Brobdingnagian Bards,
Gullible's Travels
(self-produced, 2000)

What is your favorite Celtic song? Your favorite Renaissance Faire ditty? Chances are, the Brobdingnagian (pronounced brob-ding-nahgian) Bards have sung it. Their repertoire ranges from delicate Celtic lullabies through instrumentals to comic ribaldry. No wonder they're billed as the Original Celtic Renaissance.

The Bards are Marc Gunn on autoharp and Andrew McKee on recorder and mandolin. Gullible's Travels is their second of four CDs.

Gullible's Travels is an interesting mix of the sort of tunes you'd hear at a Renaissance Faire. It includes classic tunes such as "Wild Mountain Thyme," which could be called "Wild Mountain Burdock" for the way it sticks in one's head, and "An Irish Lullaby" (a St. Patrick's Day favorite). The staple of any Ren Faire performer's repertoire, however, is the comic song -- my favorite. "The Scotsman" is sung a cappella with a chuckle at the beginning. "Frog Kissin'" embraces an alternative lifestyle, while "A Fairy Story" provides a rather unexpected ending, which can still be seen coming from a mile away, but only if you stop to think about it.

The technical aspects of the CD aren't the greatest; certain bits sound like they were put together in someone's basement. But the music is fun and lively and provides a true faire atmosphere.

So, if your local faire has ended for the season, grab your turkey drumstick and hearty drinke and pop the Bards in your CD player. It's fun -- and less dusty than the faire!

[ by Laurie Thayer ]
Rambles: 27 October 2001