Brobdingnagian Bards Proud to Be No. 2 in Music Poll

RECEIVED Tue., March 23, 2004

Dear Editor,
   What a pleasant surprise! On St. Patrick's Day we played for a few hundred cheering Celtic music lovers at the Irish Dragoon Pub in Killeen. The next day we learned we were voted the second best folk band in the Live Music Capital of the World via The Austin Chronicle Music Poll.
   Second best might mean nothing to some, but for us, it's the culmination of five years introducing Austinites to fun Celtic folk music. It began with a daily performance on the South Mall of UT – a tradition that lasted two years. Since then, we've played at festivals and conventions from coast to coast, including a showcase at SXSW, and most recently, a wild performance at a Lord of the Rings Oscar party in Hollywood after LOTR swept the Oscars.
   While we may be an unsigned band, we've successfully released six studio albums, sold more than 5,000 CDs, and had more than five million MP3s downloaded. I guess it just goes to show that it doesn't take a big budget, a label, or even having "radio-ready" music to make a difference to people. All it takes is a sincere desire to entertain and make music that your fans will enjoy.
   So to our many fans in Austin and around the world who voted for us in the Music Poll, Andrew and I would like to say, "Thank you!"
Marc Gunn
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