a new version of a classic song. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. What song would you like to hear more about? 5:41 - UPCOMING SHOWS JAN 19: Coffee with The Celtfather LIVE at Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 11 AM ET JAN 20: Celtfather Livestream on Bandcamp @ 8 PM ET. Tickets $8 JAN 28: High Card Brewery, Tucker, GA @ 6-9 PM 7:33 - Brad Reid "Trip to Peggy's Cove" from New Scotland 10:54 - COUNTDOWN OF TOP 20 CELTIC BANDS OF 2021 I also host the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I like to compile my best of the year lists. It started with the Celtic Top 20. Those are the twenty most-popular songs and tunes on the podcast as voted on by listeners. Well, that’s the way it’s been until this year at least. Show #538 features the Celtic Top 20. In 2022, I’m shaking up the Celtic Top 20. Voting results will now be determined by Patrons of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I’m also gonna share the Top 20 Celtic Bands and Musicians of 2021. These are my picks. Not just my picks but my organic picks. Every week, I pick some songs. I frequently find myself favoring the music of this band or that one. These are the ones I played the most in 2021. And if you listen to their music, you’ll understand why! The Gothard Sisters Jesse Ferguson Tallymoore Amelia Hogan Brad Reid Emma Langford Willowgreen The Munster Men Gaelynn Lea Matt & Shannon Heaton Sue Spencer Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne Bang On The Ear Liesel Wilson Duncan McLauchlan The Darkeyed Musician Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Tuatha de Danann Scythian Aerialists 12:02 - Amelia Hogan “Fiddler of Dooney” from Transplants: From the Old to the New 14:52 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 16:40 - The Gothard Sisters “Dragonfly” from Dragonfly NEXT TIME: Duncan McLauchlan 19:56 - STORY OF BRIGHT SIDE OF EVERYTHING Listen to a rough cut of “Bright Side of Everything” in my Gunn Runners Club. You can learn more about the song here. 31:57 - Marc Gunn “Bright Side of Everything” from Selcouth Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs
36:56 01/17/2022
Yuletide
What’s Yuletide? What’s the difference between Yuletide and Christmas? What is Celtic Christmas music? Plus, hobbits show up in my latest Christmas single. It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories #246. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:25 -  WHAT’S NEW? The kids got to decorate a Christmas tree yesterday. It was not ours. Which seemed kind of an odd thing to do. Maybe it’s my solitary nature. I never thought of tree decorating as a communal experience. But then again, I’ve never had friends quite like those I have living in Georgia. Hopefully, our tree will be up by the time this goes live. Because I also need to get some pictures and videos to promote the holiday season. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Thanks to my newest Patron: Brian Petty. I can’t begin to thank you enough for your support. I’m getting closer to releasing my new song “Blink” over on Patreon. More than just a video. I also recorded “Come Adventure With Me”. That’s the next single for In the ‘Verse podcast. And very soon, I will share my plans for 2022. They will include a big change to this podcast and other things I do. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. What song would you like to hear more about? 1:46 - WHAT IS YULETIDE? Here's some of what Wikipedia has to say about Yule: “Yule is a winter festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples. Much like Christmas, it has pagan roots. Scholars connected the original celebrations of Yule to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modraniht. Later departing from its pagan roots, Yule underwent Christianised reformulation, resulting in the term Christmastide. Some present-day Christmas customs and traditions such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others may have connections to older pagan Yule traditions. The Saga of Hákon the Good credits King Haakon I of Norway who ruled from 934 to 961 with the Christianization of Norway as well as rescheduling Yule to coincide with Christian celebrations held at the time. The saga says that when Haakon arrived in Norway he was a confirmed Christian, but since the land was still altogether heathen and the people retained their pagan practices, Haakon hid his Christianity to receive the help of the "great chieftains". In time, Haakon had a law passed establishing that Yule celebrations were to take place at the same time as the Christians celebrated Christmas, "and at that time everyone was to have ale for the celebration with a measure of grain, or else pay fines, and had to keep the holiday while the ale lasted." Scholars have connected the Yule period to the Wild Hunt (a ghostly procession in the winter sky), the god Odin (who is attested in Germanic areas as leading the Wild Hunt and bears the name Jólnir), and increased supernatural activity, such as the Wild Hunt and the increased activities of draugar—undead beings who walk the earth. Modraniht, an event focused on collective female beings attested by Bede as having occurred among the pagan Anglo-Saxons on what is now Christmas Eve, has been seen as further evidence of a fertility event during the Yule period.” You can read more about Yuletide on Wikipedia. Now I’ve heard it said that JRR Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, in part, to give England its own folk tales. So one of the things I love about my first story is that Yuletide better encapsulates the hobbit winter celebrations than say Christmas. At least in name. 4:55 - STORY OF YULETIDE During live shows, I talk about the little hobbit village that happens every three years in Kentucky. It’s called ALEP, A Long Expected Party. A gross of Tolkien enthusiasts gather together at the Shaker Village to celebrate all things Lord of the Rings. Not just celebrate. To Create. Folks who go to ALEP become a part of the world Tolkien created. Yes, there are amazing stories we get from Michael Drout. But also, there’s art, and writings, and costuming, and music. All by people who love Lord of the Rings so much that they create their own art. Nancy Flynn is one of those people. She enjoys my music and sends me lyrics now and again. She wrote the lyrics “The Smial or the Tree” from my CD, Sci Fi Drinking Songs. In 2012, she sent me lyrics to two Christmas songs: “Christmas in the Shire” and “Yuletide”. I loved the lyrics for both. “Christmas in the Shire” was the first song that I set to music. It’s also still my favorite Christmas song that I love to hear. I love the melody. But it is nothing without the wholesome down-to-earth lyrics that accompany it. That’s one of the things I love about hobbits. It’s just down-to-earth. Or down-to-middle-earth as the case may be. The other song, “Yuletide” sat on my shelf for quite a bit longer. The lyrics are again down-to-earth. It’s a song about how hobbits celebrate Yuletide. There are invitations to friends. There’s dancing and eating. There’s decorations and drinks. It’s like a sneak peak at hobbit holidays. While many of the celebration examples that she uses are kind of universal for our modern day celebrations, I feel like there’s something distinctly hobbit about them. That’s what I wanted to capture with the music. I wrote several melodies over the years. Sadly, I didn’t have a recording for any of them. So I started from scratch this year. This song was written with the vocal melody first and foremost. I feel like basic hobbit music is a hornpipe rhythm. It’s fun and bouncy in 4/4 time. It’s the type that you can easily sing without an instrument and still get people up dancing. So that’s how I wrote the melody. I sang it. I added my autoharp. Then Nathan Deese brought the song to life with a mandolin and whistles. 7:49 - “Yuletide” by Marc Gunn from Single and Christmas Drive Playlist 10:18 - FEEDBACK: How do you celebrate Christmas and Yuletide? 10:34 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy digital downloads, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 11:19 - NEXT TIME - PLANS FOR 2022 I was debating whether I would release more of these episodes.  But time is just not my friend. So I decided that this is the final episode of 2021. I will be back in 2022. However, I’m gonna do things a bit differently. I don’t yet have a start date for the new year. But as I strategically plan. I *think* it won’t begin until February. But I hope to start recording episodes in January. And just build a catalog of episodes that I can release. Just like I plan to do with Coffee with The Celtfather. If you’re a member of the Gunn Runners Club, I’ll break down my plans a little bit more on Patreon. 12:16 - STORY OF WHAT IS CELTIC CHRISTMAS MUSIC? In 2014, I recorded a podcast called Celtic Christmas Greetings. It was a short podcast series designed to promote my then brand new album of Christmas music with the same name. Listening back to the series, I realized it is very much like this show. So I thought I’d replay that podcast here for those who might’ve missed it. The first episode tells the story of how and why I fused Celtic music and Christmas music to create a CD. 25:04 - “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by Kilted Kings from Flower of Scotland Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #godrestyemerrygentlemen #yuletide #celticchristmasmusic
29:15 12/14/2021
Loreena McKennitt & Lady of Shalott
