PUB SONGS & STORIES

PUB SONGS & STORIES

Welcome to the Pub Songs & Stories. This is a Virtual Public House for musicians to share the stories and inspiration behind their music. Grab a drink. Kick back. Listen to fun songs. Sing along. Step behind the scenes to develop a deeper understanding of musicians and the music they create.

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December 7, 2021 23 min

Loreena McKennitt shares the story about how Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott” became a song on her 1991 album The Visit. Classic poetry and books are often used as inspiration for modern songs. Marc Gunn shares why he wrote a song inspired by Anne of Green Gables.

It’s all on Pub Songs & Stories #245.

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How a musician saved the lives of hundreds of people on a sinking cruise ship. A story of bravery, leadership, and extreme cowardice.

Is Wild Mountain Thyme an Scottish song or an Irish song?

And guess which recorder player can be heard in a jewelry shop in the Highlands of Scotland?

It’s Pub Songs & Stories #244.

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November 9, 2021 26 min

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer play music for Contra Dances. Find out why there aren’t more songs sung at such dances.

What is the D song? Marc Gunn shares how a New Orleans jam session found a little gospel in an old Scottish song.

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October 27, 2021 20 min

Jim McKenna shares a lament for Irish famine victims and his relatives. Bugs Bunny gets chased by Witch Hazel in a song by Marc Gunn.

It’s Pub Songs & Stories #242.

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October 18, 2021 21 min

Murphy’s Law happens to the best of us including most musicians, but the Homespun Ceilidh Band turned a bunch of funny stories inspired by the Law into a fun song.

Marc Gunn shares a story about another Murphy, Captain Black Jack Murphy, and how a Talk Like a Pirate Day accent led to a dreadful story of air pirates and hunting dragons.

It’s all on Pub Song & Stories #241.

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October 11, 2021 21 min

Be careful when visiting the Fairy Forts of Ireland. You could become a permanent resident, imprisoned by the fae. Some folk find it difficult to express themselves. A lot like Marc Gunn and Malcolm Reynolds on the TV show, Firefly.

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October 4, 2021 13 min

Leo of Brazil psychedelic Irish band Harmundi shares how an improvisational set of tunes turned into their brand new single. Marc Gunn infuses a traditional Irish song with a little taste of New Orleans.

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September 20, 2021 75 min

I share my concerns and happy surprise with a successful Dragon Con. Plus, you’ll get a live, end-of-con concert courtesy of the Digital Media Track. There are some traditional Irish songs, a little New Orleans music, songs about Hobbits, demons under your bed, cats and a certain Doctor from the planet Gallifrey.

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September 13, 2021 13 min

Empty Hats share how they rewrote a traditional, off color song about magicians for a modern age. Marc Gunn shares a song about the son of a werewolf from Harry Potter.

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August 30, 2021 14 min

Before you fill up a jug with whiskey, make sure you clean it out first. That’s the lesson from Band O’Brothers. Or is it? And curiosity just might kill you when you are out in the Black of space.

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August 23, 2021 17 min

Who was the original Braveheart and how Tuatha Dea is reclaiming that title from William Wallace? Plus, we sing a tribute to Robert the Bruce with one of Robert Burns’ most-famous songs.

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August 16, 2021 36 min

Matt & Shannon Heaton share how a beautiful tune blossomed from a pile of dirt. Elizabeth Sutherland was inspired by the selkie of Scotland. I share the story behind my own song about selkie and how it evolved from a love of the ocean and transformed to a mermaid then selkie. And learn the secret ingredient to writing an interactive drinking song.

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July 12, 2021 41 min

How an old Irish warning about drinking too late made its way into a fun Irish song. Tartanic teaches you how bagpipe tunes are named. And if your actions are cruel and controlling, then you may not be the righteous person you think you are. That’s the idea behind my next single.

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June 14, 2021 35 min

Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? Hear the origins of the song Soul of a Harper by Rie Sheridan Rose. Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love. Plus, was it horrible, the night that Paddy Murphy died?

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May 17, 2021 37 min

Star of the County Down and how a great melody found its way into an obscure hymn. Troosers vs trousers and a double meaning in a great mashup of songs.

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Many Irish Americans were refugees. Hear how an Irish band is giving back to help refugees displaced from their native lands. How a little eavesdropping on a conversation led to a fun pub song and a round of beer for the band. Celebrate Star Wars Day with fun Jedi drinking songs.

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April 19, 2021 33 min

From sea shanties to Renaissance festivals. A Scottish song gets a New Orleans makeover. Jesse Ferguson imagines the sailors that were part of the fur trade in Canada. Heather Dale shares about a shipwright who built a Viking ship as a tribute to a fallen friend.

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April 5, 2021 32 min

What is Tartan Day. Why I love the kilt. Song failure in a filk circle. The fake history of No Pants Day. And Kyf Brewer shares a Tartan Day catastrophe on a golf course.

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March 15, 2021 29 min

You get a St Patrick’s Day Concert for 2021 today on Pub Songs & Stories podcast.

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We are sharing St Patrick’s Day stories like St Patrick probably never drank green beer. No really. A deeper look at my Selcouth song “Breathing”. A love story from na Skylark. St Paddy’s Day Kisses and ear bites from Stout Pounders.

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