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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!




True Story Behind Drinking With Hobbits for Hobbit Day #230

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 What's in this Week's Show Hobbit Resources Mentioned Don't Go Drinking...

Duration: 00:16:08

Music of Brittany with Dom Duff #229

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 Notes Join me on Thursday, September 21, 2017 for the Mercenary...

Duration: 00:54:01

Celtfather News 2017 September #228

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 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

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 I told my cat music fans that I am thinking...

Duration: 00:14:31

Kids at GenCon: Survival Tips #226

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

Full Speed Ahead: August 2017 #225

July ended extremely productive as I finally got some time to work in the last couple weeks. Because of that I highlight some of my accomplishments in this monthly round up before I perform at two of my biggest conventions of the year: GenCon and DragonCon. Find out more at Here's the details: As Long As I'm Flyin'Name On My SoulBandcampCat CDsAutoharpPub SongsGenConDragonConAug 13 internet concert You can support my music and travels for as little as $1 per month...

Duration: 00:04:41

New Products, New Shows, July 2017 #224

June was a busy month, what with my Celtic Invasion of Brittany, followed by a beach vacation and then a big show in Indianapolis at Inconjunction where I was Guest of Honor. I'm happy to be home. But I have a lot of news to share this July 2017, including Firefly CD news, new products and plans for lots of new shows in 2018. Summer CD Giveaway is over. I had fun giving away CDs, but I realize I'm losing far too much money with my generosity, money I don't have to waste. YouTube Videos...

Duration: 00:07:03

Paddy Rock Interview #223

Phil Duckworth loves Celtic Punk. When I want that music for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, I call Phil, aka Grinning Beggar. You'll meet a man who started off in metal, found his way to Celtic and roots music. He listens to music with passion. He hosts Grinning Beggar's Paddy Rock Podcast and will be my guest host this week on my Celtic music podcast. Find out more at Paddy Rock RadioIrish & Celtic Music Podcast You can support my music and travels for as little as $1 per month when...

Duration: 00:12:51

Celtfather June 2017 Update

I feel like I have a firm grasp on the theme of the newly rebranded Celtfather Music & Travel podcast. It will feature music and travel interviews, stories, tips and more. Easy. However, many of my subscribers first signed up to hear my latest news. This is an easy way to share that. So I'm gonna plan on a monthly news update that will work in conjunction with a video with similar content. Here's what's going on in June 2017: YouTubeInstagramFacebookSummer CD GiveawayIrish & Celtic...

Duration: 00:08:52

Celtic Music Journal with Steve Behrens #221

May and June are always a tough time of year for me. I have so much to do to get ready for my Celtic Invasion Vacations and never enough time. I find myself frantically trying to keep up with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast during this time period. It's frustrating. This year, I have special guest hosts planned for the show. Steve Behrens runs, a Celtic music promotions company. He also hosts the Celtic Music Journal, a show on YouTube highlighting Celtic musicians. He has...

Duration: 00:16:56

Things to Do on a Celtic Invasion of Brittany? #220

I realized I hadn't shared the latest itinerary for the Celtic Invasion of Brittany. How else am I gonna make you jealous and long to join me on one of my Celtic Invasion Vacations if I don't talk more about it? So you will hear about some of the oldest and most-condensed standing stones in the world in Carnac, Brittany. Plus, we'll explore the Broceliande and Arthurian legend as well as other great legends and history from Brittany. It's gonna be an exciting trip. Look for more podcasts...

Duration: 00:23:44

Adventures in Juggling with Paolo Garbanzo #219

You'll learn why you should watch out for wild boar in Italy, see what happens when a juggler's props don't arrive, and learn about the most-beautiful place in Europe. I interviewed juggler Paolo Garbanzo in April. Links for Today's Show: Paolo GarbanzoRen AdventuresPub Songs PodcastMay the Fourth Be With YouNerd Pub Songs Video Kickstarter for As Long As I'm Flyin' If you enjoy this show, please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE to the podcast at

Duration: 00:24:57

Gift Giving. Creating Great Kickstarter Rewards #218

As Long As I'm Flyin', my album inspired by Joss Whedon's Firefly, just hit $6,000 on Kickstarter. I'm not even halfway through the campaign. I'd say that's a great start! Last week, I added some new rewards to the campaign. I added a couple more today. As I was creating them and getting ready for my daughter, Inara's birthday, it got me thinking about what makes great Kickstarter rewards. And also, what makes a great present? I'm not good at creating either. But each time I hold a...

Duration: 00:15:33

Perfect imperfection. The Recording Process #217

The new Firefly album As Long As I'm Flyin' is currently in production. I already hit my initial Kickstarter goal too. I still hope I can hit a few stretch goals But for now, I decided to reflect on my recording process and what makes something great. I call that "Perfect Imperfection". This guiding principle has allowed me to release over 20 solo albums in 13 years of recording. I'll share some of my thoughts about recording the new album and my favorite songs that I play. Make a Pledge...

Duration: 00:17:51

Women in Music in History with Apryl Knight #216

I find it intriguing that I know the names of lots famous male composers through the centuries: Turlough O'Carolan, Mozart, Bach. But I can't name even one woman. So I got really excited to talk with Apryl Knight at Sherwood Forest Faire a few weeks back. She had me captivated by her knowledge of women in music through centuries. But first, I have a big change to share. I started this month with the goal to raise $1200 on Patreon for my next album. Sadly, I've only raised about $100 in...

Duration: 00:18:20

Firefly and the Salmon of Knowledge #215

I adjust easy to change. Last week, I hit a new milestone which yielded a 4-song EP of Firefly Drinking Songs. But when I sat down to record, far more than four songs came out. In fact, my next album to be release is for the Browncoats. My ability to change directions easily made me think of the Salmon of Knowledge from Irish mythology. So in this show, I tell the story of that famed salmon Fintan and I talk about the upcoming release. You can own this album for as little as $1 per month...

Duration: 00:16:03

Bicycling Across Italy with Carl Asch #214

Travel is a grand adventure to me. So I love talking with other adventurers. One such person is Carl Asch. He's a musician and juggler named Giacomo the Juggler. He sings with the band Empty Hats. He is also the co-founder with Paolo Garbanzo of Ren Adventurers, a tour company that takes you on small European trips much like my Celtic Invasion Vacations. But today, I wanted to talk to Carl about a bicycle trip he did across Italy. In this episode we'll explore: Empty HatsRen...

Duration: 00:26:33

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Best Travel Tips with Vince Conaway

If you love adventure, then you will find your heart pumping with an interview I did with Vince Conaway. He plays hammered dulcimer, is an incredible busker, and every year, he goes to exotic locations in abroad to play music in the streets and to become a part of the culture of the region. Having had years of Celtic Invasion Vacations where we sort of do the same, his story is dear to my heart. From Florence to Machu Pichu, Austria to Croatia, plus the Renaissance festivals he does the...

Duration: 00:29:57

St. Patrick's Day Troubles & Freedom!

This year's St. Patrick's Day promotions have been a lot easier and far more worth my time than they have in past years. That doesn't mean I still haven't run into Troubles with both time... and people! But I am finding a bit of freedom with a big success on the charts. What kind of St Patrick's Day music I am I sharing this year? St Patrick's Day & Wild Rover Pub Songs #154#299: St Patrick’s Day Celtic Top 20#298: 17 for St Patrick’s Day#297: San Patricio Fantasy I also finished my...

Duration: 00:18:05

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