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At Contata, a pick-up chorus will be performing Kanefsky's "Code" (ttto "Men of Harlech"), as arranged in Ed Stauff's "The Scared [sic] Harp." At the last MASSFILC filksing, we had people on alto, tenor, and bass, but adding some singers would be nice, especially sopranos to sing the melody in the proper octave! If anyone would like to join in, let me or Keshlam or Ellen know. We'll be doing it as part of the GoH concert. We'll squeeze in a rehearsal at some point.
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Over on my own blog I've recorded something popping out of me (no, not TMI) that quite surprised me. You may enjoy it.
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June is here and this is a last reminder about our next show in just 2 days, featuring Brocelïande, Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.)   Brocelïande has performed throughout the West Coast since 1999, at festivals, concert series, and a cameo in the movie Bedtime Stories. Their delight is, through evocative and sometimes obscure historical means, to uplift the audience and provide a sonic sanctuary for all. They specialize in seasonal fare and the music of J.R.R. Tolkien, honoring the elements of Nature and celebrating the human experience. They have recorded 7 CDs, most recently Make We Merry, their second Winter album. Rambles Cultural Arts Magazine says of them “These people are good. Each is a master of the various instruments they play, and their arrangements are intricate, exciting, exceptional music … their vocal harmonies are exquisite.”  Listen to Rossignolet du Bois and Galadriel's Lament to get a good idea of what to expect.  You won’t want to miss this all-too-rare Southern California appearance by Brocelïande.  [Second the motion - I'm going! KS!]

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children.  You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.  Online tickets are available here until the end of today, Thursday June 1.  There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show.  The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside)  Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby.  They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance.

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Get ready for the Cheshire Moon "We've been pounded by all kinds of extra bills" midwestern tour!

And, we booked all these before all this happened ... clever that.

We have gotten pounded with hospital and automotive bills the last month. If you have wanted to see us play, now is the time! We have lots of music for sale, including two new CDs. You can put money in our jar (virtual in the case of the Concert Window show). You can see us in our living room (live or virtual), in a church and in someone else's living room (both of those live). Oh, and the Chicago show ... we're bringing Susan! That doesn't happen every often.

And if you want CDs, they are available on our website, cheshiremoon.net. If you want downloads, they are available at cheshiremoon.bandcamp.com.

June 3 - Concert Window - 1pm Central
www.concertwindow.com/cheshiremoon

June 9 - 2nd Friday Coffeehouse Chicago - 7 PM
The Peoples Church of Chicago, 941 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago,

June 10 - House Concert at the Abzug Ampitheatre Champaign, IL - 7 Central Geekish Time
RSVP to Dnabzug at gmail dot com
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Well, certainly beats Birnam Wood come to Dunsinane... :) But seriously, to the handful of you out there who don't already know about them, this is one group well worth listening to. Here's the latest update.

We want to let you know about our June shows (there are 2!) so here's the word. We welcome back Brocelïande in two weeks for their fourth appearance at Caltech, on Saturday, June 3 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman.) This Bay area trio consists of Margaret Davis, Kristoph Klover, and Kris Yenney, and between them they cover 3-part vocals, with Celtic harp, guitar, cello, octave mandolin, recorders, Swedish nyckelharpa, flute, and more! Their performances include music from the British Isles, Medieval and Renaissance music, and original settings of the songs of J.R.R. Tolkien. They cover a lot of ground, and their shows are like no other act we have presented. Sample their music with Santa Maria/ Cantiga This program is your chance to hear Kris play the only “Hardanger cello d’Amore” in existence! We look forward to seeing you at this show!

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here until the end of Thursday May 11. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office in person or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance.

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Seanan McGuire has just won the Best Novella Nebula for Every Heart a Doorway!
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Just 3 days until Ben Miller (Scottish border pipes) and Anita MacDonald (Cape Breton fiddle) arrive in Pasadena to wind up their current U.S. tour this Saturday, May 13 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman) at 8:00 PM. Anita is from Little Narrows, Cape Breton and Ben is American-born, now also living in Cape Breton. They have been performing together for a few years now, and their initial 2015 recording, A Day at the Lake shows them to be excellent performers who you won't want to miss . Zakk Cormier will join them on acoustic guitar for this show.

We like the way Radio Station 101.5 in Nova Scotia (known as "The Hawk") described them, "Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That's the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy." Come to the show and you will hear a generous offering of lively dance tunes, with a few slower songs, including a vocal or two. Listen to their instrumental prowess on An t-Alltan Dubh (The Black River.) Anita sings quite well, as you can hear on Eoghainn Mhóir a Ghràdhaich from A Day at the Lake. She often does a bit of step dancing, but on Saturday, that will depend on whether we can turn our carpeted stage area into a proper dance surface. Again, we include the link to their introductory video. Their web site is www.benandanita.com. We hope to see you!

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here until the end of Thursday May 11. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM - 4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spalding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance. And you can buy stamps or do Postal business while you are there!

