Tidying Up Social, Celtic Punk, A Mother's Confession #181
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We're gonna tidy up your social media friend's list. I'll teach you a little bit about Celtic Punk. I'll leave you laughing and bawling through a mother's confession. Plus, I'll share some travel insights.

You'll also enjoy music from Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuser, The Gatehouse Well, Tullamore, 3 Pints Gone, Amanda Palmer, We Banjo 3, Cady Finlayson, Dervish, The Templars of Doom, Gerry O'Beirne, Kilted Kings, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Brobdingnagian Bards, Kyle Carey, Heather Dale, Runa, The Fighting Jamesons, Colleen Raney.

Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic Geek musician and your guide to honoring our past and adapting for our future.

If you have comments or want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this show.

Cead mile failte! PubSong.net


0:10 "Black Velvet Band" by Marc Gunn & Jamie Haeuser from How America Saved Irish Music


  • Now a resident of Atlanta
  • Newsletter gone monthly?

6:00 “Winter Is Coming” by The Gatehouse Well from Single

9:35 "Arthur McBride / Andy Renwick's Ferret / Fisherman's Song For Attracting Seals" by Tullamore from Six Strings and Coffee Beans

15:23 "A Man's A Man for a' That" by Marc Gunn from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

18:03 "Yew Tree" by 3 Pints Gone from The Beaches of St Valery

21:23 Branded shirt idea


27:14 "A Mother's Confession" by Amanda Palmer from There Will Be No Intermission

37:49 PUB CHAT I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? How has this show inspired you? Send a written comment along with any pictures to marc@marcgunn.com. Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email.

Troy emailed: "Hi Marc, I finished the epic Pub Songs podcast from Sherwood. That was a lot of fun! Thank you. I feel like I don't say that enough. It's a blast to follow your musical world.

Along the same lines, the Heroes CD is incredible. It's been getting regular play on the commute from work. Thank you for that too. I got a grin when you mentioned it on the podcast and said "you probably don't have this album."

I follow your blog via RSS feed, as I have for years. Sometimes the old ways still work. Anyway, I just read the one about social media not sparking joy for you. *raises hand* Right there with you on that one. I hear more and more that employers won't hire someone without a social media presence. Does it truly matter? I've never thought so. Sounds like you're coming to the same conclusion after years of being in the trenches on that. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the idea of immediacy, but everything seems to be immediate online. As they say, when everything is an emergency, nothing is an emergency. Unless you're one of these YouTube stars making bank on ad revenue for having millions of followers. Maybe then I'd get the need, but I don't follow any of those types.

It's a weird balance. People tell me I'm old for not being on Facebook. Many in the younger generation don't bother with it either. Not sure where that leaves me. But I know what I like. I seek out podcasts and music. That's how I found you years ago. I've never had a reason to second guess. It takes all types in the world. It's like that in any business too. It just seems to me that musicians make music. As Spock told Kirk, it's your first, best destiny. Anything else is a waste of material. ;)

I admire that you're willing to try new things, and I can't imagine how much of it comes down to marketing. In the end, you've built a solid product with a solid brand, and you continue to do so. It speaks for itself.

I did have one old school idea... have you thought about broadcasting your podcast feed on XM radio? Or even on local FM bands (in conjunction with local Ren Faires and cons)? Then the radio stations feel the need to advertise for you. Radio is where music lives, right? You probably have considered it, but it never hurts to toss an idea out there. I've wondered why, as popular as Ren Faires are now, why there is no Ren Faire Radio. But then... this is what you do in podcast form, isn't it? Is radio not the great granddaddy of all social media? Orson Welles knew it. Freddie Mercury knew it. 80 years on, has it really changed so much?

Apologies for rambling. In any case, this is a long-winded way of saying that this old school music fan appreciates you efforts. I have for years, and I will for years to come. I hope your move to Atlanta goes smoothly. All the best to you and yours."

44:39 "Hold Onto Your Soul" by We Banjo 3 from Haven

48:39 "Barrowburn" by Cady Finlayson from Celtic Purple

50:40 "Down By The Sally Gardens" by Dervish from The Great Irish Songbook


59:40 "Beggar in the Road" by Templars of Doom from Hovels of the Holy

01:02:39 CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through it's culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos.

2019 is the Celtic Invasion of Dingle. 2020 is the Origins of Celtic Invasions. You can find out more about these two exciting trips. Join the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

  • I want your Ireland or Celtic Travel Questions. Email me!
  • Travel insights

01:05:49 "The Holy Ground" by Gerry O'Beirne from Half Moon Bay

01:10:00 "Cloghden More" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul

01:13:35 "Two Red Roses" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Twelve Months & A Day

01:18:54 NEWS

  • Brobdingnagian Bards are launching a Kickstarter in July. Subscribe to our mailing list and podcast.
  • Confirmed for Gen Con. Shows announced.
  • Firefly Drinking Songs Live from Dragon Con 2014 is the latest Celtfather Bootleg
  • New genetic counseling song
  • More podcasts on patreon
  • Overcast sharing on Instagram

01:23:03 "A Prudent Thief" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Marked By Great Size

01:26:06 "For Your Journey" by Kyle Carey from The Art of Forgetting

01:28:00 "Three Axes" by Heather Dale from Sphere

01:32:52 Marie Kondo's Guide to Internet Facebook Friends Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter

01:41:13 "Again for Greenland" by Runa from ...And We'll All Go Together

01:45:31 "Mid the Green Fields of Virginia" by The Fighting Jamesons from Every Day Above Ground

01:48:21 "Standing in Doorways" by Colleen Raney from Standing in Doorways

01:53:18 "Old Dun Cow" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales


  • Celtic Invasion of Dingle, Ireland
  • July 6: Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham, AL
  • Aug 1-4: Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN
  • Aug 23: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co in Alabaster, AL
  • Aug 24: Pepper Place Farmer's Market in Birmingham, AL
  • Sep 27-28: Browncoat Ball, Las Vegas, NV

The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club to get more podcasts, videos, bootleg concerts, and exclusive MP3s. Special thanks to my newest patron: MaryAnne

Thank you for so kindly supporting my music. Go to marcgunn.net to join the Gunn Runners on Patreon today. Let's make a friendlier world.

If you enjoy the music in this show, support the artists. Buy their music and merch. Follow them on Spotify. Let them know how much you love what they are doing. And tell a friend.

02:00:44 "Browncoat Baby" by Marc Gunn from As Long As I'm Flyin'

Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!  www.pubsong.net.

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