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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.



May 3, 2021

Many Irish Americans were refugees. Hear how an Irish band is giving back to help refugees displaced from their native lands. How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band. Celebrate Star Wars Day with fun Jedi drinking songs.

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

My name is Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. I am your guide. Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast and download free music when you sign up at

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


0:31 - “Lily the Pink” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

4:09 - WELCOME

-- One of the reasons I picked this song is because I’ve had a lot of requests for it over the past few years because of its popularity with the Brobdingnagian Bards. Now of course, Andrew McKee, my partner with the Bards sang the song.

One of the other reasons why I picked this song was in case the Virtual Public House CD, volume 2 was a go. But first we gotta get to the Virtual Public House, maybe volume 1.

-- The Celtfather Story… Last year, I hired my audio editor to edit this podcast. I already had Mitchell editing the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. That’s been going for a while. But the Pub Songs Podcast has always had a lot more talking. And because there’s more talking, that also means there’s more editing to be done. Which means it’s more expensive to produce.

I was trying to think of a way to either cut expenses or bring in more money when I realized in every show, I sing 2-3 songs. I should do something with them. And maybe if I publish an album, it will earn enough to fund the shows for each Quarter of the year. So that’s what I did.

Virtual Public House is the name of my brand new album. You’ll get 23 tracks. All of the songs were recorded and performed during the first three months episodes of 2021 on Pub Songs & Stories. Every time you buy one of these CDs, it will help fund the show.

If all goes well, I should have a new album to release each quarter highlighting songs from the previous quarter.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s see what you think of THIS album. You can buy it in my store at If you are a member of the Gunn Runners Club, then you can even use your discount code to save on CD purchases.

I thought about releasing this album on Vinyl. But unfortunately, it is far too long for that.

And why do even bother mentioning vinyl? Well, on May 6, you will be able to buy As Long As I’m Flyin on vinyl. Yes. I am talking about a record. Like if you were talking about a record player. That’s exactly what I just did.

I noticed my CD producer, Kunaki, now allows artists to sell vinyl records. I got all excited and decided to release my newest album. Then I realized, it’s been a while since I released a full production album.

Anyway, you can find that in my Mage Record store.

-- If you are not yet subscribed to the podcast, do so in your favorite podcatcher. You can find links to subscribe on our website at I’d also love it if you would Post a review in Apple Podcasts. How does this show make you feel? I’d love your feedback.

8:34 -  Laughing Jack Story: How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band.

11:45 - “I’m Not Irish” by Laughing Jack from Live at the Indy Folk Series

15:07 - Will and Jake Thorne Story: They share how Irish Americans were refugees and how they're giving back to help the millions of world-wide refugees currently displaced from their native lands.

17:28 - “Where the Wild Shamrocks Grow” by Turf Fire Liars from Long Memories Short Fuses

21:56 – Marc Gunn Story: What is Star Wars Day?

Star Wars is on May 4. It celebrates George Lucas's Star Wars media franchise. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase "May the Force be with you" as "May the Fourth be with you". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday.

You find the full history of Star Wars Day on Wikipedia.

23:05 - “Jedi Drinking Song” from Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales

-- 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.



If you enjoy the music in this show, please show your support. Buy music or merch from me or my guests. Follow us on streaming and tell a friend. You can sample my albums for free in my Mage Records store on Bandcamp. And you can learn more about my guests by following the link on the website.

The Pub Songs Podcast is based on the value-for-value model. If you get pleasure from this show, send me a few bucks to keep it going and get lots of bonus content. Join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon. Your support pays for the production and promotion of my music and this podcast. Follow the link in the shownotes.

Special thanks to my newest patrons: Keith Gifford

If you have questions or comments, email me or Chat in the Celtic Geeks group on Facebook. Let me know what you think about this podcast.

-- Send an email to the address in the show. I’ll send you a gift of 3 MP3s from the St Patrick’s Day album. Now on sale.

30:30 - “The Last Jedi Drinking Song” from I Will Not Sing Along

Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. You can everywhere you find podcasts or on my website where you can subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll email you regular updates of new music and podcasts, special offers, and you’ll get 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub at!