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Celtic and Geek music from the mind and autoharp of The Celtfather. Follow the dreams of a kilt-wearing indie musician as Marc Gunn climbs the ladder of success while still being a good daddy to two little girls. You'll hear about upcoming shows, plots and plans, inspiration, exciting travels to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Italy, plus the trials and adventures of fatherhood. You'll virtually attend Celtic festivals, science fiction conventions, and Renaissance festivals. You'll experience Irish music and drinking songs in a way you never before imagined, with Star Wars, Star Trek, hobbits, Firefly, and even cats. Join me each and every week as we celebrate the Celtic Geek Revolution with a touch of Celtic Geek magic!

Celtic and Geek music from the mind and autoharp of The Celtfather. Follow the dreams of a kilt-wearing indie musician as Marc Gunn climbs the ladder of success while still being a good daddy to two little girls. You'll hear about upcoming shows, plots and plans, inspiration, exciting travels to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Italy, plus the trials and adventures of fatherhood. You'll virtually attend Celtic festivals, science fiction conventions, and Renaissance festivals. You'll experience Irish music and drinking songs in a way you never before imagined, with Star Wars, Star Trek, hobbits, Firefly, and even cats. Join me each and every week as we celebrate the Celtic Geek Revolution with a touch of Celtic Geek magic!
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Celtic and Geek music from the mind and autoharp of The Celtfather. Follow the dreams of a kilt-wearing indie musician as Marc Gunn climbs the ladder of success while still being a good daddy to two little girls. You'll hear about upcoming shows, plots and plans, inspiration, exciting travels to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Italy, plus the trials and adventures of fatherhood. You'll virtually attend Celtic festivals, science fiction conventions, and Renaissance festivals. You'll experience Irish music and drinking songs in a way you never before imagined, with Star Wars, Star Trek, hobbits, Firefly, and even cats. Join me each and every week as we celebrate the Celtic Geek Revolution with a touch of Celtic Geek magic!

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Episodes

St Patrick's Day 2019

3/6/2019
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There’s a lot of great Celtic music that you can enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day in 2019. I’m going to share with you for awesome resources to get you in the mood for your St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. You can subscribe to Pub Songs PodcastIrish & Celtic Music PodcastCoffee with The Celtfather on YouTubeCeltic Music Magazine This show is brought to you by Marc's Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Sign up and support my music, podcasts, and videos. Follow the links at Celtfather.net

Duration:00:14:08

Guide to Best Irish & Celtic Christmas Music 2018

12/5/2018
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Let me share with you the best new Irish and Celtic music of 2018 with this podcast guide to the Christmas season. Welcome my name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and host of the multiple award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Today, I want to share with you some of the great Celtic Christmas music I found this holiday season. This by no means a fully comprehensive list. Rather, I am sharing with you the music that I received through the podcast, plus a few of my own...

Duration:00:10:47

Anthems, Pledges, Change and Seth Godin #251

11/11/2018
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My music, my life, I am a product of change. I buck traditions in favor of trying something new. I am both proud and ashamed of how I have reacted to change in my life. Seth Godin is one of the foremost thinkers of our era. He is a trendsetter a ruckus maker. He inspires people to think outside the box. He's also the most-read blogger online. He's written dozens of books and I've read many of them. He also a podcast called Akimbo. It's sort of a spoken blog where he talks about...

Duration:00:29:44

Portrait of The Celtfather #250

11/4/2018
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"Slainte mhaith". That means "here's to your good health". "Slainte" means "cheers" or "here's to your health". "Mhaith" is good. Greetings my name is Marc Gunn. I play Celtic Geek music. I'm originally from Texas, though now residing in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite that introduction, I don't speak Gaelic. But I love Celtic culture and music. And yes, I am a geek. My entire life revolves around music, science fiction and fantasy, traveling, and Celtic culture. Welcome to Celtfather...

