Birth of Inara Claire Gunn

I’d like to introduce Ms.Inara Claire Gunn!

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Born at 7:08pm on May 18, 2015, weighing 7lb 11oz, and 20.5in, she’s as cute as can be! Compared to last time (we had a baby), this was a much better experience! Being around for labor during the day worked a lot better for everyone involved. She’ll be coming home tomorrow night – as you can see, Kenzie is already enamored with her new baby sister.

I’ve started writing a Hobbit Children’s song. Depending on how development goes, it might be performed on Sunday at the Concert Window Concert – make sure to check it out!

To subscribe, go to iTunes, or go to Celtfather.com where you can also join my mailing list. This show is sponsored by my Patrons at marcgunn.net. Your generous monthly donation feeds a human family of three and half plus three cats. Post feedback in the shownotes, use the hashtag #celtfather on social media, or email me marc@marcgunn.com

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  • Ms. Inara Claire Gunn has arrived! Born at 7:08pm, at 7lb 11oz, 20.5 inches – thanks for everyone’s well-wishes and support throughout the past few months! (Registry at  Babies R Us)
  • The Concert Window Return of the Celtfather Concert on Sunday, May 24, 2015 will feature Ms.Inara and Hobbit Songs – swing by for some fun music and to meet the newest Gunn Runner! There may be a new Hobbit-themed kids song, so tune in!
  • To get news about upcoming Concert Window Concerts, sign up for the Concert Mailing List
  • Pictures of the Baby are now up on Facebook, on the Blog, and on Patreon! Keep your eyes open for new ones!

The Baby comes Today!

Well, it’s time for Ms.Inara to be born! Labor will be induced this morning, and I’ll be posting some pictures this evening. Keep your eyes open! We’re all ready to have our newest family member join us.

Two episodes of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast have been recorded, and they will both air by Memorial Day Monday. I’m still looking for feedback on the Concert Window concerts, so if you’d like to leave feedback, click on the link below to let me know what you think!

To subscribe, go to iTunes, or go to Celtfather.com where you can also join my mailing list. This show is sponsored by my Patrons at marcgunn.net. Your generous monthly donation feeds a human family of three and half plus three cats. Post feedback in the shownotes, use the hashtag #celtfather on social media, or email me marc@marcgunn.com

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June 27th at Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub

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Join me on Saturday, June 27th at Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub in Marietta, Georgia. You can print this picture and share it. Please help spread the word. You can also let me know you’re coming on my Facebook event page.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub
15 Atlanta St SE
Marietta, GA 30060
Show starts around 9:15PM

A glimpse inside a Donegal Vacation

As Baby Watch Month draws to a close, planning for the Celtic Invasion of Ireland 2015 picks up, with details about traversing Donegal coming out! New podcasts are being considered, and a new band with Randy Watkins for the Louisiana Renaissance Festival might be in the works. Give a listen and stay tuned for more news!

To subscribe, go to iTunes, or go to Celtfather.com where you can also join my mailing list. This show is sponsored by my Patrons at marcgunn.net. Your generous monthly donation feeds a human family of three and half plus three cats. Post feedback in the shownotes, use the hashtag #celtfather on social media, or email me marc@marcgunn.com

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  • How would you like to see the Concert Window Shows change, to improve them and make them something you’d like to attend?  Fill out the Survey with your feedback!
  • Ms. Inara Claire Gunn, due May 15 (Registry at  Babies R Us) – less than 1 week away! Hopefully we’ll be able to share her with the world this coming weekend!
  • Celtic Invasion to Donegal – Planning and itinerary details forming and being shared!
  • There’s a possibility of a new band being put together with Randy Watkins for the Louisiana Renaissance Festival – “The Secret of the Kilt”, “Kilted Dragons”, and “Celtic Dragons” are all in the running. What do you think? Hopefully the name will be announced soon!
  • New Podcast in development for Kenzie, along the lines of Molly and the Sugar Monster – any Patreon patrons can check out the test-reel mp3 on Patreon
  • Join my internet concert mailing list now! The next show is May 24 – Drinking Songs with Hobbits, with exclusive Concert Window Bonuses, so be sure to swing by and check it out!

Album of the Month – Soul of a Harper

Soul of a Harper

In 2003 and 2004, I had a bunch of songs I had written and recorded that were not yet part of the Brobdingnagian Bards. They grabbed a different side of my music from the more comedic stuff that the Bards were doing at the time. I also wanted a place to showcase my autoharp skills.

You see, I loved playing music with Andrew McKee, my old music partner. I was getting good on the auotharp. I learned to play melodies in fact. I started writing instrumental autoharp pieces that just didn’t work with the Bards. I wanted something different. So I recorded Soul of a Harper.

The title speaks for itself IMHO. It is beautiful and soulful, though not without its fun twists, like my ever-popular song “The Leprechaun” where it first debuted. The Bards music was more Irish-based. So on this album I kicked it off with a Scottish song, “Killiecrankie“. And then there was my birthday song. I wrote “Happy Birthday From Ireland” to celebrate the day of my birth on St. Patrick’s Day.

All in all, I’m still very proud of the album. It’s beautiful, fun, and soulful, all characteristics I liken to myself.

Get your copy of the album at celticmusic.org/SoulOfAHarper

Will you make my May 24 Internet Concert a success?

