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PUB SONGS & STORIES Marc Gunn

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Pub Songs & Stories 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.

    Lads in the Shire | New Lord of the Rings Song

    Lads in the Shire | New Lord of the Rings Song

    Do you have song lyrics that you wrote that could be set to music? Send them to me. Kelly and Mitchell did. Their song “Lads in the Shire” is on my new CD, Selcouth. We will tell you how it happened and if it’ll work for you.
    It’s Pub Songs & Stories #256.

    0:02 - WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY
    Welcome to Pub Stories. Hey, if you want to know more about the songs I play? This is the audio liner notes for you to get to know more about my songs and how they might relate to your life.
    0:30 - THANK YOU GUNN RUNNERS
    But first, Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon.
    The public version of his show is released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. There will, however, be a private version. It will come out two weeks after the public one, exclusively on Patreon.
    If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, like we had in episodes last year, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.
    As a patron of mine, You’ll get this podcast, be able to download songs featured in this show, get sheet music, and access to Coffee with The Celtfather concerts. You get a lot for as little as $5 per month. And you can save 15% with an annual membership.
    Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop, Don Rice, Antonya Pickard, Debra Cottrell, Didi Magnin, Nancy DouglasdeBaca, Wayne Finegar
    1:40 - WHAT’S NEW?
    My new Kickstarter goes live in August. The album is called Come Adventure With Me. It features that title track, and some of my newest music. Several songs are already recorded and released as singles. And if I haven’t given them away on Patreon yet, they will be. Why is that?
    Well, Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample all of my music. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour. Patreon funds my songwriting! Kickstarter funds physical products like CDs, shirts, pins and other merch. The plan is to officially release the album next year. But in what format?
    I have quite a few people who ask that I keep releasing CDs. I also started releasing Album Pins, which are lapel pins associated with each album.
    That is what this new Kickstarter will fund. Yes. Some of the music will go to pay musicians for their time in helping me create the music. But most of it will go into producing physical merch for this album. Although I’m also raising money for album lapel pins of a couple past albums.
    If you’re interested in supporting this album, please subscribe to my newsletter and follow the link to my Kickstarter page in August.
    3:13 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN AUG 19: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. AUG 20: Best End Brewing, Atlanta, GA @ 7:00 - 10:00 PM AUG 26: Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA AUG 27: Pepper Place Farmer's Market, Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT SEP 1-5: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA with Brobdingnagian Bards SEP 10-11: Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Hendersonville, TN SEP 28-OCT 2: Hobbit Band at ALEP in Shakertown, KY A while back, Mitchell Petersen emailed me some lyrics. Mitchell is not only the sound engineer for my podcasts. But he and his wife Kelly are also fans of my Firefly Drinking Songs and Hobbit Drinking Songs shows at Dragon Con. And of course, he’s a fan of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast which is where they found the song that they filked.
    I will let them start by telling you more about the song “Lads in the Shire”.

    3:43 - STORY OF LADS IN THE SHIRE
    To answer that question about whether Andrew and I had played that song much before our Hobbit Drinking Songs show. The answer is no.
    It’s funny getting song lyrics from people. What makes me choose one song or another? It really varies. First off, I don’t do nearly as many parodies as I used to. I enjoy parodies. However, one of my big goals these days is to write song lyrics and melodies.
    It’s rare t

    • 17 min
    Conjuration: From Ren Fest to Sci Fi Conventions

    Conjuration: From Ren Fest to Sci Fi Conventions

    Live podcast from Conjuration 2021. You will learn how I became a podcaster, how I moved from Renaissance festival musician to science fiction conventions. You’ll find out what crazy things I sang in college. It’s Pub Songs & Stories #255.

