Oct. 6th, 2017 12:18 pm
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I haven't seen anything posted on this, but Katy announced it publicly at FilkContinental. Any errors are mine. I'm working from memory, since my suitcase hasn't made it home yet, and my iPad is in it.

Next year there won't be a FilkContinental, since Kirstin is otherwise occupied. The con's charter says that Kirstin is one of the principals. Instead, [personal profile] katyhh will run a smaller con, called CONtraPunkt. It will be the weekend of September 14-16, 2018, at the Jugendherberge in Wernigerode, Germany (the same location as this year's con). There will be only one guest, who is yet to be announced. I don't know if there's a website for the con.

FilkContinental should resume in 2019.

The name literally translates as "Conterpoint." I hope this doesn't upset anyone.
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[personal profile] madfilkentist
Boskone 2018 will, instead of having a Featured Filker as it has for about 20 years, dedicate its filk program to the memory of Jordin Kare. Tentative plans include a concert of his works and themed song circles appropriate to him (space flight and parody, for example).

If anyone is interested in getting involved in this, I can get you in touch with Priscilla. She's especially hoping to get Featured Filkers from previous years.

(Edited, when I realized that "getting past" Featured Filkers could be misread. :)
[personal profile] hms42
I swiped this from Facebook...

The Pegasus Committee and OVFF are proud to announce the 2017 Pegasus Award Finalists:

Best Filk Song
The Girl Who Couldn't Even - The PDX Broadsides
Nine hundred and ninety nine - Mich Sampson / Marilisa Valtazanou
Pageant Legend - Katy Dröge-Macdonald /Ju Honisch
Scarlet Town - Cathy McManamon
We Are Who We Are - Michelle Dockrey / Tony Fabris

Best Classic Filk Song
Alligator in the House - Betsy Tinney / Cade Tinney / S. J. Tucker
The Evil Eyeball - Sibylle Machat
Grief in Little Pieces - Phil Allcock / Talis Kimberley
Small Designs - Barry Childs-Helton
Vor - Bill Sutton

Best Performer
Chris Conway
Tim Griffin
Leslie Hudson
Judi Miller
Vixy & Tony

Best Writer/Composer
Ju Honisch
Jordin Kare
Cathy McManamon
Benjamin Newman
Andrew Ross

Best Horror Song
The Dark Man - Paul Kwinn
Dear Gina - Seanan McGuire
Hello Stranger - Erica Neely
Hellraiser - Tom Smith
Mina's Song - Zander Nyrond

Best Perky Song
Chocolate Is A Vegetable - Graham Leathers
Everybody Hates Elves - Kari Maaren
Nathan Fillion (Please Take Off Your Pants) - The PDX Broadsides
Perky Goth - W. Randy Hoffman
What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone? - Carla Ulbrich

Congratulations to all the Finalists!

The 2017 Pegasus Final Ballot is at, and balloting is open until Sunday, October 15, 2017.

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There's a huge sale on Georgette Heyer novels over on and amazon. Lots & lots of screens of e-books for 2.99 each.

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RainbowCon 2.1 (our second convention, in our third year, thanks to a brief hiatus for moving) will be held on May 4-6, 2018! North American Guest of Honor is Cat Faber; Overseas Guest of Honor is Gwen Knighton Raftery. We are hoping there will be a toastmaster, but we don't have a name to announce for that yet.

Location is 4414 Skyline Drive, Freeland WA (on beautiful Whidbey Island), and there is information about local hotel options for people who want them. The new location has two acres of outdoor space in which we can spread out, hold our traditional maypole dance, and have outdoor song circles around the fire pit. Keep your eyes open for our neighborhood deer, who like to browse on the lawn.

We're still doing free membership but accepting donations to offset the out-of-pocket expenses of bringing our guests here and running this thing, for those who are able and willing to contribute. We welcome members who want to run events -- workshops, games, theme circles, or whatever. RainbowCon is a participatory event... everyone's welcome to take a turn at leading if they want to, but nobody is required to do more than show up and have fun!

Please contact with membership requests, or questions about the convention. Ditto if you want to be part of the programming. It will be really helpful to us if we can get early memberships, because then we'll be able to block out hotel space nearby.

We look forward to seeing you here!

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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.
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Hear ye, hear ye!
There will be a housefilk on Sunday, September 3 (the Sunday of Labor Day weekend) in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, at the home of [personal profile] sdelmonte and [personal profile] batyatoon  . The festivities will run from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm. The address is 144-32 71st Road, accessible from the LIE and GCP, and by subway and bus.
Interested? Reply to this post and let us know. And spread the word!
Need directions? E-mail me at simondelmonte @
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Helva Peters died yesterday, August 6, 2017, of cancer. I got the news from her sister, Kate.

I met her at Noreascon 3 in 1989. The first time may have been either at a Beauty and the Beast (the TV show) program item or a filk item. When MASSFILC was formed in the early nineties, she was a regular at the meetings. She had a wonderful voice. Her repertoire consisted largely of Julia Ecklar songs, which she had the voice for. She was a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, Babylon 5, and Firefly. Her singing got onto several Wail Songs tapes of northeast filk cons.

Her real name was Mary Schell. She used Helva in fandom partly to avoid notice by a stalker, but that was in the nineties and is no longer an issue in any case. The "Helva" came from Anne McCaffrey's cyborg spaceship Helva in The Ship Who Sang.

She moved west at some point and became part of the Phoenix filk scene. I'm told Leslie Fish was glad someone besides her regularly brought a guitar.

A few years ago she moved back east to Arlington, Mass. According to the MASSFILC records, her first appearance in the 21st century at a meeting was in September 2014. By this point she was dealing with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, aka Toxin-Induced Loss of Tolerance. There are a lot of substances in the modern environment that caused her trouble.

