Obituary: Howard Harrison

Midwest filker Howard Harrison (b.1961) died on October 5. Harrison recorded the album Songs From Lacy’s Kitchen as by Howie and the Heathens and was active in Chicago and other Midwestern conventions and filks.

Obituary: Kira Heston

Filker Kira Heston (b.Kimberly Heston, 1969) died on September 30. Heston performed with Randy Hoffman as “Partners in K’Rhyme.” She was a member of PARSEC, Pittsburgh’s Science Fiction Society, and served as the group’s president.

Obituary: JoEllyn Davidoff

Cincinnati filker JoEllyn Davidoff (b.1963) died on October 1. Davidoff’s songs include “I Don’t Want to be in Love with You,” “Sensual Overload,” and “Orion.” She performed at numerous science fiction and filk cons.

Pegasus Award Nominations

The finalists for the 2016 Pegasus Award have been announced. On-line voting is open to anyone with an interest in the filk community until October 30. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival the weekend of November 4-6.

Best Filk Song

  • “Creatures of Dream,” by Batya Wittenberg
  • “Somebody Will,” by Ada Palmer
  • “Someone on the Internet is Wrong,” by Mich Sampson & Marilisa Valtazanou
  • “Vor,” by Bill Sutton
  • “We Are Who We Are,” by Michelle Dockrey & Tony Fabris

Best Classic Filk Song

  • Die Puppen” (“The Dolls”), by Eva Van Daele-Hunt
  • “The Ship,” by Roberta Rogow
  • “Small Designs,” by Barry Childs-Helton
  • “Small Mended Corners,” by Talis Kimberley
  • “Take It Back,” by Kathleen Sloan

Best Performer

  • Tim Griffin
  • Leslie Hudson
  • Play It With Moxie
  • Three-Fifths
  • Twotonic

Best Writer/Composer

  • Barry Childs-Helton
  • W. Randy Hoffman
  • Kari Maaren
  • Ben Newman
  • Ada Palmer

Best Adapted Song

  • “Being Watson,” by Kari Maaren
  • “Cliffs of Insanity,” by Erin & Rand Bellavia
  • “Do You Want to Build an Iron Man?,” by Lawrence Dean
  • “Six Transit Genitalia Centauri,” by Bob Kanefsky
  • “Tea At Four,” by Phil Mills

Best Exploration Song

  • “The Face on Mars,” by Tom Jeffers & Dave Clement
  • “Following in Valentina’s Footsteps,” by Valerie Housden
  • “Here Be Cartographers,” by Benjamin Newman
  • “Starsoul,” by Roger Burton West & Jodi Krangle
  • “Terra Nova,” by Eva Van Daele-Hunt

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Obituary: Michael Liebmann

Filker Michael Liebmann died on July 26. Liebmann founded GAFilk in 1999. In addition, he has sold filk music. Liebmann provided voicework for several audio Star Trek projects, including Star Trek: Outpost, Star Trek: Valkyrie, and Star Trek: Grissom, in the last of which he portrayed a character named Dr. Michael Liebmann.

Pegasus Nominations Open

The form to nominate for this year’s Pegasus Awards for filk is now on-line. Nominations close on August 1. 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: 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

For more information…

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.