St Patrick’s Day in Austin

The Brobdingnagian Bards enjoyed several brilliant performances at Things Celtic in Austin. Hundreds of people turned up for the only family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Austin thanks to the Anne Marshall who ran the event sponsored by Things Celtic and the Austin Celtic Association. Hope you had a Happy St Patrick’s Day in Austin or wherever you were in the world.

The Brobdingnagian Bards once again managed to sell out of CDs at Things Celtic where their CDs are in high demand.


If you are looking for anything Celtic in Austin, then there is one place to go first. That place is Things Celtic.

Things Celtic is an awesome Celtic store that has served Central Texas since 1999. They feature some of the finest Celtic gifts from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and Celtic artists in America. The show is open and the owner, Lanora, and the staff are just Amazing!

I shop there regularly. I have bought books, CDs, Celtic jewelry, a sporran, my Clan Gunn kilt, gifts for family and friends, and lots more from Things Celtic. I play a solo show there about every three months or so, plus the occasional Brobdingnagian Bards performance is there. I also studied Gaelic there, went to Irish song sessions, and sometimes, I just go to hang out. There’s always something fun happening at Things Celtic.

The store is open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. You can find them at 1806 West 35th Street in the heart of Austin, Texas.

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Things Celtic
1806 W. 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703


The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast began as an extension of the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. I was listening to the Celtic Music News Podcast and thought that it might be cool to play some of the free MP3s that I feature each week in the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. But within a few weeks, everything had changed.

I’m not sure if people are just more used to the idea of a radio show, or what. But listeners grasped the idea behind the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast music quicker and easier than they did with my Celtic magazine.

There are enough Celtic radio shows like the Fiona Ritchie’s Thistle & Shamrock on NPR (National Public Radio), perhaps, that makes them think of some downloadable radio shows as completely different from free MP3s.

Nevertheless, within a few shows, I found the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast not only easier to compile, but a lot more fun. I played music I loved. I introduced new Celtic music groups. And people seemed much more passionate than they did with the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. If you haven’t listened to my Celtic music podcast, check it out:

Irish & Celtic Music Podcast

Twenty episodes and a year after its inception, the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has risen into the ranks of one of the most-popular music podcasts on iTunes. Over 15,000 episodes of each show are downloaded, and I get more comments from listeners about how much they love the podcast than I do from any other podcast I do. Heck, I almost wonder if I should ditch some of the others and just do this one.

For now, I continue on with my many podcasts and hope that one day podcasting will climb to all new heights of success online.