PUB SONGS PODCAST with Marc GunnAuthor: Marc Gunn
26 Mar 2019

PUB SONGS PODCAST with Marc Gunn

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Tired of the same ten songs on the radio? Love Celtic music? Want to feel closer to your Celtic heritage? Welcome to the the virtual Public House for Celtic culture through music. Marc Gunn is a Celtic Geek musician and your guide to honoring our past and adapting for our future . If you have comments and want to chat in the pub, email him. Use #PubSongs when talking about this podcast.

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    11 St Patrick’s Day Facts #179

    Fact. St Patrick's Day is the best holiday ever.

    Fact. Everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day.

    Fact. You're gonna LOVE this week's episode of ACTUAL St Patrick’s Day facts!

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic Geek musician and your guide to honoring our past and adapting for our future.

    Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. These generous people pledge $5 per month or more so that I can keep creating music, podcasts, and live streaming video shows like Coffee with The Celtfather. Thank you!

    If you have comments or want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this show.

    Cead mile failte! 

    How would you like two free albums of my music?

    No need to sign up to mailing list. No strings attached at all. I just want you to hear my music.

    1. Follow the links to St Patrick's Day and Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers on Bandcamp.
    2. "Buy the Digital Albums".
    3. Name your price to ZERO.
    4. Then download and enjoy your free albums.

    Then Subscribe to the Pub Songs Podcast at PubSong.net to enjoy this podcast. This offer is good until March 18, 2019.

    The Pub Songs Podcast celebrates our shared love of Celtic culture. But it also recognizes that our world is changing. So you will mostly hear fun Celtic music on the show. But it'll be mixed in with songs inspired by Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and Firefly.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY?

    0:18 "The Hunter Set" by Runa from Current Affairs

    Everyone is Irish on St Patrick's Day. But I prefer to see this as a holiday for everyone of Celtic ancestry. I don’t know how many kilts I’ve seen worn on the holiday, but it’s a lot.

    8:25 FACT #1

    Ireland is one of seven Celtic nations. These are the places that the Celts settled after invading their way from central Europe before finally being conquered by the Romans and driven to the fringes of continent.

    The nations include: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall in Southwest England, Brittany in France, and Galicia in Northwest Spain.

    While the Celts settled in those locations, they were eventually pushed out of those homelands to places around the world.

    9:32 “Almost Irish” by Ceann from from Almost Irish and Best of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast

    14:45 FACT #2

    Boston, New York, New Orleans was one of the top 3 immigration points for the Irish during the potato blight of the 1800s. “Men of New Basin Canal” that honors the 30K Irishmen who died digging that canal.

    15:22 “Men of New Basin Canal” by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuser from How America Saved Irish Music

    18:29 FACT #3

    March 17th is the holy day of St. Patrick in the Catholic church. Because of this, it was not celebrated like you find it today. In fact, March 17 was a dry holiday in Ireland until the 70s. All the pubs were closed. In 1995 they began celebrating it like in America.

    It's quite a ironic that as a sainted holiday, St Patrick's Day is celebrated with drinking.

    19:00 "St Patrick Never Drank" by Marc Gunn from Kilted For Her Pleasure

    21:27 FACT #4

    St Patrick was not Irish. He was born in Scotland or Wales in the 4th century. Originally, he was enslaved and taken to Ireland. He escaped, became a Christian and went back to convert the Celts. He died in Ireland on March 17, 461.

    I was born on St Patrick's Day. I have a song for all those born on March 17th or of Irish heritage.

    21:55 "Happy Birthday from Ireland” by Marc Gunn from Soul of a Harper

    25:08 PUB CHAT

    I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? How has this show inspired you?

    Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email.

    River Godbee replied to my Marc's Musing email: "Typically I am cleaning up around the house, which never ends when you have a 5 year old! But I also listen while driving to work/school or going on walks. I used to use a variety of podcast apps, but now I stick to Spotify so that I can have my music and shows in one place. (It also makes it easier to find the albums you mention in the show.)

    And for St Patrick's Day? Since I live in Savannah, I will be avoiding downtown and spending the day with my wife and daughter."

    Carol Baril replied to Marc's Musings: "Hey Marc! Love the last Coffee with the Celtfather!  I was sick last week with a stomach bug and bad head cold so I listened on my phone while sitting at home with my kitties!  Usually I'm working at my desk and your Podcasts are a great way to relax thru the stress of computer work! I loved that Beer, Beer, Beer song with the Harry Potter twist!  Keep working on that one and you can put it on a new Sci-fi drinking song CD!!! Take care and give your girls hugs from me and my kitties!"

