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Celtfather Music & Travel gives you an inside look into the life of musicians. You'll hear interviews with people I meet on the road and online who are involved in the Celtic and Geek communites. You'll enjoy stories from my Celtic Invasion Vacations and travels around the world. Plus, you'll get my inside thoughts on music marketing, cats, science fiction conventions, and the ideas that move me. This is more than Celtic music and culture. It's more than a Geek lifestyle audio blog or travel show. This is about what it means to be Scots-Irish and a Geek.

Celtfather Unkilted Marc Gunn

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 8 Ratings

Celtfather Music & Travel gives you an inside look into the life of musicians. You'll hear interviews with people I meet on the road and online who are involved in the Celtic and Geek communites. You'll enjoy stories from my Celtic Invasion Vacations and travels around the world. Plus, you'll get my inside thoughts on music marketing, cats, science fiction conventions, and the ideas that move me. This is more than Celtic music and culture. It's more than a Geek lifestyle audio blog or travel show. This is about what it means to be Scots-Irish and a Geek.

    How to Get Started With Busking with Vince Conaway

    How to Get Started With Busking with Vince Conaway

    Busking is like a fine art. When I went solo at the end of 2008, I was determined to better understand it. I asked several Renaissance festival performers for help and suggestions. I interviewed Vince Conaway. I’m gonna share that interview today on Celtfather Unkilted #289.
    I was trying to figure out how to share his interview I did with Vince Conaway years ago. I finally decided I should just post it on a podcast. It might not be super relevant to most of my fans. But it is a sneak peak behind what it's like to be a musician.
    I hope you enjoyed that interview. I sure did. I learned a lot from it, even if I don’t feel like I’ve mastered the art. It’s a great starting point for any musician who wants to master the art of busking.
    I always thought it was, and still is, a great insight into making a living with music.
    I don’t know how long Vince Conaway has made a living with music. But he does a great job, and it’s not easy to do. That’s why he still sells CDs and also why he has a Patreon page. He talks about how amazing Patreon has helped him over the years, especially since the pandemic closed down his livelihood.
    Now he is once again in Europe, sharing his music in the streets, and making special videos from around the world for all of his patrons, all so he can keep making music.
    If you’d like to find out more about Vince Conaway, visit his website at VinceConaway.com
    If you enjoyed this show, you can also support my music and podcasting by joining the Gunn Runners Club on my Patreon page. You can follow a link at Celtfather.net for more details.

