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The Brobdingnagian Bards' great rendition of Finnegan's Wake appears on our Episode 025, The Many Lives of Aengus Og.

Biography


Scottish and Irish folk songs combined with the Lord of the Rings music and a wee bit o'Celtic fun. The Brobdingnagian Bards (pronounced brob-din-nahg-EE-en) are The Original Celtic Renaissance music duo from Austin, Texas. Their unique brand of folk music on the autoharp, recorder, and mandolin has made them one of the most-popular Celtic music groups online where they give away thousands of free Celtic MP3 downloads daily.

The Brobdingnagian Bards perform coast-to-coast, and in a given month might be at a Lord of the Rings Oscar Party, a Celtic festival, or a Science Fiction Convention. However, they are an absolute favorite at Renaissance Faires where they add high-energy and wit to make every show a memorable experience.

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In 1993, Andrew and I first met. We were both living in Moore-Hill Residence Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. I was his Resident Assistant and was dreaming about being the next Elvis Presley. Andrew was a computer geek. Wow! Things haven't changed much. Years past and we became good friends.

In 1997, my last rock band finally broke up. So I started learning how to play the autoharp and writing a lot more songs. Several months later I quit my day job and decided to record an album-Ichabod's Geography (I was a Geography major in college).

Knowing that Andrew played some musical instruments I invited him to come play on my CD. He recorded a track with the recorder on "Lounging in La-La Land", my one semi-Celtic sounding song. Not having much success promoting an album and also having some decided flaws in my own performance on the CD, the album disappeared. Several months later, I started working at the UT Austin again.

While practicing on the South Mall, I was invited to perform at a Renaissance Festival. I asked Andrew to join me and the Brobdingnagian Bards were born.

If you want even greater details check our our Bard Biography.

Andrew McKee played guitar and saxophone in high school. He grew up with a classical music background and found the transition from saxophone to recorder to be seamless which led him to perform on Marc Gunn's first solo album. He is entirely self-taught on the mandolin.

Marc Gunn is an Irish and Scottish folk singer with a strange affinity for Celtic ballads, drinking songs and cats. He is the lead singer for the Brobdingnagian Bards, an internet music promoter, podcaster, poet, photographer and publisher of many, many things on and offline. See our Contributor page for details.

Albums

The Brobdignagian Bards have 12 albums available.

Real Men Wear Kilts

Real Men Wear Kilts

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The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs

The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs

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LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus

LIVE: Nex Monoceroti, Per Risibus

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Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

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Christmas in Brobdingnag Vol 1

Christmas in Brobdingnag

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Songs of Ireland

Songs of Ireland

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Memories of Middle Earth

Memories of Middle Earth

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Marked By Great Size

Marked By Great Size

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A Celtic Renaissance Wedding

A Celtic Renaissance Wedding

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A Faire To Remember

A Faire To Remember

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Songs of the Muse

Songs of the Muse

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Gullible's Travels

Gullible's Travels

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