    27:06 FACT #5

    Green is most-often associated with St Patrick’s Day. But St Patrick’s color was actually blue.

    And as a wild twist, I was told that the Scots wore orange. It wasn’t until much later I realized that green was the color of Catholics and orange was the color of Protestants. And of course the Republic of Ireland is largely Catholic.

    27:35 “The Orange and the Green” by Brobdingnagian Bards from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

    29:56 FACT #6

    St Paddy’s Day is the shortened version of St Patrick’s Day. However, that shortened name is often misspelled. It should be spelled Paddy. Not Patty.

    Patty is a girls name. Paddy is short for the Irish name Padraig.

    30:52 “P Stands for Paddy” by Emish from Sinners Make the Best Saints

    36:30 FACT #7

    The most famous Irish song is Danny Boy. But it’s not actually Irish. Okay the melody is an Irish tune called “Derry Aire”. But the lyrics were written by an English lawyer and songwriter named Frederic Weatherly.

    I get the song requested so much that I play two versions of “Danny Boy”, the original and a parody about cats.

    36:57 "Danny Boy for Cat Lovers" by Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats from Whiskers in the Jar

    40:00 FACT #8

    The first St Patrick’s day parade was celebrated in New York in 1762. The Irish were trying to hold on to their heritage.

    Parades sprang up around the world since then, most notably in Chicago where the river is dyed green. Dublin too now has a big St. Patrick’s Day parade.

    40:37 "Patrick's Day Parade" by Mick Moloney from McNally's Row of Flats (Irish American Songs of Old New York)

    44:05 FACT #9

    The leprechaun is a fascinating and mischievous creature from Irish lore.

    The modern representation was actually a racist link between the Irish and monkeys. It was meant to belittle the Irish immigrants in the early 1900s. It seems Irish Americans embraced and rebirthed the myth.

    Oh and apparently, there are no female leprechauns in the lore.

    I wrote a song that celebrates America’s contribution to the leprechaun myth and to Irish music.

    44:36 "The Leprechaun" by Marc Gunn from Soul of a Harper

    48:35 FACT #10

    Slainte Mhaith is an Irish toast. It means “here’s to your good health”. In lovely Gaelic fashion, it’s spelled nothing like it sounds in English. So if you’re out drinking, be it Guinness or tea, raise a glass and repeat the Phrase.

    48:53 "Slainte Mhaith" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul

    50:53 FACT #11

    More than 13 million pints of Guinness are consumed on St Patrick’s Day. I hope you will raise a glass also to Charlie Mopps, the fictitious inventor of beer.

    51:11 "Beer, Beer, Beer" by Marc Gunn from Kilted For Her Pleasure

    The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. Your generous pledge of as little as $5 or more per month allows me to create music, podcasts, and live videos for your enjoyment. Special thanks to my new patrons: Mario, Tina, Kimberly, UT Scot, Laura and John, Jacqueline, Schellie Neill. Also thanks those who raised their pledges this month, including: River, Paige, Garrett, Jennifer, Myriam, Carol, Alexis.

    If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You’ll get episodes before regular listeners, free albums, podcasts, videos and lots more. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners today.

    54:25 BONUS FACT

    The music of the Celts is called Celtic music. This is not to be confused the Boston Celtics. Celtic is spoken with a hard-K sound.

    55:31 "Sunday After Drunk Singalong" by Mikey Mason from Red Letters

    If you like Firefly, Mikey Mason and I have a podcast called In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe. It's free. Subscribe today!

    St Patrick's Day is 3-Hours long on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. You will find over 400 hours of free Celtic music to listen to on St Patrick’s Day.

