PUB SONGS & STORIESAuthor: Marc Gunn
17 Jan 2021

PUB SONGS & STORIES

Download, listen or watch all podcasts

Welcome to the the virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture. Marc Gunn is your guide to honoring our past and adapting for our future. Grab a drink. Kick back. Listen to fun songs. Sing along. Then let's chat. If you have comments and want to chat in the pub, email him. Use #PubSongs when talking about this podcast.

  • Listen

    St. Patrick's Day Gift #222

    St Patrick’s Day comes early. Kilkelly, Ireland as a single. Johnny Jump Up as a folk song and as a Celtic rock song by Tuatha de Danann. Find out how you can get a FREE St Patrick’s Day music.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories, the Virtual Public House for Celtic culture through music with a geeky twist. 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

    0:27 - CELTIC SONG: “Kilkelly, Ireland” from St Patrick’s Day

    4:36 - WELCOME STORY

    -- A short story of what’s new with The Celtfather. About st Patrick’s day. Cd only available in February and March. Morehead Kentucky

    -- Send an email (listen for details). I’ll send you 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album.

    -- 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.

    8:38 - COMEDY SONG: “Johnny Jump Up” from Happy Songs of Death

    12:10 - SPOTLIGHT: Tuatha de Danann

    Bruno Maia is the lead singer and front man for the Celtic Metal band Tuatha de Danann, out of Brazil. A few months ago, I got an email from Bruno asking me if I would like to sing on their version of Johnny Jump Up. It sounded like fun. Then he sent me a demo of the song. I was floored. It was THAT GOOD. I got really excited about being a part of this project. So I quickly recorded my parts and it sound good with them.

    So today, I'm happy to welcome Bruno Maia to Pub Songs & Stories.

    When did you start playing Celtic music?

    Why Celtic rock or Celtic metal? is that a big thing in Brazil?

    Where did you first hear Johnny jump up? And how did your version come to be?

    Why did you want me on the song?

    You just released a brand new album. What's it called and could you Name me one track that people should definitely hear to better understand your band, not including our song together which they will hear in a moment.

    One final question. Imagine for a moment that this was the album that turned you into a worldwide sensation. Share with me your dream? What would you like to see happen? What would you do?

    You can find out more about Tuatha de Danann at http://www.tuathadedanann.art.br/

    And now I’m pleased to share their version of “Johnny Jump Up”. The song is now on streaming and downloadable on all major platforms.

    21:33 - SPOTLIGHT SONG: “The Devil Drink Cider” by Tuatha de Danann from In Nomine Éireann

    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 2021. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    -- 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.

    UPCOMING SHOWS

    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern

    JAN 15: Tucker Brewing Company in Tucker, GA @ 4:30 - 7:30 PM ET

    JAN 21: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Tickets $8.

    JAN 23: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM.

    PUB CHAT

    What are people saying about St Patrick’s Day by Marc Gunn? You can listen to the album for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. Then email me marc@marcgunn.com or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook to let me know what you think of the album.

    Rattyboy says on Amazon said:  "5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL Traditional Celtic Music. This CD is a beautiful compilation of Celtic music! Absolutely a wonderful album done very professionally. The autoharp combined with Marc's voice on the album and his accompaniment (voices, instruments, etc.) is divine to listen to. My suggestion is to buy the CD so you don't lose these gems. A very, VERY well done CD that I have actually listened to several times already. Simply wonderful."

    1. Copenhaver Reviewed on Amazon: "...this is a Greatest Hits collection. Marc is a dynamic performer and this is a good compilation of Irish songs like "Rocky Road to Dublin," "Old Dun Cow," and more. You should certainly try to see him live."

    John White reviewed on Amazon on May 28, 2013: "Another great album from the Celtfather. Many classics, reinterpreted in a way that only Marc Gunn can perform them. If you've liked his previous stuff, you'll love this one as well (I do). If you don't like this stuff...well, go drink 3-4 pints of Guinness, then come back and listen again; you'll love him for sure, then!"

