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Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories, the virtual Public House for Celtic culture and change through music.

I am Marc Gunn. I play Sci F'Irish music. I want to take you on an adventure. I'll share the stories behind my songs as we explore pop culture media through the lens of Irish & Celtic music. You will have fun and sing along, and maybe get a far too real glimpse of yourself.




Jul 12, 2021

How an old Irish warning about drinking too late made its way into a fun Irish song. Tartanic teaches you how bagpipe tunes are named. And if your actions are cruel and controlling, then you may not be the righteous person you think you are. That’s the idea behind my next single.

Welcome to Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music.

I am Marc Gunn. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. You will get behind-the-scenes music and podcasts as a member. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at

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0:30 - “Mairi’s Wedding” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
Learn more about the history of “Mairi’s Wedding” on Wikipedia.

2:26 - WELCOME
New Single: “Peggy Gordon”. You can hear more about that song on show #174 of Pub Songs Podcast. It was released on July 2, 2021

New Single: I have a new single coming out on Thurs, July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I’ll tell you more about it in a bit.

MG website updated as a blog… again.

Name on My Soul now Flower of Scotland.

7:55 - TRAVEL WITH 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 its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. We’re going to Scotland in 2022. Join the invasion at


JUL 15: Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Get your tickets.
JUL 16-18: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA
JUL 30: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @  7:00 – 10:00 PM.

AUG 5: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 9 returns on Aug 5) @ 12:00 PM Eastern
AUG 13: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM.

SEP 2-6: Dragon Con with Brobdingnagian Bards, Atlanta, GA
SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN.

You can find my complete calendar on my website.

9:51 - I’m very pleased to introduce you to Giacomo the Jester aka Carl Asch. Giocomo was performing once again at Sherwood Forest Faire this year. I featured him in 2017 on Celtfather Music & Travel. He was on episode #214.

But I first found out about him in about 2000. He plays in a band called Empty Hats. They released a wonderful song on called “The Hat Came Back”. It was such a fun song, when I got to the faire, I knew one person I HAD to have on this podcast. He told me how his band and this song came to be.


11:55 - “The Hat Came Back” by Empty Hats from Empty Hats


I have a new single that will be released on July 29. It’s called “By Amazing Grace”. I wrote it for the In the ‘Verse podcast I did with Mikey Mason. You can listen to episode #13 here.

The song is about toxic masculinity. Being masculine and strong are fine. But when masculinity is used as a weapon to belittle and control women or anyone, that’s when it’s a problem. Just like in the Firefly episode, “Heart of Gold,” where I got inspiration for this song.

“By Amazing Grace” turns the tables. It’s about a man who meets a woman. He woos her. They fall in love. Then his true colors are revealed. He’s actually a monster bent on controlling people.

When you meet people like that, there are two things you can do. You can allow them to control you or you stand up to them, fight back, teach them that there is a better place than toxic masculinity, one where people are equal.

So she fights back with the reminder that real men are those who treasure and support the women they love.

18:22 - “By Amazing Grace” from Selcouth (featuring Andrew McKee of Brobdingnagian Bards and Jamie Haeuser)

22:29 - Adrian Walter is the drummer, dancer, and front man of the bagpipe band Tartanic. If you let him—he’ll pick up guitars and penny whistles or a didgeridoo—but heavy medication has aided greatly to quell this urge.


29:22 - “BallZ/Ringworm” by Tartanic from Uncivilized

33:45 -- New Irish & Celtic Song Lyrics. I updated the lyrics for all of the songs I sing in this show. You will find lyrics and chords so you can play along with me. Just click the song title to find the lyrics or follow the link in the shownotes to find more Irish & Celtic song lyrics.

33:55 - “Big Strong Man” from St Patrick’s Day

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37:49 - “Wherever I May Roam” from Selcouth

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