    • 37 min
    Celtfather Year In Review: Successes of 2021

    Celtfather Year In Review: Successes of 2021

    Greetings Gunn Runner
    I love looking at my successes each year. Honestly, I was pretty excited about my musical successes last year. I felt like I had a few break through moments. So let's make a list.
    It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Unkilted, show #288.
    The podcast is brought to you by my amazing Patrons in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon.
    - MUSINGS: Successes for 2021
    Finished Selcouth! Finally figured out the basic art of booking gigs. Booked a lot of breweries and new venues. Rebooted In the 'Verse podcast Wrote several new songs. That are Really good. I can write songs on Command! Developed new plan for Pub Songs & Stories with seasons...actual SEASONS! Collecting and sharing great stories from Celtic musicians Started developing a new plan for MG Patreon to release more music to Patrons. Came up with new plan for an easier to compile Celtic Top 20. Started creating a new format and plan for Celtic Christmas Podcast. Happy with the promotion of new playlisting ideas. Started recording a new CD with Brobdingnagian Bards Found a new time that works for Coffee with The Celtfather. Reformatted Coffee for seasons too. Getting closer to finishing Dancing With Hobbits Nearly finished Adventure with Me CD Released my first vinyl album Got back to performing at sci fi conventions. Re-released Name on My Soul as Flower of Scotland. Improved at busking Developed Album Release strategy. Have new merch plan with lapel pins. Developed regular Celtic Heartstrings Booked a castle in Scotland for 2022 Pulled back to focus on podcasting Been running regularly three days a week. Making more time for family. Have new Celtic podcast email series. Created plan to promote the Celtic podcast at festivals CELTFATHER MONTHLY UPDATES - REGULAR SHOWS
    Pub Songs & Stories.
    10 episodes per season Spring focus on Selcouth Off January, June, July, December Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
    Focus on promoting show to fans Promote Celtic Top 20 Every month, compile Top 5 for Spotify In The 'Verse podcast
    Next: The War Doctor Celtic Christmas Podcast
    Thoughts about the new format More like pub stories Playlist focused, easier with all the cover songs Brobdingnagian Bards podcast
    No plans yet Stories on Patreon
    Thank you Gunn Runners! Coffee with The Celtfather.
    Wednesdays at 11 AM Eastern. Season 10 begins on Weds, Jan 19 Most episodes will be practice shows -  MUSIC PRODCUTION
    Selcouth release date: Feb 21 Another Faire to Remember Dancing with Hobbits Come Adventure With Me. Kickstarter in April Climate Renaissance Singles on Patreon. - MERCH
    Christmas ornaments Greeting cards. $4 or 20 Temporary Re-release of CDs Vinyl records Celtic Heartstrings. Different price points Lapel pins Booklet. Remember, subscribe to my mailing list, you get a discount code to save 15%. Patrons save 25%!
    - WEBSITES
    I made a special page for people who take my business card and use the QR code. It'll be interesting to see if this works. But the basic idea is the card will give you a quick link to listen to music, subscribe to my podcast and mailing list. It's similar to what you'll find at Celtfather.net but even more focused.
    I updated lyrics for the Irish Song Lyrics website, including:
    - STATS Mailing list subscribers = 1166 is up from 1152
    Celtic Music Magazine = 4107 is up from 4100
    YouTube Subscribers =  5614 is up from 5578
    Facebook Likes = 3831 is up from 3820
    Instagram = 1917 is up from 1915
    Spotify followers:  1924 is up 36 from 1888
    # Number of listens on Spotify: 11,612 is up from  4901
    LATEST SPOTIFY ALBUM STATS
    Most-popular songs on Spotify:
    Frosty the Irish Snowman (4470), Christmas in the Shire (4112), Slainte Mhaith Christmas (3410), The Hero of Christmas (2916), Yuletide (2609), The Widow and the Devil (2280), Celtic Christmas Elf (2015), Let’s Have A Celtic Christmas (1628), Jingle  Bells (1557) The Scottish King of Christmas (1316) Most-popular songs on Amazon Music:
    Doctor of Gallifrey (5

    • 23 min
    The Ethics of Black Friday

    The Ethics of Black Friday

    Greetings Gunn Runner
    Is Black Friday an ethical holiday? Overcoming fear is the theme of a new song inspired by the hobbit. Top 10 songs on Spotify.
    It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Unkilted, show #287.
    The podcast is brought to you by my amazing Patrons in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. I have some new subscribers, and I hope to make this an even more important part of my general promotion in the weeks ahead.
    0:42 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTH
    DEC 1: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    DEC 5: Grant Park Farmer's Market @ 9 AM - Noon
    DEC 8: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    DEC 15: Season 9 Finale Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    DEC 16: Celtfather Live @ 7 PM EST
    1:14 - MUSINGS: The Ethics of Black Friday
    I'm pretty confident that you know all about Black Friday. Now, we also have Cyber Monday. These are two days when people open up their wallets and many businesses offer HUGE discounts.
    I confess I am very torn by those holidays. On the one hand, I have my own business. CD sales are still one of the big ways I make money. My Patreon needs to be twice what it is for me to remove my dependence on CD and merch sales.
    On the other hand is consumerism. We create so much waste. I'm not even gonna go into what that waste does to our environment and its effect on climate change.
    One of the things I love about the new digital revolution is I can potentially create music and make a living without adding to the waste. One day I hope to sell out all my CDs. Then I will just release them on a limited basis, for those who truly love the media. My storage shelves will be mostly empty.
    The Christmas holiday doesn't help. It's all about spending. It bothered me a lot more back in the 90s when I first heard about Buy Nothing Day.
    That day was created in response to the consumerism. It's on the very same day as Black Friday. "Don't buy" is the message.
    Back around 2001, it became possible to accept credit cards at gigs. But at the time, I was $15K in debt. All because of MY irresponsible use of credit cards.
    It got me questioning. Should I accept credit card payments...and potentially have you, my customer, go into debt because of my products?
    Eventually, I decided you should be responsible for yourself. But at the same time is that cop out?
    This is one of those ethical dilemmas.
    I was talking recently with people about ethics in healthcare. The question was raised: should a parent have full control of their child's healthcare? Do they know what's best for their child?
    The quick answer is yes. I know what's best for my daughters.
    But that comes from my privileged, fairly healthy family background. A parent who is strung out on drugs, sick, or poor or in abusive relationship. They might not be healthy enough to do what is best for their child.
    There are so many nuances. There isn't one right answer. It's each different for each person.
    My biggest complaint with corporations is that in order to be successful, they need to do what will make the most-profit for their business. That sounds reasonable. They should be allowed to make money freely, without government interference.
    That is until you realize that they can dump sewage into our water, poison our air, and destroy our environment. They can murder people and not be culpable.
    Because they are a business. The actions of the business will not financially impact the owners of that business.
    Reminds of McDonalds: "Would you like to Supersize that?"
    That phrase made them boatloads of money. The cost was the increased obesity of their customers.
    It took regulations to stop them from using that simple sales phrase. Sure it made them more money. But was it ethical?
    We are all manipulated by businesses trying to make a buck. That's why Black Friday changed from businesses saying, "Huh. We get a lot more sales on the day after Thanksgiving" to "Let's capitalize on that and start a holiday!"
    I decided not to do a Black Friday sale th