Loreena McKennitt shares the story about how Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott” became a song on her 1991 album The Visit. Classic poetry and books are often used as inspiration for modern songs. Marc Gunn shares why he wrote a song inspired by Anne of Green Gables. It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories #245. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:32 -  WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Thanks to our newest Patrons: Expat Fledgling, Krory D, Ryan and Kelly M, John M I have a new Christmas single out. In fact, it’s another hobbit Christmas single. The song is called “Yuletide”. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon to download it now. I’ll tell you more about the song on the next show. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 4:11 - UPCOMING SHOWS DEC 8: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST DEC 15: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST DEC 16: Celtfather Live @ 7 PM EST 4:44 - STORY OF THE LADY OF SHALOTT Arthurian mythology shows up a lot in my life. Whether it’s the Chalice Well that accidentally became a part of the Brobdingnagian Bards logo or my very first Renaissance festival, Excalibur Fantasy Faire. I love stories about life during the time of Camelot. So I guess it wasn’t much of a surprise that I fell in love with Loreena McKennitt’s song “Lady of Shalott” 30 years ago. Her song was written based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. I have my own connection to it too which I’ll tell you more about in a bit. But first, I’m extremely pleased to have Loreena McKennitt share her story about how and why “The Lady of Shalott” also became a song. In September, she re-released a 30th anniversary edition of her 1991 album The Visit. The album has sold more than two million copies. It features all of the original songs remastered, plus, a bunch of live performances, alternate mixes, and even some interviews she’s done about the album. 8:11 - “The Lady Of Shalott Live Trio - October 28, 2016 Gaillard Centre” by Loreena McKennitt from The Visit - The Definitive Edition You can find out more about Loreena McKennitt at https://loreenamckennitt.com/. You’ll also find her all over streaming. This story was released along with other stories as promo for The Visit, The Definitive Edition. So you can find out more about the songs from that album. I gotta say I love her description of this song. I feel like she beautifully captured the imagery of the pastoral English countryside. In the fall of 2019, McKennitt put her career on hold to place more time and attention on civic matters and climate change, while also advocating for stronger legislation to protect artists’ rights and encouraging people to buy their music directly from the artist whenever possible. That’s fantastic. We need more people to work on the Climate Renaissance. 16:20 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. The holiday season is nearly here. If you’re looking for gifts, why not a classic physical CD. I know, I know. Fewer people are buying CDs these days. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be a great gift for some people. If that’s not good enough, you can also buy a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even digital downloads for you or a friend. Your purchase allows musicians to keep making music. If you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 18:24 - STORY OF DREAMERS AND THAT ANNE GIRL Before I fell in love with Loreena McKennitt’s song I had already fallen in love with “The Lady of Shalott”. That was because of a TV mini-series called Anne of Green Gables. The show was based on the books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. There’s a wonderful scene in the series where Anne Shirley and some friends reenact the story of “The Lady of Shalott” using a boat. Anne is lying in the boat with flowers across her chest. Her friends push her out onto the river as she recites the poem. The boat slowly glides downstream before it springs a leak. She sits up and tries her best to scoop water out of the sinking boat. Eventually, she is rescued at a bridge by her love interest, the dashing Gilbert Blythe. My mom introduced me to the VHS of the mini-series during my senior year of high school. I don’t know why the show resonated so much with me. Maybe it had a lot to do with the beautiful imagery of Prince Edward Island and the wild imagination and creativity of “that Anne-Girl.” It still delights me to this day, though I haven’t seen the show in probably a decade. In college, I read all of Montgomery’s books and even devoured a book of poetry by her. I remember one poem resonated a LOT at the time. But I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. By 2004, Anne of Green Gables was sort of a comfort show for me. I used to watch shows on repeat while I worked. This one regularly made it into rotation for me. One evening I was watching it. I paused the show and picked up the autoharp. I wrote a tribute to dreamers like Anne. The song was sadly short-lived at shows. But I eventually recorded it for my CD, A Tribute to Love. 20:49 - “Here’s to the Dreamers” by Marc Gunn from A Tribute to Love 23:02 - One final question: What song would you like to hear more about? Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #loreenamckennitt #theladyofshalott #anneofgreengables #pubsongs 
23:41 12/07/2021
Wild Mountain Thyme: Scottish or Irish?
How a musician saved the lives of hundreds of people on a sinking cruise ship. A story of bravery, leadership, and extreme cowardice. Is Wild Mountain Thyme an Scottish song or an Irish song? And guess which recorder player can be heard in a jewelry shop in the Highlands of Scotland? It’s Pub Songs & Stories #244. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:33 - WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Thanks to Expat Fledgling, Krory Dempsey, Ryan and Kelly Melville, John Mota There’s an MP3 of “Mingulay Boat Song”, a questionnaire to help plan my Coffee shows. What’s coming up? Loreena McKennitt What song would you like to hear more about? 3:25 - UPCOMING SHOWS NOV 17: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST NOV 24: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST NOV 27: “Firefly Drinking Songs” at Giga-Bits Tabletop Cafe in Marietta, GA @ 4-6 PM 3:46 - STORY OF OCEANOS What would you do if your ship started to sink? Jump ship or do what it takes to save the lives of hundreds of people. Paul Eastman is our storyteller today. He is the lead singer and songwriter for the Celtic Rock band, Coast. He tells the story of Moss Hill, a musician on a cruise ship whose bravery saved the passengers. MTS Oceanos was a cruise ship that sank in 1991. It suffered uncontrolled flooding. Her captain and some of the crew were convicted of negligence for fleeing the ship without helping the passengers, who were rescued thanks to the efforts of the ship's entertainers. But I’ll let Coast tell that story... 12:54 - “Oceanos” by Coast from 10.2 You can find out more about the band on their website. They also have music video with footage from the ship as people are rescued and it eventually sinks. And you can watch a documentary about the Oceanos on their blog. This is from their latest album, 10.2. If you enjoy the band, the music, the story, please... 17:45 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE The musicians on this podcast are happy to share their music freely with you. You can find their music on streaming music sites. But streaming is a way to sample the music. If you hear something you love, these artists need your support. Please visit their website, sign up to their mailing list and buy something. You could buy a digital download, a shirt, a sticker, a pin, a songbook, jewelry, or even the classic physical CD. Your purchase allows them to keep making music. And if you’re not into the physical stuff, many artists accept tips or are on Patreon. So again please support the arts. If this show made you happy, then you can also join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 18:38 - NEXT TIME We’re stepping back in time as I share Stories from how my music career began. It’s all from a live episode of Pub Songs & Stories that was recorded at CONjuration in Atlanta. Loreena McKennit is coming to an episode soon. 19:03 - STORY OF WILD MOUNTAIN THYME "Wild Mountain Thyme", also known as "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?", is a Scottish/Irish folk song. Yes. Scottish AND Irish. The lyrics and melody are based on the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill and Scottish composer Robert Archibald Smith. They were adapted by Belfast musician Francis McPeake into "Wild Mountain Thyme". According to Wikipedia, Tannahill's original song was first published in Robert Archibald Smith's Scottish Minstrel. It is about the hills (braes) around Balquhidder near Lochearnhead. Tannahill collected and adapted traditional songs. "The Braes of Balquhither" may have been based on the traditional song "The Braes o' Bowhether". McPeake is said to have dedicated the song to his first wife, but his son wrote an additional verse in order to celebrate his father's remarriage. "Wild Mountain Thyme" was first recorded by McPeake's nephew, also named Francis McPeake, in 1957 for the BBC series As I Roved Out. While Francis McPeake holds the copyright to the song, it is generally believed that rather than writing the song, he arranged an existing travelling folk version and popularised the song as his father's. When interviewed on radio, Francis McPeake said it was based on a song he heard whilst travelling in Scotland, and he rewrote it later. Bob Dylan's recording of the song cited it as traditional, with the arranger unknown, though Dylan's copyright records indicate that the song is sometimes "attributed to" McPeake. In her book Fragrance and Wellbeing: Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche, author Jennifer Peace Rhind describes "Wild Mountain Thyme" as essentially a love song, with the line, "Wild Mountain Thyme grows among the Scottish heather" perhaps being an indirect reference to the old custom of young women wearing a sprig of thyme, mint or lavender to attract a suitor. Rhind also notes that, in British folklore, the thyme plant was the fairies' playground and often the herb would be left undisturbed for their use. As for me, I don’t remember where I found the song. But it would’ve been when I started performing at Renaissance festivals or possibly MP3.com. Andrew McKee and I worked our first arrangement for the song in 2000 for the Brobdingnagian Bards album Gullible’s Travels. It was later re-recorded with a better version for A Faire to Remember. It stands out largely because of Andrew’s recorder solo. It’s beautiful. But it’s also just a gorgeous song, covered by many people. One of my favorite moments for this song happened on my Celtic Invasion of the Highlands of Scotland in 2013. We were staying in Aviemore, Scotland in the Highlands. I remember walking through the gift shop, when I heard Andrew’s unmistakeable recorder playing. My mind nearly exploded as I searched the shop for the origins of the sound. I found a small glass cabinet that had jewelry in it. Gorgeous jewelry made of compressed heather. There were necklaces, earrings, pendants and brooches. It was just fantastic. Then there was like a TARDIS in my brain. It flashed back to an email I had received years earlier. A company asked me if they could use our recording in their shop. So there it was the Brobdingnagian Bards, or rather Andrew McKee, because it was really just the recorder part, on repeat in Scotland. You can check out the company at heathergems.com. In the summer of 2009, I worked out a new arrangement of the song for my CD, The Bridge. That version also inspired a lot of people. It’s one of my favorite songs on the album. I love this song, but one of the things that made me so proud about performing this song is hearing my own improvement in singing. It’s one of those songs that as I got better, I developed a better ability to phrase things in how it’s sung. It makes me feel really good about my own vocal abilities. 24:05 - “Wild Mountain Thyme” by Marc Gunn from The Bridge Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #coastband #wildmountainthyme #oceanos #pubsongs #heathergems