    River Godbee said on February 12, 2013: "I think this should have been called "Marc Gunn's Greatest Hits"."

    1. Brazell on June 8, 2013: "Another great album from Marc Gunn. The Celtfather presents a wonderful collection of music that will speak to the Celt in all of us."

    In response to my “Will It Resonate?” I got these responses:

    Allan Marcotte wrote: "Marc, Yes I bought "Not Everyday is St Patrick's Day" and I love it.  It has one of my favorite songs on it "Kilkelly Ireland".  I think it has a great mix of songs on it, including some good rebel songs.

    I hope you and your family are well.  Keep up the good work and great music!"

    Renae Jackson emailed: "I was listening to one of your CDs today.  On the way to my father's memorial.  Thank you for the music you make.  I'm not Irish or even close, but I love the Celtic culture.  The emotion and feeling of Irish music is so special.  Again, thank you for the music you make, it has meant a lot to me today."

    Deedra Winey sent a photo and emailed: "Hi Marc! I'm ok,aside from a headache. Luckily I can sit in the quiet ,dark for a few days.

    I rearranged some stuff and am now a Gunn Runner! I'm excited! You offer so much and you keep on it.I like that. The story of the song you wrote for your wife is sweet. I can't get my husband to write  love NOTE!lol We've been married 35 years though. I met him on the grounds of a hospital for the mentally ill. I was there for an interview for a position in a house working with Mentally challenged women.I got the job...and the Supervisor of the house.lol

    So,did you see my new face mask? No one I have seen gets it! I'll send a pic. The Angel has the Phone box!"

    - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE

    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or Merch from me or our guest. Follow me on streaming. And tell a friend.

    But the best way to support me is to Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Patreon funds my songwriting and more. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes.

    31:30 -  SONG: “Rocky Road to Dublin” from St Patrick’s Day

    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 #johnnyjumpup #TuathadeDanann


  • Posted on 05 Jan 2021

    download
  • Listen

    Christmas Elf #221

    Celtic Christmas music. The return of the Celtic Christmas Podcast and playlists. Holiday interview with graphic artist Miranda Nelson. And the hardest songs to record.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic Geeks celebrating Celtic culture through music. 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.net.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY

    0:25 - CELTIC SONG:  “Slainte Mhaith Christmas” from Single

    1:55 - WELCOME

    - Final episode of 2020. Listen to Celtfather for how the year did

    -- 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.

    -- If you’re not listening to the Celtic Christmas Podcast, you’re missing out! There are four new episodes now online for 2020. It’s free to subscribe. There’s a lot of wonderful music. Sign up at CelticChristmasMusic.net or at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.

    -- Updating my Christmas Playlists on Spotify.

    -- A short story of what’s new with The Celtfather: The hardest song to record - “Wherever I May Roam

    10:40 - CD SPONSOR: Celtic Christmas Greetings

    11:26 - GEEK SONG: “Frosty the Irish Snowman” from Celtic Christmas Greetings

    13:59 - SPOTLIGHT: Miranda Nelson of Miranda Nelson Designs

    Today, I get to introduce you to one of the people behind my music. For most of my career, I had the time and energy to do everything myself. All of the recording, editing, graphics, online promotion. I did it all. It was exhausting. It was also all before I got married and had kids.

    I came to realize I needed help over the past ten years. So I put out a call to folks online. Miranda Nelson offered to help me with graphics. Three years later, she now does nearly all the graphics for my music and all of my podcasts.

    So let me start by saying. Thank you Miranda for all your help and welcome to the pub.

    How did you find my music and podcasts? What inspired you to want to do the thankless job of graphic design for a nobody musician and podcaster?

    FOUND MUSIC AND PODCASTS & WHY

    How did you get into Celtic culture and music? And how long have you been a geek?

    HOW

    So this is largely a Christmas podcast. Can you tell me a fun special Christmas moment in your life? Something that made you smile?

    SMILE

    And finally, do you have any Christmas song requests that you’d like to hear?

    Thank you so much Miranda. It’s great chatting with you.

