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About this project

Even 15 years after the show was released, I find myself as passionate about Joss Whedon's Firefly as ever. In fact, I host Firefly Drinking Songs shows at conventions, at least twice a year. These are some of my most-popular performances. Browncoats unite to relive our passion for this cancelled TV show. 

In 2011, I recorded Firefly Drinking Songs with the Bedlam Bards. Recorded live, it is still one of my most-popular albums. My fans enjoy it and my concerts so much that they funded the initial launch of the album on my Patreon page. In fact, you can own a digital copy of the album when it is released, just by becoming a patron of my music.

Many folks still want a physical copy of the album to treasure. So for you, I am running this limited-edition CD campaign. Right now, I don't plan to make more than one printing of this album. You can be one of the few to own the physical CD. Plus, you can own some really shiny swag in the process.

Who am I?

My name is Marc Gunn. I am a geek who sings Celtic songs with a twist. 

You'll hear me sing traditional Irish and Scottish songs. But you'll also hear me fuse new and old melodies with science fiction and fantasy, with themes of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, dragons, cats and yes, Firefly! 

I put my passion into my music. Then I try to create something that you will love as much as I do. It's Nerd Pub Songs that are easy and fun to sing-along with.

Show your Browncoat pride and help me bring this album to life.

Oh! I'm also a podcaster. I host the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Pub Songs Podcast, and The Cetlfather Explores.

Why record this album?

In 2009, I recorded a song called "Monahan's Mudder's Milk" on my album Kilted For Her Pleasure. The song was a hit among Browncoats. That success inspired me to make an album of Firefly Drinking Songs with my friends, the Bedlam Bards (who already had a Firefly album out).

I started performing Firefly Drinking Songs-themed concerts at science fiction conventions. In the show, I pretend I am a musician touring the Verse, playing at pubs from Canton to Whitefall, Shadow to Persephone. All the while, I sing these "hit songs" of the Verse.

The shows are raucously amazing and fun.

Another song that was recorded on Kilted For Her Pleasure was a song by Daniel Glasser called "Close Your Eyes". Most people who don't catch the title refer to it as "the Demon Lullaby". It's all about a scaring your children to sleep.

A couple years back, I gave the song a Firefly twist. My audiences loved it. They made me promise to record it. 

I needed something to force my hand to record. So I set a goal that when I hit $500 on Patreon, I would record a 4-song EP. But when I sat down to record the four songs, I had a crazy idea about continuing the Verse touring musician story. So I kept recording Firefly songs I had on hand, including a few new ones by Rie Sheridan Rose. The next thing I knew, I had a full-length CD.

I thought about keeping this album 100% exclusive to my Patreons. Largely, I still plan to. In fact, I'm only planning to release a limited number of physical CDs that are funded through this Kickstarter. After that, it will be Patreon-only. 

I'm doing that because I have found that CD sales are declining overall. Plus, I really want to have an EXCLUSIVE album for my Gunn Runners who are so generous to support me every month on Patreon.

Tracks Planned

  • It's Good to Have Jayne On Our Side 
  • Reavers Lullaby 
  • Blue Sun 
  • The Long Arm 
  • Hero of Canton 
  • Browncoat Baby 
  • As Long As I'm Flyin' 
  • She Said Her Name Was Saffron 
  • Wear the Brown with Pride 
  • Sail the Sky 

These are the songs I have already recorded. All are new recordings. I'm quite proud of how they sound so far. And I may add a couple more before the album is done.

Why I need you?

One of my earliest memories involves me dancing around my home in Silver Spring, Maryland as my mom introduced me to her collection of 45s and her tube record player. I remember dancing goofy-like to "Poison Ivy" by The Coasters, before raising my lip like Elvis Presley, moving my hips and legs, trying to sing "I Gotta Know", the B-side of "Are You Lonesome Tonight". Music is a part of my soul. 

My life is crowdfunded by you!

It's is not easy making a living as a musician, especially when you have a wife, two young daughters, and three cats to feed. Right now, I'm barely making ends meet. CD sales are declining. Streaming music is changing the music business and is currently less-profitable than album sales. 

Despite the challenges, I love to create. I love to make music and podcasts. I love to share. I love to give. I wish I could just give all of my music away for free. But would I still be able to survive and feed my family and cats? Could I even afford to create new music? Or would I have to go back to the dreaded day job? 

I need your help to pay collaborators, royalties, produce CDs, shirts, and totes, to mix and master my music, pay for daycare for my children, submit music to iTunes and Spotify, to pay for servers and newsletters and even an internet connection, and of course, to create something new and beautiful and fun for you!

Thank you for supporting the arts, keeping Firefly alive, and making the world a place of heart n soul. Slainte!

Stretch Goals

It seems I hit my initial goal in less than 24 hours. So I guess that means I should set some stretch goals, huh?

$3000 - I'll add 2 new songs to the album

$5000 -  I'll add additional musicians to all songs that would sound better with more than just me and the autoharp

$8000 - I'll write a song using your suggestions and I'll stream the writing process live.

$10,000 - I'll have a professional music video made of one song from the album.

$15,000 - I'll add a full drum kit to songs on the album and have it professionally mixed and mastered.

Rewards

Unification War Reprint of Famous Monahan's Mudder's Milk Design
Unification War Reprint of Famous Monahan's Mudder's Milk Design

$50 - Tote Bag: "Enjoy Freedom? Thank a Browncoat"

Monahan's Mudder's Milk® was first brewed in Canton on Higgin's Moon by Abhain Monahan almost as soon as the moon was colonized. Some say that the reason it tastes so pure, and unlike any other lesser forms of mudder's milk, is that Monahan's is distilled through the original Robot Terraformers used to create Higgin's Moon. The Terraformer was filled with all sorts of impurities after the arduous process of turning a dead rock into a living moon. Those impurities, when filtered and aged in casks, creates the succulent and strong drink that all other mudder's milks strive to be.  

This tasty design was reprinted in 2012 on a shirt. Now it's back as limited-edition tote bag. Click here for the full story on this popular design.

Risks and challenges

I have released over 20 solo albums since 2004. That's a LOT of music. In fact, I worry I may be overwhelming my fans. But I love to create and release new music, but if I'm gonna pay for production, I need people willing to keep supporting my expensive projects.

This is my 7th Kickstarter. And my 9th crowdfunding campaign. I've been successful at fulfilling all my past campaigns. But will I continue to be able to do that? Only time will tell.

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    No power in the Verse can stop Firefly. That's why I'm looking for some respectable Executive Producers who won't cancel a show or a CD before it gets off the ground. You'll get everything above, plus credit in the shownotes as my Executive Producer.

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    You'll enjoy all of the amazing Shiny, Shiny, Browncoat Goodies, plus, I'll send you my first ever USB drives--Celtfather Classics. It features all of my music since I first started recording in 1995 up until 2009. That's 13 albums and 7 EPs. This USB is PACKED full of, well, Celtfather Classics. I only have a limited number available at present.

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