CG038: How to Unclog Your Inbox, Ah-Ha Moments

As I pack up CDs to mail from my recent Kickstarter for Sci Fi Drinking Songs, I thought I’d record a podcast. Today, we talk about how to filter your email. I share the challenges of promoting with social media. And I remember the ah-ha moments that changed my musical career forever.

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My apologies if I said, “Uh” too much in this episode. That’s what comes from not focusing on what I have to talk about, I guess…

Celtic Geek News This Week

What Songs Do You Share of Mine?

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I want to create a new “Welcome to Marc Gunn’s Music” compilation CD. To do that, I want to know your absolute favorite songs? Which songs do you love?

But more importantly, which songs do you love so much that you have shared with a friend (I give you full permission to do so, after all)? What songs that I have recorded do you think are essential for this compilation?

Concert Window Was a Hit, Set List, Back to Shipping Sci Fi

Last night’s performance on Concert Window was a tremendous success. There were 37 people who logged on and watched the show. The reviews are fantastic. Thanks to everyone who watched the performance. We even had a viewer at 3am watching the show in Estonia. (thanks Kersta!)

Here’s the set list from last night:

  1. Nancy Whiskey
  2. Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
  3. Doctor of Gallifrey
  4. Reavers, Malcolm, Reavers
  5. Follow Prince Charlie
  6. Freedom Costs
  7. Mingulay Boat Song
  8. Jasper Tabby Kitty Cat-y
  9. Close Your Eyes
  10. Wherever I May Roam
  11. The Mermaid
  12. Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits
  13. Ring of Hope
  14. Kilkelly, Ireland
  15. Special Guest Song by Kenzie: Let It Go!
  16. Beer, Beer, Beer
  17. Bring Me Home, Boys
  18. Come Take a Trip in My Airship
  19. The Parting Glass

At the end of the show, viewers asked for “MORE, MORE, MORE”. So I’m gonna oblige. I’m gonna start planning another Concert Window show in a month or so. I think it’ll be September. Maybe I can do it just in time for the official CD release of Sci Fi Drinking Songs.

Keep an eye open. I’ll let you know when it happens.

Now it’s time to get back to packing up CDs. I worked all morning. Then I realized I still have over 100 albums to pack up. I’m working on it though. Thanks for your patience. I’ll get it done asap.

CG037: A Star Is Born

We had a great weekend in New Orleans, complete with a show stopping performance at The Irish House with my daughter. Listen to find out more.

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In Honor of 9 Years as a Musician–Doctor of Gallifrey

It’s hard to believe, but nine-years ago today, I quit my day job at the University of Texas at Austin. I became a full-time musician. I’ve never had to go back. That’s incredible!

What’s truly incredible is YOU. Thank you for supporting me all these years.

As a thank you, I am pleased to release my first single from my new album Sci Fi Drinking Songs. It’s called “Doctor of Gallifrey“. The song was written by Devo Spice and is a brilliant Celtic Geek tribute to Doctor Who and Celtic music.

You can download the song for free for a limited time over at The FuMP (the Funny Music Project). Get it. Listen. Love it. Share it. Then wait until September when the album is officially released.

Roland CUBE Street EX Amplifier Review

I don’t do a lot of busking or outdoor gigs where I need this amplifier, but when I do, I need something good. I heard lots of rave reviews about the Roland CUBE Two-Channel Street Amplifier all over the net. So I did some research to try and decide if I should get that or the Roland CUBE Street EX Amplifier. The definitive answer came from my good friend Andrew McKee. He suggested the Street Ex.

The amplifier arrived yesterday and I recorded this video review of the Roland CUBE Street Ex.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know know much about electronic specs. One of the reasons I asked Andrew is that he is AWESOME and research and he knows about electronics. The CUBE Street Amp has received raving reviews for a few years now. Go check out YouTube and you’ll see. Street musicians and buskers LOVE it.

My concern though was the sound. I play the autoharp and typically when I think of portable, battery-powered amplifiers, I think of them having a very tinny sound. I expect even worse for an autoharp which most electronic gear is not made for.

Happily, that wasn’t the case. As you’ll see in the video, with a few adjustments to the EQ, the amplifier sounds as good as an speaker when it’s on the NORMAL setting. Sure, it sounds kinda weak on the ECO setting, but that’s to be expected. It still didn’t sound tinny to me though.

The worst part about the CUBE Street EX over the CUBE Street is the price. The Street EX costs $200 more than the later. So what do you get with your extra $200?

Well for one, you can put it on a speaker stand. It has 3-band EQ instead of the 2-band of the Two-Channel Street amplifier. I don’t know if it has more effects, but I believe it has more power at the very least. The Street amp has two 2.5 Watt Speakers. The Street Ex has two 25 Watt speakers.

That, of course, means very little to me. From what I understand though, the amount of wattage means very little period. However, a bigger speaker should provide more low-end body at the very least.

I can only imagine what the Street amp sounds like. But the Roland CUBE Street EX amplifier sounded great. In fact, it sounded as good as any PA and Speaker setup that I’ve used with a lot less fuss since the amplifier is only 16 pounds and thus easily portable.

All in all, I’m super excited to mess with the amplifier some more in the months to come, especially at shows like GenCon and my farmer’s market gigs.

If you’d like to find out more about the Roland CUBE Street Ex, follow this link.

If you’d like to find out more about the Roland CUBE Two-Channel Street Amplifier, click here.

 

CG036: Celtic Music News Flash

While chatting with Haggis Rampant this weekend at a wedding, I learned of an exciting new development in the Celtic music world. It revealed the return of one of my favorite musicians to the Celtic music scene. Don’t miss this Celtic music news flash!

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CG035: Adventures in Asheville

We drove to Asheville, North Carolina for the wedding of our friends. It was not only an awesome wedding but a great family adventure too. We saw a lot of great sites along the way. We even caught some 3rd of July fireworks. Find out all about it in this week’s Celtic Geek at marcgunn.com/celticgeek035

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CG034: Intergalactic Celtic Festival cont.

Some insights regarding the Celtic Geek Con and some thoughts I earned from listening to the audio book “Quiet”.

I started listening to a new audio book today by Susan Cain. It’s called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. And yes, today’s show is sponsored by Audible. You can get the book free when you go to marcgunn.com/audible.

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Early Draft of the Christmas Elf Conscription Song

I was going through some old notes and I found some lyrics that look like an early version of the Christmas Elf Conscription Song. I was about to delete it, but I thought I’d share instead. Maybe it’ll even cool you since we’re still half a year away from a Celtic Christmas.

FYI. I’m planning to release a Celtic Christmas Card EP this year. It will include the four tracks on my Celtic Christmas Songs EP, plus one or two other Celtic Christmas songs. However, it will also be designed as a Christmas card to send to your family and friends. Stay tuned for more info in the months to come… Admittedly, I haven’t thought at all about it in quite a while. So we’ll see how well it happens.

Ho ho ho!

St. Nick’s laugh
Still rings in my ears
From the day I first met him
I never will forget him
for a thousand years

He was quite jolly
With a smile that pierced
My innermost soul
Up on the North Poll
As I served a full year

I awoke alone
In the dark, no sound
I heard shuffling outside
It was reindeer
And Made my stomach turn round
I was not all alone
Other leprechauns were there

I began my term
As a Leprechaun interred