    In addition to the graphics she does for my podcast, Miranda has an online store at mirandanelsondesigns.com. She has some fantastic Celtic shirt designs through TeePublic, including a Firefly/Doctor who crossover shirt.

    17:49 - SPOTLIGHT SONG: “Castle of Dromore” by The Selkie Girls from Winter Lore: Songs of Celtic Christmas

    21:21 -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 2021. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    -- New videos: “Slainte Mhaith Christmas”, “Demon Lullaby”, “Let’ Have a Celtic Christmas”, “Hallelujah”, “Bring Me Home, Boys

    -- 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.

    22:03 - UPCOMING SHOWS

    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern

    DEC 17: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Tickets $8.

    JAN 15: Tucker Brewing Company in Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM ET

    JAN 21: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Tickets $8.

    JAN 23: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM.

    23:28 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE

    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch. Follow me on streaming. And tell a friend.

    Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample my 23 albums. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour and have online concerts. Kickstarter funds the production of physical products like CDs, shirts, and other merch. And Patreon funds my songwriting!

    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: Matt and Nykki Boersma, John, Jas Weigt, Kelley Durski, Iliana Martin, Henry Clark

    24:08 ­­­- JOIN THE PUB CHAT (read and see videos at bottom of notes)

    There are a lot of creative Celtic Geeks. I would love to hear from you. You can send a written comment. Include a picture of something you created. Or perhaps you could share something about what you are reading, learning, or watching. Or do you have a solo business. Tell me about it. Email me marc@marcgunn.com or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook.

    27:02 - SONG: “Celtic Christmas Elf” from Celtic Christmas Greetings

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was 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 #christmaself #celticchristmasmusic

     

    PUB CHAT

    Deedra Winey emailed cat photos: "Yes,I have 2 cats at present. One loves everyone he meets. One hates everyone on sight, except the Dish Network guy who came dressed in camo, with a beard like Santa, I had a bit of kitty porno going on with her! She needed to be locked up. She has never reacted to anyone else like that. lol

    My Dimi, Mr friendly, a Russian Blue from the SPCA rules our roost.He loves to help mom,sort cards,send cards,surf the net and he helped me pack for our beach trip. He call meetings nearly every day,and we laugh...every time.”

    Carol Baril replied to my newsletter: “You are so funny!  I weigh my cats regularly so I know if they are becoming overweight!  Don't want a diabetic cat as they age!  Not that your turkey remark didn't make me chuckle!  As for your Pub Song Podcast, I love the diversity of songs you are doing.  Stick a couple of cat songs in there for me!  Like you probably didn't already figure that out! HA HA!

    I have shared your posts on the Christmas podcast with my Facebook friends and I hope more folks support that podcast.  I LOVE Christmas music and those podcasts are some of my favorites!  Thanks for all you do to keep all of us fans sane and happy!

    You always brighten my day and no matter how we may disagree on some things, you will always be my Clarence!  I need that angel without wings to help keep my stress levels down, especially thru this pandemic where I'm not allowed to hug those I care most for!

    God bless you and your family!  Hugs to all!”


  • Posted on 15 Dec 2020

    download
  • Listen

    Rosin the Bow for Christmas #220

    The comical history of Rosin the Bow. My failure as a podcaster. What on Middle-earth is a “smial”? A Doctor Whovian Spotlight on Matt Hughes.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture. 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

    00:27 - SONG: “Rosin the Bow” from Happy Songs of Death

    What does “Rosin the Bow” mean?

    Rosin is a solid form of resin that's obtained from pines and other conifers. ... Used by cellists, violinists, and other string musicians, rosin helps create friction between the bow hair and strings. Essentially, rosin helps the bow grip the strings and produce sound.

    That’s from The Vault at Music & The Arts.

    The song was popularized in America in the 19th century. Though it probably had British or Irish origins according to Wikipedia.

    The most interesting fact was that the music for the song was used by several US presidential campaigns, including for William Henry Harrison ("The Hero of Tippecanoe"),[3] Henry Clay ("Harry, the Honest and True") and Abraham Lincoln ("Lincoln and Liberty").

