Welcome to the first episode of Autoharp Radio. My name is Marc Gunn. And yes, I play autoharp.
When I first started playing the autoharp in 1997, there was no easy way to listen to the autoharp online. There was, and still is, a discussion group called the Cyberpluckers. But no way to *hear* the music easily.
That was important to me because I really didn't know what the autoharp should sound like. Yes, I got my autoharp from my dad. But he didn't play it much, that I remember, at least. So I had this unknown instrument and five octaves to play with. I picked up an autoharp tutorial book and started strumming.
I think it was 2000 that I first started helping other autoharpers get on MP3.com. All of a sudden, it was possible to hear autoharp music on the internet. That's when I started my Autoharp Music Tips website, that later came to reside at AutoharpMusic.com.
A few years after that, I took all of the music that was sent to me and started Autoharp Radio on Live365. The station featured a lot of music by a lot of different autoharpers. Thus AutoharpRadio.com was born.
Faced with growing licensing fees, Live365 stopped broadcasting in 2016. That's when I decided the only way to insure I can keep sharing autoharp music is by starting a podcast. So Autoharp Radio is now a podcast!
But in this show, you will only hear my music. I'll tell you why after I play some more autoharp music.
I have a lot of autoharp music in my iTunes collection. But I can't play it in this podcast. That's because I don't have permission from the artists. In order to avoid the legal problems of Live365, I must have permission from every artist that I play in this podcast, plus I need to make sure that all of the music is podsafe. That's the reason this podcast only features my music.
In the future, I hope to share music from other autoharpers. But first I must get permission. And so this show will be an introduction to the autoharp.
0:02 "Fairy Tale Waltz" by Marc Gunn from Heart's Ease
4:48 "Wherever I May Roam" by Marc Gunn from Single
7:38 "Tolkien" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Memories of Middle earth
10:36 "Close Your Eyes" by Marc Gunn from Kilted For Her Pleasure
14:14 "Marionette Jig/Spinner's Reel" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul
18:55 "A-Working in the Garden" by Marc Gunn from Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits
20:34 "Moria" by Brobdingnagian Bards from Memories of Middle Earth
23:29 "Name On My Soul" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul
28:48 "Stardust Serenade" by Marc Gunn from Heart's Ease
34:49 "Mingulay Boat Song" by Marc Gunn from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion
Autoharp Radio was produced by Marc Gunn. If you enjoyed this episode, please support the musicians who support this podcast, buy their CDs, then share the show. Special thanks to all of my patrons in the Gunn Runners Club. Get Autoharp music tips when you subscribe on my website AutoharpRadio.com.