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Scottish and Irish folk songs combined with the Lord of the Rings music and a wee bit o’Celtic fun. The Brobdingnagian Bards (pronounced brob-din-nahg-EE-en) were The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo from Austin, Texas. Their unique brand of folk music on the autoharp, recorder, and mandolin made them one of the most-popular Celtic music groups online where they continue to give away thousands of free Celtic MP3 downloads daily.



From 1999 to 2008, the Brobdingnagian Bards performed coast-to-coast, and in a given month could be found at a Lord of the Rings Oscar Party, a Celtic festival, or a Science Fiction Convention. However, they were an absolute favorite at Renaissance Faires where they added high-energy and wit to make every show a memorable experience.



Thanks in part to this podcast, their shows are never done!

Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast Marc Gunn, Andrew McKee

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Scottish and Irish folk songs combined with the Lord of the Rings music and a wee bit o’Celtic fun. The Brobdingnagian Bards (pronounced brob-din-nahg-EE-en) were The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo from Austin, Texas. Their unique brand of folk music on the autoharp, recorder, and mandolin made them one of the most-popular Celtic music groups online where they continue to give away thousands of free Celtic MP3 downloads daily.



From 1999 to 2008, the Brobdingnagian Bards performed coast-to-coast, and in a given month could be found at a Lord of the Rings Oscar Party, a Celtic festival, or a Science Fiction Convention. However, they were an absolute favorite at Renaissance Faires where they added high-energy and wit to make every show a memorable experience.



Thanks in part to this podcast, their shows are never done!

    If I Had a Million Ducats

    If I Had a Million Ducats

    What is a ducat anyway? Brobdingnagian Bards talk about their Barenaked Ladies parody of "If I Had a Million Dollars". Plus, you'll enjoy the Worst version of the song EVER in this episode.
    It’s all on the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast #82

    0:02 - HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE?
    Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard by any other name… would have a shorter name.
    1:01 - THANK YOU NAGIANS!
    We run our own record label. It is funded through the generosity of our Nagians on Patreon. Your kind support pays our bills, allows us to promote our music, and of course, it puts money in our pockets so that we can keep creating music and podcasts and more, just for you.
    For as little as $5 per month, you get bonus behind-the-scenes podcasts, videos, and bootleg concert recordings. This is just for Patrons. Join the Nagians Only Club right now!
    1:46 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    Brobdingnagian Bards
    AUG 29-SEP 2: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA Marc Gunn
    JUNE 22: Nerdy Wonderland at The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA JUL 27: The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6:30-9:30 PM AUG 1-4: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN Andrew McKee
    JUN 15th - JUN 23rd: North Dakota Renaissance Faire, Fargo, ND AUG 1-4: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN with Bards at Comedy Music Cabaret 5:25 - ABOUT THE SONG: If I Had A Million Ducats
    Origin Story of Brobdingnagian Bards: We Made Lemonade A Million Million Ducats 22:49 - Brobdingnagian Bards “If I Had A Million Ducats - THE Worst Ever” from A Million Million Ducats
    26:05 - FAIRE MEMORIES
    First Renaissance festival? 30:30 - NEXT TIME: Bards Bootleg Concert
    30:53 - CLOSING
    Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Sign up to our mailing list to download free MP3s and get monthly updates of what's new. Find it all at thebards.net

    • 31 min
    Satisfied

    Satisfied

    A happy night drinking leads you to reflect on the good and the bad of life. Is it all worth it? Learn more about the song “Satisfied” this week on the show.
    It’s all on the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast #81.
    0:02 - Brobdingnagian Bards “Satisfied” from Songs of Ireland
     

    4:45 - HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE?
    Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard by any other name… would have a shorter name. 
     
    THANK YOU NAGIANS!
    We finance our music entirely through the monthly financial generosity and support of our Nagians on Patreon. Sign up so you get access to behind-the-scenes, Brobdingnagian Bards-exclusive content. Join the Nagians Only Club!
     