    • 21 min
    3 Podcast Promotion Tips

    3 Podcast Promotion Tips

    Today, I review the success of the Pub Songs & Stories changes. I offer tips on promoting your podcast. And I tell you about two new songs coming soon.
    It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Music & Travel, show #286.
    The podcast is brought to you by my amazing Patrons in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. I have some new subscribers, and I hope to make this an even more important part of my general promotion in the weeks ahead.
    0:33 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTH
    NOV 3: Playing Favorites on Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    NOV 5-7: CONjuration, Atlanta, GA
    NOV 10:  Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    NOV 12: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co., Alabaster, AL @ 8-10 PM
    NOV 13: Haeuser House Concert, Robert, LA
    NOV 17: Coffee with The Celtfather @ 11 AM EST
    WEDS: Coffee with The Celtfather, YouTube (Season 9) @ 11:00 AM EST
     
    CELTFATHER MONTHLY UPDATES 1:30 - PODCASTS
    Pub Songs & Stories is coming along. I'm getting more interest in the show from musicians. I feel like I should be good for stories for a while. Though I will continue to need to hunt down more stories.
    In fact, if you'd like to help me to do that, I'd love to have Pub Stories producer.
    I'm changing the logo a tiny bit more for the podcast too. I'm redoing my business cards. I found some cool marketing ideas. But I feel like the current logo is a bit of a distraction... well, the title is.
    PUB Songs & Stories. Pub in the title is ultimately irrelevant. It's about the Songs & Stories. But I'm not gonna rename it. If nothing else, PUB differentiated it from other shows.
    So I'm making some minor changes before I add that logo to my new business cards. I've decided my next business card design will return to being a billboard for my music and the podcast.
    Finally, I'm moving the release date to Tuesdays. That's so I can hopefully release it early to Patrons (ideally on Thursday, but worst case Monday) before it goes out to the public.
    5:31 - PUB SONGS & STORIES CHANGES SUCCESS OR FAILURE?
    7:26 - 3 PODCAST PROMOTION TIPS
    Create intros for each episode. Find something intriguing tidbits from the show to use as a teaser to make people really want to listen. Share those teasers along with unique graphics (or Video) BEFORE the show comes out. That gets people to actually subscribe to the podcast. Use a unique URL to get mailing list subscribers AS WELL AS podcast subscribers to the show. 11:59 - PODCAST UPDATE CONT.
    I got ahead with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. As always happens, I lose that lead with each month as I make room for other things I need to work on. So it's time to produce more podcasts before the next big holiday.
    The In The 'Verse podcast launches the first episode of season 2 this Saturday. Mikey and I wrote songs inspired by the Doctor Who episode "Blink". I LOVE my new song. It's another that makes me feel like I'm becoming a better songwriter. I still need to write more songs. But this is a great start.
    The Celtic Christmas Podcast will release a new episode soon. Well, sort of new. I'm actually fundraising for a fully new episode. At this rate, I won't get it. But if nothing else, I'm gonna add the Celtic Christmas episode of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast to the feed as a promo for the podcast. Admittedly, I've had ZERO new patrons for that podcast. I'll post again next month. But it's looking like that podcast may not get a new episode this year. We shall see...
    Brobdingnagian Bards put out a new Bards podcast this month too. I actually had to re-release it. I was informed that the first version I released was actually an earlier Bards podcast. Not sure what Andrew did when he mixed it. But he sent it to me. I uploaded it without checking. So about two weeks later, the actual episode came out.
    I feel like this was a REALLY good month for the Gunn Runners on Patreon. I started releasing all of the MP3s that I record for Pub Songs & Stories exclusively to Patrons. So that means there are t