    3:02 - WELCOME

    -- 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.

    -- The first episodes of the 2020 Celtic Christmas Podcast are now online. As usual, the show is free to listen to. And there are over 50 episodes to enjoy with mostly music, but also a lot of holiday entertainment. Get Celtic Christmas music.

    -- Browncoat Christmas is now online. Mikey Mason and I released this four song EP of Christmas songs inspired by Joss Whedon’s TV show, Firefly. It’s upbeat and fun. You can download or stream it most everywhere online.

    -- Short Story of what’s new: My failure as a podcaster.

    - CD SPONSOR: SCOTTISH SONGS OF DRINKING & REBELLION

    Hi. I’m Marc Gunn. You may remember me from such kilted bands as the Brobdingnagian Bards, Kilted Kings, and Marc Gunn.

    Ye know. Me.

    But perhaps, you don’t know my music. But you may know some fine Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion.

    That may be a rip off title from a Clancy Brothers album, Irish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion. But the music is pure Scottish fun. You’ll get 17 Scottish songs that will make you want to drink or rise up against England. You’ll hear songs I learned from Ed Miller, The Corries, Widening Gyre (you probably have never heard of that band), and even Outlander… Well, sort of.

    There are five songs by Robert Burns, including “MacPherson’s Farewell”, “Scots Wha Hae”, “Ye Jacobites by Name”, “A Man’s A Man for A’ That”, and the clean love song version of “Green Grow the Rashes”.

    There’s the unofficial national anthem of Scotland, “Flower of Scotland”, by The Corries. The “Skye Boat Song” was a fantastic traditional Scottish song even before the lyrics were modified for the Outlander TV show. There’s the great drinking ballad, “Jock Stuart”. And let’s not forget Hugh S. Roberton’s incredible “Mingulay Boat Song” that is given a Louisiana gospel edge.

    You’ll find it all on Marc Gunn’s Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion. Get it at CelticMusic.org.

    Now let’s go geek with a song that’s not from that CD...

    9:09 - GEEK SONG: “The Smial or the Tree” from Sci Fi Drinking Songs

    "In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that means comfort." - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

    What on Middle-earth is a “smial”?

    Well the Tolkien Gateway has the answer.

    “Smials were the hobbit-holes tunneled into earth mounds and hills.

    For generations the Hobbits dug into the earth to live. By the later Third Age the poorest Hobbits still went on living in burrows of the most primitive kind with only one window or none.

    For the most well-to-do hobbits, smials were luxurious versions of those primitive diggings of old. Their tunnels had rounded walls and branched to other rooms. Smials included Bag End and the smials along Bagshot Row of Hobbiton, the Great Smials of Tuckborough and Brandy Hall. The latter two were large enough to have ample room for a hundred Hobbits.

    When suitable sites for these large and ramifying tunnels were not everywhere to be found, many Hobbits lived in wood, brick or stone houses. This was the case with some muddy regions of the Eastfarthing, such as the Marish.

    "Smial" is a term used by Tolkien fans to refer to divisions of Tolkien Societies.

    Read more about it at http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Smials

    11:25 - CELTIC GEEK SPOTLIGHT: Matt Hughes

    I've seen Matt Hughes' name for about as long as I can remember. He was an integral part of the Brobdingnagian Bards' community early on. Which is where I first found him. He was also one of the first people to cover a song I wrote. So you know that's gonna make me happy. Hehe He also helped me write “Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster” and performed on “Scouring the Shire” and “Bilbo’s Farewell” (he yelled ‘Proudfeet’) on my CD Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits.

    When I asked Matt about being a guest in the Celtic Geek Spotlight, he made some silly reference to the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. That gave me the idea to have Matt answer all of my questions… without blinking. As soon as he does that, we will be forced to move to a different time period with a new question.

    Welcome Matt, can you tell me what inspires you with music? Why are you still making music today? What do you have planned for the future? Oh and do it all without blinking…

    MATT RESPONDS

    Whoa. It’s 2004. Hey my voice sounds younger. What are you doing at this time in your life, Matt?