    59:59 "Hell of a Party (Song for Saint Patrick's Day)" by Old Man Flanagan's Ghost from Far From Shore

    1:03:18 "Walking Her Home" by Jim Sharkey from Misty Morning Rain

    1:06:33 "Kilts and Corsets" by Tuatha Dea from Kilts and Corsets

    1:14:02 "Barley Mow" by Seamus Kennedy from By Popular Demand

    1:20:34 NEWS

    1:21:14 "Fiddler's Green" by Stanley & Grimm from Another Round

    1:25:14 "All For Me Grog" by Jesse Ferguson from Folk Favourites

    1:28:17 "Humours of Whiskey" by Drunk & Sailor from Doing What We Do

    1:31:22 "Johnson's Motor Car (Live)" by The Kindred Kilts from Live at the Summer Crush Winery

    1:32:58 "The Devil Made Texas Set" by Ed Miller from The Edinburgh Rambler

    1:37:39 UPCOMING SHOWS

    • Every Weds, 11 AM: Coffee with The Celtfather
    • Sun, Mar 17: The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama with Kilted Kings for a St Patrick's Day celebration on the beach.
    • Mar 22-24: Sherwood Forest Faire in Paige, TX (bonus show with Brobdingnagian Bards)
    • Mar 30-31: Sherwood Forest Faire in Paige, TX (bonus show with Brobdingnagian Bards)

    If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

    1:38:25 "The Parting Glass" by Marc Gunn from Soul of a Harper

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.

     


  • Posted on 11 Mar 2019

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    Celtic Heroes & Musical Legends #178

    Inspiration is a funny friend. It finds you and guides you. It takes you to strange and wonderful places. It introduces you to heroes.

    I started playing Celtic music in 1999... by accident. I had three "Celtic" songs in my song repertoire: "The Scotsman", "Irish Ballad" by Tom Lehrer, and an original Enya-esque song with nonsensical lyrics called "Lounging in La La Land".

    I was practicing on the South Mall at the University of Texas at Austin when red-haired gentleman asked if I'd like to perform at a Renaissance festival. As a Dungeons & Dragons nerd, I was so excited I asked my friend Andrew McKee to start a band with me.

    Soon the Brobdingnagian Bards found new Celtic music heroes and inspiration. For me, it was The Wolfe Tones, Christy Moore, The Irish Balladeers, and some random cassette that was called Irish Drinking Songs. That was my introduction to Celtic music. Those were my first Celtic music heroes.

    Later, I added Ed Miller, Serious Kitchen (featuring Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer), Dougie MacLean, The Elders, Gaelic Storm, Clandestine, and even Bing Crosby. So of course many of these you have heard on my podcasts.

    Who are your Celtic music heroes?

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the virtual Public House for Celtic culture and change through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic Geek musician and your guide to a kinder, happier world.

    Today’s show is brought to you by my Heroic Gunn Runners on Patreon. These generous people pledge $10 per month so that I can keep creating music, podcasts and live streaming video shows like Coffee with The Celtfather. Of course, you can support me for any amount. But these are my heroes. Thank you!

    If you have comments or want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this show.

    Cead mile failte! PubSong.net

    Celtic bands mentioned in this show: Screeched Inn, Kilt, Spirit of the West, Great Big Sea, Flogging Molly, Koady and Tim Chaisson, Jake Charron, East Pointers, NUA, 10 Strings and a Goat Skin, Andrea Beaton, Syr, Stout Pounders, Patrick Ball, 3 Pints Gone, Darby O’Gill, Young Dubliners, Wicked Tinkers, Bad Gaggis, Kilted Kings, The Chieftains, Silly Wizard, Emerald Rose, Dropkick Murphys, The Larkin’s and the Moranes, The Pogues, The Tossers, Brobdingnagian Bards, Old Blind Dogs, Damh the Bard, Enter the Haggis, Gaelic Storm, The Fighting Jamesons, Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman, Clannad, Barney McKenna, Lunasa, Solas, Leahy, Off Kilter, The Clancy Brothers, Tullamore, Runrig, Brian McNeil, Back Bush, Tears for Beers, Alan Stivell, The Sweet Sorrows

     

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY?

    0:16 "As Long As I'm Flyin'" by Marc Gunn from As Long As I'm Flyin'

    Last week, I raised the question on my Facebook page: Who are your Celtic music heroes? What Celtic bands and musicians inspired you?

    Here's a link to Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    4:32 "I's The B'y" by Screeched Inn from Screeched Inn

    7:05 "Happy Cammy Drammy Birthday" by NUA from BOLD

    11:50 "Run Paddy Run" by Stout Pounders from 3 Drinks Minimum

    14:21 "Doctor of Gallifrey" by Marc Gunn from Sci Drinking Songs

    17:46 "Skye Boat Song" by 3 Pints Gone from Live at the Shamrock Club

    22:19 "The B-52" by Bad Haggis from Trip

    25:48 Rant: Is it Good enough to share with a friend? Remarkable enough?

