Origin Story of Brobbdingnagian Bards: We Made Lemonade #39

We’re gonna step back in time to see how our first CD, “Marked By Great Size” came to be. You’ll hear never-before-told-stories about the how we rolled with the punches and made lemonade…figuratively speaking. Plus, you’ll enjoy some music from our first official album as well as music from the atrocity that we tried to hide…

As Andrew requested, here’s the track listing for Marked By Great Size: None But A Harper (from The Last Unicorn), Satisfied, Lady Faery, Gypsy Rover, Swift Dining, A Begging I Will Go, DO VIRGINS TASTE BETTER?, (Tom Lehrer’s) Irish Ballad, Bella’s Highland Jig, O’er The Way, Liquid Sunshine, The Dragon’s Retort, Happily Ever After, A Prudent Thief, If I Had A Million Ducats, Pachelbel Canon in F – Variations.

The Brobdingnagian Bards’ self-titled preview CD features: Nonesuch, If I Had A Million Ducats, Satisfied, None But A Harper, The King’s Song, The Brobdingnagian Love Song, Ramblin’ Boy, Oe’r the Way, Gypsy Rover (Instrumental).

Music Played in this Show

“Swift Dining” (intro music)

“Ramblin’ Boy” from Brobdingnagian Bards

“O’re the Way” from Brobdingnagian Bards

“None But A Harper” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

“Do Virgins Taste Better” from Marked By Great Size

“Pachebel’s Canon in F – Variations” from Marked By Great Size

“Bella’s Highland Jig” from Marked By Great Size

“If I Had A Million Ducats” from Brobdingnagian Bards

Marc Gunn’s band, Kilted Kings, and Andrew McKee, The Irish Bard are both performing at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival this year. We are releasing our next albums together on February 2nd–GROUNDHOG DAY! You might even get to watch and comment along with Andrew on the day of the release. Either way, you can help us climb the charts by buying our CDs on February 2nd.

If you enjoy the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast, support Marc Gunn and Andrew McKee. Subscribe to our mailing list at www.thebards.net.

Buy our music. And then LIKE and SHARE this podcast with other Nagians.

Top 5 Movie Round Table of 7 #38

Andrew and I are performing separately at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. We thought it would be nice to record a podcast. But people kept walking in on us. Our Top 5 movie theme was hijacked into a round table of wandering entertainers and a lot of fun.

Special guests: Paolo Garbanzo, Melanie and Melissa of Chaste Treasure, Mandie Kitty Cat Turner, Tom Zadoyko


What’s in this Week’s Show

Unofficially sponsored by Paolo Garbanzo’s RenAdventures.com

Top Travel Movies: Around the World in 80 Days, French Kiss, Road Trip, Darjeeling Express, The Illusionist, The Quiet Man, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Aliens, Ice Pirates, Serenity, Timeline

Top Book to Movie Disasters: Howl’s Moving Castle, Starship Troopers, The Hobbit, Avatar Last Airbender, Alone in the Dark

Favorite Movie Ever: The Big Sleep, Fifth Element, Raising Arizona, Fight Club, Velvet Goldmine, The Kingsman, Three Musketeers (1973), The Crow

Bards Songs Played This Week

“Rosin the Beau” from Real Men Wear Kilts

“Loch Lomond” from Real Men Wear Kilts

“Fellowship of the Ring” from Memories of Middle Earth

“The Leprechaun” from LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus

“Join the British Army” from Songs of Ireland

“Old Dun Cow” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

“Valeria” from Songs of the Muse

This edition of the Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast was brought to you live from the Louisiana Renaissance Festival where you can see Andrew McKee, The Irish Bard, perform as well as Marc Gunn’s band, Kilted Kings.

You can find shownotes for this episode at bardbootlegs.com where you can also buy CDs and sign up to our mailing list.

#37: 10 Things to do with Worn Out Brobdingnagian Bards CDs

Photo by GRHookPhoto.com

Photo by GRHookPhoto.com

As we prepare for our reunion show at Sherwood Forest Faire, wandering through the grounds, we record a podcast for the world to hear!

And our theme is: What you can do with worn out Bards CDs? When they’ve been listened to far too often, rendering them useless for further musical perusal? Here are our suggestions…

10. Coaster!
9. Oriental Star – be a CD ninja!
8. Frisbee
7. Mirror
6. Christmas Ornaments
5. Reflect on the Virgin Song (?)
4. Confounding Jugglers at Ren Faires
3. Sundial (using a recorder!)
2. “Fun” things to do in your microwave (Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home. DANGER.)
1. Wall Art!

What would YOU do with your worn out Bards CD?

Yesterday’s show was great! The show went well, the crowd was fun, and we were good – we didn’t go over time! We went through a bunch of old favorites, and some others that we rarely play for some of our die hard fans.

Most importantly, as we log off, in order to replace your beloved CDs, go to thebards.net to replenish and restock your shelves!

And don’t forget to subscribe to Brobdingnagian Bards mailing list for the latest news!

#36: Drive to Dragon Con 2015, Brainstorming a Podcastd

Here’s our improvised podcast while driving to DragonCon 2015!

The first question that raises it’s head is “What is the purpose of a podcast?”

In the past, we’ve done brainstorming, as well as just chatting about what’s going on with our lives. A behind-the-scenes tour, if you will – or a self-covering band!

