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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:

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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:

Welcome to The Whatever and Whenever PodCast

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Welcome to the First Episode of The Whatever and Whenever PodCast

Bloc Party

Bloc Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to episode 001 of the Whatever and Whenever PodCast, actually, when we recorded this episode, we had not even thought of a name for it. Meshelly and Lumpy just knew that we wanted to add another show to the line up at Indie Nation. We wanted to do news and music… and we wanted to simply use it to hijack the stream when nothing else was scheduled. We also knew we wanted something that would be fun and safe for work. Our thought was something like a drive time show, mostly music, some fun banter and some recent news.

So on the mics we go, fired up idjc (Internet DJ Console) and off into cyberspace we blasted. And remember, you will never know when a new show may stream live and, in the end, time-shifted or live, it is hopefully great content.

2012.02.04 – Indie Soup Live with Guests, “Dear You”

2012.02.04 –  Indie Soup Live with Guests, “Dear You”

.. who knows what you will hear next!

This week we are pleased to have musical guest, the members of the band, “Dear You”. Listen as we talk with them and spin some of their most excellent music. Louis Moore (drums), Danny Davis (guitar), and Mason McDonald (vocals/bass), 3 of the bands 4 members, were kewl enough to take some time our their schedule and join us via VOIP for an interview.

CLICK HERE TO READ AND LISTEN TO MORE!

2012.01.27 – Indie Soup Live – More FuMPy!

.. who knows what you will hear next!

Sorry we are so far behind, Shelly and Lump have had too much other stuff going on. We promise to get them all caught up very soon.  Remember, you can catch us almost every Friday at Midnight EST on indienation.fm.

For now, enjoy this episode of Indie Soup… where we continue with our “fumploration”, a lumpismic word meaning”exploration of The FuMP.  They have so much music to explore, we may stay on this deviation of our normal show format for a good while.

READ AND LISTEN HERE

 

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