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An Interview with The Celtfather, Marc Gunn

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Marc Gunn, Rythym and Folk

 Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014


Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014

Marc Gunn has been on my playlist even before the station existed. He was one of the first artist I contacted to get permission to play when I was the only DJ spinning indie music on a mainstream Internet station. (RIP Geeksradio.fm)  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally catch up with this wonderful kilted man.

Regrettably, and I still don’t get why, I don’t come through well on the recording. (Maybe it was where I was sitting, the crowd noise drowns me out.)  Nonetheless, the important part, Mr. Marc Gunn, is very audible. Listen in as we talk about:

  • Drinking songs
  • How long he has been doing Gen Con
  • Why he love Gen Con
  • How he got into his craft
  • His influences
  • Some of the gigs for him at Gen Con
  • His thoughts on the New Media Order
  • His advice for one who wants to do what he does

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

Marc is a HUGE supporter of the Celtic music scene, check out this list of donations by him at his website.

Marc also loves to travel and acts as a tour guide. Check out Celtic Invasion.

To close, I would like to personally thank Mr. Gunn for his time. Not only is he one of my favorite podsafe artists, I have always had admiration for how he supports his art form. I must also mention that he and I had more conversation after the interview and he continued with additional recommendations, all of which I have since explored and feel are of great worth. Hopefully, I can catch up with him again in the near future.

 

A Cat Themed Concert

Meow – Marc Gunn to do a Cat Themed Concert

I am snot sure when this hit my feed reader but I noticed it this morning.  Marc Gunn, who you will hear much about today for it is Celtic Thursday, describes his music as “rhythm and folk” and themed around Sci Fi, hobbits, cats and Star Wars.  He also does lots of drinking songs.  Marc has an announcement

I have seen Marc  perform live. I  can tell you that it should be a great show.  He is just a great entertainer. Be sure to get your tickets.

Ceili Moss

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For Celtic Thursday, Ceili Moss

Celtic harp

Celtic harp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an edited shorter version of our live news show from Monday, 15 September, 2014. We tend to focus on tech, net news, and games. We are still a music oriented station. We always open and close with indie music. This post  is just the beginning and end of our news show.

 We opened the news with Ceil Moss:

  • As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
  • Lies a Lurrighan

Today is Celtic Thursday

A Great Idea #CelticThursday

English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal ...

English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal cafe in Greenbelt, MD in July of 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently Marc Gunn, The Celtfather, did a podcast expressing concern about a Celtic Emergency.  He has some concerns over the current state of Celtic music.  He feels that public awareness of the art has declined.  Marc is a great guy and a huge supporter of Celtic Music.  Not only does he promote it, he puts his money where his mouth is.

On the podcast linked above, the Celtfather suggested an awesome idea.  That would be to make today #CelticThursday on social media.  Basically he is asking everyone to Tweet, Facebook post and use every other form of social media to promote Celtic music. Use the hash tag #CelticThursday.  We here at Indie Nation feel that is great idea and are asking all our readers, listeners and followers to take part.

Also, on more recent Celtic Geek, he mentioned that this month is Kilted  to Kick Cancer Month.  So, to increase prostate cancer awareness, donate and don your kilt.

Also, get Tweeting and help Mr. Gunn help Celtic music.

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

An Interview with Five Year Mission

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Perfect for Gen Con, A Star Trek Themed Quintet

Five Year Mission

Five Year Mission

While I am into Star Trek, these five men take it to a higher level.  Not only did they form a band which pledged to do one song for each episode in the original series which, quoting Fark, “Is one song plus a whole butt-load more” but they also are insanely popular to the point where they just returned from playing the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. I confess that I felt a tad jealous when I heard they got to meet William Shatner.

On The Run – Speak to Me

POSTED ON September 12th  - POSTED IN alternative, Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, news, Opinion, Review, rock, videos

Powerful and Moving – Speak to Me by On the Run

On The Run

On The Run

This band contacted us some time ago.  However, due to having the best problem any music reviewer could have, that being too many submissions and not enough listening time, I am just now digging them out of my inbox.  On the Run is an alternative rock/rock band from East Freedom, Pennsylvania.  The quintet has a very powerful and engaging sound.  I won’t say much about them because I am sure you will decide to like them if you only give them a listen. I will say they crank out some great work on the guitars. The members are:

  • John Ross Green – Vocals/Guitar
  • Ryan Weaver – Guitar/Vocals
  • Paul Johnson – Guitar
  • Tyler Miller – Bass
  • Brian Fisher – Drums

The Slang

From Columbus, Ohio – The Slang

The Slang

The Slang

There is much to like about this band from Columbus, Ohio.  To start with, I feel The Slang is a great name for a band.  I also really like the EP cover.  Stuff like that, however, does not make a band good or bad.

The band is the work of John Bobo, who is the songwriter, plays several instruments and vocalist, and John Newsome is the bassist.  They are currently touring their EP with additional members  Matt Thiedt on guitars and keys and Michael Dillon on drums.

Musically, this alternative/power pop band has a sound reminiscent of the late 90’s; energetic, loud but not noisy, and a wall of sound.  I am not 100% certain but I believe it was also a requirement of the 90s that every song had a keyboard in it.  Furthermore, in that era, 9 out of 10 bands and radio stations were “alternative”.  While I poke fun at the era, I still turn the volume up when music from it plays… admit it, you do too.

Compositionally, they don’t blow me away. In a good way, they have a typical late 90s sound. They cover that style exceptionally taking “the same old thing” and making it fresh, vibrant and alive.

Technically, the work is exceptional.  It was recorded at The Cutting Room. The EP is well produced and mastered having been done by successful, seasoned engineers.  (Mixed by Mark Needham, who has done work for Imagine Dragons and Tokyo Police Club, and mastered by Brian Lucey, who has done work for The Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys.)

An Interview with Marooned

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 Drinking Songs, Irish Folk Music and Sea Shanties

Some of the Members of Marooned

Some of the Members of Marooned

This is one of the interviews we got while at Gen Con 2014.  I got to interview the members of the band Marooned.  Listen in and hear how it started with “I was really lit at a party…”

Don’t get it wrong, they are not all about parties, they also do charity work.  Again, listen in as “The Captain” and I chat for about 10 minutes.

The band has performed at the past 10 Gen Cons and, if you ever attend one in the future, you should put them on list of things to see and do. Amazingly, this band does all their work from different locations.  Gen Con has become the one annual event where all the members of the band make sure they all attend.

You can find out more about this awesome act at:

And you can buy their music at the links below:

Marooned: Dance Macaw
Marooned: Better Than Live
Marooned: Marooned
Marooned: Lost At Sea
Marooned: On the Scalding Sea

Galaxxies an Awesome Canadian Duo of Creativity

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Refreshingly Different

Galaxxies

Galaxxies

If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”.  If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde.  Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”.  Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great.  While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.

Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization.  Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.

The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection.  Each of the tracks are unique and different.  All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music.  Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast.  I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.

The Boy From The Crowd Releases Revelator

POSTED ON September 3rd  - POSTED IN Community, Entertainment, independent music, music, news, Opinion, Press Release, punk, rock

This Duo Makes Some Seriously Awesome Noise

Lets be frank and honest, distortion is noise.  The reason they are selling so many distortion pedals is because so many of us love that kind of noise.  Frankly, I like what one of the band’s members had to say very much:

“One of the things that makes rock ’n’ roll great is its little imperfections and riding on the edge of disaster, knowing full well that any second it could all just fall apart.” – Vinny Piana

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