Dragon Con 2014, Part 1

Yes. I was swing dancing in the middle of the Brobdingnagian Bards show. #dragoncon
I’m not gonna go into any huge details about this year’s Dragon Con. All I can say is it’s been AWESOME! Tonite’s Brobdingnagian Bards show blew the audience away. It was an outstanding show if I do say so myself.

There are still two days to go. Tomorrow I have a Firefly Drinking Songs show. The Brobdingnagian Bards play another Hobbit Drinking Songs show tomorrow night. And then Sunday, I close the con with Sci Fi Drinking Songs.

I also recorded a bunch of interviews with lots of geek musicians. I can’t wait to share them. The internet is being a little testy. So it may take a few days.  But subscribe to The Celtic Geek here. Then share the interviews. They were a ton of fun. The first two are of Emerald Rose and Mikey Mason.

I want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who has attended our shows. You are totally awesome. Thank you!

Skye Boat Song and Outlander

Outlander Starz Original Series

One of the first things I heard about the new Outlander TV series from Starz is that it features the “Skye Boat Song“. I believe this is the theme song for Outlander though with a slight modification. I’ve loved this song for so long I don’t even remember where I first heard it. But it is incredible.

I love it so much that I recorded it on two of my CDs, first with the Brobdingnagian Bards on our album Real Men Wear Kilts, and then on my latest album Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion.

My latest recording of “Skye Boat Song” topped the charts on Reverbnation several times. Now it’s back at the top which I can only assume means that people are loving Outlander. The book was fantastic (I listened on Audiobook). One of these days I’ll get to actually see the show.

I hope you enjoy this recording as much as I do. This is from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion. You can find the lyric and chords for “Skye Boat Song” here. Buy it on iTunes.


Did You Have Fun at GenCon Too?

I want to thank you so much for joining me at GenCon this year. I had an absolute blast. I also got some ideas for next year. I’d love your feedback.

The Firefly Drinking Songs was once again a big hit. 175 seats sold out quickly. The sad part was that only 115 people attended the show.  The show still rocked, but I met a LOT of people who said, “I really wanted to go, but it was sold out.”

Did you go to the show? Were you unable to get tickets?

One thought I had was to charge for next year’s show. My hope is that if the show cost more than a generic ticket, perhaps people who be less inclined to order and not use them.

What do you think? Would you be turned off from a $4 ticket instead of the $2? Or would you be happy to pay the extra to insure that you have a seat?

The Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers show was disappointing. The performance went rather well, but hey had me in a big ballroom. That was tough enough, but add the amtgarders and I think most everyone would agree the sound was terrible.

I have two options here:

One, is to add a show before or after Friday Night Live.

The second is to get one of the smaller rooms. We would be limited to 30 seats. The chance of scoring a seat would be tough. We had 75 sell out fairly quick. So I can only imagine what a 30 seater would be like.

I guess a third option is to just make sure I have a bigger sound system which could handle that better. I have one, but I prefer bringing the smaller system.

What are your thoughts? Which would you prefer?

That’s about all the thoughts I have regarding next year. Please, please send me some feedback. What would you prefer?

Anyway, thank you so much for being a part of GenCon. You are awesome.

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather

PS. Sci Fi Drinking Songs goes on sale officially on September 8th. You can pre-order it on iTunes right now. I’d love it if you would help me spread the word. Thanks!

Marc Gunn Music on Patreon

I love Patreon. Something about how the information is disseminated works with my brain. The site is also doing wonders for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Right now, I earn $46 each time I publish the show. That’s just AMAZING!

I started Song Henge years ago to help pay for the many bills that come from running a podcast. Now I have an even better way to manage content and help to support my content creation addiction.

Yes. I LOVE creating content. I record albums. I make podcasts. I blog. I’m trying to find a good video angle that works for me. I just love to create stuff and share it. It’s just nice to know people enjoy what I do.

At the end of the day though, I need money to pay the bills, feed my family, and to live. CD sales do pretty well, but the market fluctuates. Summer is slow. Fall is okay. Winter is horrible. Spring can be decent if I’m lucky.

