Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 17

Appropriate for the holiday, today's birthday toast goes to Mark Gunn, half of the quasi-legendary Brobdingnagian Bards. They're legends to you if you're familiar with the genre of music known as "filk singing", or "filking". Basically, fantasy convention sing-a-longs. The Bards haven't just played renaissance fairs, though; their Celtic-tinged flights of fancy have garnered over 5 million mp3 downloads, and earned them the house band slot at the Oscar party for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Even though the Bards are history, Mark Gunn remains with an autoharp slung across his chest and a keyboard at the ready, producing five podcasts a week and recording his solo compositions.
Meanwhile, here's another look at the Bards, performing a song from my favorite episode of "Firefly"

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