As we wind down towards Ms.Inara’s due date (May 15), I would like to get your feedback on the Baby Watch Month and Internet Concerts. Are these events that you enjoy attending, and what can be improved? I’d like to make these gatherings as fun and successful as possible! Please send me your thoughts and feedback to marc@marcgunn.com.

Complete this survey to make my internet concerts better!

To subscribe, go to iTunes, or go to Celtfather.com where you can also join my mailing list. This show is sponsored by my Patrons at marcgunn.net. Your generous monthly donation feeds a human family of three and half plus three cats. Post feedback in the shownotes, use the hashtag #celtfather on social media, or email me marc@marcgunn.com

 Mentioned This Week on The Celtfather #24

Dragons vs. Pirates: Airship Down for Repairs

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It seems I forgot to post this show in time for the end of the Kickstarter. But that’s okay. The album will still go on sale later this year. If you want to find out when the album will be released, please subscribe to my mailing list.

This episode, you find out about our downtime at Sherwood Forest Faire as we make repairs to our recently damaged ship. Dragon fire is pretty intense.

Don’t forget to watch the Dragons vs. Pirates Continuing Story on YouTube.

Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #206: Galicia

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My friend Evo Terra is currently traveling in Galicia and sharing his time there through The Opportunistic Travelers Podcast. What a great opportunity to explore Galician music. Enjoy some awesome Irish Celtic music from Spain featuring Iona, Clandestine, Heather Dale, Mithril, Na-mara, The Barra MacNeils, Faitissa, Cluan, Lume de Biqueira, Lochlainn, Friday’s Frolics. Find out more at celticmusicpodcast.com/206.

Newsletter: Baby Watch Begins, Dragons vs. Pirates Funded

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Marc’s Musings

Greetings my friend,

April was a busy month. I had a bunch of shows including one on Concert Window, a return to Johnnie MacCracken’s Pub, five shows at Starfest, a house concert, and school days at Panoply Arts Festival. It was tough keeping up with all the work at home though. I felt like I barely had time to breathe.

May will be quite a bit different. I dubbed it Baby Watch Month because my second daughter, Inara Claire Gunn, is due on May 15th (Registry at  Babies R Us). Keep an ear open to my Celtfather podcast for updates each week until she arrives. There, you can also chime in on a bonus podcast where I ask “Should Bookstores Go the Way of the Dodo?” Listen to the latest shows and send me your feedback. I’d really appreciate it.

In the meantime, I have another internet concert scheduled for this Sunday evening. If you want to get an email reminder, join my internet concert mailing list now.

Go ahead. Click. I’ll wait… 😉

Oh and I have one quick question for you to HIT REPLY right now:
What three songs would you like to learn from me?

Listen to this week's Celtfather

SHOULD BOOKSTORES GO THE WAY OF THE DODO?

I love going to Barnes & Noble. But while listening to the Sell More Books Show, I got to wondering if there’s still a place for them in a world that is more individualized and where people like me prefer to read eBooks.

Listen to the show and post your comments at
http://marcgunn.com/celtfather022

 

Dragons vs. Pirates Album Cover

DRAGONS VS. PIRATES FULLY FUNDED

I was a bit surprised to find that my Dragons vs. Pirates album hit the first stretch goal right before the deadline on April 20th. That is awesome! It means, I get to produce the album I want to produce. You’ll get a rockin album of Celtic-style sea shanties with a Steampunk dragon twist, plus a bonus song of “Do Pirates Taste Better“. Thank you SO Much for all of your generosity.

I haven’t shared any new information about the album since the Kickstarter closed. But be ready. There’s a LOT more to come! #SaveThe Dragons

 

Soul of a Harper

ALBUM OF THE MONTH – SOUL OF A HARPER

It’s time for a new feature for the newsletter… The CD of the Month. This is where I get to share a wee bit about my many albums. This month, I want to talk about my first solo album.

In 2003 and 2004, I had a bunch of songs I had written and recorded that were not yet part of the Brobdingnagian Bards. They grabbed a different side of my music from the more comedic stuff that the Bards were doing at the time. I also wanted a place to showcase my autoharp skills.

You see, I loved playing music with Andrew McKee, my old music partner. I was getting good on the auotharp. I learned to play melodies in fact. I started writing instrumental autoharp pieces that just didn’t work with the Bards. I wanted something different. So I recorded Soul of a Harper.

The title speaks for itself IMHO. It is beautiful and soulful, though not without its fun twists, like my ever-popular song “The Leprechaun” where it first debuted. The Bards music was more Irish-based. So on this album I kicked it off with a Scottish song, “Killiecrankie“. And then there was my birthday song. I wrote “Happy Birthday From Ireland” to celebrate the day of my birth on St. Patrick’s Day.

All in all, I’m still very proud of the album. It’s beautiful, fun, and soulful, all characteristics I liken to myself.

If you don’t yet own a copy, you can save 40% and get it autographed from now until Sunday, May 3rd at celticmusic.org/SoulOfAHarper

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Concert Window

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub @ 9:30pm – 1:00am
Marietta, Georgia

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Concert Window

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market @ 9am
Homewood, Alabama

 

NEW BLOG POSTS

 

Thank you again for all your generous support.

Slainte!
Marc Gunn, The Celtfather

PS. I do have a fan club that you can join for as little as $1 per month. Go to marcgunn.net to sign up.

April 30, 2015

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