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.

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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

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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.

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For the results of the brainstorming poll…

Bethancourt House Fire

Filk and folk singer Joe Bethancourt and his wife Cher suffered a house-destroying fire on April 30. The Bethancourts’ pets and musical instruments were rescued from the fire, but nearly everything else was destroyed. AMAZ Radio is sponsoring a benefit concert and raising funds to help the Bethancourts.

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Obituary: Marty Burke

Filker Marty Burke died on April 4. Burke was a member of the Dorsai Irregulars and wrote the songs “Rise and Strike for Dorsai” and “Drink to the Health of the Dorsai,” which won the Pegasus Award for Best Dorsai Song in 2007. Burke served as a president of the Michigan Astrological Research Society and was a student of Catholic Christian Rosicrucian mysticism. Burke and his wife, Diana Gallagher, were Super Secret Guests as GAFilk in 2003.

Obituary: Ann Cecil

Pittsburgh fan Ann Cecil (b.1940) died on January 11, a couple of days after entering hospice. Cecil was active in convention-running, having co-founded PARSEC, Confluence, SouthWrites, and the Pittsburgh Filk Underwriting Initiative. She was the Listener Guest at OVFF 12 and Fan Guest of Honor at Off-Key Contraption in 1994.

Elise Matthesen Suffers Minor Stroke

Minneapolis fan Elise Matthesen suffered a minor stroke on January 4 while visiting Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. After suffering a sudden impairment of vision accompanied by a strong and lateralized headache, Teresa called an ambulance. Matthesen is recuperating and appears as if she will make a full recovery.

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