Episode 257: The Guardians are joined by our good friend, Darin Kennedy, doctor by day, novelist by night.
Darin is an author of contemporary and dark fantasy, his debut novel, a paranormal mystery titled The Mussorgsky Riddle, was first published Jan 2015 and was quickly followed by the second and third books in his Fugue & Fable series, The Stravinsky Intrigue and The Tchaikovsky Finale, all available from the fine folks at Falstaff Books. His contemporary fantasy, Pawn’s Gambit, was released Oct 2016, also from Falstaff Books, with the second complete and headed your way soon and the third well underway. That, along with a slew of short stories about hot necromancers, immortal monster hunters and various things that go bump in the night, as well as an unpublished young adult fantasy novel, round out this writer’s somewhat eclectic taste in story subject matter.
Away Team! The Guardians of the Geekery were honored to interview the awesome Seanan McGuire, the 2018 Writer Guest of Honor at the 2018 ConCarolinas. For being 3 hours earlier for her than us, she was amazing (she’d be amazing at any hour).
Away Team! The Guardians of the Geekery got to sit down with Frenchy and Punk on the last day of ConCarolinas 2018. We had a delightful time talking to them about how they met and got started, their kickstarter, solo projects, and tour schedule.
For this music week, we reviewed As Long as I’m Flyin by Marc Gunn and Bonjour Batfrog by French and the Punk. You can click the album name above to listen to each album on Bandcamp – or click the player below to listen to it right here!
And check out Frenchy and the Punk at this year’s ConCarolinas – click here for more info.
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About Marc Gunn
(stolen from Bandcamp)
Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted.
As Long as I’m Flyin by Marc Gunn
About Frenchy and the Punk
(stolen from Bandcamp)
Fusing foot-stompin’ bohemian cabaret folk, French chanson and `80’s punk, with vaudeville charm. This Euro-American duo seamlessly blends raucous, danceable melodies and rhythms with cheeky stories sung in English and French.
The Guardians loved being at ConCarolinas, and the opportunity it provided us to interview some folks you might not get to hear otherwise. We had a chance to meet with musical guest Gild the Mourn – who will also be a guest at ConGregate on July 14-16.
About Gild the Mourn
photo by Kevin McGee
Timeless stories inspired by ancient lore.
The Fairytale themed Gothic Rock band, Gild the Mourn consists of members Angel and Gopal Metro (Bella Morte/ Brighter Fires). The duo started writing together in 2012, and formed Gild The Mourn in 2014. Inspired by their love of high fantasy and ghost stories, the music combines elements of gothic rock, dark wave, post-punk and classic fairytales to create a world beyond our own. Clad in leather armor and war paint, they tell tales of battles long forgotten, worlds that’ve faded from the pages of memory, and the struggles of the human condition. They strive to create a positive culture around their music, focusing heavily on inner strength and perseverance. Their motto ‘In the Darkest of Times, Find Light Within’ represents finding fortitude within one’s self during times of hardship and strife.