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2016.01.03 – POD – A Hobbit Song for the Birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien

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2016.01.03 – A Day to Toast the Birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien

Featuring Music from Marc Gunn

 
The title page, of the book "The Silmaril...

The title page, of the book “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited and published by his son Christopher Tolkien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this date in 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Most know him as, J.R.R Tolkien, the creator of Middle Earth, Gollum, and Bilbo Baggins. An alternate world fabulously crafted, spinning tales, an adventure that has entertained generation. The Hobbit has been selling books since 1937. The legendary works have become movies, inspired games and music.

Today, those who wish to honor Professor Tolkien, as asked by The Tolkien Society, will stand and offer a toast by saying “The professor!” at 9 o’clock today. The society also has a page where you can find out where others are toasting and to let others know where you will toast.

Since today is a day to toast the creator of hobbits, I thought Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits by Marc Gunn would be a fitting song to close with. You can find Marc at the links below.

Also of note, there is another day associated with J.R.R. Tolkien. That is “Tolkien Reading Day“, annually on March 25th. Fans are encouraged to get together and read their favorite Tolkien passages.

Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies

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More Music Videos for Celtic Thursday – Drunken Lullabies from Flogging Molly

w00t! Today is Celtic Thursday.  An awesome idea from the equally awesome Marc Gunn.  While we at Indie Nation spin all genre, Brian, our tech and news director, though Marc’s idea kewl enough to reprogram our bot to spin all Celtic music from 10 AM to 10 PM DST every Thursday.

Marc Gunn – The Maid Went to the Mill

To Kick Off Celtic Thursday – The Maid and the Mill

Marc Gunn is well liked by us here at indienation.fm for many good reasons.  He does great music, he shares it, he supports Celtic music and, most relevant to this post, he came up with the idea of #CelticThursdays.  The idea is simple.  Use the hash tag #CelticThurday to promote Celtic music every Thursday.  Brian, our news and tech director, liked the idea so much that he found over 15 hours of Celtic music and reprogramed the bot to play Celtic music every Thursday from 10 AM to 10 PM DST.  So to kick off the event for today, check out Marc Gunn’s video The Maid and the Mill.

To find out more about Celtic music and how to support it check out his celticmusic.org site.

 

An interview with Dan the Bard

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Dan the Bard

Dan Marcotte is a well-rounded  bard. According to his Bio Page:

DanTheBard

Dan the Bard

What can I say? I’m a Bard! I walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds! I play all sorts of instruments like the Renaissance Lute, the Egyptian Oud, Elizabethan Cittern, Turkish Laouta, German Lautenguitar, Medieval Gittern, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Mandolin, Penny Whistle, Bodhran, and of course Trumpet. I perform at small and large Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions like GENCON INDY, GARYCON, WINDYCON, 3CON, DUCKCON, CODCON, ACEN, and C2E2. I’m the Music Director of the Bristol Renaissance Faire where I perform all summer. Yes, I do birthdays and weddings.

I also do a lot of mainstream music and storytelling in schools and libraries with my partner Judith Heineman. And I’m a founding member of The Whiskey Brothers Irish Band! I grew up in Schaumburg, IL, and was (and still am) a Dungeons and Dragons playing Band Geek.. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University for my undergrad, with the intent on being a band director. Somewhere during that time, I got it into my head that I wanted to be a bard, but I didn’t know how to start. So I got my Masters Degree in Renaissance and Medieval Music from Florida State University. Upon completion of the degree and my thesis, The Ap Huw Manuscript and the Welsh Bardic Tradition, I announced that from that day forth I would walk the land, singing songs, telling tales, and doing good deeds.

He was kind to give us some time at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we talk about:

  • What led him to the bard’s life
  • The instruments he plays
  • D&D is, of course mentioned
  • How long he has done this and music in general
  • His inspirations and influences
  • How he created his unique niche
  • His thoughts on the new media order
  • How many Cons he does
  • We digress to Jonathan Coulton for a bit

You can find Dan the Bard on the web at:

2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

This is the recording of our weekly news show.  In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.

 We opened with two from  Ceil Moss

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

You can find this band at:

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.

 

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:

Marc Gunn – A Celtic Artist to Perform at Gen Con

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Cats, Hobbits and Sci-Fi, An Excellent Fit for Gen Con

Before we even begin, I wish to caution the listener that some of this material may be NSFW (Not Safe For Work).  Listener discretion is advised.

Marc’s music is characterized not only by its Celtic style but wit, humor and is often themed by sci-fi, Tolkien or cats.  He is creative and entertaining.  He is also another talent performing at Gen Con this year.  Lumpy can’t wait to meet Marc at his booth this year.

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