Saint Patrick Drove Out Serpents, Let Cats Stay

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While planning for St. Patrick's Day is in high gear, few know that this patron St. of Ireland, shares his special day, March 17, with Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the Patron Saint of Cats.

While planning for St. Patrick's Day is in high gear, few know that this patron St. of Ireland, shares his special day, March 17, with Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the Patron Saint of Cats.

Legend tells us that St. Patrick raised his staff and mightily drove the serpents out of the Ireland. Medieval hagiography is silent, however, on the subject of the saint's interactions with the feline denizens of the Emerald Isle. Considering this shared holiday however, it seems safe to say that Saint Patrick was a cat lover.

Believing this to be so (and also born on this highest of Irish holidays) Irish Musician Marc Gunn has recently released an album entitled IRISH DRINKING SONGS FOR CAT LOVERS.

With songs such as WHEN KITTY EYES ARE SMILING and LORD OF THE POUNCE it seems that there is indeed a connection between the feline kind and the Irish. "It's the purrfect present for St. Patrick's Day," Gunn commented, "and for Saint Gertrude's Day, too."

As one reviewer has noted “If you know a cat lover, this may well be the best gift you can get for them, and they don't even have to be Irish to appreciate the songs. There is a certain understanding between people and their cats and it is brought forth here in all of its glory . . . the good, the bad and the hilarious!” Surely, Saint Patrick and Saint Gertrude would agree.

That is the beauty of IRISH DRINKING SONGS FOR CAT LOVERS -- the songs are part of the patchwork of American music, a culture with deep Irish roots. Marc Gunn has extensive experience as not only a recording musician but as a veteran performer in renaissance fairs and fantasy festivals. The result is a clever collection of music that appeals to not only Irish and cat lovers, but anyone who appreciates a lyrical laugh.

IRISH DRINKING SONGS FOR CAT LOVERS features guest performances by an impressive array of Irish Musicians in Austin, Texas. Participating musicians include Hannah Gunn and Cedric the Fiddler of the Bedlam Bards. Additional musicians include Chris Buckley, Sarah Dinan, Hamby, April Porter, Blake McCaig, and Franco Bordoni. Marc Gunn wrote all the lyrics to the classic songs. The CD retails for $14.97 (with a current promotion of 20% off multiple copy purchases). The CD can be purchased online at http://www.catdrinkingsongs.com

Marc Gunn is an Irish and Scottish folk singer with a strange affinity for Celtic ballads, drinking songs and cats. He is the lead singer for the Brobdingnagian Bards. He is also Celtic music podcaster and Irish music magazine publisher and promoter. For Further Information Contact Marc Gunn (512) 470-4866.

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