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The Brobdingnagian Bards are a Celtic music group from Austin, Texas. Celtic music is a term utilized by record companies, music stores and music magazines to describe a broad grouping of musical genres that evolved out of the folk musical traditions of the Celtic peoples of Western Europe. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ...


History

Marc Gunn, formerly of Austin Texas' alternative rock bands Skander and Breastfed, released a solo album (Geography) featuring himself on autoharp and Andrew McKee on recorder in 1998. This initial collaboration lead to the official formation of the Brobdingnagian Bards in 1999.


The group's name is derived from the kingdom of coarse giants described in Jonathan Swift's satirical novel Gulliver's Travels. The band is currently made up of its original two members, Marc Gunn (autoharp, vocals), and Andrew McKee (recorder, mandolin, vocals). Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745) was an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gullivers Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapiers Letters, The Battle of the Books, and... First Edition of Gullivers Travels Gullivers Travels (1726, amended 1735), officially Vol. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... An Autoharp The Autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which, when depressed, mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord. ... Various recorders The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument of the family known as fipple flutes or internal duct flutes — whistle-like instruments which include the tin whistle and ocarina. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ...


The Brobdingnagian Bards musical style is best described as a mixture of both Irish and Scottish folk songs. Despite performing in what is considered a "niche" genre, this duo was ranked as one of the top 20 bands on the original MP3.com. Over time, the Bards have also honed their act into live entertainment by adding comedy, with McKee being the "straight-man" to Gunn's antics. As a result, they have also become a familiar and popular act on both the renaissance faire and geek-show circuits. Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic and Scots1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... MP3. ... A Renaissance Fair or Renaissance Festival is an outdoor weekend gathering ostensibly focused on recreating life as it was during the Renaissance. ...


The Bards had the honor of being headliners at the Oscar party for the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. They have also received two Austin Music Awards for Best Novelty Band and Best None of the Above Band, and were the first Celtic band to ever win such accolades. In addition to the many conventions, faires and music festivals the group performs at around the Austin area, they also have toured coast to coast, and developed a following of devoted listeners, referred to as "Nagians." In 2007, the Bards with several of thir fans took a vacation tour of Ireland. The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by the English academic J. R. R. Tolkien. ...


Discography

  • Marked by Great Size (1999)
  • Gullible's Travels (2000)
  • Songs of the Muse (2001)
  • A Faire To Remember (2001)
  • Songs of Ireland (2002)
  • Memories of Middle Earth (2003)
  • A Celtic Renaissance Wedding (2004)
  • Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales (2005)
  • Christmas in Brobdingnag, Vol 1 (2005)
  • The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs (2006)

See Marc Gunn for additional CDs. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Gullibles Travels may refer to: Gullibles Travels, a 1917 book by Ring Lardner Gullibles Travels, a song by Soul Asylum from their 1990 album And the Horse They Rode in On Gullibles Travels, a 2000 recording by Marc Gunn Gullibles Travels, a 2002 novel by... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


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CD Baby: BROBDINGNAGIAN BARDS: Songs of Ireland (1645 words)
Songs of of Ireland is a new exploration of the Irish songs by the Brobdingnagian Bards.
Ask their fans, and they'll tell you The Bards are just plain "fun!" Which makes sense since, after all, they just love the music.
The Bards (who are Marc Gunn, on vocals and autoharp, and Andrew McKee on vocals, mandolin, and recorder) have a unique sound that's very enjoyable to listen to.
Brobdingnagian Bards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (321 words)
The Brobdingnagian Bards are a Celtic music group from Austin, Texas.
The Brobdingnagian Bards musical style is best described as a mixture of both Irish and Scottish folk songs.
The Bards had the honor of being headliners at the Oscar party for the The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
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