Duration:00:08:43

Oban Scotland Flashback to 2010: Celtic Invasion Vacations #249

10/27/2018
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Scotland is an incredible country. In 2010, I led my third Celtic Invasion Vacations to Scotland. I learned a lot from this trip which helped form future invasions. I'm gonna share the comments from some of those invaders in #249 of Celtfather Music & Travel. Greetings my name is Marc Gunn. This show is about the many amazing experiences I have as a musician and an adventurer. In 2010, I hooked with John Wilmott of Celtic Ways, who now runs the Carrowcrory Cottage and Labyrinth Gardens...

Duration:00:24:26

Kilted Kings at Mid-South Renaissance Faire 2018 #248

10/7/2018
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This weekend, I'm heading to join the Kilted Kings at the Mid-South Renaissance Faire. I want to share with some thoughts about the show and what you can expect from our performances. Greetings. My name is Marc Gunn. This show is about the many amazing experiences I have as a musician and a traveler. It's funny how one show leads to another. The Brobdingnagian Bards began our career at Excalibur Fantasy Faire in March 1999. As the faire ended, a whole bunch of entertainers and patrons...

Duration:00:06:13

New Podcast Trailer: In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe

9/28/2018
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Browncoats and Geek musicians Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason rewatch episodes of Firefly to find themes and inspiration for crafting songs inspired by Joss Whedon's cult classic TV series. Find details and subscribe at FireflyDrinkingSongs.com/intheverse/.

Duration:00:00:37

Shiny! Let’s Be Bad Guys... and Write Music #247

9/9/2018
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I originally started playing music because I wanted to write songs that people loved. But finding inspiration or creating perspiration is tough! Welcome to Celtfather Music & Travel. In the last podcast, I talked with Mikey Mason about our shared love of Firefly. I had a sort of secret agenda in talking with him. I thought it would be brilliant to create a Firefly podcast with Mikey as a means to promote our Blue Sun Holiday Spectacular Tour. Mikey is pretty practical though. I know I...

Duration:00:07:33

She Don't Like Firefly, Interview w/Mikey Mason #246

8/19/2018
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Mikey Mason popped up on my radar a few years back. I heard he had an awesome Browncoat song called "She Don't Like Firefly". So I invited him to play at my Firefly Drinking Songs show at Gen Con. He was amazing addition to the show. He got the crowd revved up for fun. That made the rest of the show a breeze. You see, Mikey Mason is a brilliant musician and entertainer. He was a touring comedian for many years. He knows how to work a crowd. When that first show ended, we realized we...

Duration:00:47:06

Fear in the Creative Process, Creativity Struggles #245

8/12/2018
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It isn't difficult enough to be an artist who creates something original, exciting and new. We also allow ourselves to be judged by our creations. We let other people's opinions influence our own. I'm having that trouble with creating videos. I want perfection. And there's no such thing. See this episode on Perfect Imperfection. Fear affects most creative people. We are constantly afraid of what will people say about what we create. Is it good enough? Will people love it? I ignore...

Duration:00:13:18

Best and Worst of the Isle of Skye #244

7/19/2018
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The 2018 Celtic Invasion of the Isle of Skye is over. We had an amazing vacation. Every year, I ask my invaders for feedback. This year, I decided to do it a little different. I wanted to help you figure out what were some of the best things to see when you come visit. So I’m gonna share my Best and Worst things to see on the Isle of Skye, followed by feedback from Invaders, including some of their favorites. Best of the Isle of Skye. My favorite thing in Skye was the Quiraing. This...

Duration:00:21:40

How to Get the Most Out of Patreon #243

6/3/2018
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Patreon is an incredible tool for helping musicians and creators to get paid. However, as a new patron, it's very easy to miss out on all of the cool features Patreon has to offer. Andrew McKee and I try to break down those features to share with you how you can get the most out of your patronage. Let's Get Started This is The Celtfather. My name is Marc Gunn. I'm here with The Irish Bard, Andrew McKee. Today, we're gonna give you a Patreon Primer, to help you better understand how to...

Duration:00:16:33

How to Pick Patreon Milestones for Musicians #242

5/27/2018
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One of the most poorly used features on Patreon are milestones. It’s probably the name—milestone. What exactly is that? To most creators, it’s a big goal that they reach. “When I hit $2200, I’ll make a living as a musician.” That’s a good goal. But it’s a missed opportunity too. My Patreon for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast helped me figure out Patreon Milestones. It’s not just about me. It’s about you and me working together to reach a goal. For the podcast, I setup simple...

