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Celtic Invasion Vacations: Travel Ireland, Scotland & Beyond

64 EpisodesProduced by Marc GunnWebsite

Celtfather Music & Travel gives you an inside look into the life of musicians. You'll hear interviews with people I meet on the road and online who are involved in the Celtic and Geek communites. You'll enjoy stories from my Celtic Invasion Vacations and travels around the world. Plus, you'll get my… read more

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February 22nd, 2024


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Itinerary for Celtic Invasion of Westport, Ireland 2023

January 20th, 2023


Every year, I take a small group of people on an exciting adventure overseas. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know …

Celtic Invasion Vacations FAQ

August 29th, 2022


Celebrate Celtic culture and music through travel. I'm gonna tell you what you can expect on my Celtic Invasion Vacations?

If you go to the website …

8 St Patrick's Day Party Music Tips

March 2nd, 2021


I will share EIGHT great ways for you to have a spectacular St Patrick's Day today Celtfather Music & Travel.

The best thing about St Patrick’s …

Swimming the Horses with Gerry O’Beirne

July 15th, 2020


Gerry O'Beirne is an Irish guitarist and songwriter behind the scenes of many great Celtic musicians. I met him when he toured the U.S. with Andy M. Stewart. But his history playing music is long and fascinating.

I was …

Mazz O'Flaherty Interview in Dingle Record Shop

June 9th, 2020


Mazz O'Flaherty owns the smallest record shop in Ireland. It's in Dingle, Ireland. It is a place you don't want to miss. It's walls are lined with music from Irish musicians, especially those in the County Kerry.

In …

Irish & Celtic Music Podcast on Spotify?

April 4th, 2020


The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is no longer on Spotify. But it is still coming out each and every week.   Spotify announced at the beginning of 2020 that they will no longer host music podcasts like ours. So in …

Oban Scotland Flashback: Celtic Invasion Vacations 2010

October 27th, 2018


Scotland is an incredible country. In 2010, I led my third Celtic Invasion Vacations to Scotland. I learned a lot from this trip which helped form future invasions. I'm gonna share the comments from some of those …

Best and Worst of the Isle of Skye

July 19th, 2018


The 2018 Celtic Invasion of the Isle of Skye is over. We had an amazing vacation.

Every year, I ask my invaders for feedback. This year, I decided to do it a little different. I wanted to help you figure out what were …

10 Fun St Patrick’s Day Facts

March 11th, 2018


St Patrick's Day is coming soon. I'm gonna share with you TEN fun facts about St Patrick's Day in show #238 of Celtfather Music & Travel. As a Celtic musician and host of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, I …

Demystifying Irish Sessions with Shannon Heaton

December 19th, 2017


As a Celtic singer and autoharper, I've never felt super comfortable going to Irish sessions. I had a couple dirty looks when I first got into Irish music. It biased me a lot against them since. But I love Irish music. …

History of Celtic Brittany #232

October 17th, 2017


Join me as I talk with Samuel of Visite Bretagne about the history of the Celts in Brittany, France. You'll learn how the Celts got to Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. And how they came back to Brittany. You'll …

Secret History of the Celts #231

October 3rd, 2017


There's a lot about the Celts that I did not realize until I went on my Celtic Invasion of Brittany. It opened a secret history that most of us don't think about. In this episode, I'm gonna share how Venice is a part of …

True Story Behind Drinking With Hobbits for Hobbit Day #230

September 19th, 2017


Hobbit Day is on September 22nd. We're gonna celebrate it with the true story behind my popular song and album "Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits". I'll …

Music of Brittany with Dom Duff #229

September 5th, 2017


Dom Duff brought his guitar and charm over to Carnac during the 2017 Celtic Invasion of Brittany. We talked and then he shared stories about Breton …

Paddy Rock Interview #223

June 13th, 2017


Phil Duckworth loves Celtic Punk. When I want that music for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, I call Phil, aka Grinning Beggar. You'll meet a man who started off in metal, found his way to Celtic and roots music. …

Celtic Music Journal with Steve Behrens #221

May 23rd, 2017


May and June are always a tough time of year for me. I have so much to do to get ready for my Celtic Invasion Vacations and never enough time. I find myself frantically trying to keep up with the Irish & Celtic …

Things to Do on a Celtic Invasion of Brittany? #220

May 16th, 2017


I realized I hadn't shared the latest itinerary for the Celtic Invasion of Brittany. How else am I gonna make you jealous and long to join me on one of my Celtic Invasion Vacations if I don't talk more about it? So you …

A Celtic Session in a Cornish Kitchen

October 17th, 2016


One of the highlights of my Celtic Invasion Vacations is playing music for my invaders. That's because the setting is small and intimate. The music is often requested by my invaders who enjoy the many shades of Celtic …

Feedback from Celtic Invasion of Cornwall

October 12th, 2016


Every year, I host a Celtic Invasion Vacation. We travel to various locations around the world get to know a small region through its culture, …

Tintagel and the Birth of King Arthur

June 20th, 2016

Was King Arthur born in Tintagel in Cornwall? I went there on my Celtic Invasion of Cornwall. We talked to a couple experts.