28:31 11/16/2021
Mingulay Boat Song & Contra Dance Music
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer play music for Contra Dances. Find out why there aren’t more songs sung at such dances. What is the D song? Marc Gunn shares how a New Orleans jam session found a little gospel in an old Scottish song. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:33 -  WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Thanks to Expat Fledging and Chris L who signed up as an annual Gunn Runner. There’s a lot of new posts on Patreon. I posted a video of my new “Blink” song. There are several free MP3s, including the one I'm singing today. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 2:19 - UPCOMING SHOWS NOV 10: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST NOV 12: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co., Alabaster, AL @ 8-10 PM NOV 13: Haeuser House Concert, Robert, LA 3:11 - STORY OF A LIFETIME OF DANCING Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. They also perform at Contra Dances. Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish country dance, and French dance styles in the 17th century, according to Wikipedia. I have loved their music for many years. In fact, you can hear their music on this podcast, and my Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I also have an interview and performance from them from my Celtic Invasion of Wales. That was released on my Celtfather Music & Travel podcast. Today, Vicki and Jonny will tell you how and why they wrote their song “Jiggle the Old Bones”. 8:09 - “Jiggle the Old Bones” by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Sleep Deprivation Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer are full-time musicians. Like many musicians, their lives were impacted by Covid. So if you enjoyed that song, go buy the download or buy any of their albums. I’m not sure which album to recommend, because I love them all. But this song from Sleep Deprivation is a favorite in my family. It gives me a thrill every time one it plays on their Spotify playlist and they squeal with delight. I think that sums up Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s music to me. You can find all of the music, song lyrics, sheet music, plus live streaming videos, and even a Patreon page. It’s all on their website at http://www.swan-dyer.co.uk/. 14:04 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 14:24 - NEXT TIME I have a great story from the band Coast. They talk about a horrible accident at sea with a cowardly captain and some amazing passengers who stood up to the challenge. 14:40 - STORY OF MINGULAY BOAT SONG “Mingulay Boat Song” is a fantastic song. I’ve heard many versions of the songs over the years as it was popular not only among Celtic music fans but also among Renaissance festival fans. I don’t remember where I first heard the song. Sadly, iTunes is no help. My iTunes was overhauled in 2011. So the earliest versions I have are by an MP3.com band, Celtic Nots, and the Flying Fish Sailors. I’ll be honest, neither of those versions stood out to me. I also recorded the song in 2006 or 2007 with Captain Black Jack Murphy. So who knows… Let’s start with the history of the song, then I’ll talk about my recording of the song. The song was written by Sir Hugh S. Roberton in the 1930s, according to Wikipedia. Roberton was a Scottish composer from Glasgow. He founded the Glasgow Orpheus Choir. This was a widely-acclaimed choir that focused on Scottish folks, Italian madrigals, plus some works by many of Europe’s most-famous composers. He also wrote “Westering Home” and “Mairi’s Wedding”. He was knighted in 1931. However I found the song, it was the summer of 2009 when I was at Jamie Haeuser’s home on the North shore of New Orleans when two of her friends came over, Michael Younger and Big Jim. We had a blissful afternoon jam session. We sang countless songs. This was when Jamie’s voice first stood out to me as sounding really good with mine. “Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye” was one that sounded particularly good together. But it was “Mingulay Boat Song” that stood out the best. Jamie grew up in New Orleans. She has a particular fondness for the music of New Orleans, blues, jazz, gospel, and also Celtic music, of course. But that day as I was singing “Mingulay”, Jamie did something exceptional with the song. She gave it this bluesy gospel background vocal. It was magical. Sometimes when you’re playing music with others, you do something so special. Everyone is overcome with joy and elation. That was one of those moments. I remember feeling SO excited, like “What just happened?!” It was incredible. And it sat with me. We sang the song now and then. Each time we would vary things up. Each time, we danced around that first time. It was not quite there, but it was always fantastic. In 2011, I wanted to record several CDs in one sitting. I typically record music live. Just me and the autoharp. I can then layer on other instruments. I just needed to make the time to do it. In October the year before, my daughter Kenzie was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. I didn’t really have much time to record while my wife was pregnant. I certainly didn’t have much time after my daughter was born. So I came up with a cool idea. I would rent a house somewhere and spend all weekend recording. My wife had a friend in Lexington, Kentucky at the time. So I booked a house in January 2011. We drove up there, snow on the ground. She drove to Lexington all day. I recorded the music for what would eventually become three albums: St Patrick’s Day, Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits, and Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion. There were a lot of great tracks that came out of that recording session. That music would establish my musical style for the next five years. One of the tracks the great tracks that came out of that session was “Mingulay Boat Song”. The song was played in the Key of C. The base recording of my vocals and autoharp was solid. It was slow and languorous. It had so much soulful feeling. But it was the overdubs that made it stand out. That was kind of an accident. After I got home, I sent the tracks off to musicians to record. Daniel Briggs was my main musician for that album. He added bass and a very simple strum pattern on his octave mandolin. He also sent some background harmonies. Mostly, I loved his tracks. But when I finished mixing the track. It still didn’t stand out. It needed Jamie Haeuser… or at least what Jamie did on that jam session years earlier. She wasn’t available at the time so I thought I’d give it a try. Two things stood out to me. First my USB digital interface had a limiting feature. That means if something gets too loud, the device cuts off the part that peaks. I am not a techie. I kind of randomly set it up. The limiter was way too high for this song. If you know what you’re listening for, you can hear me hit some powerful notes and it changes the sound of the vocals a little. Different from what I was originally singing. That gives it part of its really cool sound. But I can’t discount my vocals. I tried to imitate what Jamie had done back in 2009. It came off incredible. It’s by far my favorite song on the album. However, it was really hard to pull off during live concerts. It took a couple years to master singing it in the same key. Frequently, I would blow my voice by the time the song was. My voice was much more gruff after that. That said, I no longer sing it in the Key of C, which is the key it was recorded in. I found during live concerts, my voice was too low to be heard easily. It took a while. I raised it to the key of D. Even higher and more difficult to sing. Somehow, with lots and lots of practice, that became easy too. The final thing I want to say about the song is that sometimes I call it the “D Song”. That’s because one day at the beginning of 2020, my wife called out at a brewery and said, “Play the D song”. I had no clue what she was talking about. And ironically, she had no clue the song was in the key of D. But somehow I figured it out and that’s become our inside joke. Alright, without further adieu, let me sing to you “Mingulay Boat Song” in the key of D. 21:44 - “Mingulay Boat Song” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #mingulayboatsong #vickiswanjonnydyer
26:02 11/09/2021
Lament for a Halloween Rabbit