    PUB SONGS & STORIES Welcome to Pub Stories. Do you want to know more about the song I play? This is the audio liner notes for you to get to know more about me and my  music. But also to find out how the song relates to your life
    0:43 - THANK YOU GUNN RUNNERS
    But first, Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. The public version of his show is released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. There will, however, be a private version. It will come out two weeks after the public one, exclusively on Patreon.
    If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, like we had in episodes last year, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.
    If you enjoy my music or this podcast, please sign up on Patreon. You’ll get this podcast, podcasts from my travels, be able to download songs featured in this show, get sheet music, and access to Coffee with The Celtfather concerts. You get a lot for as little as $5 per month. And you can save 15% with an annual membership.
    Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop
    1:07 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    JUN 24-25: Magic City Con, Birmingham, AL JUL 1-4: InConjunction, Indianapolis, IN JUL 7: Dragon Con Filk Concert with Brobdingnagian Bards JUL 8: High Card Brewery, Tucker, GA @ 6:00 - 9:00 PM ET JUL 9: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. AUG 4-7: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN AUG 19: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. SEP 1-5: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA with Brobdingnagian Bards SEP 10-11: Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival, Hendersonville, TN SEP 28-OCT 2: Hobbit Band at ALEP in Shakertown, KY 1:58 - WHAT’S NEW?
    Kickstarter coming in August 02:06 - LIVE STORY AT CONJURATION
    03:38 - Star of the County Down
    11:49 - Irish Ballad
    15:08 - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
    18:40 - O'er the Way
    23:10 - Happily Ever After
    28:58 - Jedi Drinking Song
    34:17 - Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits
    40:28 - Blink
    44:30 - Name on My Soul
    49:51 - I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK
    You can download a copy of “Happily Ever After” in the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon.
    What are you doing while listening to Pub Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story.
    Thanks for listening to Pub Stories. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can subscribe and listen wherever you find podcasts. You can also subscribe to my mailing list. You will get regular updates of new music, podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at www.pubsong.com!
    #pubstories #conjuration2022 #harrypotterconvention
     

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    Wherever I May Roam

    Wherever I May Roam

    Are you like Bilbo Baggins? Do you love a good adventure? Will shaking up your life help you to find happiness?
    Subscribe to Pub Songs & Stories #254 to find out.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind my music.
    0:24 -  WHAT’S NEW?
    Let me start by reminding you that Pub Songs & Stories is a podcast brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. The public version of his show will be released on the first Monday of each month starting in August. However, there will be a private version. It will come out every other week, exclusively on Patreon.
    If you’re looking for Stories from other Celtic bands, then be sure to subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.
    If you enjoy my music or this podcast, please sign up on Patreon. You’ll get this podcast, and be able to downloads songs featured in this show. You also get Stories from the Road, sheet music, and get access to the Coffee with The Celtfather concerts which happen on Wednesdays at 11 AM eastern. You get all of that for as little as $5 per month. And you can get a discount with an annual membership.
    Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Ivan MacKillop
    I’m still putting together my next Kickstarter. The album is called Come Adventure With Me. It features that title track, and some of my newest music. Several songs are already recorded. And if I haven’t given them away on Patreon yet, they will be available there.
    That’s because Streaming music gives you a quick and easy way to sample all of my music. Digital sales keep my business running. Tips and CD sales allow me to tour. Patreon funds my songwriting!
    Kickstarter funds physical products like CDs, shirts, album pins and other merch. The plan is to officially release the album next year. But in what format?
    I have quite a few people who ask that I keep releasing CDs. I also started releasing Album Pins, which are lapel pins associated with each album.
    That is what this new Kickstarter will fund. Yes. Some of the music will go to pay musicians for their time in helping me create the music. But most of it will go into producing physical merch for this album. Although I’m also raising money for album lapel pins of a couple past albums.
    If you’re interested in supporting this album, please follow the link to my Kickstarter page and make a pledge.
    3:15 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    MAY 6: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM. MAY 20: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. MAY 21: Pepper Place Farmer's Market, Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT May 28: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA 3:30 - STORY OF WHEREVER I MAY ROAM
    I’m like Bilbo Baggins. I love a good adventure. I think it all started when my parents divorced. My dad would drive us to Texas each summer to stay with our grandparents. My brother and I would fly home a few weeks later. I loved air travel.
    Then my mom moved to Italy in 1985. My brother and I flew, just the two of us, across the big blue ocean, to Italy. This was the height of my Dungeons & Dragons days. So going to Italy was like stepping inside one of my D&D campaigns. It was magical. I relished it.
    My mom had a small home in Isola Montagne. It was a few miles from the Vicenza military base. I moved to Italy in 1989 to live with my mom. I visited Rome, Venice, the alps, Florence, Verona, just… everywhere. It was incredible. Life was an adventure.
    But I also knew that I didn’t want to adventure alone. Sure I had fun in 2003. I sprained my ankle. But I had already booked a flight to Germany where I would take a train to Italy. It was fun. But also lonely.
    I wanted a family. In 2009, I met my wife, Gwen, at a house concert in Virginia. It was one of the few actual tours I ever made as a professional musician. We clicked instantly. We solidified our kindred spirits a couple months later when we met up in London. Our first big date