    UPCOMING SHOWS
    Marc Gunn
    JUNE 22: Nerdy Wonderland at The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA
    AUG 1-4: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN with Bards at Comedy Music Cabaret
     
    Andrew McKee
    MAR 2 - APR  21st: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
    MAY 18th - JUN 9th: New Jersey Ren Faire, Columbus, NJ
    JUN 15th - JUN 23rd: North Dakota Renaissance Faire, Fargo, ND
    AUG 1-4: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN with Bards at Comedy Music Cabaret
     
    WHAT’S NEW
    New bonus, patron-only podcast to be published.
    Kickstarter for Another Faire to Remember is up
     
    TODAY’S SONG STORY: SATISFIED
    Recorded for Songs of Marked By Great Size and Songs of Ireland, and on Andrew’s CD, The Irish Bard
    Satisfied Lyrics words and music Andrew McKee
    It was twelve days ago in a pub. Night was near.
    I was on me fourth pint of their best Irish beer
    When a thought quickly struck me of all I hold dear.
    So I went on outside to the hill with my beer.
    Well, I smelled all the flowers all the flowers.
    I've left none to behind.
    I've told more the truth than I've told fib or lie
    And I hope when you find me in the hills where I'll lie
    That it'll always be said that I died satisfied.
    Well, I took both the good and the bad in me life.
    And I made the most of it in a home with me wife.
    And I raised me two kids both a girl and a boy.
    And they made all me life, oh, a gift to enjoy.
    As for friends I've had many I ne're walked alone,
    And a few were like family just as much as me own
    They helped in times troubled and made happiness known.
    And they gave me a young heart I've never outgrown,
    Well, the evening was leaving and the sun said goodbye.
    I thought of me past and I smiled with a sigh.
    Oh, I had no regrets nay a reason to cry.
    So I drank me beer down 'till the glass all was dry.
    32:00 - Andrew McKee “Satisfied” from The Irish Bard
    35:10 - CREDITS
    Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Sign up to our mailing list to download free MP3s and get monthly updates of what's new. Find it all at thebards.net
     

    • 35 min
    Frog Kissin'

    Frog Kissin'

    Sometimes you have to kiss a bunch of frogs to find true love. Listen to our story behind our song “Frog Kissin’” and get an update about our next CD.
    It’s all on the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast #80
    0:02 - NAGIANS ONLY: Bard Specific Content, Where were they?
    Rant about public domain and arrangements Andrew at Sherwood Marc’s new CD Come Adventure With Me 19:48 - Brobdingnagian Bards “Wild Mountain Thyme” from A Faire to Remember

    23:44 - HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE?
    Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard by any other name… would have a shorter name.
    THANK YOU NAGIANS!
    We finance our music entirely through the monthly financial generosity and support of our fans on Patreon. Sign up to our individual Patreon pages so that you can access behind-the-scenes, Brobdingnagian Bards-exclusive content.
    You’ll get an extended version of this podcast, bootleg concerts, videos, and first access to new songs.
    Support us on Patreon.
    28:46 - BARD NEWS
    Frog Kissin Story New monthly Bards Blog New CD, Another Faire to Remember Marc Gunn
    MAR 17: Wings Cafe & Tap House, Marietta, GA @ 3-7 PM MAR 23-24: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX MAR 28: Dragon Con Filk Music Concert w/ Brobdingnagian Bards @ 8 PM MAR 30-31: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 19-21: Jordan Con, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA Andrew McKee
    MAR 2 - APR 21st: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX MAY 18th - JUN 9th: New Jersey Ren Faire, Columbus, NJ 34:01 - TODAY’S SONG STORY: FROG KISSIN’
    Recorded by Chet Atkins originally. I heard a version by Ed Kilbourne. It was in 4/4 time and sounded nothing like our version. Our is in 3/4 time. That was the only way I could make it sound like a song that belonged at a Renaissance Festival. Stage performance choreography Frog Kissin' Lyrics
    words and music by Buddy Kalb, arrangement Marc Gunn
    Do you remember in the fairy tale, how the wicked witches spell
    Turned the handsome prince to a toad?
    By the power of a potion, she handed him the notion
    He was lower than the dirt in the road.
    And though she left him green and warted, her evil plans were thwarted
    Their chanced to happen by a young miss
    Who in spite of his complexion, offered him affection
    And broke the wicked curse with her kiss
    So if you've never been frog kissing
    Then you don't know what you've been missin',
    There's a wealth of opportunity under each and every log.
    And if you've never been charm-breakin',
    Then you've never been handsome prince makin'.
    You've got to slow down, turn around, bend down,
    Kiss you a frog!
    Once upon a time ago, I was down and feelin' low
    Like a lonely frog in a pond
    My life was just a joke, and I was just about to croak
    Cuz I'd be zapped by life's wicked wand.
    But in the depths of my depression, there came a true expression
    Of love from a person so sweet.
    She gave me warm fuzzy feelings, feelings that were healin'
    And she knocked me off my little webbed feet.
    There's a happy-ever-after-land, deep in the heart of man
    Where a prince and princess abides.
    But all we get are glimpses, of the happy prince or princess
    'Cauce they're covered with a green warty hide.
    Though they're full of life's potential, they're lacking one essential
    To enable them to shine like a star.
    That's a handsome guy or missus, to smother them with kisses
    And love them just the way that they are.
    That's the secret of frog kissing
    You can do it too if you'll just listen
    There's a wealth of opportunity under each and every log.
    That's the secret of charm-breakin',
    That's the secret of handsome prince makin'.
    You've got to slow down, turn around, bend down,
    Kiss you a…
    You've got to slow down, turn around, bend down,
    Kiss you a…
    You've got to slow down, turn around, bend down,
    Kiss you a frog!
    47:32 - Brobdingnagian Bards “Frog Kissin’” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
    50:29 - CLOSING
    Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc G

