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26 Days to Dragon*Con Band Profile, Marc Gunn

So according to Marc Gunn‘s Dragon*Con profile, he calls himself the “Celtfather”  Celtic music is Marc Gunn’s deal.  If you like Celtic music, read on.  If not, well, I’m guessing you don’t frequent the Pern or Filk or Tolkien tracks at Dragon*Con.   I don’t like Celtic music.  I’m just going to put that out there.

Did you watch the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics?  I did!  I loved it, despite people being all “WAH IT WASN’T BEIJING,” which, hello, nothing can be Beijing, and also it was SO. BRITISH in all the best ways.  I also really loved when the children’s choirs from the England., Wales, Scotland, and Ireland sang traditional songs from their countries.  Marc Gunn does a bit of this–the difference is, I don’t tear up with emotion (the children, guys, the children all united!) when Marc Gunn sings “Danny Boy.”

I am really into neo-folk music: Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, Decemberists, Beirut.  But these all have a bit of winky irony to them, and also move forward with their genre.  Marc Gunn is firmly–from what I can tell, correct me if I am wrong as I am literally being introduced to his music today–in the un-ironic, actual folk-song camp.  I mean, check out this video: the long hair and the pirates and the kilts and the autoharp (which makes me think of the incomparable Catherine O’Hara in A Mighty Wind).

Guys, it is so Ren Fest!  And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if you like that, but I can only do it in very small doses.  So here is another small dose:

Okay so that was about cats.  I like cats.  I don’t think I liked that?

One more, just to see if I can handle it:

So that’s from Dragon*Con 2011 and, um…no, no I still don’t like it.  I take back my earlier statement about him not having any irony–I think it is there, it just isn’t really my kind of irony.  Or sarcasm.  I like things with snark and no, there’s no snark here.  He has a nice voice, and he’s clearly good at what he does, but it just isn’t for me at all.

Talking points:

–A man and his autoharp

Utilikilt

–Celtfather

Two thumbs down.  I’m sorry, Marc Gunn, I am sure you have a very large following, I’m just not going to be a part of it.

33 Days to Dragon*Con: Band Profile, Erin Hill & Her Psychadelic Harp

What a great name, right?  The description makes Erin Hill sound vaguely like Joanna Newsom, who is the only other contemporary musician of whom I know that is a frequent user of the harp.  I love Joanna Newsom, so this is a good sign.

Erin has a great story; according to her Dragon*Con profile, her “recent Kickstarter project, ‘Erin Hill (the Sci-Fi Harp Girl) makes a Music Video Album,’ ended in the Top 40 of Kickstarter’s Most Successful music projects ever. USA Today premiered the music video for Erin’s song ‘Lookout, Science’ as an exclusive in April 2012 and it was featured on the Kickstarter blog in May 2012.”

This is the video that was a result of that Kickstarter project, and it is 100% delightful:

Wasn’t that so pleasant?  Also that older woman with the red hair is Marni Nixon, who is famous for being the singing voice behind many fabulous movie musical leading ladies, such as Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and Natalie Hill in West Side Story.  Fun fact!

Also Erin Hill has been in some of my favorite Broadway musicals, including the Sam Mendes Cabaret revival and also Urinetown.  ERIN HILL BE MY BEST FRIEND.  Seriously this woman should be my new best friend–let us be friends, Erin.

Here is some more of her music, which I am 100% loving because, hello, Broadway-veteran, sci-fi loving HARPIST.

Also this is fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zZePBRDJLM&feature=related

So, now I have a giant girl crush y’all.

Talking points:

–Harpist

–Kickstarter hero

–Broadway veteran.

TWO THUMBS UP.  EVERYONE GO SEE HER LET US ALL GO SEE HER LET US DO IT.