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    Serenity Valley Waltz

    Serenity Valley Waltz

    Living literally or metaphorically in a war is a terrible way to live. How do you keep going forward when your friends are dying all around you? Come Adventure with me and my new Kickstarter. Find out how you can keep listening to more Pub Stories on Pub Songs & Stories #253.
    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind my music.
    0:30 - WHAT’S NEW?
    First, let me tell you that I am getting ready to Kickstart a new album. If you’re not yet subscribed to my mailing list, please sign up so you don’t miss the Kickstarter. It’s for an album called Come Adventure With Me. It has some more amazing songs. I hope to announce the release of the Kickstarter on the next episode.
    Second, you’ll note that this episode is quite a bit shorter than past shows. After much debate, I decided to once again retire the format I’ve been working on for the past year. There was a LOT that I loved about that format. I’ve actually been pretty giddy about it. But the pros just didn’t outweigh the cons. You can read about my decision in my blog on my website.
    That said, the Pub Stories are not exactly going away. If you want to keep listening to my Pub Stories, then join my Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. I plan to release two episodes per month in the Spring and Fall season. However, they will be shorter episodes like this and they will focus almost exclusively on my music. You can get that with any pledge on Patreon, for just five buck a month.
    And I also plan to post at least one episode per month in the PubSong.com feed. At least through the end of the Spring season.
    So what happens to the stories I still have left to publish? Because I do have a few. Those will move to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I’ll add them to every 2-3 episodes.
    So again, thank you for all of your support. I truly appreciate everyone who became an actual fan of THIS show.
    A special Thanks to my newest Gunn Runners on Patreon: Robert Eby, Mikey Mason, Nowisthewinterofourdiscord, Sue DeSimone, Bill Shields
    3:13 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    APR 22-24: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA APR 24: Three Taverns Brewery, Decatur, GA @ 4-7 PM. APR 29: Pontoon Brewing, Sandy Springs, GA @ 6-9 PM MAY 6: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM. MAY 20: Ironshield Brewing in Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM. May 28: The Lost Druid, Avondale Estates, GA @ I was gonna do a story about Tough Times in this show. But I realized I already highlighted it in show #217. It’s even called Tough Times.

    3:51 - STORY OF SERENITY VALLEY WALTZ
    “Serenity Valley Waltz” changed everything for me. I was not confident I could write a song on command. Heck, I’m still not. But I am MORE confident.
    Mikey Mason and I met at a sports bar in Chicago for FuMPFest a few years back. Mikey asked if I’d be interested in starting a podcast where we wrote a song for each episode of Firefly. I didn’t think I could do it. I was nervous as hell, but I wanted to try. I wanted to flex my songwriting muscles and get better. What better way!
    So the first episode we watched was “Serenity”. It’s the two-hour introduction to the characters. I remember when I first watched it, I was left in a kind of daze. I didn’t know what to think about the episode.
    When I rewatched it, one of the things that stuck out to me was the introductory scene. It’s a flashback to one of the most-important battles of the Unification War. The Battle of Serenity Valley is when the Alliance finally beat back the Browncoats. ⅔ of the Independents died fighting in that battle.
    The look of dejection on Malcolm Reynold’s face when the Angels retreat is just incredible. It’s also very appropriate. And then later in the episode when he talks and the season when he talks about Serenity Valley, you can tell there was trauma. The type that must be SO hard to get over.
    I mean, imagine fighting in a battle where ⅔ of you

