CG065: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Listen to Celtic Christmas Greetings

This is perhaps my favorite Christmas song ever written. Obviously, it’s not a Celtic Christmas song. So to give it that Celtic edge, I had Samantha Gillogly add some brilliant fiddling. The result is sheer perfection.

You can get this and other Celtic Christmas music as part of my Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards that are now on Kickstarter. Go to celticmusic.org/CelticChristmasGreetingCards

CG064: Celtic Christmas Elf. Listen to Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards

This is still one of my favorite Celtic Christmas songs that I’ve written. It captures a little bit of the American Christmas mythos while merging it with the satire and leprechauns of Ireland and the old English recruitment tactic of the 19th century.

You can get this and other Celtic Christmas music as part of my Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards that are now on Kickstarter. Go to celticmusic.org/CelticChristmasGreetingCards

CG063: Christmas in Killarney, Listen to Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards Music

One of my favorite Celtic Christmas songs was made famous by Bing Crosby. It’s a delightful song with a toe-tapping melody. I had Samantha Gillogly give it an even more Irish sound with some fantastic fiddling.

You can get this and other Celtic Christmas music as part of my Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards that are now on Kickstarter. Go to celticmusic.org/CelticChristmasGreetingCards

CG062: Firefly Show, Celtic Music Journal, and Kickstarter

In show #62, I talk about some of the fun things that happened during the Firefly Drinking Songs shows and the excitement for the Celtic Halloween show. I inform you of a new Celtic music YouTube series that has me excited and update you on a new level for the Kickstarter campaign that I hope will Kickstarter the project faster to its goal.

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Deadlines! and more Exciting Happenings

I have some downtime today. Kenzie has a stomach bug. I do too, but mine is MUCH milder than hers. The day I meant to spend promoting my Firefly Drinking Songs concert on Sunday night has instead been spent cuddling an unhappy girl.

And so… I thought I’d offer an update of some news bits that just hit me.

  1. Of course, Firefly Drinking Songs is this Sunday, October, 19th at 7:30 PM CST. You can get your tickets right now to be notified about the event at http://marcgunn.com/FireflySongsLive. If you know any Browncoats, please share it with them.
  2. The second early-bird discount deadline is approaching for the 2015 Celtic Invasion of Donegal, Ireland the Giant’s Causeway. Pay half your balance by October 31st and you will secure your spot on the adventure and save a $25 off your fee. Doesn’t sound like much, but with discounts, some of my Invaders are saving a couple hundred dollars. Find out more at http://www.celticinvasion.com/itinerary/ireland-2015/
  3. The Patrons of the Arts, aka my music Patreon page, is something I’m very proud of. I’ve been sharing new music almost every week as part of my Song of the Week Challenge. I shared a podcast of Celtic Halloween music from my Google Hangout concert the other night. I’m getting a lot of great comments and feedback. And I’m STILL putting out lots of podcast and video entertainment. You can see why I’m proud of it.The Song of the Week Challenge was set up primarily for patrons who pledge $5+ per month. I’ve made it available to everyone in September and October. The deadline is thus approaching. Starting in November, all of my $1-4 level Patrons will get only one MP3 of the month. It will vary from songs from the Song of the Week Challenge to some random bits that I find. You will still get all of the activity feed updates, but the amount of content will drop. I just want to remind you of that.
  4. Next month, I’ll be off to the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. It’s gonna be a busy time for me. So I will do my best to keep you up-to-date of all the news and happenings.

Thank you as always for being YOU. A music career is hard off enough without awesome people to support me. I am extremely grateful.

Slainte!
Marc Gunn, The Celtfather

Celtic Christmas Greeting Card Cover

Celtic Christmas Greeting Card with Celtic Knotwork Wreath

Ingrid Houwers, sent me the cover for the new Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards, and WOW! She’s outdone herself once again. It’s spectacular. Look at the details and the imagination.

Can you imagine your family and friends getting THAT in the mail? They will LOVE it!

