CG055: Bilbo Baggins Interview at ALEP 3

Every three years, much like Brigadoon, a small hobbit village arises from the mist in central Kentucky. I just got back and was able to snag an interview with one of the founders of ALEP, A Long Expected Party, the ultimate gathering of Lord of the Rings fans on the planet. Our very own Bilbo Baggins had wonderful things to say about this amazing event.

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CG054: Quiet Hobbits, Black 47 New CD, Celtic Christmas

I’m on the road to ALEP, The hobbit gathering in Central Kentucky. As I listen to some podcasts and CDs right, I got inspired to put out my own show and talk about some of the stuff that’s happening.

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House Concerts in Maryland and Virginia

In October, I will be heading to Maryland and Virginia for a few house concerts. You are welcome to attend any and all of these events. Just keep in mind, there is limited space available. So secure your spot quickly. I look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, October 10, 2014
House Concert at Gary’s House and Pub
Woodbine, MD

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Return to the Fogel House Concert
Reston, VA

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Palmer House Concer
Beltsville, MD

CG053: Pet Loving Experience

Last night, I had a very successful show of cat songs. About forty people showed up to celebrate our joint love of cats. I talk about that as well as some more riveting news that will have you on the edge of your seat anticipating cool new projects.

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“I Don’t Pay for Music” cont.

Yesterday, I posted a blog about about a guy who said, “I don’t pay for music!”. I got a lot of great responses. I want to clarify a couple things.

First, the guy said specifically, “I don’t pay for music” not for “CDs” like I mentioned in the post. If it was CDs, that’d make sense. More and more people are moving towards digital downloads.

Second, I’m not angry at the guy . My music career was started on the premise of free music. I want people to hear my music because I believe it will result in more sales in the long run. I still believe if that guy actually sat through one of my shows or listen to one of my albums, he would become a fan and eventually buy my CDs.

I know a lot of people, especially younger folks, don’t have money right now. Our lives are filled with peaks and valleys of financial stability. I’ve been known to give people CDs because they were broke right now, but they loved my music. I tell them to mail me a check if they love the CD and when they get some money. I don’t follow up. I trust.

I do believe musicians should be paid for their art. I prefer to support indie musicians too. If I love an artist, I will buy their physical CD. If I like ‘em and want to support them, I’ll sometimes order just the downloads.

But much like U2, who just released their latest album to the entire iTunes network, I just want my music to be heard. That’s why I tell Gunn Runners all the time, PLEASE PLEASE SHARE MY MUSIC. If they only listen to one song, but they love it, I’m okay with that.

So find a Doctor Who fan and share “Doctor of Gallifrey“.

Find a Star Trek fan and share “Romulan Ale“.

Find a Steampunk fan and tell them you found the original Steampunk song that was written in 1904 and share “Come Take a Trip in My Airship”.

Give them the MP3. Then casually mention, “It is on Marc Gunn’s newest album Sci Fi Drinking Songs“.

People will take notice. And many will be inspired to listen some more. If not, that’s okay.

Now, that said. Not every musician is as free with their music as I am. For them, I strongly encourage you to respect their art, and buy. 



CG052: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day may’ve once been associated with Arthur’s Day, and getting drunk on Guinness. I like to think of it as another reminder that Celtic music, dance, art, and culture are alive and growing throughout the world. I hope you will join me in celebrating Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. Turn on some Celtic music. Go watch some Irish or Scottish dancing. Pick up a pen and raw a Celtic knot. Join your Celtic breathren in happy community.

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“I don’t pay for music!”

At Dragon Con, we were trying to sell CDs. We have a pretty good sales team there. Yet the two or three of us at the table were baffled when a guy we were trying to sell to said, “I don’t pay money for CDs.”

I was a bit floored. He wasn’t saying he stole music. He just refused to pay for it. It was like that discussion in Reservoir Dogs when one guy says, “I don’t tip.”

How does that happen?! He has so little respect for music that he refuses to pay for it? Does he listen at all? Does he despise art? Is he just from a different time? Was he just trying to avoid a sales person? Or Is he just lame?

I don’t know. I’ve met plenty of folks who download music illegally. With Spotify, I meet people who cherish music and are upset that the musician doesn’t make much from streaming media, but it works best for them. I can respect that. But to refuse to ever pay for music? Bizarre.

Have you ever met anyone like that? Do you think the world is moving in that direction?

CG051: Celtic Music Emergency

I was looking at Google Trends today. I found that “Celtic music” has declined dramatically in popularity since 2008. So in today’s podcast, I not only talk about what happened, but also how we can change the trend and create a spike in popularity.

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Brobdingnagian Bards Internet Reunion Tentatively Planned

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Brobdingnagian Bards Live at Dragon Con 2014

Yesterday, I sent out an email to the Brobdingnagian Bards mailing list (subscribe here). I asked if Nagians would be interested in watching a Reunion Concert live on the internet via Concert Window. The response was overwhelming. We will TRY to make it happen.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 13th at 7:30PM CST. The tentative plan is we will perform live at Sir-Reel Studios in Hammond, LA. We will also broadcast the performance through Concert Window, a live streaming music website.

Now I said “tentative” because we will have to rent the studio. To pay for the rental, we will need to sell 10 tickets at $15 a person for this show to occur. If we can’t reach that number by early October, then we will cancel the show.

If we CAN reach that number, then we will setup a Concert Window performance for the date and time listed above.

Special Note: Concert Window does NOT offer recordings of shows. So if you want to be a part of the experience, you will need to watch on that evening.

This is an exciting opportunity. I will try to get everything rolling with the payment page. However, we need help spreading the news. We want as many Louisiana fans, or Nagians willing to travel, to show up at the actual venue as possible. But we can’t afford to lose money on this venture. So the more people who know about it, the better!

Thanks so much for all your support!