So far, Gunn is overjoyed with the reaction of the compilation, which has charted with both Amazon and iTunes.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of music to see what people think of Celtic and Irish Christmas music,” he says.
“Obviously, naming the genre is a marketing term. Most compilations have the piano and harp soft-kind of music, which is nice, but I wanted to go for something more traditional. There are a lot of original songs from unknown bands, but there are plenty of traditional melodies not captured on other compilations that we have here.”
Gunn gets into the action himself with “Christmas in Scotland,” which sees him combine his love of traditional Irish drinking songs with fun, twisted lyrics. It’s like a satirical jam session between the Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
Gunn is part of an acoustic folk duo called Gunns and Drums, and he is hard at work on his new CD, "How Americans Saved Irish Music."
“It’s hard to hear Irish music in Ireland, and you are seeing a lot of Americans falling in love with their culture and keeping the traditions alive over here,” he says when asked to explain the album title.
“And, of course, you have bands like Black 47 that completely transformed the music yet again and have given back Irish culture to the Irish in the process. That’s an interesting trend that I wanted to write about.”
You can hear samples of "A Celtic Christmas" on Gunn’s Irish and Celtic music podcast. It is the largest Celtic podcast in the world and the number one promoter of indie Celtic music. Visit www.celticmusicpodcast.com or www.celticchristmasmusic.net.
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