I’ve tried numerous options to raise money. Patreon seems like the best. So I decided to create another Patreon account just for my music and entertainment.The page is now launched, but I hope to post more info in the near future.

I want to thank you So much for all of your support my musical career.

Browncoats Keep Flyin’ (Firefly Lyrics)

“Browncoats Keep Flyin’”
Firefly lyrics by Rie Sheridan Rose
music by Marc Gunn

Performed by Marc Gunn
From CD: Sci Fi Drinking Songs

*Freedom’s a spark
in the heart of the Black
and the Browncoats are aimin’
to take our ‘Verse back

Serenity Valley broke many a man
but the Browncoats keep flyin’
as best as we can.
Our fight weren’t for glory
or gold or for guns.
Our fight was for freedom
for our daughters and sons.

Sure there are comforts we lost ‘long the way
and many a Browncoat’s
still hunted today.
But our prize is the freedom
to follow the stars
and to know that whatever
we hold to is ours.

Oh, the Black has its dangers–
like Reavers and thieves–
but it goes on forever,
as free as you please.
So we’ll try our luck there
till it beats us at last…
Our faces turned forward,
our hearts in the past.

So band with us brothers,
wheree’er you might be
and remember the lessons of Serenity–
For Browncoats stood tall
when they gave us their worst,
and there are no finer men
in the whole of the ‘Verse.
And the Browncoats keep flyin’
as best as we can…

CG042: Show Lessons from GenCon

GenCon is over. As much as I love the con, boy, am I tired! I’m ready for a few days of recoup, but “days” is the wrong turn of phrase. I have today. The show whole weekend was fun, fantastic with lots of amazing people.

I think it’s the people I love best at this convention. They’re pretty laid back. They’re friendly and fun. I saw nothing but smiles all weekend, even in those grumpy mornings when folks were up after not enough sleep. It’s a wonderful environment.

Add on top of that some amazing people to work with like Jeannette, Tiana, Todd, LT, and good friends and musicians like Apryl Knight, the Great Luke Ski, Dan the Bard, Water Street Bridge, Il Troubadore, Mikey Mason. It’s just a tremendously awesome weekend. I also enjoyed meeting Sarah Donner, who tore it up at Friday Night Live this year.

I want to thank each and every person who came by and said hi. Thanks to everyone who attended my shows. And a big thanks to those who supported the arts by buying a CD. I hope you love the new albums!

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CG041: GenCon Musicians Union

It’s the final day of the GenCon. I’m tired. But I still have a couple hours of performing in the lobby before the long drive home. So I did final podcast to chat with musicians and helpers and share some of the fun.

Was that English? Tiired.

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Star Wars Figures Invade GenCon

The first two days of GenCon are over. So far, this is once again a brilliant convention. I’m just having a blast.

Star Wars Brawl in the Cantina

For starters, I wake up early and get a nice walk in the cool air as I talk with Kenzie and Gwen on Facetime. I love “being there” as Kenzie goes from groggy to “let’s play” even though we’re chatting through a phone. I love my iPhone. Isn’t technology wonderful?!

Yesterday afternoon, I finally got to try out my new Roland Cube Street Ex for busking. The response was tremendous. The number of tips were up with being amplified. Plus, people happily walked by smiling, dancing, clapping and just totally enjoying the music. Sadly, I don’t have that kind of success when I play unplugged. I wish I did. But the amp is working wonders!

The Firefly Drinking Songs show last night was awesome despite some challenges. The room was a bit smaller and there was a huge pillar from the former train tracks that run through the hotel (look up Crowne Plaza Union Station for details). There were 115 people who attended, which was a little down from last year. But the energy and enthusiasm and the smiles in the audience were spectacular. I don’t think there was one person in the group who was NOT singing along. Everyone was involved and having fun.

The final bit of fun has been on Facebook. I brought my Star Wars figures to the convention. So we are creating a scenario and building a story with visitors help. Yesterday was Episode 4 characters. Today is Empire Strikes Back. If you want to be a part of the story, just visit the Facebook page.

CG040: Autoharp Pickup Repair Made Failure

I am in Indianapolis once again for GenCon. I added a new Wednesday evening show that went well despite Autoharp and location problems. Now it’s time to rock out the rest of the con.

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