    • 33 min
    One Way to Fix the Death of CDs Problem

    One Way to Fix the Death of CDs Problem

    Greetings Gunn Runner
    Did we just solve the death of CD problem? Songwriting podcast returns for second season. Convention successes. Selcouth nears completion.
    It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Music & Travel, show #285.
    The podcast is brought to you by my amazing Patrons in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. I have some new subscribers, and I hope to make this an even more important part of my general promotion in the weeks ahead.
    Subscribe to Marc's Musings and Get 21 Songs free!
     
    0:26 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTH
    OCT 2: Fire Maker Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
    OCT 3: Grant Park Farmer's Market, Atlanta, GA
    OCT 7: Browncoat Drinking Songs on Coffee with The Celtfather
    OCT 14: Playing Favorites on Coffee with The Celtfather
    OCT 15-17: Multiverse, Atlanta, GA
    OCT 21: Coffee Classics: Geek & Celtic Requests on Coffee with The Celtfather
    OCT 21: Firefly Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp
    OCT 28: Boo! Scary Halloween Songs on Coffee with The Celtfather
    OCT 30: Lost Druid Brewery, Avondale Estates, GA
    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather, YouTube (Season 9) @ 12:00 PM EST
    1:44 - RANT: ONE POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE CD PROBLEM

    CELTFATHER MONTHLY UPDATES 14:04 - PODCASTS
    The new release schedule for Pub Songs & Stories is pretty good. I'm starting to plan shows a month ahead. Course, that said, I'm also struggling to collect the stories. But maybe that'll become easier as the show grows and I spread the signal further. I also realized it would be beneficial for bands if they did more than one story. So what the heck. Until I get a couple months ahead, I'm gonna ask for more than one IF they have a good story to tell.
    Band O'Brothers had a good story for their song "Whiskey Spider". I also shared another story from Empty Hats that I recorded back in the spring. I rounded out September with a live podcast recording from Dragon Con.
    I meant to record a bunch of stories at Dragon Con and Gen Con. But I was just too busy and/or too wiped . That sucks. But that's the way of it. I did lay some groundwork to collect some stories though. So we shall see.
    One of the best things about this format is that if someone really loves a song, eventually I can just say, go check out the episode about that song in Pub Songs & Stories. So far, so good.
    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast had a full four episodes. I'm still not caught up. But as of this recording, I'm almost done with next week's show. So it's a start.
    The In The 'Verse podcast launches the season 2 announcement episode on October 2. You'll want to listen if you want to find out what are plans are for the next season.
    On Patreon, I released my thoughts on Gen Con 2021 as well as Dragon Con. I also released a new song called "You Are My Thor". It's a rough cut. But there might be more such things in the future. I also released two more MP3s.
    17:44 - VIDEOS
    Coffee with The Celtfather had a few hiccup moments this month. I played a replay of one of my hobbit shows because I didn't have much of a voice after Dragon Con. Then the following week, I skipped it, because I was at Gen Con.
    I planned all of my Coffee shows for October. I'm gonna keep planning the themes a month in advance.
    I was a bit concerned about the attendance of Hobbit Drinking Songs show this month. But all went well. I'm excited about the Firefly Drinking Songs show for October.
    18:35 - IN THE STUDIO
    In every episode of Pub Songs & Stories, I record, talk about and play at least one song. All of the songs from the first three months of the year were released on a CD called Virtual Public House. The MP3s are still up on my Bandcamp if you want to just buy that album. But that's the last of those digital albums I'm gonna release.
    In the future, you'll need to subscribe to Patreon. All of those MP3s will be drip released to my Gunn Runners Club. So if you want some more unique recordings, join the Gunn Runners Club today.
    Selcouth is still in the works. I thought we were