    31:19 "Name On My Soul" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul

    37:27 "Hills of America" by Emerald Rose from Celtic Crescent

    41:17 "Terror Time" by Old Blind Dogs from Four on the Floor

    45:28 d20 Math Question.

    46:36 "Antlered Crown and Standing Stone" by Damh the Bard from Antlered Crown and Standing Stone

    51:36 "Lily the Pink" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

    54:38 Long-form podcast content

    56:00 "Kiss Me I'm Irish" by Gaelic Storm from Bring Yer Willies

    1:00:49 "Gasoline" by Enter the Haggis from Casualties of Retail

    1:05:38 PUB CHAT
    I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? How has this show inspired you?

    Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email.

    1:05:54 NEWS

    1:06:33 "Nancy Whiskey" by Marc Gunn from Not Every Day Is St Patrick's Day

    1:08:32 "Sinead Maire" by Lunasa from Cas

    1:16:35 "The Ballad Of Jack Dolan (The Wild Colonial Boy)" by Tullamore from Wild and Wicked Youth

    1:20:34 "Day After Day" by Tears for Beers from The Secret World of Celtic Rock

    1:26:51 UPCOMING SHOWS

    • Coffee with The Celtfather every Wednesday at 11 am
    • Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co., March 8 at 7:30 PM. No cover charge.
    • St Patrick's Day on YouTube, March 10 at 8 PM. Free show!
    • Join me at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama on March 17 with Kilted Kings for a St Patrick's Day celebration on the beach.
    • Sherwood Forest Faire, outside Austin, Texas, weekends, March 23 and 30

    1:28:50 "Raise a Glass in Parting" by Marc Gunn from Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits

    The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. Your generous pledge of as little as $1 or more per month allows me to create music, podcasts, and live videos for your enjoyment. Special thanks to my new patrons: Tina R., Kimberly K, UT Scot, Raised pledge, Paige, River G.

    If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You’ll get episodes before regular listeners, free albums, podcasts,  videos and lots more. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners today.

    If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.


  • Posted on 25 Feb 2019

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    Irish American Music for St Patrick's Day #177

    If it wasn't for America, the traditional music of Ireland might no longer exist. America saved Irish music. That's the premise behind my 2014 album I recorded with Jamie Haeuser, How America Saved Irish Music.

    I expected more of a backlash when I released the album title that was a parody of the book How the Irish Saved Civilization. I only got one nasty email.

    I started immersing myself in Irish music in 1999. I learned a lot about Irish culture and music over the years. The Irish were forced out of Ireland. Their music traveled around the globe. It integrated with other cultures. Eventually, it found its way home.

    When it did, it had changed. Blossomed and grew, yes. But changed as well

    We all know that the jigs and reels are the backbone of Irish tunes. But underneath it, I heard something fascinating. It was the similarities between Irish and American rhythm.

    The guitar was the clue. American guitarists changed music around the world. Listen to any guitarist playing Irish music and you will hear American rock-n-roll as its rhythmic backbone.

    Irish guitar is rock-n-roll guitar underneath a reel and a jig.

    This makes a little more sense when you think of Irish songs like "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye". That's the Irish version of the American Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". The Irish took a great American melody and gave it their own twist.

    In a sense, How America Saved Irish Music is nothing new. Jamie Haeuser and I fused American rhythm, jazz, and blues to Irish immigration songs to create our own exploration of the Irish musical diaspora.

    You'll hear the entire album this episode of the podcast, plus an interview with Jamie Haeuser.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the virtual Public House for Celts and geeks to share music and celebrate our differences. We're making the world a happier place through conversation, education, and kindness.  If you have comments and want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this show. Cead mile failte! PubSong.net.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY?

    1:26 A Stor Mo Chroi

    3:45 Star of the County Down

    7:30 Gypsy Rover

    10:50 Men of New Basin Canal

    14:04 Bridget's Prayer

    16:12 Ais Vis Lo Lop

    19:04 Black Velvet Band

    22:38 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    25:22 Streets of Laredo/Bard of Armagh

    28:41 Whiskey, You're the Devil

    31:08 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot

    34:11 Mrs. McGraw

    37:20 Leaving of Liverpool

    40:25 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye

    44:23 PUB CHAT
    I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? What do you remember most from one of my recent shows? Or from another show you've seen? Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email. Or post a comment, along with your review, on Apple Podcasts.

    grizztopher80 posted a picture on Instagram: "Trying to enjoy the weather despite the pollen."

