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Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.

Grab a drink. Kick back. Listen to fun songs. Sing along. Step behind the scenes to develop a deeper understanding of musicians and the music they create.

PUB SONGS & STORIES Marc Gunn

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Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.

Grab a drink. Kick back. Listen to fun songs. Sing along. Step behind the scenes to develop a deeper understanding of musicians and the music they create.

    By Amazing Grace

    By Amazing Grace

    How an old Irish warning about drinking too late made its way into a fun Irish song. Tartanic teaches you how bagpipe tunes are named. And if your actions are cruel and controlling, then you may not be the righteous person you think you are. That’s the idea behind my next single.
    Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.
    I am Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. You will get behind-the-scenes music and podcasts as a member. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.
    #pubsongs #amazinggrace #tartanic

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:30 - “Mairi’s Wedding” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
    Learn more about the history of “Mairi’s Wedding” on Wikipedia.
    2:26 - WELCOME
    New Single: “Peggy Gordon”. You can hear more about that song on show #174 of Pub Songs Podcast. It was released on July 2, 2021
    New Single: I have a new single coming out on Thurs, July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I’ll tell you more about it in a bit.
    MG website updated as a blog… again.
    Name on My Soul now Flower of Scotland.
    7:55 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/
    8:41 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    JUL 15: Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Get your tickets.
    JUL 16-18: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA
    JUL 30: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM.
    AUG 5: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 9 returns on Aug 5) @ 12:00 PM Eastern
    AUG 13: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
    SEP 2-6: Dragon Con with Brobdingnagian Bards, Atlanta, GA
    SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN.
    You can find my complete calendar on my website.
    9:51 - I’m very pleased to introduce you to Giacomo the Jester aka Carl Asch. Giocomo was performing once again at Sherwood Forest Faire this year. I featured him in 2017 on Celtfather Music & Travel. He was on episode #214.
    But I first found out about him in about 2000. He plays in a band called Empty Hats. They released a wonderful song on MP3.com called “The Hat Came Back”. It was such a fun song, when I got to the faire, I knew one person I HAD to have on this podcast. He told me how his band and this song came to be.
    10:31 - STORY FROM GIACOMO THE JESTER
    11:55 - “The Hat Came Back” by Empty Hats from Empty Hats
    14:30 - STORY FROM MARC GUNN
    I have a new single that will be released on July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I wrote it for the In the ‘Verse podcast I did with Mikey Mason. You can listen to episode #13 here.
    The song is about toxic masculinity. Being masculine and strong are fine. But when masculinity is used as a weapon to belittle and control women or anyone, that’s when it’s a problem. Just like in the Firefly episode, “Heart of Gold,” where I got inspiration for this song.
    “By Amazing Grace” turns the tables. It’s about a man who meets a woman. He woos her. They fall in love. Then his true colors are revealed. He’s actually a monster bent on controlling people.
    When you meet people like that, there are two things you can do. You can allow them to control you or you stand up to them, fight back, teach them that there is a better place than toxic masculinity, one where people are equal.
    So she fights back with the reminder that real men are those who treasure and support the women they love.
    18:22 - “By Amazing Grace” from Selcouth (featuring Andrew

    • 41 min
    The Harpers

    The Harpers

    Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? Hear the origins of the song Soul of a Harper by Rie Sheridan Rose. Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love. Plus, was it horrible, the night that Paddy Murphy died?
    Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.
    My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.
    #pubsongs #harpers #queenelizabeth

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:32 - “The Night Paddy Murphy Died” from Going for Brogue
    6:11 - WELCOME kids back in school. Correction from last show
    10:22 - “The Lady of Setliff Manor” from Soul of a Harper
    12:22 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/
    13:40 - Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? That’s the story that Rie Sheridan Rose heard. It led to the creation of a great song first recorded by my old band, the Brobdingnagian Bards. It also became the album title for my first official solo CD.
    Rie Sheridan Rose is a published author and poet. Little did I know when she gave me the lyrics to this song that I would be singing it twenty years later and have collaborated with her on many songs since. You can hear more of her songs and about our collaborations on show #210 of this show.
    16:34 - History on Rie’s Story
    I did a search to find out more about this period in history, to sort of corroborate Rie’s story. I found several websites that said, yes indeed, it did happen. Here’s some info from HipHarp.com:
    “The Irish harpers began to be suppressed after the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century, which broke down the old cultural systems. The kings, who always had their own personal harpers, who were of very high standing, were replaced with English nobles. The Irish harpers began an existence of wandering from court to court. The English accused them of being spies. Queen Elizabeth decreed in 1603 that all Irish harp players should be hung and their harps burned.
    Interestingly, the British loved Irish harp music and usually employed harp players of their own. Queen Elizabeth had one. I guess he was immune. Cromwell was even more radical than Elizabeth and pretty much finished them off. Of course the harp tradition didn't die out all at once. Turlough O'Carolan, the most famous of the Irish harpers we have on record lived from 1670-1738. But 1792 was the last harp meeting in Belfast and by the beginning of the 19th century harp playing had pretty much died out. In Scotland the harp players were able to hide out in the Highlands, but the Battle of Culloden (1745?) pretty much finished off Scottish Highland culture and with it the harp players.”
    19:32 - “Soul of a Harper” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
    23:01 - Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love.
    Autoharpers like myself often liken ourselves to actual harpers. The great Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, is a favorite of us, but now it’s time to highlight an actual harper and songwriter.
    Sharon Powers is a Celtic harpist in Birmingham, AL. She has played professionally since 2016. Her musical stylings lend both touches of elegance and whimsy that delight the ears of all who listen. She is also the mother of a baby named Arthur as she’ll tell you about it in her story.
    26:12 - “Arthur’s Lullaby” by Sharon P

