In 2011, I disappeared into the wilderness to record music in my home studio. When I emerged, I had autoharp and vocals for about sixty songs completed. I invited a host of Celtic musicians to record on the albums. The first album released was an original album of folk songs about hobbits called Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits. The second highlighted Irish songs and was named Not Every Day Is St. Patrick’s Day. This album topped the charts on iTunes and Amazon. Now I need your help to release the final songs from this session. This album is Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion.
My name is Marc Gunn. I’m called The Celtfather because I spent years going against the grain. While the record industry terrorized MP3.com and Napster, I gave my music away for free. When the RIAA sued its customers, I encouraged my fans to share my music. While radio stations lamented the internet radio boom, I created podcasts to share the Celtic music I love.
Without the internet, no one might know my name. Without the thousands of Gunn Runners, I wouldn’t be able to release eleven albums in five years.
I LOVE to record.
I LOVE to share my music.
But I couldn’t do it without YOU!
Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion is very dear to my heart. Scottish songs were my first introduction to Celtic music. I remember going to the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. I remember kilts and clans. I remember bagpipes blaring and telephone polls flying (well, that’s what I called the caber toss, anyway). I remember sitting underneath a table while my dad played the banjo in a community center with other folk music lovers. I am excited to share my love, and memories, of Scottish music with you!
- Come Ye By Atholl
- MacPherson’s Farewell
- Mingulay Boat Song
- I’m a Rover, Seldom Sober
- Ye Jacobites By Name
- Scots Wha Hae
- Loch Tay Boat Song
- Barnyards of Delgaty
- Jock Stuart
- Ye Canna Shove Yer Granny
- A Man’s A Man For A’ That
- Green Grow the Rashes
- Mari Mac
- There Are No Pubs in Kirkintilloch
- Skye Boat Song
- Mairi’s Wedding
- Flower of Scotland
All songs traditional, except Track 2, 5, 6, 11, 12 by Robert Burns. Track 3 by Sir Hugh S. Roberton. Lyrics for track 15 by Sir Harold Boulton. Track 16 by John Roderick Bannerman. Track 17 by Roy Williamson.
Produced, mixed, and mastered by Marc Gunn, www.marcgunn.com. Graphic design by James McDaniel II, www.celtophilia.com. Cover and inside photos by Jan Czenkusch. Back photos by Marc Gunn. Photos from the 2013 Celtic Invasion of Scotland. Good food, good drink, and good company. www.celticinvasion.com
Musicians: Marc Gunn performed autoharp and lead vocals on all songs. Nathan Deese performed background vocals, bass, guitar, mandolin, and whistle on “Skye Boat Song”, “Come Ye By Athol”, “Green Grow the Rashes”, “Ye Jacobites By Name”, and “Flower of Scotland”. Daniel I. Briggs performed background vocals, bass, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin on all other songs. Jody Richardson added violin on “Loch Tay Boat Song”. Jon Richardson played concertina on “MacPhearson’s Farewell”.
Special Thanks! I want to send my very special thanks to Cary Whitney, Kris Dobie, Les Howard, Michael Alexander Gonser, Olotie, The Acoya Family, Jessica L. Clark, Jennifer VonBartheld, Melanie & Scott Wienhusen, Matthew & Amy Nesbitt, Ray & Beth Cole, Thomas Browne, John Adcox, Angela Hughes, Jim & Jan Czenkusch, Katherine & David Levin. Thank you so much for your incredible, continued support of my music. Thank you for being true Patrons of the Arts!
Thanks also to my wonderful wife, Gwen. Without her awesome support, I wouldn’t be doing music. Thank you, my love!