Obituary: Carol Kabakjian

Philadelphia fan Carol Kabakjian (b.1954) died on May 15 following a four-year battle with cancer. Kabakjian served as secretary and archivist for PSFS for several years and worked on Philcon. She was responsible for the Con suite at Millennium Philcon. She founded ConCerto and published the filking fanzine The Philly Philk Phlash.

Filk Hall of Fame Inductees

Three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario. The Filk Hall of Fame honors performers and organizers. It was founded in 1995. Nominees are suggested by members of fandom and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from a variety of filk conventions.

The 2013 inductees are

  • Cecilia Eng
  • Roberta Rogow
  • Volker Tanger

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Obituary: Mara Brener

Filker Mara Brener (b.1952, Mara Berlin) died on February 27. Brener and her husband, Harry Brener, attended their first convention, LACon II, in 1984. Brener began composing and singing at a young age, but didn’t discover filk until that convention and she and her husband spent the majority of the con in the filk room and their songs were subsequently published in the fanzine Filk Fee-nom-ee-non. Brener was Guest of Honor at Leprecon 30 in 2004 and Contata 2005. In addition to her filk career, she was an artist who worked in oils and stained glass.

Obituary: Sheila Willis

Filker Sheila Willis died in late February or early March. Willis was part of the filk trio Technical Difficulties, which was the first group to win a Pegasus Award for Best Performer, in 1989. Willis also performed with Julia Ecklar.

Ian Wins Grammy

Science fiction fan and singer Janis Ian won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word on February 10 for the audio version of her autobiography Society’s Child: My Autobiography. She beat former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow, and Ellen Degeneres to take home second Grammy Award (she has been nominated nine times). In addition to her music, Ian has written short stories and edited an anthology, has performed at the Nebula Awards and has attended the Worldcon multiple times.

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Pegasus Nominations Open

The form to nominate for this year’s Pegasus Awards for filk is now on-line. Nominations close on July 25. People can nominate up to five works/people in five categories. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest.

To nominate, or for more information…

For the results of the brainstorming poll…

Obituary: Chris Croughton

British fan Chris “Keris” Croughton (b.1956) was killed in an head-on collision on November 10. Keris was active in the filk community from 1991, often running sound boards. In addition, Keris was a musician and a founding member of the n’Early Music Consort. Keris was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2007.

Pegasus Award Winners

The Pegasus Awards were presented this weekend at Ohio Valley Filk Fest. The winners, selected by popular vote of filk fandom include the following.

  • Best Romantic Song: “As I Am,” by Heather Dale
  • Best Bad-Ass Song: “Evil Laugh,” by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Writer/Composer: S. J. Tucker
  • Best Performer: Amy McNally
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “The Phoenix,” by Julia Ecklar
  • Best Filk Song: “Wicked Girls,” by Seanan McGuire

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Pegasus Nominees

The nominees for the 2011 Pegasus Awards, presented for excellence in filk, have been announced. All ballots are due by October 17, 2011 and the awards will be presented at Ohio Valley Filk Fest, the weekend of October 21-23.

Best Filk Song

  • ”Die Puppen (The Dolls),” by Eva Van Daele-Hunt
  • ”Joan,” by Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps
  • ”Paper Worlds- Talis Kimberley
  • ”Somebody Will,” by Ada Palmer
  • ”Wicked Girls,” by -Seanan McGuire

Best Classic Filk Song

  • ”Gone Filkin’,” by Tom Jeffers
  • ”Little Fuzzy Animals,” by Frank Hayes
  • ”Nessie, Come Up,” by Dr. Jane Robinson
  • ”The Phoenix,” by Julia Ecklar
  • ”Storm Dancing,” by Tom Smith

Best Performer

  • Amy McNally
  • Playing Rapunzel
  • Stone Dragons
  • Toyboat
  • Tricky Pixie

Best Writer/Composer

  • Barry Childs-Helton
  • Dr. Mary Crowell
  • Phil Mills
  • Ben Newman
  • S. J. Tucker

Best Badass Song

  • ”Crispy Danish,” by Andrew Ross
  • ”Evil Eyeball,” by Sibylle Machat
  • ”Evil Laugh,” by Seanan McGuire
  • ”My Brother, My Enemy,” by Ada Palmer
  • ”Tough Titty Cupcakes,” by Betsy Tinney

Best Romantic Song

  • ”As I Am,” by Heather Dale
  • ”One Small Boat,” by Marilisa Valtazanou
  • ”Rain On Berlin,” by Eva Van Daele-Hunt
  • ”Starlight & Saxophone,” by Tom Smith
  • ”Too Many Years,” by Bill Roper

For more information…

Pegasus Nominations Open

The form to nominate for this year’s Pegasus Awards for filk is now on-line. Nominations close on July 25. People can nominate up to five works/people in five categories. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest.

To nominate, or for more information…

For the results of the brainstorming poll…