So how do you create a podcast for a band that only meets once or twice a year? Do we just go for the general chatting about life and work, or do we go for something completely off-the-wall? We don’t have much time together, so outrageous skits and dashing fight scenes aren’t really options…

But these options of chatting about TV and our lives are all boring… a good setup is usually starting off with news, followed by an intro, and then the meat of the podcast. Informing, entertaining, evergreen. Crazy idea – we could do skits, but ask our audience to send in suggestions of what they’d like to see! Improv, parodies, rambling, actual dialogue, commentary – who knows!

Or we could just start classifying everything either Lilliputian or Brobdingnagian.

Basically, the moral of the story, this podcast is about us podcasting and the purpose of our podcasts.



#35: Brainstorming Hobbit Drinking Songs at DragonCon 2015

Brobdingnagian Bards at DragonCon 2015

Brobdingnagian Bards were officially invited to DragonCon this year. We’re already planning this year’s shows. One of which is a Sunday evening Hobbit Drinking Songs show. The show is currently scheduled for 10pm in the Augusta Ballroom in the Westin. Every year, we like to change things up, doing something new and exciting. Last year, we added a fun arrangement of “Seven Drunken Nights”, hobbit-style.

This year, I was thinking about how the show should conclude. What can we do to create one giant crescendo of a song where everyone is singing along with us?

The song we decided on was “I See Fire”, the song from the end of the second Hobbit movie. It’s beautiful, dramatic and has a great sing-along at the end.

At ALEP last year (the hobbit gathering in Central Kentucky), an Elf Choir performed the song. It was amazing. Wouldn’t it be awesome replicate that song at the end of the show?

I threw the idea out to Andrew and together we talk about the logistics needed to make it happen. What we are envisioning. You can even watch the performance that inspired this idea on YouTube. Then you just need to show up at DragonCon on Sunday evening to see if we can make it look as cool as we hope it will be.

TV Show Reviews

It’s time for another edition of the podcast formerly known as A Brobdingnagian Minute, now known as Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast. Marc got an itch to do another Bards podcast. So he crank called Andrew and now you get another show. We’re kinda hoping to release this podcast on a more regular basis. In order to do that and not bore you to death, we NEED Your FEEDBACK.

What would you like to hear us talk about?
What interests you?
How long could you stand listening?
What’s the air speed velocity of an unladen bard?

Use the dang shownotes below and post your comments today!

#33: April Fool’s and The Autoharp That Could’ve Saved Rome

Let us start with apologies to everyone who got excited about yesterday’s April Fool’s joke. Yes, it was another bad joke brought to you by Brobdingnagian Bards. I don’t know if it was as bad as 2001 or 2002 when we told everyone we were breaking up the band… but it sounds like it was close. So our apologies. We are NOT reuniting, except at DragonCon.

That said, we have a bunch of fun Bards news where you can hear some of the legitimate news, some of which was included in yesterday’s podcast.

If you enjoy our insanity, then then please buy a CD over on our website at thebards.net and make sure you also subscribe to our mailing list.

#32: Brobdingnagian Bards Officially Reunite

You heard that right, the Brobdingnagian Bards are back together and planning our 2015-2016 World Tour. It’s gonna be amazing. You can find out all of the exciting news, including the name of our next album and all 17 countries we will be performing at, kicking off with our return to DragonCon.

Are you ready to have your mind blown away?

Find out more about Brobdingnagian Bards at thebards.net. Because WE HAVE CDS!

Sorry… This IS an April Fool’s joke!

Listen to the real podcast here… No joke! 

BBP #31 – Announcing Sherwood Celtic Music Festival Reunion

It always helps when you’re announcing big news that you do it in a timely fashion. Alas, this show was recorded a month ago after said news was released. Oh well! Enjoy the show.

  • Favorite thing about the digital age
  • Marc DJing in high school
  • Andrew’s Star Wars Podcast project
  • Starting late at gigs
  • Run-ins at the Georgia Renaissance Festival
  • Marc’s family vacation in Ireland
  • Release of Ichabod Zeuss CDs
  • Andrew recording on my CDs
  • Trivia Question: What song appears on our CD more than any other?
  • Brobdingnagian Bards Reunion Show at Sherwood Celtic Music Festival
  • Song requests for the reunion?
  • Hedgehog-free zone, Certificate of Authenticity
  • Hunger Games-review
  • Getting Old and Becoming Your Parents
  • In Dumbledore fashion
  • Looking forward to The Hobbit

Brobdingnagian Bards | Gullible's Travels


“The Kiss”
from Gullible’s Travels

“Lanigan’s Ball”
from Songs of Ireland

“The Orange and the Green”
from by Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

“The Scotsman”
from A Faire to Remember

BBP #30 – Merry Celtic Christmas Soap Opera, We’re Quarterly!

The Brobdingnagian Bards Christmas Soap Opera episode with special guests, Blu, the Teddy Bear, and a whole bunch of Christmas movies.

Christmas in Brobdingnag


“Little Drummer Boy”
from Christmas in Brobdingnag, Vol. 1

“Lusty Young Smith”
from A Faire to Remember

“Bog Down in Christmas”
from Christmas in Brobdingnag, Vol. 1

“Ye Jacobites By Name”
from Real Men Wear Kilts

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