    THIS TIME IN LIFE

    Pirate Accent: Curses, Matthew! That was just getting good. Avast. Suppose it’s time for ye to tell me about your pirate lifestyle. How did you become a pirate? What songs inspired your travel back in time?

    PIRATE LIFE

    Thank you Matt Hughes, wherever you are in time. I appreciate you taking the time to chat with me.

    Now obviously, it sucks that we lost some of the stories you were telling thanks to that darned Weeping Angel time travel business. So if you want to find out more about Matt Hughes, visit his website at matthughesmusic.com

    14:34 - SPOTLIGHT SONG: “My Life Is An Irish Folk Song” by Matt Hughes from Erin Go Bragh

    17:29 - ­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 2021. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I update 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. If you decide to play along, make a video or audio recording. I’d love to see or hear it.

    - UPCOMING SHOWS

    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern

    DEC 4: The Lost Druid in Avondale Estates, GA @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM ET. Free.

    DEC 17: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Tickets $8.

    - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE

    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch. Follow me on streaming. And tell a friend.

    Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample my 23 albums. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour and have online concerts. Kickstarter funds the production of physical products like CDs, shirts, and other merch. And Patreon funds my songwriting!

    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: Matt and Nykki Boersma, John, Jas Weigt

    - JOIN THE PUB CHAT (read and see videos at bottom of notes)

    There are a lot of creative Celtic Geeks. I would love to hear from you. You can send a written comment. Include a picture of something you created. Or perhaps you could share something about what you are reading, learning, or watching. Or do you have a solo business. Tell me about it. Email me marc@marcgunn.com or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook.

    Finally, I want to try something different this episode. I performed three songs in this show. I’m gonna send one of those songs to everyone who subscribed to my newsletter in two weeks. Which song in this show would you like as a free download? You can vote by emailing me the song name. The most popular song will be sent as an MP3 ON December 17.

    24:03 - SONG: “Hero of Christmas” from Browncoat Christmas

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was 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 po dcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com!

    #pubsongs

    PUB CHAT

    What are YOUR favorite songs of the past 15 years? What creative artistic things are you working on right now?

    Karen Carothers emailed: "I have a church newsletter I need to be working on, but mostly I just get creative with my stickers in my planners these days."

    john emailed: "I've been listening for about 15 years and owe you an apology for not becoming a patron sooner. I think our paths crossed way back you were on or they gave you a shout out on NPR in Boston. Used to down load shows on an ancient Apple device.

    Your show is about as creative as I get. I don't keep track of any particular song or band. With that being said,the one song of yours called the "the fairy" was used at my wedding 10 years ago. My wife loved the song and insisted on walking down the aisle to it.

    Thanks for the years past present and future."

    Tammy Glover replied: "I have so many songs & music types that I like (many of them are your songs!), it’s hard to narrow down. Bring Me Home, Boys and Doctor of Gallifrey are 2 that immediately spring to mind. As for creative things, cooking is a favorite, especially soups and noodles. I have also been tinkering with some jewelry making. I enjoy watching your videos & seeing your family updates. ???? Have a great day!!"

    Jan Czenkusch writes: "Well as always I have a cross stitch project to work on.  I am also trying to work on some Christmas music to record for church.  My version of Come to the Hills will be the prelude on Sunday."

    Sarah Crockett sent you a message.

    "A Rabbit for Halloween, She said her name was Saffron, Doctor of Gallifrey, Roll the Old Firefly along, Don’t go Drinking with Hobbits, She’s Shiny, Breathing, and I really REALLY love O’er the Way. Good stuff! I look forward to my 2 hour drive to work on Friday with your music ??????

    I am currently working on not gaining any more Covid weight (not going well), trying new recipes, and tweaking my Faire garb and various Mad Men cosplay. I boring ??"