Jim McKenna shares a lament for Irish famine victims and his relatives. Bugs Bunny gets chased by Witch Hazel in a song by Marc Gunn. It’s Pub Songs & Stories #242. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:23 - WHAT’S NEW? Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. You get MP3s of my songs I play in this show. And of course, I have lots of other exclusive podcasts and blogs that I share there. Special thanks and welcome to our newest Gunn Runner: George M. There’s a new In the ‘Verse podcast coming very soon along with a new song I wrote inspired by the Doctor Who episode “Blink”. The podcast will be released to Patrons this Wednesday. The single will be released as well, just for Patrons. That’s one of the many benefits of joining the Gunn Runners Club. And you will want to hear this song. It’s gorgeous if I do say so myself. Genetic Counseling Awareness Day is coming up in November. My wife and I wrote a song for the holiday. I was hoping to release the single on streaming. But alas, it looks like I’m only gonna be promoting the video I made last year. You can watch that here. I finally finished Selcouth. That’s my next album. It comes out next year. But everyone who funded the Kickstarter will receive their rewards in the next 2-3 weeks. The CDs were shipped to me on Saturday. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 3:34 - UPCOMING SHOWS OCT 30: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6:30-9 PM NOV 3: Playing Favorites on Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM NOV 5-7: CONjuration, Atlanta, GA 4:10 - STORY OF A FAMINE VICTIM Jim McKenna is a Boston piper and composer. Members of his family emigrated to Boston during the Irish Famine. Daniel, and his brother Neil, were two of the six founding members of the American Society of Hibernians (later merging with the Ancient Order of Hibernians) in Boston on March 17, 1857. This organization was formed "for the purpose of rendering assistance to the sick and disabled members of their society, and also of providing for the decent burial of the dead". Jim's great-great uncle from Drumkeeran Ireland, Thomas McPartlin, performed traditional music on the banjo in Boston during the late 1800's. In November 2017, Jim's performance of his composition "Lament for Bridget O'Donnel: A Victim of Famine" was included in the soundtrack of the Kilkenny Famine Experience Memorial audio visual tour. 8:27 - “Lament For The Forgotten Irish Of Catholic Mt. Auburn Cemetery” by Jim McKenna 12:37 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 12:51 - NEXT TIME The next episode of the podcasts is scheduled to come out on November 9. That’s because next week, I will record my monthly update for Celtfather Music & Travel. You definitely want to stick around. I’ll tell you the story of my recording of Mingulay Boat Song. Plus, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer want you to dance. 13:19 - STORY OF BUGS BUNNY and HALLOWEEN I loved Bugs Bunny growing up. Who didn’t. The show was packed with incredible comedy that was pretty appealing to most people, a little slapstick, a little satirical. A lot of classic fun. Back in 2006, Halloween was approaching. Charlie Brown might’ve had the Great Pumpkin. But I never found near as much fun as Bugs Bunny and Witch Hazel. I decided to write a song. The original story starts with Witch Hazel brewing a potion on Halloween. As she collects an ingredient, she stops to ask her Magic Mirror, “Who is the ugliest one of all.” The Genie declares it is Witch Hazel. The doorbell rings. Bugs Bunny is out trick or treating dressed as a witch. Witch Hazel worries that she’s not as ugly as the Bugs Bunny Witch. Her mirror confirms that Bugs is uglier. So Witch Hazel invites Bugs in to drink tea under the pretense to learn all of Bugs’ ugly secrets. The tea is actually a potion that’ll turn Witch Bugs pretty. Bugs Bunny removes his mask to drink. Witch Hazel remembers a recipe that needs a “rabbit’s clavicle”. And the chase begins. They race around the house until Witch Hazel catches Bugs. She catches Bugs, ties him up and goes to sharpen her knife. But Bugs looks at her with those big eyes and Witch Hazel breaks down in tears. Bugs reminds her of Paul, her pet tarantula. Still tied up in rope, Bugs hops over to and brings Witch Hazel some comforting tea… the same tea that is actually a beauty potion. Witch Hazel turns into a knockout redhead. She ask the Genie in the Magic Mirror who is the ugliest. The Genie boards his magic carpet and chases after Witch Hazel into the night’s sky. My story isn’t at all different from the original. In fact, it’s basically a retelling of the story in poetical song form. I’ll be honest. I love the rhythm and music of the song. It’s fun. But if I were writing it today, I would’ve done it quite differently. I’m not entirely sure how I would change it. But as it is I still love it. Let me know what you think... 17:02 - “A Rabbit for Halloween” from What Color Is Your Dragon? Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #mingulayboatsong
20:23 10/27/2021
Murphy's Law #241
Murphy’s Law happens to the best of us including most musicians, but the Homespun Ceilidh Band turned a bunch of funny stories inspired by the Law into a fun song. Marc Gunn shares a story about another Murphy, Captain Black Jack Murphy, and how a Talk Like a Pirate Day accent led to a dreadful story of air pirates and hunting dragons. It’s all on Pub Song & Stories #241. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:36 - NEWS IN THE PUB Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. You get MP3s of my songs I play in this show. And of course, I have lots of other exclusive podcasts and blogs that I share there. Special thanks to Angela Hughes, Tom Corcoran, two of our new annual Gunn Runners. Facebook Went down at the beginning of October. There was a whole Twitter hashtag about it. Yeah. In order to find out what happened, I had to go to Twitter. That served as a great reminder of the problem of social media. So many people rely on it for “news”. But the things you get off social media are not news. They are fake news and misinformation at best. Put aside bad algorithms. It is still detrimental for people to rely on it. Especially if you have a business like I do. I learned back in 2000 to not trust a third-party system. Mp3.com suffered similar problems. Ever since then, I have had my own mailing list and my own website. They are the places you go to find out about me in my music. And I think it’s safe to say that’s the case with every musician. So if you are not yet subscribed to my mailing list, please do so. If you find an artist on the show who’s music you enjoy, subscribe to their mailing list. Don’t let your whole world disappear when Facebook does. 2:49 - UPCOMING SHOWS OCT 21: Firefly Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp @ 8-9 PM OCT 30: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6:30-9 PM NOV 5-7: CONjuration, Atlanta, GA Every WEDS: Coffee with The Celtfather at 11 AM Eastern for Season 9 3:59 - STORY OF MURPHY’S LAW Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to Daphne Arthur from the Homespun Ceilidh Band. Daphne shares a story about Murphy’s Law and how that turned into a song. But she also shared a story with me, right after sending me the audio files that I could relate to. “since I know how you feel about cats, I should share this:  Guillaume (alien disguised as a dilute-orange tabby) was pestering me the whole time I was recording this afternoon.  Pawing my leg, trying to tell me he Needed Something Urgently -- with a short break in the middle to sulk ("Look upon your poor, despondent cat, and feel guilty!")  Didn't want petting or scritching, didn't want to be picked up ... I saved & exported my work and came into the next room.  He followed me and immediately started eating.  He wasn't asking for more kibble -- there was plenty -- but he needed me to Be There before he'd eat. My last cat, Perrine, was even more like that -- she preferred that I not only be present, but eating, when she ate.” 9:24 - “Mrs. Murphy's Band” by Homespun Ceilidh Band from Homespun Ceilidh Band 13:54 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy these stories, then join Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and Pub Songs & Stories podcast. You can save 15% when you join with an annual membership. Plus you’ll get a download of my song from this show. Now let’s hear the story and song that you will download when you join today. 14:14 - STORY OF THE WRECK OF THE BOLD IRISH STOUT I don’t play very many songs from Pirates vs. Dragons these days. I really loved how the album came out. But the songs feel off-point from my music in general. That’s probably because it was  a concept album. It has a story. I was playing a character in that story. Even though the character was technically me, it just felt weird sometimes. The story of Pirates vs. Dragons was about me being shanghaied by Air Pirates led by Captain Black Jack Murphy. Capt Murphy was a character I created as part of the Renaissance Festival Podcast back in 2006 or 2007. I forget. It was Talk Like a Pirate Day. So I put on a brogue and created this pirate character and his ship the Irish Stout. The story of Murphy grew. So in 2010, I wanted a Steampunk-inspired album about me shanghaied by air pirates. I asked Rie Sheridan Rose to write the lyrics for this story. We fleshed it out in 2015 when I finally tackled the album Again, I love the story that came out of this project. The idea was that I was writing an album to praise Captain Black Jack Murphy, but my secret mission was to “save the dragons”. One of the songs to come out of this was “The Wreck of the Bold Irish Stout”. Again, Rie was writing with the idea that these songs were more sea shanties than anything. But I infuse my own music style. So many of the songs, including this one, came out not quite shanty-like. But it’s a great story. If it was shorter, I might actually play it at shows. It tells the story of how dangerous it is to hunt dragons and the motivations behind some dragons. 16:14 - “The Wreck of the Bold Irish Stout” from Pirates vs. Dragons Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #homespunceilidhband #irishstout
21:17 10/18/2021
Shiny Faery Realm #240