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Synchronicity of Chalice Well, Glastonbury & Brobdingnagian Bards

June 18th, 2016

The Celtic Invasion of Cornwall begins as I explore the Chalice Well, Glastonbury and how it all fits in with my life and my old band, Brobdingnagian …

What Is Dulse? Patrick Maloney Answers in Slieve League Interview

March 23rd, 2016

In 2015, I took a small group of 8 people on a Celtic Invasion of County Donegal. One of the highlights was Slieve League. These are the highest ocean cliffs in Ireland, 3 times higher than the more famous Cliffs of …

12 Irish Songs for Kids for St. Patrick's Day

February 24th, 2016

When my first daughter was born, I had a flood of comments from Gunn Runners asking me when I would release a kids CD. It was bound to happen. I …

List of Funny Drinking Songs

February 17th, 2016

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner and a show tomorrow, this is a good time to compile a list of funny Irish drinking songs that perhaps I …

Giant's Causeway Legend & Fact on a Celtic Invasion Vacation

February 12th, 2016

In county Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland is the giants causeway. What one Radio Times poll named the fourth greatest wonder of the …

Marc Pick's Most-Popular Celtic Bands of 2015

January 20th, 2016

I didn't actually pick these amazing bands this week. It was a lot more organic than that. This list features the Celtic bands I played most-often on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I love all of these bands, but …

What Is Celtic Christmas Music?

November 25th, 2015

With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I'd share my views on What is Celtic Christmas music as I wrote last year. I confess I'm kinda picky about it.

However, my views have defined what kind of music is played …

What Expenses Should I Plan for While Traveling Abroad?

November 16th, 2015

Kat is considering joining me on a Celtic Invasion Vacation. But she had a few questions.

She writes: "I know this is probably basic for you but I have never been able to traveling a lot, so I really don't know what …

Celtic Travel as a Priority in Your Life #45

September 21st, 2015


Traveling will fill your life with joy and satisfaction. You experience life more fully when you hit the road and leave your comfort zone. I've felt …

Cornwall Itinerary 2016 Celtic Invasion Vacations #37

July 27th, 2015


It's funny how when I start planning this podcast, I frequently have NO news to share. Then I start searching to see what I did the past week, or what I have planned to come. Everything comes together. I end up with a …

Breakfast with The Celtfather in Ireland

June 10th, 2015


Well, we’ve reached Donegal, and are currently enjoying our stay in a cottage by Mt.Charles! Though I’d initially intended to put out more podcasts during the trip, but because I’m enjoying putting more production into …

Exploring the Titanic

June 6th, 2015


Exploring the Titanic by Marc Gunn

Ireland Air Travel Tips: Celtic Invasion Vacation 2015

June 4th, 2015


Ireland Air Travel Tips: Celtic Invasion Vacation 2015 by Marc Gunn

Birth of Inara Claire Gunn

May 19th, 2015


Inara Claire Gunn was born yesterday at 7:08 pm. She's a happy, healthy girl of 7lbs. 11 oz and 20.5 inches long. Come meet her this Sunday on Concert Window.

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A Glimpse Inside a Donegal Vacation

May 12th, 2015


There's still no news on the baby front. And we're less than one week away from the birth of Inara. Today, I share a little catch up news as well as do a short highlight of my Celtic Invasion of Donegal, Ireland in a …

Irish Music vs. Scottish, The Art of Asking

March 9th, 2015


St. Patrick's Week starts tomorrow. So it's time to start philosophizing about Celtic music, awesome songs and fulfilling my promises through your …

Dublin Harpers Interview

November 17th, 2014


I've been sharing the stage with the Dublin Harpers, a family of Celtic musicians from Dublin, Ohio. As the name says, they play harp music, but it's not like harp music you've heard before. There are at least two …

Whiskey Bay Rovers Interview

November 16th, 2014


The Whiskey Bay Rovers came by to chat with me at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival after a show. We talked origin stories of these pirates from Lafayette.

Bail Money, Pirate History, and Secret Tracks: The Bilge Pumps Interview

November 10th, 2014


The Bilge Pumps sent me their newest CD, Bail Money, last month. I had the pleasure of seeing them at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival where I dug deeper into their murky history. Subscribe to the podcast at

ALEP Year and Hobbit Love - CG058

October 6th, 2014


ALEP was wonderful. Now it's another ALEP Year until the next one. You'll have to listen to find out how an ALEP Year is. In this week's episode, I …

Michael Drout Interview with a Tolkien Professor, How to Read the Silmarillion - CG057

October 2nd, 2014


Michael Drout is an amazing professor who teaches the works of JRR Tolkien. He's also a regular guest of A Long Expected Party, aka ALEP, the …

Jef Murray Interview at ALEP 3 - CG056

October 1st, 2014


Jef Murray is a fantasy artist best known for his illustrations inspired by JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. He's been a regular guest of ALEP these past …

Bilbo Baggins Interview at ALEP 3 - CG055

September 30th, 2014


Every three years, much like Brigadoon, a small hobbit village arises from the mist in central Kentucky. I just got back and was able to snag an interview with one of the founders of ALEP, A Long Expected Party, the …

Andrew McKee Interview of Brobdingnagian Bards - CG048

September 3rd, 2014


Andrew and I started Brobdingnagian Bards 15 years ago in 1999. We've been friends since 1993. You will hear a little bit if the Bards story in today's Celtic Geek. 