  • Posted on 01 Dec 2020

    download
  • Listen

    Celtic Heartstrings #219

    The bothies of Scotland, the true nature of Celtic Heartstrings, genetic counseling and an interview with Mikey Mason about our new single, “Hero of Christmas.” It’s all on the Pub Songs Podcast #219.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture. 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

    0:23 - SONG: “Barnyards of Delgaty” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

    2:16 - WELCOME

    --That was a bothy ballad. Bothys are small houses in Scotland. They were typically used by itinerant farmers a century ago.

    -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts

    -- New videos: Bright Side of Everything, Tough Times, Something Different Coffee Concert with Hallelujah

    -- New podcasts: Poor But Happy, Celtic Christmas Podcast

    -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics: Hero of Canton, Monahan’s Mudder’s Milk

    5:15 - SPONSOR: Celtic Heartstrings

    Celtic Heartstring are necklace pendants made from the broken strings of my heart. I mean, autoharp.

    However, they are more than a recycled string from my autoharp. I like to think of them as a symbol.

    Celtic Heartstrings are designed to be as unique as each person who wears one.

    The large pendant is worn over our hearts to remind us that empathy and kindness are essential to the human experience. Generosity builds bridges. And when we look at people through their eyes, with empathy, we better understand them. Kindness becomes easier.

    Celtic Heartstrings also symbolize our shared love of Celtic culture through music. They are a symbol of the diversity of the people who wear them.

    Though they are called “Celtic”, these are not true Celtic knots. They *look* like them. Just because someone might not be of Celtic heritage does not mean they are not part of our Celtic community. Celtic Heartstrings are about inclusion. That’s something that I’ve talked about on my Celtic podcasts since I started all of them.

    There’s enough exclusion in this world. Kindness and generosity are about inclusion. We can be different and yet also be one people, be that Americans or just the human race.

    Some of my more popular designs are the Celtic Butterfly, the Celtic Dragonfly, the Infinity Heart, and the Celtic Cross. You can find them all in my store at MageRecords.com.

    Wear your Celtic Heartstring with heart. Come together with kindness.

    7:28 - GEEK SONG: “Genetic Counseling Song” from Selcouth

    November 12 was Genetic Counseling Awareness Day. My wife is a genetic counselor. When she was completing her degree, she asked me to write a song for their graduation. I had a lot of trouble writing one. So we sat down together and wrote some lyrics for a song that captured different aspects of her new career.

    I recorded a video of “Genetic Counseling Song” last year and posted it to YouTube. I think Genetic Counselors were happy to be seen.

    10:36 - CELTIC GEEK SPOTLIGHT: Hero of Christmas Interview with Mikey Mason

    In 2018, Mikey Mason and I did a Blue Sun Holiday Tour Spectacular. We played five dates between Alabama and Indiana. We recorded a few Firefly Christmas songs for the event. They were available on a limited-edition CD. We are planning the official release of the EP in December. In the meantime, we are very happy to officially release the first single, “Hero of Christmas”.

    The song is of course a parody of “Hero of Canton” and touches on the 60’s Christmas special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” as well as Dr Seuss’ masterpiece, “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”.

    I sat down with Mikey last year and talked to him about the song.

    25:43 - SPOTLIGHT SONG: “Hero of Christmas” by Marc Gunn & Mikey Mason from Browncoat Christmas

    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 2021. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    28:19 - UPCOMING SHOWS

    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern

    NOV 19: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Tickets $8.

    29:10 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE

    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch. Follow me on streaming. And tell a friend.

    Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample my 23 albums. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour and have online concerts. Kickstarter funds the production of physical products like CDs, shirts, and other merch. And Patreon funds my songwriting!

    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: Matt and Nykki Boersma

    29:46 - JOIN THE PUB CHAT (read and see videos at bottom of notes)

    Are you a Celtic Geek? Well, then you probably read. You might study history. And you might watch TV or movies with a Celtic or Geek twist. It’s what Celtic Geeks do. What are you reading, learning, or watching?

    You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you’re enjoying to marc@marcgunn.com. Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook.

    31:16 - SONG: “Galway Shawl

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. 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

    PUB CHAT

    I posted a meme in the Celtic Geeks group regarding baby Yoda and the Mandalorian. It reads:

    “As of October 30, take a drink every time something "Baby Yoda" related pops up on your timeline until December 18.”