Be careful when visiting the Fairy Forts of Ireland. You could become a permanent resident, imprisoned by the fae. Some folk find it difficult to express themselves. A lot like Marc Gunn and Malcolm Reynolds on the TV show, Firefly. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:29 - NEWS IN THE PUB Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. They get to hear the show before you do. They also get MP3s of my songs I play in this show. And of course, I have lots of other exclusive podcasts and blogs that I share there. Special thanks to Jenn E, Panya G. If you are not yet subscribed to my In the ‘Verse podcast. I highly recommend it. Mikey Mason and I launched season 2. In this show, we watch some pop culture media that we love. Then we write a song about it. The first season was all about Firefly. But season 2 will explore Doctor Who, Mandalorian, Peaky Blinders and the Big Damn Movie among other offerings. Go to FireflyDrinkingSongs.com to subscribe. I also published the latest Celtfather Music & Travel. That’s a monthly podcast where I talk about my musical successes and failures from the previous month. I share my stats as well, which I find sometimes fascinating. But I also rant on a topic. This month, I talked about what’s next after CDs. What song of mine would you like me to talk about? 4:57 - UPCOMING SHOWS OCT 15-17: Multiverse, Atlanta, GA OCT 21: Firefly Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp @ 8-9 PM 5:23 - STORY OF A FAIRY TUNE 7:53 - SONG: “Port Na Bpúcaí (Fairy Tune)” by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh with Gerry O’Beirne Pronunciation: Port na Boo-kay 12:23 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If the music makes you happy, support it. Buy something from the artist or become a patron. Then join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email.  Save 15% with an annual membership. 13:37 - STORY OF SHE’S SHINY One of my favorite Firefly songs to sing, and for that matter, any of my songs to sing is “She’s Shiny”. I released it on my last album. The song is about Malcolm Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion, from the TV show Firefly. Throughout the 14 episodes of the show, he has this, let’s call it a crush, on Inara Serra, the ship’s companion, played by Morena Baccarin. But he has a lot of trouble telling her about how he feels. The sexual tension between the two is incredible. And of course it all comes to point in the episode “Heart of Gold” when we realize that Inara has just as many repressed feelings for Malcolm as he does for her. I for one have certainly suffered from an inability to adequately express my feelings. It’s a common stereotype among men in particular. But I know there are a lot of people who have trouble expressing how they feel about someone. I still remember when I was in the second grade I had a crush on a girl. Someone recognized that crush. They vocally pointed it out on the school bus. I was so embarrassed. I pretty much stopped telling anyone when I was interested in anyone from that day forth. That’s one of things I love about the song. It is relatable whether you enjoy Firefly or not. But the song makes so much more sense when you have seen the episodes. Throughout the lyrics, I relate a story of a guy who is interested in a woman. Each of the verses connect to episodes where Malcolm and Inara interact in the sexually tense scenes. The first verse talks about Inara’s unknown past. It is often wondered what or if she was running from something. It alludes to Malcolm calling her a whore through a quickly changed rhyme scheme. The second verse was inspired by the episode “Shindig”. Malcolm attends a ball that Inara was hired to go to. He picks a fight with Inara‘s escort. With a little bit of luck, he wins the fight. The third verse talks about Inara, and how she relates to Malcolm. She teaches him how to use a sword. She gets angry at him when they don’t go to “civilized” planets. And once again, the song alludes to her sexual career. It’s the last verse though that makes me love this song so much. It’s subtle. Again unless you really know Firefly you might not get the joke. The verse talks about finding her in a “down and out dirty place.” It revisits the idea that perhaps Inara is running from something. But then, in the final line, it’s revealed that the whole song is actually about Malcolm‘s spaceship Serenity. Basically he is so sexually repressed that his great love, who is in fact Inara, is replaced with his other love, his spaceship. This song makes me so happy. I guess because it also gives me a little bit of hope. At least there are people who are even more oblivious than I am. 16:42 - “She’s Shiny” from As Long As I’m Flyin’ Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #MuireannNicAmhlaoibh #fairytune
21:19 10/11/2021
Jump on Irish Music #239
Leo of Brazil psychedelic Irish band Harmundi shares how an improvisational set of tunes turned into their brand new single. Marc Gunn infuses a traditional Irish song with a little taste of New Orleans. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:28 - NEWS Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. They get to hear the show before you do. They get MP3s of played in this show. And of course, I have lots of other exclusive podcasts and blogs that I share there. Special thanks to Gabriel Eggers, Jessica Asbury, Patricia deVarennes What new patreon content was added? I posted a review of my trips to Dragon Con and Gen Con in September. I posted 2 new MP3s from earlier in the year. Most were recorded for this podcast. But I’ll be songwriting more in the months to come as I launch season 2 of the In the ‘Verse podcast with Mikey Mason. That’s where we watch a pop culture TV show and then write a song about it. The ZERO episode of Season 2 was released on Saturday. Upcoming Shows: OCT 7: Browncoat Drinking Songs on Coffee with The Celtfather, OCT 15-17: Multiverse, Atlanta, GA, OCT 21: Firefly Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp. Save when you join the Gunn Runners Club. 2:02 - STORY OF CELTIC IMPROV Harmundi is a Celtic band out of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Leo of Harmundi shares how an improvisational set of tunes turned into their brand new single. We like to call our music "psychedelic Irish music" because a great part of it is made out of improvisations, in a real-time dialogue between the instruments. Among our sets, one in particular, called "Jump At The Morrison" has been present in every show we ever played and in each one of our albums – although every time it is iterated in a significantly different way, because at least half of it is created on-spot with no time limit. We based our new single on this set. The Pandemics proved a time to abandon our comfort zones, so we decided to record it as a single in yet a newer way: stripped out of both tunes (Jump At The Sun and Morrison's Jig), leaving only the improvs. Contrary to what we are also used to, the harmony was first composed by our guitarist, and the melodies were created following her progressions. The Pandemics were also a time for us to relearn our concepts of time and develop a new relationship with the "here and now". Because of that, we made it our shortest track yet, very different from the usual 6 - 10 minutes we're used to working with. And we made it with no clear beginning, middle or end, in a way some music traditions of the world work: it can either be looped (hence the name, which can also produce a "loop"), or be seen like a river that just flows forward – and, in that case, to watch it go is to simply stay with the flow of the present moment. The single was recorded in our personal home studios and mixed by our mandolinist. The artwork was designed by our flutist, who is also a photographer, based on one of his photos. 4:25 - “Op At The Lo” by Harmundi from single You can find more about Harmundi at Harmundi.art, and you can enjoy their “Jump at the Morrison” set on show #525 of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. You can also buy their music on Bandcamp, which is my favorite place to recommend you to buy, because that’s where the artists get paid the most. If you enjoyed the music, check out the band and maybe buy some music and merch, follow them on social. Send them lots of love and money. 6:56 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Save 15% with an annual membership. 7:11 - STORY OF JOHNNY JUMP UP In 1999, I was playing on the South Mall with the Brobdingnagian Bards. We played at lunchtime five days a week to try and improve our chops and maybe make a few fans. And fans we made. More and more people sat in the grass of the mall eating their lunch and listening to us play. At the end of one show, a man approached us and asked if we knew some Celtic bands. I was brand new to Celtic music at the time. I had no clue who The Wolfe Tones, The Irish Balladeers or Christy Moore were. But when he came back, he brought me a mixtape with a couple albums by those first two and a few tracks by Christy Moore as well. I ate it up. I listened to the cassette constantly. It was my true entry into the world of Celtic music. The two tracks by Christy Moore stood out the most. One was a brilliant, rockin’ folk version of “Lanigan’s Ball”. The fiddle and the bodhran. OMG. It was just amazing. The other was a ¾ time signature version of “Johnny Jump Up”. I soon added that to our repertoire. Our version stood out at Excalibur Fantasy Faire because of the rhythm. You see, the song was making its rounds on the faire circuit. The Bedlam Bards sang it. And there were a bunch of people at the Tavern who also sang it. But the later version was very poppy. I was anti-pop at the time. So the upbeat vocal harmonies just annoyed the hell out of me. It wasn’t until last year that I realized Gaelic Storm released a version of “Johnny Jump Up” on their album “What’s the Rumpus?”. I’m guessing that’s where that upbeat version gained popularity. But who knows now. Nevertheless, when the Brobdingnagian Bards split up in 2008, I wanted to do something new with the song. I moved to New Orleans in 2009. When I sat down to record Happy Songs of Death, I decided to give it a little rhythm of my own. It turned into quite a fun song to sing. You can hear another version of me singing this song in show #222 St Patrick’s Day Gift. I do highly recommend you check out that episode if you haven’t. That’s because I also sang on a Celtic Rock version of that song by Tuatha de Danann. It is insanely awesome. Next week, you get to hear a story and a tune by Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh from my 2019 Celtic Invasion of Dingle, Ireland. 9:58 - “Johnny Jump Up” by Marc Gunn from Happy Songs of Death Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #harmundi #johnnyjumpup
