Marc Gunn is an accomplished professional performer, songwriter, and producer who brings a powerful and expressive voice to Celtic music. He is accomplished on an unusual instrument - the autoharp – and has expanded his traditional work in Irish and Scottish music to fuse the roots of Celtic with blues, jazz and folk music. Marc Gunn delivers exciting live shows as well as compelling and original recordings. Gunn has 12 solo albums to his credit to date.
Marc Gunn's early background in folk and rock music led him to discover the roots of both genres in Celtic music. He worked for many years at Renaissance festivals and events across the country as lead vocalist of the Brobdingnagian Bards. Marc Gunn headlined a "Lord of the Rings" Oscar night party, and is a regular at Dragon*Con, the world's largest fantasy and science fiction convention. Recent work includes parody albums setting cat-inspired lyrics to traditional Irish music, and adaptations of traditional Celtic music to contemporary rhythms and forms.
Gunn has performed in Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland. He combines his love of travel and music in leading small tour groups of music lovers to Ireland and Italy.
In addition to being a working musician, Marc Gunn is a podcaster of note; his "Irish and Celtic Music Podcast" is one of the most popular of its kind on iTunes, with over three million downloads. His "Renaissance Festival Podcast" is extremely popular in that focused market. He produces three other podcasts, and was a pioneer in viral marketing through MP3 downloads, giving away 10,000,000 over the past several years.
While in Austin, The Bards won a number of Austin Music Awards, including "Best Novelty Band," "Best None of the Above," and "Best Folk Band" and were named "Best Renaissance Men" in the Austin Chronicle's 2003 Best of Austin Poll. Gunn also won "Best Album Cover" for his solo album "Soul of a Harper."
Marc Gunn is an innovative marketer and producer, instrumental in the production of "Celtic MP3s Music Magazine" and publishing "The Bards Crier: Music Marketing and Promotion Tips Ezine." In order to promote Celtic music, he publishes lyrics and chords online, and provides the "Song Henge" forum, a website featuring free and legal Celtic music that also helps promote other performers.