In early 2015 I learned that she had Stage 4 cancer. At that point there was a treatment she wanted that was available only in Mexico. People in MASSFILC started talking about how to help. This led to an IndieGoGo campaign to produce a CD of her recordings. Harold Stein did the production, and Leslie Fish provided an album cover. We didn't have much in the way of good recordings. Most of the tracks are from home recordings which Virginia Taylor had made. It raised a fair amount of money and, I hope, made some more people aware of what a good singer she was.

The title "It's an Adventure" comes from the sig line she always used in her email messages.

The ship who sang will sing no more between the distant stars.
I'll sing no more.

(Cecilia Eng, "Helva's Song")
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Today (July 31) is the last day to register at the early bird rate for ConCertino 2018! Online registration with PayPal payment is available.
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[personal profile] filkferengi here:

The interview starts at about 1 minute in, and runs about 30 minutes.

This was recorded on Day 4 of ConVergence, earlier this month. (Which seems longer ago than that, already.)

Ta, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on July, 24
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Last year I met Polish fan Marcin Klak (Alqua) at Fantastika (Swecon 2016). He was interested in forging bridges between Polish and international fandom, and also appreciative of and interested in filk. Thanks to his blog Fandom Rover I've gotten a look into Polish fandom, Polish con culture, and Polish filking. Especially the con report from Medalikon gives some insight.

From what I can tell, Polish filk (for very wide values of filk) is small, but they have a core of performers that do concerts at their various cons, and they seem inhabit the intersection between LARP, fandom, reenactment, and folk music (though that might be based on the limited stuff I've found).

Some links on Polish filk that I've found so far:

  • Barbara Karlik (in English), harpist, singer, and songwriter. She has songs by [personal profile] thnidu, Gwen Knighton, and Alexander James Adams in her repertoire. I can recommend "The siege of Hedgehogfurt".
  • Polish filk wiki, has a small collection of Polish and some American filk.
  • Liz Katrin (Soundcloud), Interview (in English)
  • Kruffachi (Facebook), who seems to be the most "filkish" within Polish fannish music that I have found so far
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Lois McMaster Bujold says, here:

I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.
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This was posted by [personal profile] hms42 over on Facebook:

For those who still look at Livejournal (I know most people are not on there any longer), the filk archive LJ account has been hacked a couple of times over the past few days and they are posting in Russian on there.

Its going to get migrated over to Dreamwidth for the history to be preserved before the account is closed.

The site itself is currently down for reprogramming and will eventually be put back online.

The LJ account has since been cleaned up and migrated to [personal profile] filkarchive here on Dreamwidth.
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Very sad news. Jordin Kare has died, his widow Mary Kay informs us on Twitter.

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Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.

Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!

filkferengi, off to buy it now
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You can now register online and pay by PayPal for ConCertino 2018. The early bird rate of $55 is good through July 31. You can also get a supporting membership if you think you might not be coming, or you can buy a premier membership to give extra support to the convention.

There are two sets of prices. You can help us out by including the PayPal fee in your payment, or you can choose not to.

The convention will be June 29-July 1, in Dedham, Mass. Guests will be Cecilia Eng, Errol Elumir, Erwin Strauss (Filthy Pierre), and Gabrielle Gold. We hope lots of you will be there!


Jun. 30th, 2017 12:25 pm
[personal profile] tigertoy
Beloved filker Jordin Kare is in critical but stable condition after complications from heart surgery. Good thoughts are appreciated. I don't have any contact info.
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ConCertino 2018 will be in Dedham, Mass. (south of Boston) on June
29-July 1, 2018.

  • Guest of Honor: Cecilia Eng

  • Toastmaster: Errol Elumir

  • Fan Guest: Filthy Pierre (Erwin S. Strauss)

  • Interfilk Guest: Gabrielle Gold

More information at

This will, in all likelihood, be the last of the rotating northeast filk
conventions. Three meetings took place at Contata to plan the new
NEFilk, an annual convention with a single committee and geographic
area. Watch for updates.
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The Pasadena Folk Music Society is very pleased to present the US debut of a fine new Celtic group, The Recollective, who are beginning their first American tour here at Caltech on Saturday, July 8 in Beckman Institute Auditorium (Little Beckman) at 8:00 PM.  The band consists of Calum Morrison, (Glascow, Scotland) on vocals, guitar, banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland bagpipes, Karen Hickey, (County Mayo, Ireland) on fiddle, Michael Coult, (originally from Glossop, close to Manchester, England) on traditional Irish flute and whistles, and Kieran Leonard, (now living in London, originally from County Fermanagh) on drums, percussion, & bodhran.  All of them have previously performed in the United States in other configurations, but they formed The Recollective in the past year after playing together in the Celtic Legends traveling show that has appeared for a million people worldwide over the years.  As Kieran explains, their name, The Recollective, is meant as a double entendre, firstly that they are a group that sings and plays music inspired by the past and secondly, that they are as a 'collective' play in a contemporary and edgy style.  They wanted a name that reflects both the traditional roots and the modern aspects of their music.  Their brand new debut recording is about to be released, and should be available for purchase at this show.  Hear Karen's beautiful fiddle interplay with Michael's flute, along with the perfect understated percusion of Kieran on the medley, Vals Til Mor Og Far/The Midge and Calum's vocal and guitar on Gin I Were a Baron's Heir. Help us welcome this fine band to our side of the pond!    

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.  You can avoid the service charge by purchasing tickets at the door on the night of the show or by visiting the Ticket Office in person at the Caltech Ticket Office 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.
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