    • 27 min
    Exclamations!

    Exclamations!

    “Exclamations” is a parody of “Interjections” from Schoolhouse Rock. You’ll learn the story behind this fun song.
    It’s all on the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast #79
    0:02 - HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE?
    Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard buy any other name… would have a shorter name. 
    THANK YOU NAGIANS!
    We finance our music entirely through the monthly financial generosity and support of our fans on Patreon. Sign up to our individual Patreon pages so that you can access behind-the-scenes, Brobdingnagian Bards-exclusive content. 
    You’ll get an extended version of this podcast, bootleg concerts, videos, and first access to new songs.
    Support Andrew McKee at http://patreon.com/irishbard 
    Support Marc Gunn at http://patreon.com/celtfather 
    4:45 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    MAR 23-24: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
    MAR 28: Bards Internet Concert
    MAR 30-31: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
    Marc Gunn
    FEB 10: The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA @ 6:30-9:30 PM
    FEB 15: Hobbit Drinking Songs on Bandcamp @ 7:30 PM
    FEB 17: Goblin Market: Frost Faire @ 6:00-10:30 PM
    APR 19-21: Jordan Con, Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta, GA
    JUN 22: Nerdy Wonderland Summer Solstice, The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA
     
    Andrew McKee
    MAR 2 - APR 21: Sherwood Forest Faire, McDade, TX


    MAY 18th - JUN 9th: New Jersey Ren Faire, Columbus, NJ
     
    8:26 - TODAY’S SONG STORY: EXCLAMATIONS
    16:05 - Brobdingnagian Bards “Exclamations” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
    18:38 - CLOSING
    Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Sign up to our mailing list to download free MP3s and get monthly updates of what's new. Find it all at thebards.net
     

    • 19 min
    Jedi Drinking Song, Dragon Con 2023

    Jedi Drinking Song, Dragon Con 2023

    May the Bards Be With You! Who slammed what at Dragon Con? Join Brobdingnagian Bards as they share their favorite moments at Dragon Con and throughout the summer. You’ll also learn the little known story about their hit song “Jedi Drinking Song” which helped earn them a #1 album on CD Baby back in 2005. 
    It’s all on the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast #78

