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Marc Gunn | Going for Brogue: Irish Pub Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent

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Going for Brogue: Irish Pub Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent

by Marc Gunn

Grab a pint of Guinness and sing-a-long. Jaunting fun Irish drinking songs with an Irish brogue by the host of the Pub Songs Podcast.
Genre: Folk: Drinking Songs
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Drop of Nelson's Blood (Roll the Old Chariot Along)
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2. The Holy Ground
3:22 $0.99
3. The Night that Paddy Murphy Died
5:56 $0.99
4. Isn't It Grand, Boys
4:12 $0.99
5. Botany Bay
3:16 $0.99
6. Old Fenian Gun
3:05 $0.99
7. The Mermaid Song
4:31 $0.99
8. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
4:22 $0.99
9. Irish Rover
3:31 $0.99
10. The Humours of Whiskey
3:47 $0.99
11. Whiskey in the Jar
3:17 $0.99
12. Fiddler's Green
3:48 $0.99
13. Haul Away Joe (Sea Shanty)
3:08 $0.99
14. All for Me Grog
2:49 $0.99
15. Bonnie Ship the Diamond
2:46 $0.99
16. The Foggy Dew
3:33 $0.99
17. Rattlin' Bog
2:15 $0.99
18. Whiskey, Johnny!
3:18 $0.99
19. Mingulay Boat Song
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Album Notes
Marc Gunn is Celtic American songwriter and podcaster from Austin, Texas. He combines a passionate affinity for alternative folk ballads, Irish drinking songs, fantasy, Sci Fi, and cats on the autoharp.


Several years ago, I started the Irish Songs & Lyrics (www.irish-song-lyrics.com) website to help musicians learn new songs by ear, the way I do. The site features Irish song lyrics, chords, and streaming audio files so you can listen to the songs you want to learn.

Unfortunately, the website stopped growing because we stopped recording. I decided to expand the website in 2006 by recording a bunch of Irish pub songs under a different name--4 Irish Whiskey. To make it more "authentic", I recorded the songs with an Irish accent.

Then a year later, a fan sent me a book of sea shanties. I thought some of those songs would make nice additions to the website, so this time I took on a pirate persona and added new songs to the website.

Now it is time to release the music officially under my own name. I remixed the songs and compiled the two CDs into one. It's called "Going for Brogue: Irish Pub Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent". The CD features 19 Irish pub songs and sea shanties performed by yours truly with a variety of bizarre Irish accents. There's over 68 minutes of music on one environmentally conscience CD. "Going for Brogue" is raucous fun that shines like the heart of Irish folk music.


Graphics by James McDaniel II, www,celtophilia.com
Photography by Nancy e. Pearsall



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Nathan Filizzi

When most people think of Marc Gunn's music, they probably think of him as one half of the Celtic/comedy duo Brobdingnagian Bards, or as that guy who keeps doing CDs about his cats. Well, this CD isn't about cats, and it isn't comedy (though some of the songs are funny).

This is a CD of traditional Irish pub songs and sea shanties sung with a brogue. I'm not talking about a stereotypical "Irish cop in an old movie brogue." I'm pretty sure no one is chasing Marc to get his Lucky Charms, either. I have no idea if that's how real Irish people sound as I've never been to Ireland, but it's probably fairly close.

Anyway, the songs are great. I'm especially fond of the sea shanties, though I expect that's related to my love of things piratical. In any case, this is a great CD, and I would recommend it to any lovers of Celtic or folk music or music lovers in general.

Jeff H

Good collection
Going for Brogue: Irish Pub Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent, is a good compilation of songs. It has a few songs such as Old Fenian Gun and Whiskey, Johnny! you don’t hear often, and that makes them stand out in this collection.

Marc is in fine form with his “brogue” making this a unique sounding album.

This is a good album for a mix of pub songs and sea shanties.


incredibly lively and charming album
This album is so great, its fun, its a collection of songs I love to sing and hear at home or at the pub, and its incredibly lively. There were moments when I felt I wanted to jump out of my chair and begin dancing and singing! If an album can make you want to do that, then its a great album. Marc brings his own charming personality into his music and it makes it unique. Going for Brogue: Irish Pug Songs and Sea Shanties with an Accent, is highly recommended to all that love a good Irish pub song!


This is a truely great album, Going for Brogue is a wonderful mix of traditional Irish songs and sea shanties. I have to say Old Fenian Gun and The Foggy Dew are my favorites. Being a avid listener of Marc's podcasts, I've heard most of these songs before, It's great to have them all together now on one album

Lincoln Crisler, http://lincolncrisler.com

Great Familiar and New Song Mix
I've been a fan of Marc's music, solo and with the Bards, for the last couple years. I've heard a good amount of Celtic and Folk music since then (the Bards got me into it) and I love hearing Marc's interpretation of songs I've heard elsewhere first.

There are a good number of familiar songs on here (Mermaid Song, Whiskey in the Jar) as well as several songs I've never encountered before. He performs all of them well, and this disc will see regular rotation in my car on road trips and drives to work.

Hi Marc, I am an ex merchant seaman(british) and of course was brought up on the stuff that you do, having spent mant years around the irish ports, Im 64 and this year I decided to write a few songs about my own experiences at sea, I wondered if you would consider having a look to see if you like any of them,I am very new to this business and this is probably the wrong way to do it but if youlike I can send a rough cd with words and guitar chords for you to check out thanks anyway....albert thompson

Derek Parks

Great for car singing
If you're easily embarrassed you probably shouldn't buy this album because when the people in the cars next to me see me screaming at the top of my lungs along with this CD, they give me strange looks.

Andy L.

Great Rendtions of old favorites!
Marc has put together another great collection of songs. Although I own at least one other version of nearly all of these songs, in part thanks to my membership in Songhenge, Marc's versions are quickly becoming my favorites. His blend of humor and variant lyrics make these songs fun to listen to again and again. Even if you've never heard any of Marc's other albums or his work from the Brobdingnagian Bards I strongly recommend this album. If you own everything he's ever recorded then you're trying to decide, buy this album. If you hate Celtic and Irish music I have no idea why you're reading this, but support a working, independent musician and BUY THIS ALBUM!


This is great! Very upbeat for irish music..made me wanna dance. And the Humours of Whiskey....OH MAN! Could I tell ya some tells of people drinking whiskey. I loved it. Kinda reminded me of my grandpa and his homemade whiskey drinking days. :P

Victoria C

Playful and Charming
This was a playful and endearing take on some old shanty favorites. There is sweetness and lighthearted playfulness to this album that makes me want to share whiskey drinking songs with children. (But I wont.) Still, this album makes me feel like a kid again and I want to jump on the bed and sing along. I especially liked the gems I in “Haul Away Joe”.
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