One of the integral parts of the Celtic culture is the music.Irish music is not only a part of our heritage, but it is a part of our every day lives. I play Celtic music on iPod throughout the day. I sing songs and Irish lullabies at night. My daughter was in the hospital for surgery and what did I do? I sang to her.
Irish and Celtic songs and tunes, both new and old, continue to meld into our world musical landscape such that it's not just "world music", it's "Celtic music". I believe that every Halfway to St. Patrick's Day celebration should have music.
If you're putting together your own Halfway to St. Patrick's Day celebration, start with the music. Hire Celtic musicians or bands for your event. You can find them in most local communities. Just google "Celtic music [Your Town]" or "Irish music [Your Town]". You are bound to find some great artists who would love to turn your celebration into an day to remember.
Many artists are fairly affordable too. Fees range from about $300-2000 depending on the popularity and availability of the artists.
If you don't have the money to hire a band, check out some of my podcasts.
The St. Patrick's Day Podcast is a free downloadable radio show. There are seven episodes featuring over seven hours of amazing indie Celtic music with little talk. I give you full permission to download it and play it for your celebrations. If you want to help out the artists, you can also print out the shownotes and hand them out to your customers.
The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is the largest most-popular Celtic podcast online. It is an award-winning podcast with well-over 30,000 downloads of each show. There are over 100 shows that you can download and play for your event attendees too.
The Pub Songs Podcast feature songs you might enjoy and pub. Sometimes these are traditional Irish pub songs. Sometimes they are not. I also share some of my latest news for my Gunn Runners.
Check out my Celtic Music Magazine to find a number of other great Celtic podcasts from around the globe. I'm sure most of these other podcasts would be happy to share their shows with your events too. Just email them. It also offers a bunch of Irish MP3s you can download for free.
In fact, I also offer an album you can download for free. Irish Songs for New Orleans is a compilation CD of some of my most-popular Irish songs that you can download for free. Or if you want a CD, you can buy it a great discount price.
If you're in or Northern Alabama, I'd love to play your Halfway to St. Patrick's Day celebration. I'm based in Birmingham, Alabama and happy to visit your town if you live within 500 miles, or if you'd like to fly me to you for an event.
If you like Irish drinking songs, Renaissance festivals, science fiction conventions, comedy, cats, or podcasts, or if you just like good food, good drink, and good company, then drop me a line.
You can check out my music below:
I started the Celtic Music CD Store to highlight albums by my Celtic label, Mage Records. There are dozens of albums by me and other indie Celtic bands. Plus you will find links to some of the best indie Celtic music online.
I have a bunch of fun Celtic CDs like these:
Become the Hero of an Epic adventure of powerful Celtic World music. Sing. Dance. Smile. Because we wear kilts, and You are royalty! Kilted Kings features Marc Gunn on autoharp and vocals and Randy Wothke on percussion.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with your little leprechauns. Your kids will love this collection of fun and funny St. Patrick’s Day songs. It’s Celtic music for kids and the whole family!
The Irish diaspora of the 19th century sent millions of Irish families to America. Settling in New York, Boston and New Orleans, the immigrants brought Irish music with them. Combining with other folk traditions and sustained by Irish cultural organizations across the country, Irish and Celtic music thrives in America. Two original songs are based on the construction of the New Basin Canal in New Orleans, where something between 5,000 and 20,000 Irish workers dies of yellow fever.
Ever wake up on St. Patrick’s Day in a panic because you have no Irish music? Well, here’s a ready-made solution! “Every Day is Not St. Patrick’s Day” adds to Marc Gunn’s considerable collection of Celtic music made accessible in any number of ways. First of all, it’s a great listen. Even if you never explore the music beyond that, you’ll be satisfied. But Marc has made the lyrics to and chords for all these great songs available on his Irish Song Lyrics website. Was the #5 most-popular World music album on iTunes on January, 17 2013.
Kilted Celtic comedy music for the playfully demented Celtic music fan. Get ready to guffaw with a healthy dose of laughter, the best medicine for any Celtic music lover.
A soulful reflection of Celtic and folk bluesy music with themes and melodies both new and old that spans over ten years of Marc Gunn’s career. Masterfully recorded by Rich Brotherton, one of the Celtic music world’s finest producers.
It’s Irish. A joyful juxtaposition of the morbid and the comic that celebrates murder ballads, the Black Death and life through death. Experience an album of New Orleans Irish music and drinking songs.
All the original Irish drinking songs that were parodied on “Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers”. It’s newly-released with a brand new cover to celebrate Marc’s newly restarted Celtic music career.
The original CD that struck the imagination of cat lovers everywhere. It combines Irish drinking songs with my love of cats.
Irish Songs About Drinking for Those Who Love to Drink. A compilation CD featuring drinking songs from most of the Brobdingnagian Bards CDs.
A warm fire of your favorite fairy tales, Irish folk songs, and fantasy filk music from Brobdingnag. Order a Guinness and smile to Irish drinking songs, The Princess Bride, and Star Wars: A New Hope.