Marc Gunn is Celtic American songwriter and podcaster from Austin, Texas. He combines a passionate affinity for alternative folk ballads, Irish drinking songs, fantasy, Sci Fi, and cats on the autoharp.
Several years ago, I started the Irish Songs & Lyrics (www.irish-song-lyrics.com) website to help musicians learn new songs by ear, the way I do. The site features Irish song lyrics, chords, and streaming audio files so you can listen to the songs you want to learn.
Unfortunately, the website stopped growing because we stopped recording. I decided to expand the website in 2006 by recording a bunch of Irish pub songs under a different name--4 Irish Whiskey. To make it more "authentic", I recorded the songs with an Irish accent.
Then a year later, a fan sent me a book of sea shanties. I thought some of those songs would make nice additions to the website, so this time I took on a pirate persona and added new songs to the website.
Now it is time to release the music officially under my own name. I remixed the songs and compiled the two CDs into one. It's called "Going for Brogue: Irish Pub Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent". The CD features 19 Irish pub songs and sea shanties performed by yours truly with a variety of bizarre Irish accents. There's over 68 minutes of music on one environmentally conscience CD. "Going for Brogue" is raucous fun that shines like the heart of Irish folk music.
Graphics by James McDaniel II, www,celtophilia.com
Photography by Nancy e. Pearsall