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Songs of the Muse
Classical Celtic Renaissance Music Instrumentals

Songs of the Muse

© Gunn-McKee 2000

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In just three years, the Brobdingnagian Bards rose from anonymity to international fame, largely due to the success of this CD. Songs of the Muse is an instrumental album filled with nearly sixty minutes of beautiful melodies. The songs are mostly original Celtic and Renaissance styled songs. But the Bards' success can best be attributed to one song, "Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)".

"Tolkien" was the first song released on MP3.com. It topped the charts in 2000. It held the #1 slot for over nine straight weeks in 2001. Its success was accidentally, well-timed with the release of Peter Jackson's adaptation of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The Brobdingnagian Bards quickly capitalized on the song's success. Along with numerous other great traditional and original Celtic songs, the Bards became the #1 World/Folk band on MP3.com with over 2,000,000 downloads. And "Tolkien's" success sparked the release of a tribute CD called Memories of Middle Earth.

But "Tolkien" wasn't the only hit from Songs of the Muse. The Bards adapation of "Greensleeves" held the #1 slot on MP3.com's Renaissance charts for sixteen straight weeks in 2000. Turlough O'Carolan's masterpieces, "Eleanor Plunkett" and "Carolan's Concerto" likewise topped the charts. But the most popular songs on the album are the original songs, like "Shepherd's Serenade", "Valeria", and "Maids in the Meadow".

The music is beautiful and inviting, and no doubt one of the most romantic albums you will hear this year. If you enjoy romantic instrumental Celtic or Renaissance music, you will fall in love with this album again and again.

What do others say about this CD?

"the perfect background for an intimate recitation of Christopher Marlowe's Passionate Shepherd To His Love"
—Traditions Magazine

"...the Austin-based Bards are masters of traditional folk. Like a Celt-Renaissance They Might Be Giants, [their] albums are equal parts lilting melodies and good humor. Their song "Tolkien (The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)" is an unexpected MP3 hit." —Austin Chronicle

"THANK YOU! I just recieved your "Songs of the muse" cd in the mail today. I put it on and its WONDERFUL! I just felt like dancing :) I wish you guys were closer to me and could perform at my medieval themed wedding coming up. I guess i will have to settle for having your lovely music played at the reception."

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