Jul 1, 2021
How was the first science fiction convention back? Podcasting during a summer with kids. New songs finished. Plus, an alternate look at live performances.
It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Music & Travel, show #281.
0:26 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR JULY
JUL 9: Interstellar
Ginger Beer & Exploration Co., Alabaster, AL @ 7-10 PM CT
JUL 10: Pepper Place Farmer's Market, Birmingham, AL @ 8:00 AM - 12 PM CT
JUL 15: Browncoats on Celtfather Live @ 8 PM ET. Get your tickets.
JUL 16-18: JordanCon, Atlanta, GA
JUL 30: Ironshield Brewing, Lawrenceville, GA @ 7:00 – 10:00 PM.
THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather, YouTube (Season 9 returns on Aug 5, 2021) @ 12:00 PM EST
1:21 - PAST MONTH
2:36 - RANT: AN ALTERNATE LOOK AT LIVE PERFORMANCES
7:02 - PODCASTS
Mikey Mason has a podcast called MikeyTalks. I listened to it while I was driving to Magic City Con last week. Curse him! It was really good. He's such a good storyteller. I find it frustrating that I'm not better because I would really like to do a show like that. I just don't feel it would be as good. Ah well...
Summer break for the kids is making it difficult to plan ahead with podcasts. Pub Songs & Stories is coming out slower than I'd like. In June, I released...
The Harpers #232: Was the harp banned by Queen Elizabeth? Hear the origins of the song Soul of a Harper by Rie Sheridan Rose. Songwriting as a parent offers its own special joys, songs about the children we love. Plus, was it horrible, the night that Paddy Murphy died?
Next time, there are a couple stories by Carl Asch of Empty Hats and Adrian of Tartanic.
So far the Virtual Public House CD is not selling well. I'm not sure if that's an issue of promotion (or lack thereof) or the type of CD. So if you want to own a limited-edition CD, get it now. The album will be available for just a few more months. But it won't last the year.
I had some good episodes of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast in June. I'm particularly excited about the release of The Gothard Sisters' new CD, Dragonfly. I feature several tracks and will continue to.
The Brobdingnagian Bards Podcast and Celtfather Music & Travel were on hiatus. I did release a couple Stories from the Road podcasts on Patreon though.
I'm also starting to think about the next In the 'Verse podcast. I need to get back to songwriting. That podcast will help.
9:34 - VIDEOS
Coffee with The Celtfather ended well. Those season finales seem to do pretty well. I started planning the themes for season 9 which will start on Thursday, August 5. I'm seriously considering signing back up to ReStream, which will once again allow me to broadcast on multiple platforms. Though, I will still stick primarily with YouTube. Maybe I'll just do one month.
The re-launch of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast YouTube channel is posing problematic. YouTube stopped allowing me to edit shows on their website. So I used a secondary website. And that's just too much work for someone who has not enough time. So I might discontinue that.
My Celtfather Live concert this month had a fairly light attendance. But it was a great group of Gunn Runners. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know there are so many people who support my music.
The next Celtfather Live is a FREE SHOW. It's scheduled for Thursday, July 15 at 8 pm ET.
11:17 - IN THE STUDIO
I finally finished up "By Amazing Grace", "Bright Side of Everything", "Favor of a Dance", "Kilty Pleasure", and "Breathing". So we much closer to finishing up Selcouth. I'm thinking of having a private listening party for Gunn Runners to help me decide which are the best tracks on the album. I'm also gonna do that with my family.
ALEP is postponed once again. So looks like Sam Gillogly and I have more time to finish our Dancing With Hobbits album. We still have quite a few tracks to release.
"Name On My Soul" by Kilted Kings was released as a single this month. Listens have not been great. But oh well... The full album is out on June 25 under the title Flower of Scotland.
13:14 - MERCH
Virtual Public House is still on sale. I haven't picked a date for it to be pulled. But I will give you at least a month's heads up.
You can download a free MP3 every month from this CD when you sign up to my mailing list.
I'm brainstorming more merch to sell at conventions in the next couple months. I'll let you know how that goes.
I re-released several Firefly related merch items in preparation for the next Celtfather Live show.
Meantime, subscribe to my mailing list, you get a discount code to save 15%.
14:19 - CELTIC TRAVEL
The Celtic Invasion of Scotland is officially open to past Invaders. I have a castle booked in near the just across the mountain from the banks of Loch Lomond for the first week of June 2022. I will open it up to non-invaders in August. Sign up to the mailing list at CelticInvasion.com if you want to be one of the first on the list.
15:13 - WEBSITES
I updated lyrics for the Irish Song Lyrics website, including:
15:40 - STATS
Mailing list subscribers = 1128 is down from 1138
Celtic Music Magazine = 4068 is up from 4062
YouTube Subscribers = 5438 is up from 5411
Facebook Likes = 3802 is same
Instagram = 1882 is up from 1872
Spotify followers: 1797 is up 26 from 1771
# Number of listens on Spotify: 2652 is down from 2857
Latest Spotify Single Stats:
"Slainte Mhaith" released on April 18: 25 is up from 23
"Proudfoot Shuffle" released on Mar 18: 20 is down from 127 (last one)
"Hobbit Hornpipe" released Aug 26: 499 is down from 521
"The Hero of Christmas" released on Nov 17: 19 is down from 107 (last one)
"Cloghden More" released on April 30: 12
"Name On My Soul" released on June 4: 141
Latest Spotify Album Stats:
St Patrick's Day: 415 is down from 601 (last one)
Flower of Scotland released on June 25 (next month): 239
Most-popular songs on Spotify: "The Widow and the Devil" (1.7K), "Doctor of Gallifrey" (536), "Hobbit Hornpipe" (499), "A Working in the Garden" (246), "Hero of Canton" (220), "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" (193), "Reavers Malcolm Reavers" (193), "Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits" (156), "Name On My Soul" (133), "The Parting Glass" (109)
Most-popular songs on Amazon Music: "Doctor of Gallifrey" (132), "Hero of Canton" (126), "The Widow and the Devil" (38), "Jedi Drinking Song Prequel" (17), "The Night That Paddy Murphy Died (12)
Top albums: Sci Fi Drinking Songs (258), As Long As I'm Flyin (220), Going for Brogue (139), Kilted For Her Pleasure (87), Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion (51)
Last year's playlists from this time last year:
Top Irish & Celtic Music: 592 is up from 582
Sci F'Irish Music: 13 is up from 12
Nagians Only: 22 is up from 21
Celtfather Experience: 29 is down 30
Hobbit Drinking Songs: 5 is down from 6
Firefly Drinking Songs: 130 is up from 127
Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers: 74 is up from 71
Jedi Drinking Songs: 31 (same)
18:59 - PATREON
Patreon Subscribers: 164 is up from 157
Patreon Monthly Income: $1249 is up from $1206
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