    • 29 min
    Firefly Drinking Songs, The TV Show

    Firefly Drinking Songs, The TV Show

    Could a Firefly Drinking Songs TV show be on its way? What's different with Coffee with The Celtfather. How close am I to completing my next CD?
    It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Music & Travel, show #284.
    0:13 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR JULY
    SEP 2-6: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA
    SEP 9: Virginia Highlands Farmer's Market, Atlanta, GA @ 5:00 PM
    SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN.
    SEP 23: Hobbit Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp. Buy tickets.
    OCT 2: Fire Maker Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
    OCT 3: Grant Park Farmer's Market, Atlanta, GA
    OCT 15-17: Multiverse, Atlanta, KY
    THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather, YouTube (Season 9) @ 12:00 PM EST
    2:22 - RANT: FIREFLY DRINKING SONGS, THE TV SHOW?
    CELTFATHER MONTHLY UPDATES
    8:02 - PODCASTS
    I released two episodes of Pub Songs & Stories this month. The first highlighted songs about selkies with stories from Elizabeth Sutherland and me. But also there was a story by Matt & Shannon Heaton about a tune they wrote.
    It was a good show. But afterward, I was lamenting to my engineer, Mitchell, that I can't seem to put out more episodes. He suggested shorter ones. So instead of compiling the next big one in September, we put out a short one featuring Tuatha Dea and their story about "Black Douglas", the original Braveheart. I'm gonna try out the new format for the next month or so. So far, I'm liking it.
    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast had a full four episodes. I keep hoping to get ahead on that show. Maybe this week, since I'm only doing four episodes a month, it might give me a week to get ahead... or it might not because of Dragon Con.
    On Patreon, I released a bonus episode about releasing music on vinyl.
    9:52 - VIDEOS
    My Coffee with The Celtfather shows are going well. Season 9 started on Thursday, August 5. I'm still not overflowing with viewers. But there's a solid number watching.
    I ran a Kickstarter for two weeks. I raised enough money to pay for Restream.io. So now I can skip asking for tips and just focus on performing all season.
    One of the last shows was pre-recorded in some local woods. It was nice to get out.
    The next Celtfather Live is on Thursday, September 23 at 8 pm ET. This will be a Hobbit Drinking Songs show. Tickets will go on sale in September.
    I shared of a waterfall in North Georgia that my family saw back in May. And I made a new video for my music's Patreon page.
    13:26 - IN THE STUDIO
    August was my big studio month. I spent the first couple days of August in the studio putting some final touches on Selcouth and recording tracks for a Brobdingnagian Bards EP that we will release at Dragon Con.
    Selcouth has 13 tracks and at the time of recording this, Mitchell and I are still cleaning up one more final song that we realized had sonic problems. I'm hoping we'll finish it up this weekend. I'm trying to complete the album by the end of the month.
    In the meantime, I finished the Selcouth booklet with lyrics and stories behind the songs. I ordered shirts for the Kickstarter. Then I just need to mail everything to all of my supporters.
    I sat down and recorded more music for the Brobdingnagian Bards EP. The album is called Another Faire to Remember. This sort of a preview/concept that will be released as a full-length album next year. We are over halfway done with the album. So we're gonna launch a Kickstarter for it probably in October.
    17:13 - MERCH
    I'm getting ready to pull Virtual Public House from my store along with the As Long As I'm Flyin' vinyl album. If you want to own either, order it now.
    Coffee with The Celtfather coffee mugs are back in the store as are the pint glasses.
    Remember, subscribe to my mailing list, you get a discount code to save 15%.
    18:30 - CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    The Celtic Invasion of Scotland officially opened this month. It also closed this month. That's because I already have more than full contingent of people joining me this year. Now it's time to start planning the invasion.
    Sign up to the mailing

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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msmontet ,

Love Celtic Geek!

I enjoy this podcast very much. Marc has a voice that just grabs your attention. He talks about Celtic music but also about Sci-fi topics that I know and understand. He is very down to earth and real. It's like listening to a friend talk. Love it Marc!
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gary.t.neal ,

Great way to share with your audience

While I love the interviews, I love when you share your braindroppings: when you're just talking and rambling about whatever comes to mind: music, marketing, intrvroversion, Kensie, whatever. I don't mean to make you self-concience about it, just start recording. No script, and talk!

Aly001113 ,

Celtic Geek is amazing

I have enjoyed listening to The Celtic Geek. It is a very positive and uplifting podcast with great information on various celtic and science fiction information. This podcast is a nice complement to the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. Keep up the great job Marc!

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