    • 11 min
    Funny Irish Stories

    Funny Irish Stories

    The rock walls of Ireland make for a harrowing driving experience. Is it calamity or comedy? Do musicians love song requests or not? How to stand out with good food. The Lost Druid Brewery tells their tale. Why do musicians forget lyrics during shows? I can’t speak for most musicians. But I will share my reasons. This is Pub Songs & Stories #252.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com.
    0:27 - WHAT’S NEW?
    If you're new to the Pub Songs & Stories, please subscribe and post a comment on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Special thanks to mine Robert, Mikey Mason, Jacob and Sue Background sounds from The Pocket in North Georgia Check out the new Mont St-Michel Video. What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. Take a picture of where you are. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. 5:05 - CONCERNED FOR AIR, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE
    One of my big goals with mentioning the Climate Almanac in the last show was to start a discussion. Someone emailed me last week. They responded “my concern about air and water (not climate change) are more health related than political.”
    I know I didn’t make myself clear. My fight against climate change is not political either. I don’t care about your politics. Sure 95% of all Climate scientists say human-made climate change is real. And so yes, I trust the science. If you wanna call that political, that’s up to you.
    But I’ve been passively supporting the environment long before the climate change discussion began, back when I was a member of the Surfrider Foundation in college, when I was actually studying to be a marine biologist.
    But I’m not talking about climate change for the science I can’t see, but rather for the empirical evidence that I can see. And you can see.
    We both see and feel the repercussions of pollution. I remember picking up a Budweiser beer can that someone left on the bank of a lake in Alabama. That’s something you can see. Or have you seen the oil film left on the water of a lake?
    My friend pointed out the public health effects on asthma. In Texas, they frequently have air quality warnings. I didn’t need the warnings. Every time one of those days came about, I used my inhaler BEFORE I heard the warning. For those of us who live with asthma. That is something to fight against. And it will get worse.
    Taking care of the planet is an everyone issue. Remember that the human population on earth grows exponentially. It might not affect you… right now. But it will one day. Because more people means more pollution. Whether that’s air pollution, water pollution, whatever.
    You, your kids and other people will feel the effects. We are a community. So we should take care of one another.
    So even if you don’t believe scientists who warn about human-made Climate Change. There is no harm done in supporting the Climate Change movement. Even small changes can make a big difference over time. Because if each of us makes a small change, that means BIG change. That’s what the Climate Almanac is about.
    7:34 - Old Blind Dogs “Bonnie Earl” from Four on the Floor
    12:16 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST
    There’s a lot of great new music added to our Best of 2022 playlist on Spotify and Amazon Music.
    Wolf & Clover Lissa Schneckenburger Jenna Monynihan Heather Dale Marc Gunn “Breathing” Old Blind Dogs Kathy Barwick Marys Lane Listen to the playlists on Spotify or Amazon Music.
    12:54 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    APR 2-3: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 9-10: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX One show daily with Brobdingnagian Bards. Others with Jamie Haeuser APR 16: : I

    • 48 min
    St. Patrick's Day Irish Music & Dance

    St. Patrick's Day Irish Music & Dance

    Happy St Patrick’s Day with an extra long episode. Jon Pilatzke shares some stories about the late Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains. The Muckers wrote a song on a Flogging Molly cruise. Guilty pleasures come in many shapes. What’s mine? I’ll give you a hint. It comes in plaid. The Lost Druid Brewery will tell you why they have so many beers to choose from. Climate change is real. But is it too late? Atlanta Irish Dance by Burke & Connolly will tell you about the different types of Irish dance.
    It’s on Pub Songs & Stories #251.