13:35 10/04/2021
How Dragon Con Saved Irish Music #238
I share my concerns and happy surprise with a successful Dragon Con. Plus, you’ll get a live, end-of-con concert courtesy of the Digital Media Track. There are some traditional Irish songs, a little New Orleans music, songs about Hobbits, demons under your bed, cats and a certain Doctor from the planet Gallifrey. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:33 - NEWS Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Welcome to our newest Patrons: Toron B, Hans S, Samuel W, Merideth V, Melissa M What new patreon content was added: “You Are My Thor” story and MP3, Dragon Con 2021 report, “Nancy Whiskey” MP3 Upcoming shows: OCT 2: Fire Maker Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA OCT 3: Grant Park Farmer's Market, Atlanta, GA OCT 15-17: Multiverse, Atlanta, GA 5:47 - SONGS 7:42 - “Gypsy Rover” from How America Saved Irish Music 11:40 - “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” from How America Saved Irish Music 17:14 - “Heart of Fangorn” from Memories of Middle Earth by Brobdingnagian Bards 24:01 - “Ais Vis Lo Lop” from How America Saved Irish Music 29:14 - “Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits” from Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits 33:07 - “Close Your Eyes” from Kilted For Her Pleasure 38:59 - “Name On My Soul” from Flower of Scotland by Kilted Kings 45:36 - “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye” from How America Saved Irish Music 49:39 - “Mingulay Cat Song” from Selcouth 55:46 - “A Workin’ in the Garden” from Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits 58:55 - “Wild Rover/Wild Kitty” from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers 1:03:15 - “Breathing” from Selcouth 1:11:10 - “Doctor of Gallifrey” from Sci Fi Drinking Songs 1:14:43 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Save 15% with an annual membership. There will not be a show next week. That’s because at the end of every month, I host the Celtfather Music & Travel podcast. That’s when I do a monthly update of what I accomplished over the past month. I often have a rant on various topics to kick off the show. Then I have some psychedelic Irish music from Brazil to share right here on this podcast. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #dragoncon #jamiehaeuser
75:57 09/20/2021
Two Magicians and a Werewolf #237
Empty Hats share how they rewrote a traditional, off color song about magicians for a modern age. Marc Gunn shares a song about the son of a werewolf from Harry Potter. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:26 - NEWS: Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Welcome to our newest Patrons: Sharon, Martin, Johnny Visit Marc Gunn’s blog. Wanted: Producer for this show. 2:36 - UPCOMING SHOWS SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN SEP 23: Hobbit Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp. Buy tickets. OCT 2: Fire Maker Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA 2:57 - STORY: Empty Hats share how they rewrote a traditional, off color song about magicians for a modern age. 5:21 - “Two Magicians” by Empty Hats from Hat Came Back 8:37 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Next week: We have a live podcast from Dragon Con. 9:08 - STORY: Marc Gunn shares a song about Teddy Lupin, the son of a werewolf and an aura from Harry Potter. 10:10 - “My Father Was A Werewolf” from What Color Is Your Dragon? Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #twomagicians #emptyhats
13:19 09/13/2021
Whiskey Spider #236
Before you fill up a jug with whiskey, make sure you clean it out first. That’s the lesson from Band O’Brothers. Or is it? And curiosity just might kill you when you are out in the Black of space. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com. 0:56 - “There's a Bug in Cabin Six” from As Long As I’m Flyin’ 3:19 - NEWS I have a great story about a spider from Band o’Brothers today. I like the idea of playing a song that could pair with my guest. But I could only think of one bug type song. This is a song with lyrics by Rie Sheridan Rose. The lyrics were shortened to make it run smoother. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. There’s a new MP3 of Finnegan’s Wake up on Patreon. I am performing at Dragon Con this weekend. I have a show of Firefly Drinking Songs and Cat songs on Friday if you’re at the convention. You can find all of my Dragon Con shows on the Bards website. 4:25 - There are at least two sides to every story. The Band O’Brothers share both for their song “Whiskey Spider”. 8:32 - “Whiskey Spider” by Band O’Brothers from Band O’Brothers 13:12 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com!   #pubsongs #bandobrothers #spiderstory
14:01 08/30/2021
Black Douglas #235
Who was the original Braveheart and how Tuatha Dea is reclaiming that title from William Wallace? Plus, we sing a tribute to Robert the Bruce with one of Robert Burns’ most-famous songs. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast at PubSong.com. 1:02 - “Scots Wha Hae” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion 3:23 - NEWS: Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Special thanks to Jenn E, our newest Patron. New on Patreon: I talk about 22 minutes per side of a vinyl album. I share an MP3 of Wild Mountain Thyme and a travel video from North Georgia. And I also have a poll asking about how long this show should be. I have a show this Thursday at The Lost Druid Brewery in Avondale Estates, GA. This is my Dragon Con warm up show. 5:49 - Tuatha Dea tells the true story of Braveheart as the bravest Scottish knight. 10:50 - “Black Douglas” by Tuatha Dea from Single 17:03 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If this show made you happy, then join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. If you have questions or comments, drop me an email. Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #braveheart #tuathadea
17:46 08/23/2021
The Selkie Life #234
Matt & Shannon Heaton share how a beautiful tune blossomed from a pile of dirt. Elizabeth Sutherland was inspired by the selkie of Scotland. I share the story behind my own song about selkie and how it evolved from a love of the ocean and transformed to a mermaid then selkie. And learn the secret ingredient to writing an interactive drinking song. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. I am Marc Gunn, your host. That was... 0:38 - SONG: “Rare Old Mountain Dew” from Another Faire to Remember by Brobdingnagian Bards Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. 3:03 - WELCOME This month, I released “By Amazing Grace”. You can hear it in the last episode. But I confess I’m pretty bummed by Spotify’s algorithms. For some weird reason, it has not been promoting the new single. So it’s getting minimal play right now. And I don’t know why. I planned to release the NEXT single at the end of this month. But I think I’m gonna postpone that one until September so I can get it ready to go. In the meantime, I’m excited to have completed all of the recordings for my next CD, Selcouth. Mitchell, my engineer, and I are putting the final touches on the CD. It will go to the printers by the end of the month. Everyone who supported the album on Kickstarter will get their rewards by October at the latest. 7:46 -- COFFEE WITH THE CELTFATHER. Speaking of Kickstarter, I’m raising funds for season 9 of Coffee with The Celtfather on Kickstarter. This is a very small funding project. My goal is just $300 to pay for Restream. That’s a site that will allow me to broadcast not just on YouTube, but also Facebook and Twitch. That campaign ends on August 22. Support me on Kickstarter. 9:01 -- TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. The Celtic Invasion of Loch Lomond is officially scheduled for June 4-11, 2022. I opened slots to join the invasion on the 9th. The Invasion is filling up fast. We’re staying in a castle 20 minutes from the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland. So you can imagine everyone is excited. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 9:34 -- STORIES: Elizabeth Sutherland introduces you to the selkie of Scotland. 11:04 -- SONG: “Selkie Call of the Sea” by Elizabeth Sutherland from Forest Dreams 14:30 -- STORIES: Marc Gunn shares his own song about selkie and how it evolved from a love of the ocean and transformed to a mermaid then selkie 17:29 -- SONG: “Selkie’s Life” by Marc Gunn 21:01 -- STORIES: Matt & Shannon Heaton share how out of a pile of dirt blossomed a beautiful tune. 25:11 -- SONG: “The Shady Spot” by Matt & Shannon Heaton from Blue Skies Above New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 29:28 -- UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 9) @ 12:00 PM Eastern AUG 19: Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Tickets $6. AUG 26: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6 PM - 8:30 PM ET SEP 2-6: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN. Depart Sep 15. Return. Sep 19. You can find my complete calendar on my website. 30:03 -- SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. You can learn more about my guests by following the link to them on the website. Sign up to our mailing lists. Buy music or merch. Follow them on streaming and tell a friend. Pub Songs & Stories is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Jessica Asbury, Gabriel Eggers, Melissa McCauley, Meridith Vaughn, Samuel Wiseman, Hans Schuts, Keith Gifford, Toron Audura Beldevar, Bri, Patricia deVarennes If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. That’s also a good place to chat with other Celtic music fans who love science fiction and fantasy. Finally, I would love your review. You can Post a review on Apple Podcasts. It’s been a while since we’ve had one. While it doesn’t really affect the rankings, it’s a great way for people to understand if this is a show they will enjoy. Because not everyone will enjoy an Irish drinking song for cat lovers, like my final song of the show. 31:19 -- STORIES: I first heard “The Cat Came Back” in 12th grade. I remember laughing at the ridiculousness of the story. But it was never a favorite. I mean, seriously, why would anyone try to kill a cat. I just found that rather disturbing. So when I started working on my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD, I decided to flip the song upside down. I rewrote the lyrics of “The Moonshiner”. I  learned from the Bedlam Bards. I retold the story from the cat’s perspective. This was one of my first toe-dip into writing a call-and-response drinking song. It was a good lesson. 32:55 -- SONG: “The Cat Came Back… The Cat’s Perspective” from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe in your favorite podcatcher or listen on our website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. You’ll get regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs
