Welcome to Marc Gunn’s Irish Songs & Lyrics presented by the Celtic Music Magazine and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.
The British Isles are full of great music. I fell in love with Irish songs and Scottish songs by listening to bands like The Dubliners, The Corries, The Wolfe Tones, The Clancy Brothers, Ewan MacColl, and the Irish Rovers. These artists inspired me to compile this list of Celtic and Irish Songs & Lyrics with streaming MP3s free, so you can listen and learn the way I do, by ear.
Many of these songs are available on one of my albums. And there are quite a few that you can get as free folk music downloads from my website. You can find all of my albums in the Celtic Music CD Store.
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Since 2000, the Celtic Music Magazine has been the premiere site online for independent Celtic music to be heard. It highlights American Celtic musicians and features free Irish and Celtic MP3s from bands around the world, plus, CD reviews, interviews, articles, Celtic music news and more.
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About Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
“Marc has a brilliant selection of both the merry and the somber to suit whatever your current mood, whether you need some cheering up or had rather drown in your own sorrow. Go ahead and draw a tub of water, light a few candles, prepare to relax and soak up some autoharp.” (Celtophilia)
Kilts. Cats. Science Fiction. Irish drinking songs. Nowhere else but from the bizarre imagination of Marc Gunn would those four elements be so neatly integrated.
Marc Gunn–”The Celtfather”–is an award-winning Celtic folk musician. Armed with an autoharp, he riotously combines Renaissance festival fanaticism with Irish drinking and Sci Fi fandom into a satirical jam session between Weird Al Yankovic, Shane MacGowan and The Clancy Brothers. His shows are spirited fireworks featuring Celtic-style songs about hobbits, cats, kilts, Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, and joyful renditions of traditional Scottish and Irish songs.
Gunn has performed for over fifteen years at a variety of Celtic and folk festivals, Renaissance faires, science fiction conventions and events across the country, including: South By Southwest, Austin Celtic Festival, Texas Scottish Festival, DragonCon, Texas Renaissance Festival, and a Lord of the Rings Oscar Party.
Nicknamed “The Celtfather”, Gunn is a champion of indie Celtic music. His Irish & Celtic Music Podcast became one of the top 10 music podcasts on iTunes. It was voted the #1 Best Podsafe Music Podcast in the People’s Choice Podcast Awards in 2009 and 2010. His Celtic Music Magazine is published monthly since 2000 and goes out to over 20,000 subscribers. He has given away over 20,000,000 MP3s since he began his Celtic music career in 1999. Marc Gunn changes the way you hear Celtic music.
Gunn was at the beginning of the indie music revolution. While other bands fought to sign to a record label, Gunn started Mage Records to promote his music in the DIY fashion. Mage Records focues on indie Celtic and folk music with a science fiction or Renaissance festival twist. He has released over fifty albums on his Mage Records label since its inception in 1997.
Marc Gunn’s latest solo album combines drinking songs and fantasy music inspired by JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. The album–”Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits”–highlights the hobbits and their love of eating, drinking and song.
Marc Gunn traveled Europe in the early 90s. Now he combines his love of travel with his love a music. Every year, he hosts Celtic Invasion Vacations which are different from standard vacation tours. They are not about “what you can see”. Instead they are about “what you experience.” Gunn believes that it is the people around you who ultimately make or break any vacation. He finds a single location and gathers like-minded vacationers to experience his motto, “Good food, good drink, good company”. Past Celtic Invasion Vacations have visited Ireland, Scotland and Italy. In 2012, he will host a Celtic Invasion of the Highlands of Scotland.
Formerly of the award-winning Brobdingnagian Bards, Gunn is sometimes called “the hardest working man in Celtic music” around his hometown in Austin. The Brobdingnagian Bards won a number of Austin Music Awards, including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Novelty Band” in the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin Music Poll.