    WHO'S PLAYING IN THE PUB TODAY Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is the Virtual Public House to share stories and inspiration behind music with your host Marc Gunn. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music at PubSong.com.
    0:47 - WHAT’S NEW?
    If you're new to the pub songs podcast, subscribe. Donations to Celtic Non-profits over $45,000 Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Special thanks to Not Higgins, C.J. Taylor, Sarah Crockett, Bill Mandeville, William McKissack, Brian Morin, Carol Baril, Kurt Goodyear, Miranda Nelson, Jan Czenkusch, Luke Miller, Josh Brown, LauraMay Sorkin, James ODell, Eric Ray, Tim M. O'Brien What new patreon content was added? What are you doing while listening to Pub Songs & Stories? I’d love your thoughts and feedback. So take a picture of yourself or where you are or what one of these stories reminds you of. Post it on social media. Use the hashtag #pubstories so I can find it and share your story. If you need a guest on your podcast… What song would you like to hear more about? 4:01 - The Carroll Sisters “Reels for Three Brothers” from Daybreak
    8:38 - NEW TO IRISH & CELTIC MUSIC: BEST OF 2022 PLAYLIST
    There’s a lot of great new music added to our Best of 2022 playlist on Spotify and Amazon Music.
    The Carroll Sisters Poitin Band Kilmaine Saints The Rogues Listen to the playlists on Spotify or Amazon Music.
    9:05 - UPCOMING SHOWS
    MAR 25-27: MidSouthCon, Memphis, TN APR 2-3: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX APR 9-10: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX 9:27 - “Whiskey Is Calling” by Kilmaine Saints from Drunken Redemption

    12:32 - STORY OF PLAYING MUSIC WITH PADDY MALONEY FOR 20 YEARS
    Paddy Maloney was the co-founder of The Chieftains. They were called Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors. The Irish music world mourned last October in 2021 when Paddy passed away.
    I posted my own sorrows for his passing on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast Facebook page. Jon Pilatzke responded. Jon is a fiddler and an Irish dancer. He played music with The Chieftains for 20 years. I asked him to submit music to the podcast.
    I asked Jon if he might be able to share a story or two about playing music with Paddy. He humbly shared this inspiring story of a Celtic music legend.
    21:48 - Jon Pilatzke “The Canadian Set: Fisher's Hornpipe / Cotillon d'Avila LeBlanc / Reel du Forgeron (The Blacksmith's Reel)” from Amongst Friends

    25:48 - STORY OF QUEEN OF THE PIT
    I was performing at Tucker Brewing Company at the beginning of last year, when who did I see in the audience, drinking a pint, Jeff Shaw of The Muckers.
    I first connected with Jeff a number of years back when he too was living in New Orleans. We both had an early introduction to Celtic music through an album of Irish drinking songs. But it wasn’t until Atlanta that I finally met him. And I was really surprised to see him in my audience.
    At that time, I was trying to find artists to collaborate with on my album Selcouth. One song stood out. That was “Kilty Pleasure”. I’ll talk more about it in a moment. But I emailed him the next day and asked if The Muckers might be interested in collaborating. And I’m so happy they agreed.
    There aren’t many Celtic bands in Atlanta that are making a splash. But The Muckers, they are definitely the go to band. They sound amazing. But I’m sure it also helps that they are a Celtic Punk band. That’s probably why the

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63 Ratings

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Great music

I have been listening for a really long time and the music is great. Last couple of episodes have sounded fast. Have you changed recording method or is iTunes doing something

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Tough times podcast

I was almost a fan for life until Gunn said Biden was classy. It was clear to me that Gunn took a big swig of the Koolaid. Pity that, but I have hope that Gunn may see the light some day. Who knows maybe he has...

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Canton Radio

I have loved all the episodes, but this one just takes the cake!!

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