36:26 08/16/2021
By Amazing Grace #233
How an old Irish warning about drinking too late made its way into a fun Irish song. Tartanic teaches you how bagpipe tunes are named. And if your actions are cruel and controlling, then you may not be the righteous person you think you are. That’s the idea behind my next single. Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. I am Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. You will get behind-the-scenes music and podcasts as a member. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. #pubsongs #amazinggrace #tartanic WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:30 - “Mairi’s Wedding” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion Learn more about the history of “Mairi’s Wedding” on Wikipedia. 2:26 - WELCOME New Single: “Peggy Gordon”. You can hear more about that song on show #174 of Pub Songs Podcast. It was released on July 2, 2021 New Single: I have a new single coming out on Thurs, July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I’ll tell you more about it in a bit. MG website updated as a blog… again. Name on My Soul now Flower of Scotland. 7:55 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 8:41 - UPCOMING SHOWS JUL 15: Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Get your tickets. JUL 16-18: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA JUL 30: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM. AUG 5: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 9 returns on Aug 5) @ 12:00 PM Eastern AUG 13: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM. SEP 2-6: Dragon Con with Brobdingnagian Bards, Atlanta, GA SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN. You can find my complete calendar on my website. 9:51 - I’m very pleased to introduce you to Giacomo the Jester aka Carl Asch. Giocomo was performing once again at Sherwood Forest Faire this year. I featured him in 2017 on Celtfather Music & Travel. He was on episode #214. But I first found out about him in about 2000. He plays in a band called Empty Hats. They released a wonderful song on MP3.com called “The Hat Came Back”. It was such a fun song, when I got to the faire, I knew one person I HAD to have on this podcast. He told me how his band and this song came to be. 10:31 - STORY FROM GIACOMO THE JESTER 11:55 - “The Hat Came Back” by Empty Hats from Empty Hats 14:30 - STORY FROM MARC GUNN I have a new single that will be released on July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I wrote it for the In the ‘Verse podcast I did with Mikey Mason. You can listen to episode #13 here. The song is about toxic masculinity. Being masculine and strong are fine. But when masculinity is used as a weapon to belittle and control women or anyone, that’s when it’s a problem. Just like in the Firefly episode, “Heart of Gold,” where I got inspiration for this song. “By Amazing Grace” turns the tables. It’s about a man who meets a woman. He woos her. They fall in love. Then his true colors are revealed. He’s actually a monster bent on controlling people. When you meet people like that, there are two things you can do. You can allow them to control you or you stand up to them, fight back, teach them that there is a better place than toxic masculinity, one where people are equal. So she fights back with the reminder that real men are those who treasure and support the women they love. 18:22 - “By Amazing Grace” from Selcouth (featuring Andrew McKee of Brobdingnagian Bards and Jamie Haeuser) 22:29 - Adrian Walter is the drummer, dancer, and front man of the bagpipe band Tartanic. If you let him—he’ll pick up guitars and penny whistles or a didgeridoo—but heavy medication has aided greatly to quell this urge. 24:48 - STORY FROM TARTANIC 29:22 - “BallZ/Ringworm” by Tartanic from Uncivilized 33:45 -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 33:55 - “Big Strong Man” from St Patrick’s Day 36:16 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. You can learn more about my guests by following the link to them on the website. Sign up to our mailing lists. Buy music or merch. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. Pub Songs & Stories is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, you can buy my Virtual Public House CD or send me a few bucks to keep it going. Or best of all, Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Amelia P, Ron L, Rod N If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback. 37:49 - “Wherever I May Roam” from Selcouth Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe in your favorite podcatcher or listen on my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com!
41:09 07/12/2021
The Harpers #232
Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? Hear the origins of the song Soul of a Harper by Rie Sheridan Rose. Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love. Plus, was it horrible, the night that Paddy Murphy died? Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. #pubsongs #harpers #queenelizabeth WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:32 - “The Night Paddy Murphy Died” from Going for Brogue 6:11 - WELCOME kids back in school. Correction from last show 10:22 - “The Lady of Setliff Manor” from Soul of a Harper 12:22 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 13:40 - Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? That’s the story that Rie Sheridan Rose heard. It led to the creation of a great song first recorded by my old band, the Brobdingnagian Bards. It also became the album title for my first official solo CD. Rie Sheridan Rose is a published author and poet. Little did I know when she gave me the lyrics to this song that I would be singing it twenty years later and have collaborated with her on many songs since. You can hear more of her songs and about our collaborations on show #210 of this show. 16:34 - History on Rie’s Story I did a search to find out more about this period in history, to sort of corroborate Rie’s story. I found several websites that said, yes indeed, it did happen. Here’s some info from HipHarp.com: “The Irish harpers began to be suppressed after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century, which broke down the old cultural systems. The kings, who always had their own personal harpers, who were of very high standing, were replaced with English nobles. The Irish harpers began an existence of wandering from court to court. The English accused them of being spies. Queen Elizabeth decreed in 1603 that all Irish harp players should be hung and their harps burned. Interestingly, the British loved Irish harp music and usually employed harp players of their own. Queen Elizabeth had one. I guess he was immune. Cromwell was even more radical than Elizabeth and pretty much finished them off. Of course the harp tradition didn't die out all at once. Turlough O'Carolan, the most famous of the Irish harpers we have on record lived from 1670-1738. But 1792 was the last harp meeting in Belfast and by the beginning of the 19th century harp playing had pretty much died out. In Scotland the harp players were able to hide out in the Highlands, but the Battle of Culloden (1745?) pretty much finished off Scottish Highland culture and with it the harp players.” 19:32 - “Soul of a Harper” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales 23:01 - Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love. Autoharpers like myself often liken ourselves to actual harpers. The great Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, is a favorite of us, but now it’s time to highlight an actual harper and songwriter. Sharon Powers is a Celtic harpist in Birmingham, AL. She has played professionally since 2016. Her musical stylings lend both touches of elegance and whimsy that delight the ears of all who listen. She is also the mother of a baby named Arthur as she’ll tell you about it in her story. 26:12 - “Arthur’s Lullaby” by Sharon Powers from Single -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 30:02 - UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8.5) @ 12:00 PM Eastern JUN 17: Carmanda Art Show on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern. Free! JUN 17: Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Get your tickets. JUN 18-20: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL JUN 27: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 3:30-6:30 PM  ET You can find my complete calendar on my website. 31:14 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. You can learn more about my guests by following the link to them on the website. Sign up to our mailing lists. Buy music or merch. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. Pub Songs & Stories is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, you can buy my Virtual Public House CD or send me a few bucks to keep it going. Or best of all, Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Amelia Pantone, Ron Lankford, Rod Nevin If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy the show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback. 32:40 - “Everybody Needs A Drinking Song” from Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe in your favorite podcatcher or listen on my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com!
