I love St. Patrick's Day and St. Patrick's Day music. It is my favorite time of the year. But I have a wee confession. I am biased because St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, is also my birthday. This website is my gift to you.
What adds to the excitement and fun of it all is that I play Irish folk music, the music that you are likely to hear on St. Paddy's Day. I sing those popular Irish songs like "Whiskey in the Jar", "The Wild Rover", "Finnegan's Wake", "The Unicorn Song", and yes, even "Danny Boy". Some Irish music groups hate those songs. I love 'em!
I guess I love those popular Irish American songs because I did not grow up with them. I know this sounds crazy. I am of Scots-Irish heritage--Clan Gunn. I went to occasional Scottish Highland Games and enjoyed some Celtic music growing up, but not a lot. But most of those traditional Irish songs that every one knows and loves, I didn't hear them until I started playing Irish music.
I suppose that's because St. Patrick's day is my birthday. So it was a different type of celebration for me. I never went to St. Patrick's Day Parades. Instead, I had a St. Patrick's Day birthday party. That all changed back in 1999...
And don't miss my new compilation Best Irish Drinking Songs
In 1999, I started playing Irish music. I love the Irish ballads and folk songs best of all. So I started learning the songs. Can you believe that when I started, I didn't even know the melody for "Danny Boy"?! My group, the Brobdingnagian Bards, was the premiere band for Irish American songs in Austin... Okay, actually, we were the only band.
Like I said earlier, most of the bands around in Austin don't like playing songs like "Danny Boy", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", and "The Unicorn Song". They avoided them with a passion. But I wasn't raised in a pub like many of our Irish American fans here in Austin, Texas. So I just learned some beautiful songs and shared them with the world.
I've recorded a number of great Celtic CDs and also released four amazing Celtic Compilation CDs include: Irish Celtic Music, Best of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Victims of Irish Music, and The Secret World of Celtic Rock.
Now I live in Birmingham, Alabama. I'm still one of the few artists to play Irish songs in North Alabama.
Saturday, March 11
at Five Points in Birmingham, Alabama (details to come)
· Patio at 5 Point Public House & Oyster Bar: 11:30am to 12:30pm
· Mellow Mushroom Stage: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
· Zydeco: 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 12 at 7:30 PM CST
FREE SHOW on Concert Window
Personally, I believe it can. That's the reason I recorded Not Every Day Is St. Patrick's Day. I wanted to share my celebration of Celtic culture and music.
I try to make the music accessible to more people. This is not The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, or The Chieftains. It's more closely related to Gaelic Storm, Celtic Thunder, Christy Moore, and some even compare it to Flogging Molly. Though I must confess, it's not Celtic punk.
Not Every Day is Not St. Patrick’s Day adds to my considerable collection of Celtic music in a way you might not have experienced before. It's FUN CELTIC MUSIC. Even if you never explore the music beyond that, you’ll be satisfied.
While I highly recommend my album, you might prefer to start with one of my many St. Patrick's Day playlists.
I want to share my love of St. Patrick's Day since I started playing the music. This website gives you some free music downloads of St Patrick's Day music. I found some great Irish clip art, and a few other cool things. I want to share them all with you.
I hope you enjoy what you read and will share this website with your friends. Thanks a lot and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Slainté!
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