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    Star of the County Down

    Star of the County Down

    Star of the County Down and how a great melody found its way into an obscure hymn. Troosers vs trousers and a double meaning in a great mashup of songs.
    Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.
    My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.
    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:26 - “Black Velvet Band” from How America Saved Irish Music
    3:46 - WELCOME
    -- If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or Post a review in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher. You can subscribe everywhere that podcasts are available.
    -- The Celtfather Story… Rie Sheridan Rose came out to Sherwood Forest Faire this year. Rie and I have collaborated on a lot of songs over the years (check out show #210). It started with the song “Soul of a Harper” which she will tell you about in the next episode. From there, we wrote a Firefly song. Then she wrote over half of my lyrics for Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits. She wrote all of the lyrics for Pirates vs. Dragons. It’s wonderful working with her.
    She asked me at Sherwood if I wanted to do any new song collaborations. I thought about it for  a moment. One of Rie’s methods for writing songs for our hobbit album was to take traditional Irish songs and then writing them in that style.
    I do that myself quite frequently. I find a great song, and I write something similar. I did it with “The Prettiest Hobbit”. That was based on the Irish song “I’ll Tell My Ma”.
    But one song that is brilliant and timeless and there are not many songs like it is “Star of the County Down”. It’s just a delightful song to sing and a joyful story. So I asked Rie to write such a song either hobbit-like or Celtic or whatever. Hopefully, we’ll get something great.
    In the meantime, I’m excited to share with you Rod Nevin’s own story about “Star of the County Down”. But first...
    8:06 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS.
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/
    8:27 - Rod Nevin is an avid listener to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. He performs with the Celtic band Fire in the Glen. When I posted my request for Podcast Stories, he sent this surprise with “Star” and an obscure hymn.
    Here’s a clip of Rod and his wife Tammy singing the hymn.
    13:12 - “Winds of God” clip by Rod and Tammy Nevin
    17:18 - “Star of the County Down” by Tallymoore from One Foot Across the Ocean
    You can find out more about Fire in the Glen at FireInTheGlen.com And of course, Tallymoore is at Tallymoore.com.
    Rod also sent this he performs on the Scottish Smallpipes.
    20:45 - “Upstate Folks” by Rod Nevin
    23:17 - Troosers vs trousers and how I missed a double meaning in a great mashup of songs.
    27:43 - “Donald, Where’s Your Troosers/Drunken Sailor” from A Faire To Remember
    31:24 -- If you enjoyed this song, you can sing along with the Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. You'll find lyrics and chords for all of the songs I sing in this show so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics.
    31:31 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern
    JUN 4-6: Con Carolinas ONLINE, Show times, Details TBA
    JUN 18-20: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL
    JUN 27: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 3:30-6:30 PM 

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    Irish Refugees on Star Wars Day

    Irish Refugees on Star Wars Day

    Many Irish Americans were refugees. Hear how an Irish band is giving back to help refugees displaced from their native lands. How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band. Celebrate Star Wars Day with fun Jedi drinking songs.
    Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.
    My name is Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. I am your guide. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.
    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:31 - “Lily the Pink” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
    4:09 - WELCOME
    -- One of the reasons I picked this song is because I’ve had a lot of requests for it over the past few years because of its popularity with the Brobdingnagian Bards. Now of course, Andrew McKee, my partner with the Bards sang the song.
    One of the other reasons why I picked this song was in case the Virtual Public House CD, volume 2 was a go. But first we gotta get to the Virtual Public House, maybe volume 1.
    -- The Celtfather Story… Last year, I hired my audio editor to edit this podcast. I already had Mitchell editing the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. That’s been going for a while. But the Pub Songs Podcast has always had a lot more talking. And because there’s more talking, that also means there’s more editing to be done. Which means it’s more expensive to produce.
    I was trying to think of a way to either cut expenses or bring in more money when I realized in every show, I sing 2-3 songs. I should do something with them. And maybe if I publish an album, it will earn enough to fund the shows for each Quarter of the year. So that’s what I did.
    Virtual Public House is the name of my brand new album. You’ll get 23 tracks. All of the songs were recorded and performed during the first three months episodes of 2021 on Pub Songs & Stories. Every time you buy one of these CDs, it will help fund the show.
    If all goes well, I should have a new album to release each quarter highlighting songs from the previous quarter.
    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s see what you think of THIS album. You can buy it in my store at MageRecords.com. If you are a member of the Gunn Runners Club, then you can even use your discount code to save on CD purchases.
    I thought about releasing this album on Vinyl. But unfortunately, it is far too long for that.
    And why do even bother mentioning vinyl? Well, on May 6, you will be able to buy As Long As I’m Flyin on vinyl. Yes. I am talking about a record. Like if you were talking about a record player. That’s exactly what I just did.
    I noticed my CD producer, Kunaki, now allows artists to sell vinyl records. I got all excited and decided to release my newest album. Then I realized, it’s been a while since I released a full production album.
    Anyway, you can find that in my Mage Record store.
    -- If you are not yet subscribed to the podcast, do so in your favorite podcatcher. You can find links to subscribe on our website at PubSong.com. I’d also love it if you would Post a review in Apple Podcasts. How does this show make you feel? I’d love your feedback.