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This is based on Girl Genius as it stands this weekend. Andronicus Valois, the Storm King, has returned after 200 years, but he is now mostly undead and mad. He's up against the Master of Paris, Agatha Heterodyne, and Martellus von Blitzengaard and their respective followers; any one of them is capable of taking on a small army. Even though Andronicus is the bad guy, it's possible to feel a little sorry for him.


The Storm King's Prayer
Lyrics: Gary McGath, Copyright 2017
Music: "A Sailor's Prayer" by Rob MacDonald

Though my arm is torn and severed and my weapons turned to slag,
Though my minions turn and hope to strike me down,
Though I meet vile sorcery, still the land belongs to me.
This is not the end I am meant to face.
 
Chorus:
   I will not lie me down, this mob a-raging.
   I will not lie me down, I'm King of Storm.
   And if these knights be unblessed, I shall not take my rest
   Until they die and are no more.
 
Though they stole away my bride, though the very stones rise up,
Though a young usurper tries to claim my sword,
I have risen from the night and will now reclaim my right,
Take this city back from wizards and traitors.
 
Chorus
 
If my friends conspire against me and it seems my hopes are lost,
With my one bare hand my reign I will defend.
And if someone lays me low, let it be a worthy foe.
I will stand and fight until I meet destruction.
 
Chorus
























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The next MASSFILC gathering will be in Cambridge, at Cornerstone Cohousing, 175 Harvey Street, on Saturday, May 13. This is walkable from the Alewife T station or from the 77 Bus. It's a semi-public location (a common room rather than a living room), so newcomers can feel comfortable about dropping in. Things start at 2 PM or a little later, and there's a short business meeting at 6. People can bring a snack, beverage, or potluck dish if they like, but there's no obligation.

The schedule of meetings is on the MASSFILC site. You can subscribe to the mailing list from there.
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Yesterday's filksing at my place drew a small but lively group, including newcomer Isaac. And I do mean newcomer, at five weeks of age! I locked Mokka away upstairs, since she can be hostile to visitors, and I especially didn't want to take chances with a baby. Mokka had food, water, and a litter box and didn't seem unhappy with the arrangement. Carl hung around the filksing, glad to see all these people who might give him food! At one point he kept his foot under the pedal of my keyboard for about 20 minutes. I think he was telling me not to play it so much and to give him more attention (and food). There was no lack of food, but it was the human variety.

At the business meeting we had a rather overdue discussion of guests for ConCertino and came up with a preferred slate. Invitations should be going out shortly.

The next filksing will be at Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, May 13, so anyone who didn't come to this one because it was too far from Boston should find the next one easier to get to.

And now!

Apr. 27th, 2017 08:03 pm
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The CDs are now available for purchase on our webpage!

It's been a hectic couple of months, but it's all done now!

http://www.cheshiremoonband.com/merch.html
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If people want to leave comments for the FKO hotel -- regarding the hall lighting, for example -- it can be done at http://www.torontoairportwesthotel.com/contact-us/guest-feedback .  Getting your word in now (politely!) may mean that we won't have to see it next year.
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The 2017 Filk Hall of Fame Inductees, as reported by FilKONtario on Twitter:

  • Gary Hanak
  • Judi Miller
  • Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff


All excellent choices!
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OK, having gotten no complaints, I post the first update to the PFMS since I abruptly jumped over from LJ. Comments, suggestions, feel free - this is pretty much a quote of their mailing with excess formatting deleted. These presentations are usually at Cal Tech in Pasadena, CA; as you can see they've got interests in other stuff too. Usually well worth it if you can make it to a performance. (Also Broceliande will be down June 3..)



Here's an early heads-up about our next show, which will feature Ben Miller, master of the Scottish border pipes, and Anita MacDonald, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (Canada) on Saturday, May 13 in Beckman Institute Auditorium at 8:00 PM. Ben and Anita joined forces in the last couple of years, and their debut recording, A Day at the Lake, is getting lots of attention. They are tremendous instrumentalists and they do a bit of singing too. They will be joined in this show by Zakk Cormier on guitar and maybe a bit of foot percussion as well. Anita just might do a little dancing. You can get a good introduction to them in this 4 and one half minute introductory video, where you will get a very good idea of who they are and what they do. We highly recommend watching!

Radio Station 101.5 in Nova Scotia (known as "The Hawk") described them this way: "Ben and Anita have the unique talent of taking well known, traditional tunes and giving them life. They have a great respect and knowledge of how these tunes are to be played, but are able to inject an energy that brings them to life once again. That's the way you keep the music alive for a new generation to discover and enjoy." We think you will like them a lot, and we're excited about presenting them in our series.

Tickets for the show are $20 for adults and $5 for Caltech students and children. You can order them on the phone by calling the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652. Online tickets are available here. There is a service charge for online and phone tickets, but you can buy tickets without a service charge by visiting the Ticket Office or by purchasing them at the door on the night of the show. The Caltech Ticket Office is now in their new location at 1200 E. California Boulevard in Pasadena (Southeast corner of Wilson Avenue). Their usual hours are 9AM-4PM, Monday through Friday. There is limited short term parking in front of the four story Spaulding building on California Boulevard (note the yellow curb and the sign that indicates 15 minute parking for the Post Office station inside) Otherwise, you can look for street parking nearby. They are located just inside the door on the east side of the building, to the left of the entrance. And you can buy stamps or do Postal business while you are there!