    Matt Hughes replied: "I'd be dead in a week."

    Patrick Mahoney replied: "With my crowd I don't think I could make it past noon and be conscious"

    Kris Dobie asks: "Does Tea count???"

    What do you think? Do you like the Mandalorian? Some say it’s like Firefly.


  • Posted on 17 Nov 2020

    download
  • Listen

    Wild Colonial Boy #218

    Rob the rich and give to the poor. It’s the story of Robin Hood and also of the Wild Colonial Boy. But what’s the history? Then enjoy a Celtic Geek Spotlight on why The Gothard Sisters love hobbits. And we’re gonna wreck a Steampunk pirate ship on the Pub Songs Podcast.

    Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture. 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

    0:30 - SONG: “Maid Went to the Mill” from Kilted For Her Pleasure

    2:05 - WELCOME

    -- What song would you like to hear me sing on the podcast?

    -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts.

    -- Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast.

    -- Listen to "Wild Colonial Boy" on Spotify. 

    -- The election comes to an end today. I hope you voted. Again, voting is essential for the success of any democracy. So if the results aren’t to your liking, I hope you will remember that in the next election. The more people who vote, the better our country becomes. And as a side note, I’m happy that I don’t feel the need to campaign any longer.

    -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. Check it out.

    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 2021. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    4:07 - ABOUT WILD COLONIAL BOY

    John “Jack” Donahue was born in 1806. Died on 1 September 1840. He was a bushranger in Australia between 1825 and 1830. Known as "Bold Jack Donahue", he became part of the notorious "Wild Colonial Boys".

    Jack Donahue was born in Dublin, Ireland about 1806. He was an orphan. He began pick-pocketing and, after later involvement in a burglary, was convicted of intent to commit a felony in 1823. In September 1824, he was transported with 200 other prisoners to Australia, arriving in Sydney in January 1825.

    Donahue escaped to the bush from the Quakers Hill farm and formed an outlaw gang known as "The Strippers," since they stripped wealthy landowners of their clothing, money and food. The gang was arrested two years later. Donohue managed to escape from custody.

    In March 1829, Donahue, along with John Walmsle, shot and killed a Mr Clements, a settler on the Hunter River. This became the "Wild Colonial Boys", a loose gang of twelve to fifteen men. Donohue's cunning and guile soon had him on equal standing as the leaders of this gang of Underwood and MacNamara. These two had the reputation for wily pluck, daring and desperation. The gang would operate in groups of three or four in order to bail up settlers and plunder property.

    They laid in wait for travellers on the highway or they would attack and plunder their houses. Donohue's tact and ways of only robbing the better off procured him a host of friends among the poorer settlers. They gave the police false information about him and, when they were dogging him rather too hard, the settlers stowed him away in their back rooms or under the beds.

    In the late afternoon of 1 September 1830, Donohue was shot dead by John Muckleston, following a shootout between bushrangers and soldiers at Bringelly, New South Wales. Donohue was hit in the left temple and neck and died instantly. The Sydney Gazette, on behalf of "all respectable citizens", rejoiced at Donohue's death. Smoking pipes were made in the shape of Donohue's head, including the bullet-holes in his forehead, and were bought and smoked by the citizens of Sydney.

    In 1833, Donohue's life was recounted in Charles Harpur's play 'The Tragedy of Donohoe'. Harpur had been inspired to write his play after the April 1829 shooting of a settler on the Hunter River by two bushrangers. Harpur had been sixteen at the time and believed that Donohue was one of the bushrangers.

    Donohue was immortalised in the ballad 'The Wild Colonial Boy'. Authorities tried to ban the song, but failed. Instead it became a ballad of defiance, continuing to be sung by generations of Australians and becoming part of Australia's folklore. With time, the lyrics changed Donohue's name to Jack Doolan, Jack Dowling, Jack Doogan and even Jim Doolan. The ethos line that struck a chord was "'I'll fight but not surrender till I die', cried the Wild Colonial Boy."