    How have I helped you?  How have I inspired you?

    45:15 NEWS

    • If you ever thought about playing the autoharp, I have an Autoharp Tutorial that is now on YouTube.

    45:29 COMMENTARY: How America Saved Irish Music

    Marc Gunn plays autoharp and sings. Jamie Haeuser plays bodhran and sings. Violin and manolin by Sick. Katie Haeuser provides background vocals.

    The albums was recorded by T.J. Barends at Sir-Reel Studios. The Gunns & Drums logo and graphic design were by Charles Davis. Back cover photo by Katie Haeuser at the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City.

    53:26 A Stor Mo Chroi (Brian O'Higgins)

    56:07 Star of the County Down (traditional)

    1:00:40 Gypsy Rover (Leo Maguire)

    1:06:15 Men of New Basin Canal (Jamie Haeuser and Marc Gunn)

    1:09:22 INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE HAEUSER

    1:29:00 Bridget's Prayer (Jamie Haeuser and Marc Gunn)

    1:31:03 Ais Vis Lo Lop (traditional)

    1:34:07 Black Velvet Band (traditional)

    1:39:18 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)

    1:43:08 Streets of Laredo/Bard of Armagh (traditional)

    1:47:23 Whiskey, You're the Devil (traditional)

    1:50:46 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot (traditional)

    1:55:38 Mrs. McGraw (traditional)

    1:58:40 Leaving of Liverpool (traditional)

    2:02:51 Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye (traditional)

    2:07:58 UPCOMING SHOWS

    The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. Your generous pledge of as little as $1 or more per month allows me to create music and podcasts for your enjoyment. Special thanks to my new patrons:

    If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You’ll get episodes before regular listeners, free albums, podcasts,  videos and lots more. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners today.

    2:10:07 "The Parting Glass" by The Selkie Girls from Parting Glass

    If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.


  • Posted on 18 Feb 2019

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    Magic Taste of Butterbeer Beer Beer #176

    In this show, you'll hear the latest Coffee with The Celtfather show. We have comments from listeners like you. I'll share a tip on how you can promote your favorite band with streaming music. And I'll rant on impossible goals and why we need them.

    Pub Songs Podcast is music and community. If you like, tell a friend or interact. Support me on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and my mailing list. PubSong.net.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY?

    0:16 Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, Making the world a happier place through music, education, social activism, and conversation. If you have comments and want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this podcast.

    1:33 Live recording from Coffee with The Celtfather by Marc Gunn

    2:01 "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" from Sci Fi Drinking Songs

    5:02 "Romulan Ale" from Sci Fi Drinking Songs

    10:48 "Monahan's Mudder's Milk" from Kilted For Her Pleasure

    13:36 Marc Gunn News

    15:11 "Serenity Valley Waltz" from Heroes

    20:09 "Beer Butterbeer" from Kilted For Her Pleasure

    •  $11 Song Requests 

    23:51 PUB CHAT

    I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? What do you remember most from one of my recent shows? Or from another show you've seen? Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email. Or post a comment along with your review on Apple Podcasts.

    Michael S sent a message with a Virtual Tip Jar donation: "My wife and myself love your music! The only time we have the opportunity to see you in person is at GenCon, but being able to enjoy your YouTube videos and live concerts is the next best thing. Thank you!"

    Gary Neal emailed from Maryland: "I just listened to the "Dark Side" episode.  Your talk on selflessness reminded me of a quote by Albert Pike.  I've attached a coin minted by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry with the quote on the back, so I don't misquote it.

    'What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal'

    And to your rant about social media: that's why I only post mindless drivel. I'm occasionally mildly controversial, but I try to be with humor, and about a subject that's not really all that important. Keep up the good work."

    28:18 "The Green and the Blue" by Catherine Koehler from Shan-A-Key

    32:49 Music Promotion Tip. Add music to your playlist.

    34:57 "When She Held Me In Arms" by Marc Gunn from Single

    37:42 Impossible goals. Why I listen to podcasts that have nothing to do with what I do.

    Podcast Recommendations:

    46:27 "Keg of Brandy" by Syncopaths from Five Gears

    49:40 "Here's a Health" by The Selkie Girls from Pirate Queen

    55:03 UPCOMING SHOWS

    56:19 "Ghost" by The Grenaways from Diesel Rainbows

    59:48 THANK YOU PATRONS

    The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. Your generous pledge of as little as $1 or more per month allows me to create music and podcasts for your enjoyment. Special thanks to my new patrons: Laura and John, Jacqueline H., and Scheille Neill. Thanks also to Carol Baril, Alexis, Jennifer B., Garrett R., and the artist Myriam Plante, for raising their pledge.

