Obituary: Joe Raftery

British filker Joe Raftery died on January 29. Raftery debuted his first filk song at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton before gafiating until 2000, when he attended FilkContinental. Following his reintroduction to fandom, Raftery became a regular at filk meet ups and was nominated for the Pegasus Award in 2007 for his role in the n’Early Music Consort. He served on the committee for HarmUni2. Raftery was married to Gwen Knighton, Sister Emeritus of Three Weird Sisters.

Pegasus Award Winners

The winners for the 2015 Pegasus Award were announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival on October 24.

  • Best Filk Song: “My Story Is Not Done,” by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Captain Jack & the Mermaid,” by Meg Davis
  • Best Performer: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • Best Writer/Composer: Cat Faber
  • Best Adapted Song: “Grabthar’s Silver Hammer,” by Steve Macdonald
  • Best Time-Related Song: “Precious Moments,” by Phil Allcock

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Pegasus Nominees

The finalists for the 2014 Pegasus Award have been announced. On-line voting is open to anyone with an interest in the filk community until October 18. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival the weekend of October 23-25.

Best Filk Song

  • “Being Watson,” by Kari Maaren
  • “Child of the Library,” by Piers & Gill Cawley
  • “My Story Is Not Done,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Pageant Legend,” by Katy Dröge-Macdonald /Ju Honisch
  • “Somebody Will,” by Ada Palmer

Best Classic Filk Song

  • “Before The Dawn,” by Mike Whitaker
  • “Captain Jack & the Mermaid,” by Meg Davis
  • “Die Puppen (The Dolls),” by Eva Van Daele-Hunt
  • “Following in Valentina’s Footsteps,” by Valerie Housden
  • “Ship Of Stone,” by Don Simpson

Best Performer

  • Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • The Cast of “Before the Dawn” at Loncon 2014
  • Playing Rapunzel
  • Three-Fifths
  • Twotonic

Best Writer/Composer

  • Barry Childs-Helton
  • W. Randy Hoffman
  • Kari Maaren
  • Eva Van Daele-Hunt

Best Adapted Song

  • “Be Our GoH,” by Tom Smith
  • “Come to Mordor,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • “Grabthar’s Silver Hammer,” by Steve Macdonald
  • “Meat,” by Kathleen Sloan
  • “Threes Rev. 1.1,” by Duane Elms

Best Time-Related Song

  • “Gabriel Gray’s Song,” by Batya Wittenberg
  • “The Grandfather Clock,” by Cecilia Eng
  • “One Last Dance,” by Bill Roper
  • “Precious Moments,” by Phil Allcock
  • “Starlight & Saxophone,” by Tom Smith

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Obituary: Renee Alper

Filker Renee Alper (b.1957) died on July 27. In 1977, Alper founded The American Hobbit Association, almost single-handedly running the organization for 12 years. She also was the dramaturge for Ovation Theatre Company’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings over a three year period. She has twice been nominated for the Pegasus Award and has produced several filk albums, including Wheelchair in High Gear and Thoracic Park. Alper won or placed in the OVFF Songwriting Contest a dozen times.

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 2015 inductees are

  • Kay Shapero
  • Nick Smith
  • Steven Joel Zeve

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Pegasus Winners

The winners of the 2014 Pegasus Awards were announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest the weekend of October 24. The winners, selected by popular vote of filk fandom include the following.

  • Best Filk Song: (tie) “Paper Worlds,” by Talis Kimberley; “Snow White, Red Road,” by Cheshire Moon
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Grandfather,” by Gary Hanak
  • Best Performer: Cheshire Moon
  • Best Writer/Composer: Tim Griffin
  • Best Adapted Song: “Midichlorian Rhapsody,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • Best Song of Passage: “Outward Bound,” by Cat Faber

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Filk History Crowdsourced

Gary McGath has announced that he is crowdsourcing the book Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. When the work is complete it will be published as an e-book tracing the history of filk from early conventions to the present day. McGath expects the book will be published by the end of this year, but is looking for financial assistance to make it happen.

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Obituary: Joe Bethancourt

Musician Joe Bethancourt (b.1946) died on August 28. A professional musician, he worked as a session man in LA during the 1960s before moving to Arizona, where he had a lengthy career. He helped found the Arizona chapter of the SCA and performed under the name “Master Ioseph of Locksley.” Bethancourt was a musical guest of honor at Fencon VIII and was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013.

Pegasus Nominations

The finalists for the 2014 Pegasus Award have been announced. On-line voting is open to anyone with an interest in the filk community until October 19. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival the weekend of October 24-26.

Best Filk Song

  • “Acolytes of the Machine,” by Dr. Mary Crowell
  • “Child of the Library,” by Piers & Gill Cawley
  • “Pageant Legend,” by Ju Honisch & Katy Dröge-Macdonald
  • “Paper Worlds,” by Talis Kimberley
  • “Snow White, Red Road,” by Cheshire Moon

Best Classic Filk Song

  • “Apology,” by Bill and Gretchen Roper
  • “Before The Dawn,” by Mike Whitaker
  • “Grandfather,” by Gary Hanak
  • “I Am Stardust,” by Lloyd Landa
  • “Storm Dancing,” by Tom Smith

Best Performer

  • Cheshire Moon
  • Copy Red Leader
  • Tim Griffin
  • Stone Dragons
  • Toyboat

Best Writer/Composer

  • Tim Griffin
  • Phil Mills
  • Ben Newman
  • Ada Palmer
  • Eva Van Daele-Hunt

Best Adapted Song

  • “Meat,” by Kathleen Sloan
  • “Midichlorian Rhapsody,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • “Snitch Ball Wizard,” by Steve Macdonald
  • “Threes Rev. 1.1,” by Duane Elms
  • “TIE After TIE,” by Debs & Errol

Best Song of Passage

  • “City of Doors,” by Dr. Mary Crowell
  • “Outward Bound,” by Cat Faber
  • “Persephone,” by Michelle Dockrey
  • “Scarlet Town,” by Cathy McManamon
  • “Starlight & Saxophone,” by Tom Smith

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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.