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Do you love cats? Do you like Irish music? How about sea shanties? 

Years ago, I had a crazy idea--Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers. I asked my fans what they thought of the idea. They loved it. Together, we launched this brilliant series.

I am finally ready to work on the third studio album in the series. I need YOUR help. Please make a pledge to adopt this exciting new cat CD by Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats.

Visit the website to learn more or sign up to my mailing list so I can keep you informed about what's new!  You'll also get 6 free cat songs when you subscribe.

How Did a Cat Allergy Turn into a Successful Cat Song Series?

I love cats. I currently have three in my household. Okay, four if you add in the stray "Orange Kitty" living on our porch.

I was not raised with cats. I thought I was allergic. (turns out I wasn't). When I finally took the plunge after pressure from an ex, I fell in love... with cats.

My relationship with my ex didn't last, but my love of cats remains.

I adopted my boys Tiziano and Torre. They were educational to say the least. They tore up my couch. They peed in my bed. They yowled and played wildly as I tried to sleep.

But they also sat in my lap. They rubbed their heads on my legs. They were a constant comfort and joy in my life.

It was no surprise then when one day while singing the famed Irish drinking song "Wild Rover", I started meowing in the middle of the song. PURRR! An idea was born.

The idea turned into a three-song single. Then a website. It blossomed into a full-length CD. It bred into a second album. That launched into a live CD.

It's been ten years since I released my last cat album. Throughout that time, my Celtic Cats meowed for more. It's time to see if we can make that happen.

Will you adopt a cat CD?

Who are Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats?

My name is Marc Gunn. I sing drinking songs. It started with traditional Irish and Scottish songs at Renaissance festivals. But soon, I became a staple at science fiction conventions, like Gen Con and DragonCon. 

You'll hear me beautifully fuse traditional Celtic songs with themes about Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and yes, CATS!

I'm not just a musician though. I'm also a podcaster. I host the largest Celtic podcast in the world. The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has three times won the award for Best Podsafe Music. It's been featured by Apple Podcasts numerous times.

I tell you this because I love Irish music. When I decided to record these albums, I wanted to make an album that might've been recorded by The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, The Chieftains, The Wolfe Tones, or the Irish Rovers... but with cats.

So I started a band--The Dubliners' Tabby Cats. The original band was made up of a variety of traditional Irish musicians from Austin, Texas, where I lived. Plus cats of course.

Together, we created a beautiful mix of Irish music along with meows, yowls, hisses, and purrs. Fourteen years later, it still sounds amazing!

Sea Shanties for Cat Lovers

Each of my albums was themed. The first was a tribute to The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and The Dubliners. It was Irish drinking songs, but with cats. The second was more like The Chieftains, Planxty, or Lunasa. It had an even more traditional Irish sound, but about cats. The third album is heading out to sea...again... with cats.

Sea Shanties are tremendous fun to sing. They're easy and upbeat. They're also fairly easy to parody. I want to share the cat versions of some of these incredible songs.

You can listen to previous albums when you Follow Me on Spotify to hear more cat songs, as well as all of my traditional Irish songs and sci fi drinking songs!

Tracks Currently Planned 

  • Mingulay Cat Song
  • Knock the Man Down  
  • Roll the Ole Carrier Along  
  • Meow all the way home (haul away joe)  
  • Old meowy  
  • Meowllalujah

While I only have six songs listed, the final album will have 12-15. 

Here's a song I want to record for the upcoming album:

Why I Need Your Help?

The music business has changed. I used to think I would one day retire on the 20+ albums that I released over the past 14 years. I used to be confident that I could have a thousand CDs adopted in a year. 

For better or worse, streaming music came along. Now I don't know if I can afford to create an album with the same quality as my original CDs: Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers and Whiskers in the Jar.   

I decided to reach out to the cat loving community. My hope is that you will adopt a CD and help me bring the third album in the series to life. And maybe, just maybe, I can keep recording and releasing new cat songs for years to come.  

I need your help to pay collaborators, royalties, to mix and master my music, to produce CDs to advertise, to pay for daycare for my children as I record, to buy food, litter and catnip for my kitty cats, to 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 fun for you!  

Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers is more than just a pet project. It's brought joy to thousands of cat lovers. I want to bring you even more happiness.

Risks and challenges

Fourteen years ago, I raised about $10,000 and had some good publicity and a sizable active mailing list and podcast to promote that first album. I no longer have a solid foundation for this album, yet I'm still asking for twice as much as the original release.

I'm gonna need every cat lovers help to spread the word about this album. I have a ton of videos and MP3s and old podcasts that people can share to help us reach the goal. But this will not succeed without YOUR HELP.

Please make a pledge and share on Forums, groups, mailing lists, social media and even at vet clinics and animal rescue shelters.

Thank you!

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    Adopt a Digital Album + Companion

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    Adopt the Cat CD Super Deluxe Package

    Your adoption includes one copy of the physical CD and companion CD, one copy of the Artbook, Celtic Cat Wooden Pin, cat lovers sticker, and one Celtic Cat pint glass. Plus, I will thank you on the website and on social media.

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    Your kind adoption includes 4 physical CDs, 4 Artbooks, 4 limited-edition Companion CDs. Plus, I will thank you on the website. I'll also send out my thanks on social media just for making a pledge.

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    Your kind adoption includes a Litter of Cat CDs, plus, you'll also take home an additional limited-edition, unique acoustic version of the cat album, just me and the autoharp. You'll also take home a litter of 4 Celtic Cat Pint Glasses. And I will thank you on the website, and in the liner notes of the album. I'll also send out my thanks on social media, just for making a pledge.

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    Adopt a Cat CD Producer

    Thank you so much for deciding to Adopt a Cat CD as a Producer. Your adoption includes everything at the Essential Cat Lover level. But I will be happy to provide you with multiple copies of the final CD (let's talk). I'll also come play music in your home anywhere in the U.S. and possibly even in Europe.

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