Sep 1, 2021
Could a Firefly Drinking Songs TV show be on its way? What's different with Coffee with The Celtfather. How close am I to completing my next CD?
It's all on my monthly update, Celtfather Music & Travel, show #284.
0:13 - SHOWS PLANNED FOR JULY
SEP 2-6: Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA
SEP 9: Virginia Highlands Farmer's Market, Atlanta, GA @ 5:00 PM
SEP 16-19: Gen Con, Indianapolis, IN.
SEP 23: Hobbit Drinking Songs on Celtfather Live on Bandcamp. Buy tickets.
THURS: Coffee with The Celtfather, YouTube (Season 9) @ 12:00 PM EST
2:22 - RANT: FIREFLY DRINKING SONGS, THE TV SHOW?
CELTFATHER MONTHLY UPDATES
8:02 - PODCASTS
I released two episodes of Pub Songs & Stories this month. The first highlighted songs about selkies with stories from Elizabeth Sutherland and me. But also there was a story by Matt & Shannon Heaton about a tune they wrote.
It was a good show. But afterward, I was lamenting to my engineer, Mitchell, that I can't seem to put out more episodes. He suggested shorter ones. So instead of compiling the next big one in September, we put out a short one featuring Tuatha Dea and their story about "Black Douglas", the original Braveheart. I'm gonna try out the new format for the next month or so. So far, I'm liking it.
The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast had a full four episodes. I keep hoping to get ahead on that show. Maybe this week, since I'm only doing four episodes a month, it might give me a week to get ahead... or it might not because of Dragon Con.
On Patreon, I released a bonus episode about releasing music on vinyl.
9:52 - VIDEOS
My Coffee with The Celtfather shows are going well. Season 9 started on Thursday, August 5. I'm still not overflowing with viewers. But there's a solid number watching.
I ran a Kickstarter for two weeks. I raised enough money to pay for Restream.io. So now I can skip asking for tips and just focus on performing all season.
One of the last shows was pre-recorded in some local woods. It was nice to get out.
The next Celtfather Live is on Thursday, September 23 at 8 pm ET. This will be a Hobbit Drinking Songs show. Tickets will go on sale in September.
13:26 - IN THE STUDIO
August was my big studio month. I spent the first couple days of August in the studio putting some final touches on Selcouth and recording tracks for a Brobdingnagian Bards EP that we will release at Dragon Con.
Selcouth has 13 tracks and at the time of recording this, Mitchell and I are still cleaning up one more final song that we realized had sonic problems. I'm hoping we'll finish it up this weekend. I'm trying to complete the album by the end of the month.
In the meantime, I finished the Selcouth booklet with lyrics and stories behind the songs. I ordered shirts for the Kickstarter. Then I just need to mail everything to all of my supporters.
I sat down and recorded more music for the Brobdingnagian Bards EP. The album is called Another Faire to Remember. This sort of a preview/concept that will be released as a full-length album next year. We are over halfway done with the album. So we're gonna launch a Kickstarter for it probably in October.
17:13 - MERCH
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18:30 - CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
The Celtic Invasion of Scotland officially opened this month. It also closed this month. That's because I already have more than full contingent of people joining me this year. Now it's time to start planning the invasion.
Sign up to the mailing list at CelticInvasion.com if you want to join the NEXT invasion.
19:37 - WEBSITES
I updated lyrics for the Irish Song Lyrics website, including:
19:58 - STATS
Mailing list subscribers = 1126 is down from 1131
Celtic Music Magazine = 4048 is up from 4059
YouTube Subscribers = 5502 is up from 5472
Facebook Likes = 3823 is up 12 from 3811
Instagram = 1890 is up from 1884
Spotify followers: 1826 is up from 1813
# Number of listens on Spotify: 2992 is up from 2906
Latest Spotify Single Stats:
"Peggy Gordon" released on July 2: 44 is down from 67 (last one)
"By Amazing Grace" released on July 29: 26
Latest Spotify Album Stats:
Flower of Scotland released on June 25 (next month): 119 is down from 230
Most-popular songs on Spotify: "The Widow and the Devil" (2K), "Doctor of Gallifrey" (634), "Hobbit Hornpipe" (530), "A Working in the Garden" (394), "Hero of Canton" (226), "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" (221), "Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits" (208), "Reavers Malcolm Reavers" (205), "Drunken Sailor" (139), "Beer, Beer, Beer" (136)
Most-popular songs on Amazon Music: "Doctor of Gallifrey" (600), "Hero of Canton" (319), "A Drop of Nelson's Blood" ( 213), "The Widow and the Devil" (130), "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" (53)
Top albums on Amazon: Sci Fi Drinking Songs (951), As Long As I'm Flyin (590), Going for Brogue (424), Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion (329), Kilted For Her Pleasure (361)
Last year's playlists from this time last year:
Top Irish & Celtic Music: 599 is up from 596
Sci F'Irish Music: 15 is up from 13
Nagians Only: 22 (same)
Celtfather Experience: 30 up from 29
Hobbit Drinking Songs: 5 (same)
Firefly Drinking Songs: 135 is up from 132
Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers: 78 is up from 76
Jedi Drinking Songs: 32 is up from 31
Marc Gunn Songwriting: 4 (same)
23:50 - PATREON
Patreon Subscribers: 163 (same)
Patreon Monthly Income: $1255 is down from $1264
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