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Hello

Apr. 13th, 2017 09:02 pm
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A brief note to let people know I finally made the transition from LJ, kicking and screaming, and I'm going to be sporadically active here.
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From Steve Brust's blog. Here, cross-posted from my own. I've done a little editing for scansion, adding what's bolded and deleting what's struck out.

An Old LJ Post: The Drug-Allergic Invalid
by skzb
Apparently LiveJournal is going weird, and everyone's diving off it and saving their posts. I don't have a great deal from my old LJ days that I want to save, but this post, from 18-December-2006, needs to preserved in the annals of, uh, whatever annals one preserves such things in.

Back from the doctor

The doctor says my symptoms are absolutely classic for having a bad drug reaction. She even showed me off to another doctor as having perfect symptoms. I was very proud.
I am the very model of a drug allergic invalid
With bright red rashes from my feet that make their way up to my head
I have no wish for food or wine or sexual amenities
I only wish to stop the swelling up of my extremities
My hands are swollen up so much I cannot hold a cigarette
How many days this will go is more than I can figure yet.
When I shuffle down the hall like a weak septuagenarian,
You'd say I was within a couple days of set for buryin'

You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryin'
You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryin'
You'd say he was within a couple days of set for buryburyin'

When you see I can do nothing except watch reruns of "Drag-a-net"
While choking down the steroids and the Benedryl and Tagamet
When it takes me seven minutes to get from my desk down to my bed
You'd see I was the model of a drug allergic invalid

When it takes him seven minutes to get from his desk down to his bed
You'd see he was the model of a drug allergic invalid

I began taking Sulfa on November 27. My glands became swollen on Dec. 7. On the 8th I started developing a rash. That's when I stopped taking the sulfa. On the 12th, the fever hit, and lasted 2 days, peaking at 102. Around that time, my glands were no longer swollen, but I had some muscle ache. On the 15th, my hands and feet started swelling. Naturally, it was Friday, so I couldn't go in to see the doctor until today. The swelling has gotten worse since then. I was prescribed steroids, and told to continue taking the Benedryl and Tagamet.
I search the internet for lists of symptoms and the latest memes
That deal with how to make my body stop producing histamines.
When I see my body is now just a single toxic whole
It makes me wish I'd never even heard "Sulfamethoxazole."

When I cannot stand up without assistance or good leverage
When my lips are so puffed up that I cannot drink hot beverage
In short with the swelling and the rash have made my the skin so very red
I am the very model of a drug allergic invalid.

In short with the swelling and the rash have made his the skin so very red
He is the very model of a drug allergic invalid.

ETA, April 12, 1:50am EDT (= 5:50 am UTC):

I just wrote a brief note to Brust with links to my reposts —
Very, very good! Blogged:
    •    http://thnidu.dreamwidth.org/1607040.html
    •    http://filk.dreamwidth.org/11148.html
    •    http://thnidu.livejournal.com/1722922.html
I did (and documented) a little editing for metrical problems.
 
Your fan,
[$THNIDU]

He replied four minutes later:
Cool.

Laconic but very pleasing. :-D
 
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Hi folks,

I'm new on Dreamwidth. I've been out of touch with filking in the Boston area for quite a while and would like to find out what's currently going on. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks! :-)
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For the past few years I have been passing on most of the mailings about musical presentations in the Pasadena Folk Music Society series and similar things to the Filk group on Live Journal. I'm dropping LJ after the latest idiocy, and so won't be doing that any more. Would people like me to start doing so in here? I generally lj-cut (or whatever they call it here) everything past the first paragraph or two to avoid bulkiness.
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The NEFilk website is live once again, with new hosting. Many thanks to Spencer for setting this up. The content is the same as before, except that I've finally brought it up to date. Its most important function is to record the history of the northeast filk cons, but it could take a more active role in the future.
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Our Kickstarter campaign ends early Wednesday morning. As of Saturday evening, we are $500-ish away from our goal. It’s doable, and still seems so far away.

We will be releasing two different CDs, one acoustic, one electric. There will be slightly different versions of a couple of the songs. A few got rewritten in the time between when we recorded the acoustic CD and when we recorded the electric. If we go over our goal we’ll be able to afford a bit more studio time and we will rerecord those songs as bonus tracks for the acoustic CD.

There are several different levels of sponsorship. You can get digital downloads. You can get CDs. If you order both you get a better deal. We will be your very own Carl Kasall and record a message for your voice mail. We will write your own Critter verse for you. We will write a song just for you.

All of the rhythm section tracks are done. Most of the vocals are done. We have fiddle and guitar overdubs, and a few things to fix from the first sessions still to do. We expect most of that to be done this weekend.

We’re so close.

Please help us out. Pledge if you can, and please spread the word.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1547201902/the-midnight-contingent
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