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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 18, 2019

Ten years ago, Sherwood Forest Faire opened their borders to allow a medieval festival to happen.

In this episode, you will learn how the festival came to be. You'll meet some of the musicians who have performed there since the beginning. You'll hear their music and some of the stories I recorded at the faire. Some are about travel or women in music, hypnosis, and juggling. There's a lot to unpack. And you get 3 1/2 hours to do just that.

Welcome to the Pub Songs Podcast, the Virtual Public House for Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic Geek musician and your guide to honoring our past and adapting for our future.

Today’s show is brought to you by my Gunn Runners on Patreon. Your generous pledge of $5 per month allow me to create music, podcasts, and my weekly video show, Coffee with The Celtfather. Thank you!

If you have comments or want to chat in the pub, email me. Use #PubSongs when talking about this show.

Cead mile failte!



0:57 "Big Strong Man" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Songs of Ireland

5:18 "Kilted For Her Pleasure" by Marc Gunn from Kilted For Her Pleasure

7:32 Meeting Andrew McKee, The Irish Bard

8:46 "Satisfied" by Andrew McKee from The Irish Bard

12:02 Interview: Year 10 of the Sherwood Forest Faire with Autolycus

18:27 "Salty Sailor" by Shillelagh from A Turn of Fortune

22:03 Interview: Castle building with George Appling

37:29 "Jiggy Biddy's Slur Horn" by Tartanic from Uncharted

40:59 Interview: Musical Women in History with Apryl Knight

56:35 "The Cat On the Stairs" by Apryl Knight from Allons-Y! Time Traveler's Tales

59:11 "RPG Monster Song" by Apryl Knight from One Nerdy Knight

1:01:51 PUB CHAT

I want your feedback. What are you doing today while listening to the Pub Songs Podcast? How has this show inspired you? Send a written comment along with any pictures to Use the hashtag #pubsongs in the subject of your email.

Troy Rodgers emailed before my last Celtfather Evenings show: "I've got my ticket! See you there! I keep meaning to offer Pub Songs feedback. Let me do so now. I love the new format. The latest episode... How America Saved Irish Music is one of my favorites of your albums. To hear you and Jaime discuss everything that went into this, it's gold. Excellent podcast."

Pamala emailed: "Marc, I fell asleep listening to #PubSongs last night. Your voice is so soothing and the music is just right so my brain settles down and sleep. I woke this morning with a smile because of you and your music being in my ears. Thank you for all you do to share this wonderful music and yourself. Blessed Be, Pamala"

I want your Ireland or Celtic Travel Questions. Email me!

1:03:08 "Johnny Jump Up" by Bedlam Bards from Furious Fancies

1:06:19  Interview: Laughter Hypnosis with Cedric of Bedlam Bards

1:38:45 "Leaf on the Wind" by Bedlam Bards from On the Drift (Music Inspired by Firefly and Serenity)

Get Cedric's book: The Little Book of Laughnosis: Using the Hypnotic Power of Unconditional Laughter to Change Lives

1:43:20 "Fantasia XI" by Vince Conaway from Liminal Spaces

1:45:05 Interview: Best Travel Tips by Vince Conaway

2:09:22 "Riding on a Load of Hay" by Vince Conaway from Liminal Spaces

2:11:51 NEWS

  • Moving so one podcast per month
  • Season 3 of Coffee with The Celtfather ends on April 17
  • Mikey Mason just hit his next big milestone which secures 8 more episodes of In the 'Verse podcast
  • Brobdingnagian Bards are launching a Kickstarter in July. Subscribe to our mailing list and podcast.
  • Help me move. Buy a shirt!

2:13:39 "The Water Is Wide" by Faire to Middlin from Kilts, Celts & Kippers

2:18:10 Interview: Adventures in Juggling with Paolo Garbanzo

2:40:53 "The Ballad of Steve" by Paolo Garbanzo

2:48:47 Celtic Invasion Vacations: Dingle, Ireland 2019
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 it's culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos.

2019 is the Celtic Invasion of Dingle. 2020 is the Origins of Celtic Invasions. You can find out more about these two exciting trips. Join the invasion at

2:50:52 Interview: Rockin' Irish Harp with Dubliner Harpers

3:01:21 "Island Reel" by Dublin Harpers from Shenanigans

3:03:15 Interview: Married to Rambling Sailors

3:19:51 "Paddy Doyle's Boots" by Rambling Sailors from Kenway's Favorites

3:21:09 Interview: The Voodoo Island Cannibals Return with Master "Bones" Jangles

3:24:09 "Funeral Dirge" by Master Bones Jangle and The Voodoo Island Cannibals from Sail to the Wind

The Pub Songs Podcast is listener-supported. If you enjoy visiting the pub, please join the Gunn Runners Club to get more podcasts, videos, bootleg concerts, and exclusive MP3s. Special thanks to my newest patron: Elizabeth B.

Thank you for so kindly supporting my music. Go to to join the Gunn Runners on Patreon today. Let's make a friendlier world.


  • Every Weds, 11 AM: Coffee with The Celtfather
  • Apr 19: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co.
  • Sat, May 4: Interstellar Ginger Beer & Exploration Co. This is my farewell to Birmingham and Gwen’s congratulations on graduating, and Inara’s happy birthday celebration. Join us!
  • May 17-19: California Autoharp Gathering
  • June 8-15: Celtic Invasion of Star Wars
  • Aug 1-4: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN
  • Dragon Con?
  • Sep 27-28: Browncoat Ball, Las Vegas, NV

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3:29:05 "Serenity Valley Waltz" by Marc Gunn from Heroes

Pub Songs Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts, Spotify or to my website where you can join the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon and support my music and this podcast. I’ll also email regular updates of new videos, podcasts, stories behind the songs, plus 21 songs for free. Welcome to the pub!