    0:02 - HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE?
    Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard by any other name… would have a shorter name. Andrew McKee 
    THANK YOU NAGIANS!
    We finance our music entirely through the monthly financial generosity and support of our fans on Patreon. Sign up to our individual Patreon pages so that you can access behind-the-scenes, Brobdingnagian Bards-exclusive content. 
    You’ll get an extended version of this podcast, bootleg concerts, videos, and first access to new songs.
    Support Andrew McKee at http://patreon.com/irishbard 
    Support Marc Gunn at http://patreon.com/celtfather 
    2:10 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    Marc Gunn
    OCT 13: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @ 6:00-9:00 PM OCT 19: Bandcamp Internet Concert @ 7:30 PM OCT 20-22: Multiverse Con, Atlanta, GA NOV 4: The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estate, GA @ 6:30 PM NOV 17-19: Conjuration, Sonesta Suite hotel, Gwinnett Place, GA DEC 3: Nerdy Wonderland & Holiday Market at The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA DEC 10: Nerdy Noel, Huntsville, AL Andrew McKee
    Nov 4th - Dec 10th: Louisiana Ren Faire
    9:24 - MUSICAL PINS
    12:13 - DRAGON CON
    27:03 - JEDI DRINKING SONG
    41:07 - Brobdingnagian Bards “Jedi Drinking Song” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
    45:07 - CLOSING
    Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Sign up to our mailing list to download free MP3s and get monthly updates of what's new. Find it all at thebards.net
     
    #brobdingnagianBards #starwarsjedi #musicalpins
     

    • 46 min
    Rattlin' Bog

    Rattlin' Bog

    HOW LONG IS A BROBDINGNAGIAN MINUTE? Brobdingnagian Bards are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo. A Bard by any other name… would have a shorter name.
    THANK YOU NAGIANS! We finance our music entirely through the monthly, financial generosity and support of our fans on Patreon. Sign up to our individual Patreon pages so that you can access behind-the-scenes, Brobdingnagian Bards-exclusive content.
    You’ll get an extended version of this podcast, bootleg concerts, videos, and first access to new songs.
    Support Andrew McKee at http://patreon.com/irishbard
    Support Marc Gunn at http://patreon.com/celtfather
    WHAT’S COMING? Andrew McKee
    May 20-21, 27-29, and June 10-11: New Jersey Ren Faire AUG 3-6: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN Marc Gunn
    JUN 3-10: Celtic Invasion Vacations, County Mayo, Ireland JUN 24: The Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA @ TBD JUL 22: Burnt Hickory Brewery, Kennesaw, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM AUG 3-6: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN Coffee and Pub Songs & Stories paused for summer. Back in August TODAY’S SONG STORY Bog Down in the Valley Recorded for Songs of Ireland
    words and music Traditional
    O-ro the rattlin' bog, the bog down in the valley-o
    O-ro the rattlin' bog, the bog down in the valley-o
    And in that bog there was a tree, a rare tree, a rattlin' tree
    With the tree in the bog
    And the bog down in the valley-o.
    Now on that tree there was a limb, a rare limb, a rattlin' limb
    With the limb on the tree and the tree in the bog
    And the bog down in the valley-o.
    Now on that limb there was a branch, a rare branch, a rattlin' branch
    With the branch on the limb and the limb on the tree and the tree in the bog
    And the bog down in the valley-o.
    (Repeat, adding a line each time)
    Now on that branch there was a twig, a rare twig, a rattlin' twig.....
    Now on that twig there was a nest, a rare nest, a rattlin' nest.....
    Now in that nest there was an egg , a rare egg, a rattlin' egg.....
    Now in that egg there was a bird, a rare bird, a rattlin' bird.....
    Now on that bird there was a feather, a rare feather, a rattlin' feather .....
    Now on that feather there was a flea, a rare flea, a rattlin' flea .....
    CLOSING Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Sign up to our mailing list to download free MP3s and get monthly updates of what's new. Find it all at thebards.net

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

cris gould ,

Ben awhile but Dang! Worth it.

Saw the Bards in Killeen years ago. Saw them again at Sherwood(cool place). Worth seeing a whole lot more.

Taqwus ,

A Brobdinagian Review

Just wanted to say that I loved the podcast, I am now going back and listening to all of the old one for the first time. Marc and Andrew play off well off each other.
Marc is the quintisential Auto-Harper who does a great job harping about hiself. while Andrew is a man who needs no introduction.........or at least there is none that is fitting of him

If you like topics from sci-fi to medival you will like this one, it is a plethora of geekiness. I listen to the podcast when I need a good laugh at work
I am hoping to see them perform on day, and look forward to hearinfg the next episode.

i am yrsa ,

Thank you!!!

I am so glad to see that you guys are back with new programs. I love your podcasts. Great songs and fun to listen shows.

Sincerely.
Georgeta

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