35:46 06/14/2021
Star of the County Down #231
Star of the County Down and how a great melody found its way into an obscure hymn. Troosers vs trousers and a double meaning in a great mashup of songs. Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:26 - “Black Velvet Band” from How America Saved Irish Music 3:46 - WELCOME -- If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or Post a review in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher. You can subscribe everywhere that podcasts are available. -- The Celtfather Story… Rie Sheridan Rose came out to Sherwood Forest Faire this year. Rie and I have collaborated on a lot of songs over the years (check out show #210). It started with the song “Soul of a Harper” which she will tell you about in the next episode. From there, we wrote a Firefly song. Then she wrote over half of my lyrics for Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits. She wrote all of the lyrics for Pirates vs. Dragons. It’s wonderful working with her. She asked me at Sherwood if I wanted to do any new song collaborations. I thought about it for  a moment. One of Rie’s methods for writing songs for our hobbit album was to take traditional Irish songs and then writing them in that style. I do that myself quite frequently. I find a great song, and I write something similar. I did it with “The Prettiest Hobbit”. That was based on the Irish song “I’ll Tell My Ma”. But one song that is brilliant and timeless and there are not many songs like it is “Star of the County Down”. It’s just a delightful song to sing and a joyful story. So I asked Rie to write such a song either hobbit-like or Celtic or whatever. Hopefully, we’ll get something great. In the meantime, I’m excited to share with you Rod Nevin’s own story about “Star of the County Down”. But first... 8:06 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 8:27 - Rod Nevin is an avid listener to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. He performs with the Celtic band Fire in the Glen. When I posted my request for Podcast Stories, he sent this surprise with “Star” and an obscure hymn. Here’s a clip of Rod and his wife Tammy singing the hymn. 13:12 - “Winds of God” clip by Rod and Tammy Nevin 17:18 - “Star of the County Down” by Tallymoore from One Foot Across the Ocean You can find out more about Fire in the Glen at FireInTheGlen.com And of course, Tallymoore is at Tallymoore.com. Rod also sent this he performs on the Scottish Smallpipes. 20:45 - “Upstate Folks” by Rod Nevin 23:17 - Troosers vs trousers and how I missed a double meaning in a great mashup of songs. 27:43 - “Donald, Where’s Your Troosers/Drunken Sailor” from A Faire To Remember 31:24 -- If you enjoyed this song, you can sing along with the Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. You'll find lyrics and chords for all of the songs I sing in this show so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 31:31 - UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern JUN 4-6: Con Carolinas ONLINE, Show times, Details TBA JUN 18-20: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL JUN 27: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 3:30-6:30 PM  ET 32:22 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. You can learn more about my guests by following the link to them on the website. Sign up to our mailing lists. Buy music or merch. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. The Pub Songs Podcast is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, you can buy my Virtual Public House CD or send me a few bucks to keep it going. Or best of all, Join the Gunn  Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Keith G If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. I thought I’d try something new this week--a broadsheet. Join the Celtic Geeks group and you can download a free broadsheet that includes song lyrics and chords for the songs and more about the artists in this show. 33:52 - “Rattlin’ Bog” from St Patrick’s Day Songs for Kids Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe in your favorite podcatcher or listen my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #rattlinbog #starofthecountydown
37:38 05/17/2021
Irish Refugees on Star Wars Day #230
Many Irish Americans were refugees. Hear how an Irish band is giving back to help refugees displaced from their native lands. How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band. Celebrate Star Wars Day with fun Jedi drinking songs. Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. My name is Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. I am your guide. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONSEvery year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:31 - “Lily the Pink” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales 4:09 - WELCOME -- One of the reasons I picked this song is because I’ve had a lot of requests for it over the past few years because of its popularity with the Brobdingnagian Bards. Now of course, Andrew McKee, my partner with the Bards sang the song. One of the other reasons why I picked this song was in case the Virtual Public House CD, volume 2 was a go. But first we gotta get to the Virtual Public House, maybe volume 1. -- The Celtfather Story… Last year, I hired my audio editor to edit this podcast. I already had Mitchell editing the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. That’s been going for a while. But the Pub Songs Podcast has always had a lot more talking. And because there’s more talking, that also means there’s more editing to be done. Which means it’s more expensive to produce. I was trying to think of a way to either cut expenses or bring in more money when I realized in every show, I sing 2-3 songs. I should do something with them. And maybe if I publish an album, it will earn enough to fund the shows for each Quarter of the year. So that’s what I did. Virtual Public House is the name of my brand new album. You’ll get 23 tracks. All of the songs were recorded and performed during the first three months episodes of 2021 on Pub Songs & Stories. Every time you buy one of these CDs, it will help fund the show. If all goes well, I should have a new album to release each quarter highlighting songs from the previous quarter. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s see what you think of THIS album. You can buy it in my store at MageRecords.com. If you are a member of the Gunn Runners Club, then you can even use your discount code to save on CD purchases. I thought about releasing this album on Vinyl. But unfortunately, it is far too long for that. And why do even bother mentioning vinyl? Well, on May 6, you will be able to buy As Long As I’m Flyin on vinyl. Yes. I am talking about a record. Like if you were talking about a record player. That’s exactly what I just did. I noticed my CD producer, Kunaki, now allows artists to sell vinyl records. I got all excited and decided to release my newest album. Then I realized, it’s been a while since I released a full production album. Anyway, you can find that in my Mage Record store. -- If you are not yet subscribed to the podcast, do so in your favorite podcatcher. You can find links to subscribe on our website at PubSong.com. I’d also love it if you would Post a review in Apple Podcasts. How does this show make you feel? I’d love your feedback. 8:34 -  Laughing Jack Story: How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band. 11:45 - “I’m Not Irish” by Laughing Jack from Live at the Indy Folk Series 15:07 - Will and Jake Thorne Story: They share how Irish Americans were refugees and how they're giving back to help the millions of world-wide refugees currently displaced from their native lands. 17:28 - “Where the Wild Shamrocks Grow” by Turf Fire Liars from Long Memories Short Fuses 21:56 – Marc Gunn Story: What is Star Wars Day? Star Wars is on May 4. It celebrates George Lucas's Star Wars media franchise. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" as "May the Fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday. You find the full history of Star Wars Day on Wikipedia. 23:05 - “Jedi Drinking Song” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 27:09 - UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern MAY 8: Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM – 12 PM CT MAY 8: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co. in Alabaster, AL @ 7-10 PM MAY 13: Dragon Con Filk Music Concert online @ 7 PM TBD: Art Show for Carmanda 28:57 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website. The Pub Songs Podcast is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going and get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Keith Gifford If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast. -- Send an email to the address in the show. I’ll send you a gift of 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album. Now on sale. 30:30 - “The Last Jedi Drinking Song” from I Will Not Sing Along Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can everywhere you find podcasts or on my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs
33:28 05/03/2021
Sailor's Songs #229
From sea shanties to Renaissance festivals. A Scottish song gets a New Orleans makeover. Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada. Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend. Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories, the Virtual Public House where you hear the stories and inspiration behind the music. My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:33 – SONG: Marc Gunn “Haul Away Joe” from Going for Brogue 3:55 - WELCOME. The Celtfather Story… -- Send an email to the address in the podcast. I’ll send you a gift of 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album. Now on sale. - Before we get started, I am looking for stories for this show. Well I mostly hope to have stories from musicians, but you might have your own story you would like to share. It’s easy to do. Email me your story idea. If I like it, I will ask you to report something. Make sure you have a song that you think it should go away. 6:15 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 6:45 - Jesse Ferguson, Introduction 7:25 - Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada. 9:35 - Jesse Ferguson, The Bard of Cornwall “Merchant Sailor’s Farewell” from Sailor’s Songs 12:58 - Marc Gunn shares a story about Mingulay Boat Song 14:20 -SONG: Marc Gunn “Mingulay Boat Song” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion 18:16 - Heather Dale, introduction 19:58 - Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend. 23:04 - Heather Dale “Shipwright” from Sphere New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 27:25 - UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern APR 23-25: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 29: Brobdingnagian Bards Internet Concert MAY 1-2: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX You can find my complete calendar on my website. 28:09 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website. Pub Songs & Stories is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going. You can also get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and Pub Songs & Stories. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Charis Mitchell, Brian Staab, Vicki Solomon, Carole Troxler, Kirk Fehrenkamp, Kate Brennan If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast. 28:47 - NEW CD - Virtual Public House -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback. 30:52 - SONG: Marc Gunn “Bonnie Ship the Diamond” from Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover’s Companion Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. To subscribe, go to your favorite podcatcher or to my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs #sailorsongs #heatherdale
33:26 04/19/2021
Tartan Day #228
What is Tartan Day. Why I love the kilt. Song failure in a filk circle. The fake history of No Pants Day. And Kyf Brewer shares a Tartan Day catastrophe on a golf course. Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories Virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture through music and stories. I am your Guide. My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com. WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:25 - SONG: “I’m A Rover, Seldom Sober” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion 2:51 - WELCOME -- Trying to make episodes of the podcast to pull back the curtain on my music. Changing the way the way educate and entertain. -- The Celtfather Story… What Is Tartan Day? Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. The Declaration was Robert I’s response to the Pope after being excommunicated. It asserted the independence of Scotland, free of English rule. The holiday originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s. -- Story: Why I love the kilt? Check out “Kilted” song in St Patrick’s Day Songs & Stories #206. 9:31 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ 10:10 - STORIES: How Kyf Brewer spent Tartan Day Story 15:47 - SONG: “Tartan Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair” by Barleyjuice from Six Yanks 18:08 - NEW Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics. 18:39 - STORIES: Bad poetry in a filk circle 21:24 - SONG: “Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster” from Sci Fi Drinking Songs Song lyrics by Floyd Brigdon and Matt Hughes (from show #220 Don’t Blink Interview) 24:02 - UPCOMING SHOWS THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern APR 15: "For Mother Earth" Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET. Tickets $8. APR 17: Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12 PM CT APR 17: The Lost Druid Brewery in Avondale Estates, GA @ 7:00 PM APR 23-25: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX (for 2 weekends) 25:32 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website. The Pub Songs Podcast is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going and get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes. Special thanks to my newest patrons: Charis M, Brian S, Vicki S, Carole T, Kirk F, Kate B If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast. Do you love the show? Share it! -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback. -- Send an email to the address in the podcast. I’ll send you a gift of 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album. Now on sale. 27:08 - STORIES: The true history of the true history of No Pants Day revealed. 29:26 - SONG: “Jock Stuart (A Man Who Wears A Kilt Every Day)” from Kilted For Her Pleasure Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com! #pubsongs
32:21 04/05/2021