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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

Fear in the Creative Process, Creativity Struggles #244

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. 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 he’s not alone. His demographic of people age 45-65 are more likely to buy a cd. At least for now. But that’s...

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....

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

Demystifying Irish Sessions with Shannon Heaton #234

12/19/2017
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As a Celtic singer and autoharper, I've never felt super comfortable going to Irish sessions. I had a couple dirty looks when I first got into Irish music. It biased me a lot against them since. But I love Irish music. So I was excited to watch a video by Shannon Heaton where she provides a sort of how to guide to Irish sessions. It was very inspiring. Shannon Heaton hosts the Irish Music Stories podcast. She hosted an episode of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast last June. And I wanted to...

Duration:00:45:16

Comics and Kilt Blowing with Jennie Breeden #233

11/14/2017
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This month, I talk with Jennie Breeden about Comics and Kilt Blowing. Jennie is the author of The Devil's Panties web comic and carries a leaf blower at Dragon Con for unsuspecting kilt wearers. I also share my new love of the Virtual Tip Jar and how I hope it will allow me to do more Live Video concerts! SHARE this show at http://celtfather.com/ This week, you can look for me on Facebook Live a bunch. I'm doing Coffee with The Celfather to promote a private internet concert on...

Duration:00:22:01

History of Celtic Brittany #232

10/17/2017
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Join me as I talk with Samuel of Visite Bretagne about the history of the Celts in Brittany, France. You'll learn how the Celts got to Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. And how they came back to Brittany. You'll find out the best places to visit while you're there, and a lot more. Brittany is a great place to visit. Subscribe to Celtfather Music & Travel at celtfather.com. Celtfather Weekly News #CeltfatherLive pagenow available on Bandcampmusic video from Auray, Brittany The...

Duration:00:18:29

Secret History of the Celts #231

10/3/2017
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There's a lot about the Celts that I did not realize until I went on my Celtic Invasion of Brittany. It opened a secret history that most of us don't think about. In this episode, I'm gonna share how Venice is a part of that Celtic history and lots more. Subscribe at celtfather.com. Celtfather Weekly Celtic HalloweenCeltfather Live showYouTubeKilted KingsTullamore Dew VideoGunn Runners Celtic Holocaust episodeCeltic Tribes on WikipediaCeltic Invasion of Isle of Skye itinerary The Secret...

Duration:00:08:30

True Story Behind Drinking With Hobbits for Hobbit Day #230

9/19/2017
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Hobbit Day is on September 22nd. We're gonna celebrate it with the true story behind my popular song and album "Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits". I'll share the origins of Hobbit Day and how I fell in love with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as well all of the exciting things that have happened due to my love of hobbits. Subscribe to my mailing list for a free hobbit song and to the podcast at http://celtfather.com/. What's in this Week's Show Hobbit Resources Mentioned Don't Go...

Duration:00:16:08

Music of Brittany with Dom Duff #229

9/5/2017
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Dom Duff brought his guitar and charm over to Carnac during the 2017 Celtic Invasion of Brittany. We talked and then he shared stories about Breton music and culture along with his own original songwriting. You will hear some great music by Dom Duff, learn how to say "slainte" in the Breton language, and you'll learn the twisted meaning behind a famous song of Brittany. Subscribe to Celtfather & Travel at celtfather.com. Notes Join me on Thursday, September 21, 2017 for the Mercenary...

Duration:00:54:01

Celtfather News 2017 September #228

8/29/2017
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September is about as busy as August for me. I have lots of podcasts planned, new music to release, new swag and a Firefly CD to finish. Plus, there's one of my biggest shows of the year. And if you'd like to watch a live concert online, you're in luck. It's all in my monthly news podcast. Subscribe to the podcast, get email updates and download free music at http://celtfather.com/ Notes New single: "Wherever I May Roam". Did you watch the video? Success on YouTube. Sales? New single:...

Duration:00:17:23

Will There Be More Cat Songs? #227

8/15/2017
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I've had several people ask me over the past few years when I'm gonna record another album in the Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers series. My answer has always been, "Yes... eventually." I have a few new songs. Not enough to make a full album yet. But there enough for me to start planning Sea Shanties for Cat Lovers. But there's a problem... A few months ago, I emailed my Cat Drinking Tails newsletter (subscribe at catdrinkingsongs.com). I told my cat music fans that I am thinking...

Duration:00:14:31

Kids at GenCon: Survival Tips #226

8/1/2017
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This is the Celtfather Marc Gunn. Today, I'm gonna share some survival tips for anyone who wants to bring their kids to GenCon. GenCon is the longest running gaming convention in the world. It's located in Indianapolis, IN And they are celebrating their 50 year anniversary this year. Course I've only been performing there since 2007. But I remember dreaming about going back in the 80s when I was reading Dragon Magazine and playing D&D all the time. If you like this podcast, make sure you...

Duration:00:26:36