Jessica Brawner Interview, author of Charisma 1 - CG047

September 2nd, 2014


I've know Jessica Brawner for years when we first met her on the South Mall of UT Austin. She's gone to DragonCon as long as we've been there. She was back helping is sell CDs, but she also a new book for Con-goers. …

Blibbering Humdingers Interview - CG046

September 1st, 2014


I was racing to a panel at DragonCon when I heard a song about Dobby the House Elf. I had to stop and interview Wizard Rock band, the Blibbering Humdingers. 

Enjoy this …

Mikey Mason Interview Comedy Geek Rock - CG045

August 31st, 2014


Mikey Mason does comedy geek rock. I've had his song "So You Don't Like Firefly" stuck in my head all day and I haven't heard it since GenCon. So what does that tell you? But if you're a fan of D&D, then you don't …

Emerald Rose Interview about their new CD, Sunwise - CG044

August 31st, 2014


I had a break at Dragon Con. I thought I'd take a moment to chat with Emerald Rose, the Celtic Geek band that inspired me to perform at Sci Fi conventions. They have a new cd out called Sunwise. Find them at

Autoharp Pickup Repair Made Failure - CG040

August 14th, 2014


I am in Indianapolis once again for GenCon. I added a new Wednesday evening show that went well despite Autoharp and location problems. Now it's time …

Creating the Ultimate Autoharp - CG039

August 11th, 2014


I'm back after a week off from vacation on the beach with the family. Kenzie's school started back up so I'm also back to a regular work schedule. …

How to Unclog Your Inbox, Ah-Ha Moments - CG038

July 22nd, 2014


As I pack up CDs to mail from my recent Kickstarter for Sci Fi Drinking Songs, I thought I'd record a podcast. Today, we talk about how to filter your email. I share the challenges of promoting with social media. And I …

A Star Is Born - CG037

July 15th, 2014


We had a great weekend in New Orleans complete with show stopping performance at The Irish House with my daughter. Find out all the exciting details at  Today's show is brought to you …

Quiet, The Power Of Introverts - CG033

June 23rd, 2014


I started listening to a new audio book today by Susan Cain. It's called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. And yes, today's show is sponsored by Audible. You can get the book free when …

Small Tour Groups Experience Adventures Better

June 2nd, 2014


It's kind of tough getting back to work after 10 days on a Celtic Invasion Vacation. I actually don't want to do it. But I have a lot to do, …

Final Days In Wales, Dublin Lessons

May 31st, 2014


This year's Celtic Invasion of Wales came to an end. I must say I'm extremely pleased with how well it worked out. Everything I have learned since I started doing trips to Ireland in 2007 and then the Invasions of 2009, …

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Are AWESOME!!!

May 29th, 2014


We just got back late from a trip to the Llyn Peninsula and dinner at the The Old Boathouse on Red Wharf Bay (not to be confused with Red Dwarf). It …

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Rock CIV Wales

May 28th, 2014


I ran out of bandwidth for this podcast. So I upgraded to the pro plan for SoundCloud. That's awesome news for you because it means you get this Awesome podcast featuring one tune and one song by Vicki Swan & Jonny …

Mead, Mud, and Morte (Explicit) in Wales

May 27th, 2014


We visited Llaberis, Wales today. It was an exciting ADVENTURE. And I mean that on many, many levels. From the mountain climbs and waterfalls to the mead tasting before heading to Cae Mabon and looking death in the face …

2 Sci Fi Drinking Songs In Wales

May 26th, 2014


We went to Caernarfon today and saw the castle. Wow! If you ever get a chance to go there. DO! it's fantastic for a "ruin". After a stop in Holyhead …

Gwilym Morus Interview and Song

May 25th, 2014


Today we had a brilliant Welsh historian and guide named Gwilym Morus. Right before the day came to an end and he played us an amazing concert, I sat down to interview Gwilym. He also shared a stunning Welsh love ballad.

Penderyn Welsh Whisky At Watermill Cottage

May 24th, 2014


Day one of the Celtic Invasion Vacations. We're at our cottage tired and got try out some Welsh whisky. It's pretty dang good. We visited Conwy …

Celtic Invasion 2014 Begins In Manchester

May 23rd, 2014


I arrived in Manchester where my Celtic Invasion of Wales will begin. This is a brief introductory show to get you ready for daily episodes of our adventures in Wales. The show is sponsored by If you're …

The Stubby Shillelaghs Interview

May 9th, 2014


I am excited to offer my first ever Celtic Geek interview. I would love to offer more such interviews. In the meantime, listen to Laramie Williams as …

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