    8:34 -  Laughing Jack Story: How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band.
    11:45 - “I’m Not Irish” by Laughing Ja

    • 33 min
    Sailor Songs

    Sailor Songs

    From sea shanties to Renaissance festivals. A Scottish song gets a New Orleans makeover. Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada. Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend.
    Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories, the Virtual Public House where you hear the stories and inspiration behind the music.
    My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:33 – SONG: Marc Gunn “Haul Away Joe” from Going for Brogue
    3:55 - WELCOME. The Celtfather Story…
    -- Send an email to the address in the podcast. I’ll send you a gift of 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album. Now on sale.
    - Before we get started, I am looking for stories for this show. Well I mostly hope to have stories from musicians, but you might have your own story you would like to share. It’s easy to do. Email me your story idea. If I like it, I will ask you to report something. Make sure you have a song that you think it should go away.
    6:15 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/
    6:45 - Jesse Ferguson, Introduction
    7:25 - Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada.
    9:35 - Jesse Ferguson, The Bard of Cornwall “Merchant Sailor’s Farewell” from Sailor’s Songs
    12:58 - Marc Gunn shares a story about Mingulay Boat Song
    14:20 -SONG: Marc Gunn “Mingulay Boat Song” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
    18:16 - Heather Dale, introduction
    19:58 - Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend.
    23:04 - Heather Dale “Shipwright” from Sphere
    New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics.
    27:25 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern
    APR 23-25: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
    APR 29: Brobdingnagian Bards Internet Concert
    MAY 1-2: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
    You can find my complete calendar on my website.
    28:09 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE
    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website.
    Pub Songs & Stories is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going. You can also get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and Pub Songs & Stories. Follow the link in the shownotes.
    Special thanks to my newest patrons: Charis Mitchell, Brian Staab, Vicki Solomon, Carole Troxler, Kirk Fehrenkamp, Kate Brennan
    If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast.
    28:47 - NEW CD - Virtual Public House
    -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback.
    30:52 - SONG: Marc Gunn “Bonnie Ship the Diamond” fr

    • 33 min
    Tartan Day

    Tartan Day

    What is Tartan Day. Why I love the kilt. Song failure in a filk circle. The fake history of No Pants Day. And Kyf Brewer shares a Tartan Day catastrophe on a golf course.
    Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories Virtual Public House for Celtic Geek culture through music and stories. I am your Guide. My name is Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at PubSong.com.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY 0:25 - SONG: “I’m A Rover, Seldom Sober” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
    2:51 - WELCOME
    -- Trying to make episodes of the podcast to pull back the curtain on my music. Changing the way the way educate and entertain.
    -- The Celtfather Story… What Is Tartan Day?
    Tartan Day is a North American celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. The Declaration was Robert I’s response to the Pope after being excommunicated. It asserted the independence of Scotland, free of English rule. The holiday originated in Canada in the mid-1980s. It spread to other communities of the Scottish diaspora in the 1990s.
    -- Story: Why I love the kilt?
    Check out “Kilted” song in St Patrick’s Day Songs & Stories #206.
    9:31 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS. Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    10:10 - STORIES: How Kyf Brewer spent Tartan Day Story
    15:47 - SONG: “Tartan Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair” by Barleyjuice from Six Yanks
    18:08 - NEW Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics.
    18:39 - STORIES: Bad poetry in a filk circle
    21:24 - SONG: “Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster” from Sci Fi Drinking Songs
    Song lyrics by Floyd Brigdon and Matt Hughes (from show #220 Don’t Blink Interview)
    24:02 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern
    APR 15: "For Mother Earth" Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:00 - 9:30 PM ET. Tickets $8.
    APR 17: Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12 PM CT
    APR 17: The Lost Druid Brewery in Avondale Estates, GA @ 7:00 PM
    APR 23-25: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX (for 2 weekends)
    25:32 - SUPPORT WHAT YOU LOVE
    If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website.
    The Pub Songs Podcast is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going and get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes.
    Special thanks to my newest patrons: Charis M, Brian S, Vicki S, Carole T, Kirk F, Kate B
    If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast.
    Do you love the show? Share it!
    -- Post a review in Apple Podcasts. If you enjoy this show, please subscribe or post a review on Apple Podcasts. I’d love your feedback.
    -- Send an email to the address in the podcast. I’ll send you a gift

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