the Major Labels Don't Want to Hear: 2,000,000 Celtic MP3s Downloaded
Original Celtic Renaissance, the Brobdingnagian Bards Become 15th Most-Popular
Band on the World's Largest Free Music Portal
TX--The two millionth MP3 was downloaded from Austin's Brobdingnagian
Bards' MP3.com website on Thursday, July 25th. This landmark achievement
makes them one of the Top 15 bands out of over 200,000 one the world's
largest free music portal. It also shows that the Celtic musical tradition
of The Chieftains, Clannad, Enya, The Corrs, and countless traditional
and not-so-traditional bands is no passing fad. It is the wave of the
While record labels are struggling to stay afloat while fighting the
growing number of illegal downloads, the Brobdingnagian Bards adopted
a more innovative method by giving away over two million downloads advertising
"Download One Free Celtic CD" from their website. While this may seem
outlandish considering sluggish record sales, The Bards see it as a
means to an end.
"I love giving away music," begins Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards.
"Not only is it rewarding to hear the response of 1000s of people every
month, it also sells CDs. Sure we only sell maybe sixty CDs a month
online, but that's a hell of a lot more than most bands! If we didn't
would we still sell as many? Maybe, but at least were building a solid
fan base in the process."
The Brobdingnagian Bards biggest success stems from one of their first
uploads to MP3.com, a Celtic instrumental piece that they entitled "Tolkien
(The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)". It was first released on their second
album "Gullible's Travels". It has spent months as the number one Celtic
song on MP3.com and even climbed in and out of the Celtic Top 40. The
song is so successful that the Brobdingnagian Bards plan to re-release
it on their sixth album, a tribute CD to JRR Tolkien's "Lord of the
Rings" which is due out in September.
John Wilmott, author of Celtic Ways, a webzine that features free Celtic
music, see the Brobdingnagian Bards success to be just the beginning,
"What is now called 'Celtic Music' today satisfies the fantasies of
many people. To do this it has to be more than just singing the songs
of old. The Bards perform traditional songs alongside contemporary,
original musical arrangements that appeal to the pop culture. That is
what's needed for Celtic Music to break into the popular genre as it
has with The Corrs, Enya, Seven Nations, and Great Big Sea."
To help satisfy the growing demand for Celtic music, Marc Gunn of the
Brobdingnagian Bards began publishing, "Celtic MP3s.com: Song of the
"I see it as a way to introduce people to other great Celtic bands,"
says Gunn. "My list sorta sprang up from zilch to 3000 subscribers over
night. People are looking for music from bands like Enya, The Corrs,
Lunasa, Clandestine, Black 47, The Rogues, and Clannad, who incidentally,
are working on the music for the "Return of the King" the final installment
of the "Lord of the Rings. People are flocking to the site as they discover
this great music genre."
See more Celtic music on August 3rd when the Brobdingnagian Bards perform
as musical MCs for "Mother Egan's Summer Ceili" with Two O'Clock Courage
and Cluan for an event sponsored by Gaelic League of Austin, Mother
Egan's Pub, Austin Celtic Association, and The Celtic Cultural Center
of Texas. Find out more about this show at http://www.AustinCelts.org/
email marc @ thebards.net or call 512.470.4866
For more information, articles and downloadable color and black &
white photos, www.bardbooking.com
or listen to Brobdingnagian
Bards Lord of the Rings music.
more about John Wilmott of Celtic Ways at http://www.CelticWays.com/