Duration:00:06:51

Mingulay Cat Song and other Sea Shanties for Cat Lovers #241

5/6/2018
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It all started with my cat Jenga and a sippy cup left on the table when my daughter went off to daycare. I came home to find juice all over the floor. Why do cats have this insatiable need to knock liquid over? Are they thirsty? Or is there a scientific reason that explains these crazy cats? I break the down the inspiration behind my newest cat song. Then I talk about the Kickstarter for my newest album of cat songs--Sea Shanties for Cat Lovers. You'll hear the new recording, plus the...

Duration:00:18:29

Yes! Please Listen on Spotify

4/22/2018
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Yes. It’s okay. You may listen to my music on Spotify. In fact, please listen. Add my songs to your library. Create Spotify playlists with my songs. I encourage you to listen and share my music. Follow me on SpotifyWhat do you think of Spotify?Follow some of my playlistsGet Behind the Scenes to Support my Music I asked my friend Gary if he listens to Spotify. He said no. He heard they did not pay artists well. He prefers to buy CDs to support the bands he loves. Gary is in his 50s and...

Duration:00:05:05

About The Long Arm and Fighting for a Cause #239

3/26/2018
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In the Firefly episode Out of Gas, Malcolm Reynolds says, “No matter how far the long arm of the Alliance might get, we’ll just get ourselves a little further.” This is The Celtfather, Marc Gunn. I’m going to share with you the story behind my song “The Long Arm”. It was the first single released for my new Firefly album, As Long As I’m Flyin’. The album came out on March 6, 2018. And the physical CD will no longer be available after March 31. So if you want that album, buy it in my...

Duration:00:15:56

10 Fun St Patrick’s Day Facts with Music Recommendations

3/11/2018
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St Patrick's Day is coming soon. I'm gonna share with you TEN fun facts about St Patrick's Day in show #238 of Celtfather Music & Travel. As a Celtic musician and host of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, I thought I’d also pick songs you can listen to to go with each fact. celtfather.com CELTFATHER NEWS If you missed the latest CeltfatherLive Internet Concert of Shiny St Patrick’s Day CD Release Party, you can watch a free replay through March 17 at Celtfather.com/watch. The show...

Duration:00:07:40

About Firefly Drinking Songs for Browncoats #237

3/7/2018
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Firefly is one of the most beloved projects from the mind of Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It came out in 2002 and was canceled after only 14 episodes. It developed such an incredible cult following that in 2005, a movie was released based on the TV series. http://celtfather.com The show inspired me so much that I released a CD with Bedlam Bards called Firefly Drinking Songs. Now I have a new album out for Browncoats called As Long As I’m Flyin. You can buy it at...

Duration:00:09:47

Hobbit Fiddling Interview with Samantha Gillogly #236

2/6/2018
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Learn about one of my Hobbit music partners. Samantha Gillogly is a violinist, fiddler, and geek from Massachusetts who has played three hobbit gatherings with me at ALEP in Kentucky. We there last year, and I had a delightful conversation with her. Subscribe to Celtfather Music & Travel for more episodes at celtfather.com. Celtfather News I am performing this Thursday, February 8 at 8 PM central on Concert Window. The show is pay-what-you-want. And tips will be graciously accepted. Follow...

Duration:00:18:14

About Close Your Eyes & Reaver's Lullaby #235

1/16/2018
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The Demon Lullaby gets people laughing so much, I had to filk it for my second CD of Browncoats drinking songs. Listen to both versions of this hilarious song, originally written by Daniel Glasser. Listen and subscribe at celtfather.com. 0:08 CELTFATHER NEWS First, you can catch my Facebook Live shows, Coffee with The Celtfather on Tuesdays at 9am on Facebook.com/marcgunnmusic Second, I have some new products in my Bandcamp store. You can now get the Firefly Drinking Songs songbook,...

Duration:00:16:27