    Find out more about the song on Wikipedia.

    7:24 - SONG: “Wild Colonial Boy” (new single) from St Patrick’s Day

    11:08 - CELTIC GEEK SPOTLIGHT

    I wanted to try something a little bit different today--a Celtic Geek spotlight. This is where I highlight a Celtic or Geek band or artist with something relevant to our community.

    Over the past couple months, I released new hobbit singles with my friend Sam Gillogly. Our first single, “Hobbit Hornpipe”, was added to a Hobbit Party playlist by none other than The Gothard Sisters.

    The Gothard Sisters are a Celtic band featuring three sisters from the Pacific Northwest. They have had a long history with me thanks to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. They were first played in 2010 for episode number #81.

    I enjoyed the music a lot back then. But over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them put out better and better albums and improve as musicians, performers, and composers. So today I want to get a quick glimpse into the band and how and why they put together this Hobbit Party Playlist.

    I wanna to give a big, warm welcome to The Gothard Sisters. Welcome. Can you tell me a little bit about yourselves and how you got started playing music?

    STARTED PLAYING MUSIC

    When I think of your music, I think of more traditional Irish music though, though these days, there’s a definite contemporary flair. You’re doing a brilliant job of adding a modern edge to your newest music.

    So why then do you have a hobbit playlist on Spotify? What are your geek backgrounds?

    WHY HOBBIT PLAYLIST

    Finally what is on your Celtic or Geek bucket list? Or what do each of you hope to accomplish with your music?

    BUCKET LIST

    Thank you so much for joining me. Of course this is where it’s time to promote your latest or newest music and where you are found online.

    Thank you so much ladies for being a part of the show.

    You can stream the single for free when you sign up to their mailing list at gothardsisters.com

    Here’s a track from The Gothard Sisters….

    15:25 - SONG: “Chasing the Sun” by The Gothard Sisters from Single

    18:49 - JOIN THE PUB CHAT (read and see videos at bottom of notes)

    Are you a Celtic Geek? Well, then you probably read. You might study history. And you might watch TV or movies with a Celtic or Geek twist. It’s what Celtic Geeks do. What are you reading, learning, or watching?

    You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you’re enjoying to marc@marcgunn.com. Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook.

    21:18 - SONG: “Wreck of the Bold Lady Jean” from Pirates vs. Dragons

    26:12 - UPCOMING SHOWS

    NOV 19: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9 PM EDT. Buy tickets $8.

    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube @ 12:00 PM Eastern

    27:11 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE

    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch. Follow me on streaming. And tell a friend.

    I want to invite you to stream my music. It’s up on Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora, pretty much everywhere. Yes. I’d love for you to buy a CD if you enjoy my music, but more than anything I want you to enjoy it. So go check it out.

    If you want to support my songwriting, 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: LP Chan, Minchowski, Rebekah M, Carol D

    - SONG: “Black Is the Color” from Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover’s Companion

    Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. 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

    PUB CHAT

    Chris Abram from Norway replied in an email conversation: "Yes, funny thing is that when i read your reply now I have "why do you torture me" on my ear in the headphones. Not saying that my daughter tortures me but....

    To answer your question about being different: I think your light spirited nature, the fact that you are active with your followers (which caught me during gencon) and just replying to mails from fans is a definitely super good thing.  In contrast I am also an avid reader (worked 11years in bookstore) and right now lit-rpg is my favourite. There is one author who actually writes ok, but me and many other avoid his works because of his behaviour (he is "the best and those who do not agree with him will get trolled by him...")

    The way to get new fans is to play along with them. So that is something that really calls out to me at least. Keep up the good work"

    Alex emailed: "I really enjoyed the rough version of the wreck of the bold lady jean. It was fast, rough, and conveyed the excitement of a ship trying to survive an encounter with a dragon. I know faster times are harder to pull together unless it’s rock or heavy metal but could it be possible this song can be done fast and furious?"

     


  • Posted on 03 Nov 2020

    download

Follow Playlisto