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Reviews & Testimonies
B-Bards continue to redefine the future of traditional music."
the spirit of a live performance within the confines of a studio album...A Faire
to Remember is a fun and entertaining collection, a mix of traditional and newer
tunes that goes a long way towards recreating the atmosphere of a Renaissance
faire performance... The CD is filled with an infectious enthusiasm that will
draw you in and have you singing along in short order."
"Among the most whimsical acts of SXSW 2002, the Austin-based Bards are masters of traditional folk. Like a Celt-Renaissance They Might Be Giants, albums like Marked by Great Size and their latest, A Faire to Remember are equal parts lilting melodies and good humor. Their song "Tolkien" is an unexpected MP3 hit." --Austin Chronicle
yourself a shot of Jameson, throw another mat of peat on the fire and let the
Bards carry you away to the Emerald Isle." --Bill Cunningham, Chautauquan
(The Hobbit & Lord of the Rings)
of these people is Marc from The Brobdingnagian Bards and The Bards Crier in Austin,
TX............... Marc is a great musician that we have met over the internet.
He is a wonderful Celtic player, promoter, writer and editor of the Bards Crier
newsletter. His Mp3.com chart topping group, the Brobdingnagian Bards is very
well known in the Austin area for their unforgettable performances. We applaud
his talent and great spirit. We also thank him for all his support of the independent
and Celtic music communities."
"There's always something new from these boys so last week I clicked on their music and listened through all 49 tracks on their artist site while I worked. Their hit Tolkien is still the track that stands out just as it did when I first heard the group in their pre-hit days before being their NMA promoter. There are some tracks .. are also gems worth adding to your download library. The Mermaid, one of the recent set of live Irish tunes and an MP3.com Celtic hit is my favorite from that set.
The Bards are a natural hit with all that they do I tend to ignore saying much
about them. My focus is usually to boost interest in great music that few have
heard. However, it is always worth visiting the music site of The Brobdingnagian
Bards and bookmark it. Once a week click your bookmark to see what's new because
they seem to add new music almost every week."
"I have seen you twice at dragon con the past 2 years and I think ya'll are GREAT... I got your Middle earth and I think it is so wonderful, I wanted to get you to autograph it this past year, but never got to get close enough, there were so many people there, but this year I will be on the front row and i will get to talk to you, somehow. I think your music is so beautiful and soothing,and I think you are fnatastic....see you in September 2005 at Dragon..."
"I saw you guys for the first time at Dragon Con this year although I regret I didn't get to hear you perform a full show I did hear you play in a hallway somewhere in the bowels of the convention center Sunday night and enjoyed it immensely. Since you all are in the Texas area and I'm in KY I guess my next chance to see a show will be next year at Dragon Con. In the meantime, I'm keeping myself satisfied with your stuff on MP3.com and contemplating buying a CD. Wishing you continued success!" -- Amy
put it this way, they arrive early. They play music. The play throughout the day.
The day is over and their still playing music. We love them!"
had planned on having a string quartet at our wedding. While looking on the web
for groups, we ran across The Bards. We immediately called Karen's dad, since
he was footing the bill, and played Tolkien over the phone. It was an instant
hit and we later chose it as the solo for our wedding ceremony. We decided to
be a little different and use Maids in the Meadow for the recessional. It was
had the great pleasure to meet the Bards at the ICON at Stony Brook University
the weekend of April 20 -21. It was our first introduction to a group we will
(hopefully) be following for many years to come. We were able to watch them in
concert and purchased 3 of their CD's, only the emptiness of our purse prohibiting
the buying of anymore at the time. We look forward to completing our collection
in the near future as well as the release of their next CD as we would very mucg
like to have a copy of their "Fellowship of the Ring" song which they
played to close out their Sunday morning show."
been involved in renaissance festivals for 9 years, and I've seen a lot of music
groups, but I'd never felt compelled to purchase a tape or cd from any one of
them until this year when I saw you crazy kids at the Slater, MO ren fest. You
guys are fun and extraordinarily good at what you do. "
"The Bards brought their unique blend of Celtic music to BD Riley’s on Wednesday. I have heard them a number of times before and I think the 45-50 minutes did not do justice to the range of music they can play. It was fun nevertheless, starting off with the catchy (and very funny) ‘Do Virgin’s Taste Better’ and followed up by a blitz songs such as ‘Bog Down Under’ and ‘The Jedi Drinking Song’ (this was hilarious for you Star Wars fans out there – a must hear) – ultimately underlining the different styles the Bards play and refer to as Celtic Renaissance. Overall a very enjoyable experience. " -- SXSW Review
killing time here after sending a booking inquiry. I love your music. I started
listening to your music from mp3 even before I joined the mailing list. Keep up
the great work."
made my day."
"Definitely some of the best RenFest music out there! You guys are a constant inspiration to the rest of us." -- Julie Zakar, MD Nagian
saw you guys at the I-con and I must say You are so amazing. I really love you
enegry when you play the songs. you guys make them just come to life. Thanks for
posing with me for the pic. Even though my mom could not work the camara she got
a good shot. ( oh i am the red head with very very red cheecks and blue eyes (
yes i am irish :) ) I had a black dress and a blue and white sweater) I do have
a copy of the pic you guys would like one. I hope catch you guys at another fair
or I-con. ( i was there saturday at I-con 21) I just wanted to say I love your
music and i think it is so great you are keeping tradtion alive and you guys are
so so cute as well. O.k. I am going to leave now. But keep up the great work"
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