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New England Science Fiction Association

Musical Guest

Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn

Marc Gunn plays Sci F’Irish music. He fuses his love of science fiction, fantasy, and comedy with his Scots-Irish heritage. You will laugh and smile to songs inspired from Firefly to hobbits, dragons to cats, to traditional Irish drinking songs. He’s topped the charts on iTunes and Amazon and won numerous awards. He is a leading innovator on his musical weapon of choice, the autoharp.

For Gunn, it started small, wearing a kilt on campus at the University of Texas. As one half of the acclaimed Brobdingnagian Bards, Gunn and partner Andrew McKee developed a loyal following with weekly performances on campus. This quickly led to gigs at renaissance faires and eventually science fiction conventions, where their popularity exploded.

When the Bards split up in 2008, Gunn left Austin and began producing albums in overdrive.He now has over 20 solo albums on his homespun Mage Records label. His most-popular albums include Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers, Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits, Firefly Drinking Songs, Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion, and Sci Fi Drinking Songs. He has released over fifty albums in his catalog.

Selcouth is Gunn’s newest album. “Selcouth” means, “when everything is strange and different, yet you find it marvelous anyway.” That nails Gunn’s strange but marvelous mix of Sci F’Irish music.

In 2014, Marc Gunn launched the Gunn Runners Club on Patreon where he continues to release new songs to fans. He believes the music industry is changing and that musicians will rely more heavily on fan support in the future

Gunn’s activities are not restricted to musical performance alone. In 2005, he transformed his popular Celtic Music Magazine into one of the first podcasts. Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was one of the earliest podcasts to go online and definitely one of the longest lasting. It is still published after 12 years and has since won twice for Best Music Podcast in the Podcast Awards.

Whether it was from playing D&D as a kid or having his mother move to Italy in 1985, Gunn has an adventurer’s soul. He combines his love of travel with his love a music. Every year, he takes other Adventuring Souls on Celtic Invasion Vacations. These are small groups of people who want to not just see famous sites, but to experience their culture, history and legends.

Marc Gunn continues to change the way we look at the music industry. He has raised the bar and held it high. Using the musical past and a vivid imagination bolstered with ambition and drive, he blazes trails from Verse to cyberspace, encouraging others to follow.

A selection of Marc Gunn’s music is listed below.

Scottish Song of Drinking & Rebellion
Scottish Song of Drinking & Rebellion
Sci-Fi Drinking Songs
Sci-Fi Drinking Songs
Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits
Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits
Irish Drinking Songs For Cat Lovers
Irish Drinking Songs For Cat Lovers
As Long As I'm Flyin'
As Long As I’m Flyin’


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Joe Abercrombie
Guest of Honor
Julie Dillon
Official Artist
Sheree Renée Thomas
Special Guest
Ursula Vernon
NESFA Press Guest
Mike Brotherton
Hal Clement Science Speaker
Christian Ready
Hal Clement Science Speaker