Order you Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards now at  http://celticmusic.org/CelticChristmasGreetingCards

CG061: New Kickstarter for Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards

I just launched a Kickstarter for my next project which is Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards that you can send to your loved ones complete with Celtic Christmas music by Marc Gunn. If you plan to send Christmas cards this year, why not make a pledge and share the gift of music. Go tocelticmusic.org/CelticChristmasGreetingCards to sponsor the album

Watch the Celtic Halloween Music Special

The Celtic Halloween Music Special was a great success last night. The show was recorded thanks to the generosity of my Patrons of the Arts.

There are currently 19 people donating $178 a month to encourage me to keep making music, podcasts and videos just for you. When we broke the $150 milestone, I said I would record a 30 minute show on Google Hangouts. I did. Though it was over 40 minutes in length. The show will be preserved for all time on my YouTube page.

The video quality is kind of bad at the beginning, but it improves… well, it comes in and out, actually. But it the music is pretty good.

PS. If you become a Patron of the Arts, you can get the entire audio of the show as my free gift to you. Just go to marcgunn.net and make a pledge.

Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards with Music on Kickstarter

I just launched a Kickstarter for a new series of Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards that also features Celtic Christmas music by me. I have 19 days to reach my goal IF this project will happen. While there are a lot of new Celtic Christmas songs planned for the album, it’s not about the music. It’s about sending your family and friends Celtic Christmas Greetings!

I always hate doing Christmas promotions in September or October. When it comes to Kickstarter you have to plan ahead. I actually should’ve started this in September. Time got away from me. Nevertheless, I shortened the campaign to just twenty total days to raise $2800.

When you visit the Kickstarter page for the Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards, you will note that if you buy one CD, it’ll cost you $25. If you want to buy in bulk, to send these cards as Christmas cards, it gets a LOT cheaper. In fact, you’ll get 10 for $50 or 25 for $100.

Notice a pattern?

1 CD = $25
10 CDs ($5 each) = $50
25 CDs ($4 each) = $100
50 CDs ($3 each) = $150
100 CDs ($2.50 each) = $250

See how smart it is to use these as actual Christmas cards?

Now the plan is to order the albums by the end of October so that I receive them by the time your payment comes through on Kickstarter (14 days after the campaign closes). Then I ship them off to you.

When you get the cards, you can send them via MEDIA MAIL because they are technically “media”. That’ll keep your price for mailing the cards down a wee bit.

 

What can I do with 25, 50, 100 Celtic Christmas Greeting Cards?

I’m sure you easily have 25 friends to whom you could mail Celtic Christmas greeting cards to. Even 50 is likely. But 100?

You could give Christmas cards to everyone in your office.

OR BETTER YET! Have your office buy the Greeting Cards and give them to everyone in the office.

They can go out to friends and family. Share them in your church or your local organizations.

The goal here is to send to wonderful Celtic Christmas greetings and spread holiday cheer. Add a little Christmas music, and you’re sure to bring some smiles.

Go to marcgunn.com/kickstarter and share some happiness this Christmas!

 

What do the cards look like?

Darn it! Are you really gonna ask me that?

Sigh.

Okay fine… I don’t know. The design is not yet done.

However, I have enlisted the aid of Celtic artist Ingrid Houwers to create the graphics for this CD. Ingrid is an AMAZING Celtic artist. She designed my Celtic Cat Logo. She did the CD cover for Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, Whiskers in the Jar, and Happy Songs of Death (The Wake cover). She also design the t-shirt for Not Every Day Is St. Patrick’s Day. She’s absolutely brilliant.

Oh! If that’s not enough, her taxidermy art was used in the Game of Thrones TV series. Yes. THE Game of Thrones!

So, no. I don’t know what it will look like. I like letting her use her imagination. Because she’s amazing.

Oh! And the Celtic Christmas music?

I enlisted the aid of Samantha Gillogly, a brilliant Celtic fiddler from New York. She added her talent on a few tracks on the album. She just sent them last night. I can’t WAIT to hear!