    If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You’ll get episodes before regular listeners, free albums, videos and lots more. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners today.

    1:01:36 "Name On My Soul" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul

    Be different! And proud of it. Slainte!

    If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.


  • Posted on 11 Feb 2019

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    Celtic Music & the Dark Side of the Pub #175

    Pubs are often dark places. I'm sure dark things have been discussed. Maybe I'm naive, but I don't feel they are any darker than what we find on social media.

    I don't like social media. It brings out the worst in people. It makes the world a more vile place than it actually is. And so I avoid it, like the plague. Fair comparison.

    That's one of the big reasons I changed things up this year. But before we get to this year, let's talk about last and the many things happening in the pub.

    In this show, you will hear some of my picks of the best Celtic bands of 2018. You'll enjoy new music from the Brobdingnagian Bards to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Learn about the new Song Request feature of Coffee with The Celtfather. Understand my new mission statement for the podcast. And then we will chat about how the pain of engaging on social media outweighs its use and why I moved to YouTube. Finally, I launch a new feedback section today. So I need your feedback.

    Pub Songs Podcast is music, education, and community. If you like, tell a friend or interact. Support me on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and my mailing list. PubSong.net.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY?

    0:17 "When She Held Me In Her Arms" by Marc Gunn from Single

    3:04 WELCOME TO THE PUB

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, Making the world a happier place through music, education, social activism, and conversation. If you have comments and want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this podcast.

    5:38 "Irish Fire" by Melanie Gruben from Single

    10:01 "Montreal" by Talisk from Beyond

    15:24 "We'll Follow the Music" by Ed Miller from We'll Follow the Music

    19:35 Special Offer on Patreon. Sign up as a Heroic Patron in February and you will get a copy of my album Heroes. It's exclusively available on Patreon.

    21:35 "Skellig" by Jiggy from Translate

    25:35 "Cat and the Fiddle" by The Gothard Sisters from Midnight Sun

    29:44 FEATURE BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS

    • 20th Anniversary
    • New singles... new album???

    30:32 "Jedi Mickey" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Single

    33:24 PUB CHAT

    • FEEDBACK. I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? What do you remember most from one of my recent shows? Or from another show you've seen? Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email.

    34:40 "Fish in the Sea" by Rambling Sailors from Kenway's Favorites

    36:13 "The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow" by Warbelow Range from Warbelow Range

    40:01 New: Song Requests on Coffee with The Celtfather

    42:13 "Rise Up" by Brad Tuck from On These Waters

    44:55 "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" by Gone Molly from Gone Molly

    48:07 Dark Side of the Pub.

    • What happens when the pain of engaging on social media outweighs the pain of reading posts?
    • Making the world a happier place through music, education, social activism, and conversation

    56:53 "Big Trip (Trip to Windsor/Sheepskin & Beeswax)" by The Fretless from The Fretless

    1:00:45 "Cape Code Girls" by Whiskey Bay Rovers from Broadsides and Ballads

    1:03:55 Why YouTube?

    1:05:17 "Quiet Land of Erin" by Gwendolyn Snowdown from Three Strand Braid

    1:08:55 "Last Gift" by Marys Lane from Wild Unknown

    1:13:01 UPCOMING SHOWS

    • Coffee with The Celtfather every Wednesday at 11 am
    • Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM. No cover. Drink.
    • Celtfather Live Exclusive on February 17. Tickets are $15 per person or free for Heroic Patrons.
    • Brennan's Irish Pub on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM. Cover charge.
    • Join me at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, Alabama on March 17 with Kilted Kings for a St Patrick's Day celebration on the beach.
    • Be different! And proud of it. Slainte!

    1:14:22 THANK YOU PATRONS

    The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. Your generous pledge of as little as $1 or more per month allows me to create music and podcasts for your enjoyment. Special thanks to my patrons: Wendy E, David S, Rachel B, Peter T.

    If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. You’ll get episodes before regular listeners, free albums, videos and lots more. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners today.

    1:15:06 "Sail the Sky" by Marc Gunn from As Long As I'm Flyin'

    If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.


  • Posted on 04 Feb 2019

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