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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.




Apr 19, 2021

From sea shanties to Renaissance festivals. A Scottish song gets a New Orleans makeover. Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada. Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend.

Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories, the Virtual Public House where you hear the stories and inspiration behind the music.

My name is Marc Gunn. 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


0:33 – SONG: Marc Gunn “Haul Away Joe” from Going for Brogue

3:55 - WELCOME. The Celtfather Story…

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

- Before we get started, I am looking for stories for this show. Well I mostly hope to have stories from musicians, but you might have your own story you would like to share. It’s easy to do. Email me your story idea. If I like it, I will ask you to report something. Make sure you have a song that you think it should go away.

6:15 - 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

6:45 - Jesse Ferguson, Introduction

7:25 - Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada.

9:35 - Jesse Ferguson, The Bard of Cornwall “Merchant Sailor’s Farewell” from Sailor’s Songs

12:58 - Marc Gunn shares a story about Mingulay Boat Song

14:20 -SONG: Marc Gunn “Mingulay Boat Song” from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

18:16 - Heather Dale, introduction

19:58 - Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend.

23:04 - Heather Dale “Shipwright” from Sphere

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.


THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather on YouTube (Season 8) @ 12:00 PM Eastern

APR 23-25: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX
APR 29: Brobdingnagian Bards Internet Concert

MAY 1-2: Sherwood Forest Faire, Paige, TX

You can find my complete calendar on my website.


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.

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

Special thanks to my newest patrons: Charis Mitchell, Brian Staab, Vicki Solomon, Carole Troxler, Kirk Fehrenkamp, Kate Brennan

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.

28:47 - NEW CD - Virtual Public House

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30:52 - SONG: Marc Gunn “Bonnie Ship the Diamond” from Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover’s Companion

Pub Songs & Stories was produced by Marc Gunn. The show is edited by Mitchell Petersen with graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. To subscribe, go to your favorite podcatcher or to 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!

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