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 2010 inductees are

  • Mike Whitaker
  • Kristoph Klover
  • Jan DiMasi

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Baen-mas Song Contest

Baen is sponsoring a contest asking readers to re-write holiday songs to refer to Baen authors, books, or characters. They ask that all songs be PG-13 or better and that entries include the title of the original song. The winner will have his/her entry rendered by the staff at Baen Books, with video posted online. Judges are the editors of Baen Books. Entries will be judged on originality, sophisticated word play (okay, puns) and overall fun factor. The contest runs from now through mid-January.

To enter, send e-mail to

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Pegasus Winners

This year’s Pegasus Award winners for achievement in filk were announced at OVFF over the weekend.

  • Best Filk Song: “The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster,” by Brooke Lunderville
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Still Catch the Tide,” by Talis Kimberley
  • Best Performer: Heather Dale / Ben Deschamps
  • Best Writer/Composer: Vixy & Tony
  • A Little Bit Country: “Stray Dog Man,” by Bill Sutton
  • A Little Bit Rock and Roll: “Six-String Love,” by Vixy & Tony

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Pegasus Nominations

The ballot for this year’s Pegasus Awards, given for Best Filk, has been announced. Ballots must be received no later than midnight on October 19. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) the weekend of October 22-25.

Best Filk Song

  • “Gabriel Gray’s Song,” by Batya Wittenberg
  • “One Small Boat,” by Marilisa Valtazanou
  • “Take It Back,” by Kathleen Sloan
  • “A Thousand Ships,” by Katy Dröge-Macdonald and Ju Honisch
  • “The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster,” by Brooke Lunderville

Best Classic Filk Song

  • “Chess,” by Juanita Coulson
  • “Mad Scientist’s Love Song,” by Gary McGath
  • “Spiral Dance,” by Dr. Anne Prather
  • “Starship & Haiku,” by Kathy Mar
  • “Still Catch the Tide,” by Talis Kimberley

Best Performer

  • Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps
  • Amy McNally
  • S. J. Tucker
  • Tim & Annie Walker
  • Wild Mercy

Best Writer/Composer

  • Dr. Mary Crowell
  • Katy Dröge-Macdonald and Juliane Honisch
  • Brooke Lunderville
  • Steve Savitzky
  • Vixy & Tony

A Little Bit Country

  • “Feygrass,” by Scott Snyder
  • “I Can’t Get Over You, So…,” by Nate Bucklin
  • “Redneck Pagan,” by Larry Kirby
  • “Stray Dog Man,” by Bill Sutton
  • “Truck Drivin’ Vampire,” by Michael Longcor

A Little Bit Rock and Roll

  • “Come to Mordor,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • Das Über Tuber,” by Rand Bellavia / Adam English
  • “Fluorine Atom,” by Paul Estin
  • “Howl at the Moon,” by Tim & Annie Walker
  • “Six-String Love,” by Vixy & Tony

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Obituary: Wrai Ballard

Seattle fan Wrai Ballard (b.1924) died on July 24. Ballard was an active contributor to FAPA and official editor and contributor to SAPS. Lee Jacobs created a series of pulp-style adventures in SAPS entitled “The Ballard Chronicles,” starring a fictionalized version of Ballard. In the early 1950s, Ballard refused to publish Jacobs’s essay “The Influence of Science Fiction on Modern American Filk Music,” which inadvertantly coined the term filk because of fear that its bawdy nature could get SAPS in trouble with post office censors. Ballard thereafter promoted the typo. Ballard has been suffering from cancer.

Song Contest for Kids

Wizards of the Coast has announced a contest for kids between the ages of 8 and 14 to write lyrics set to the story of the Green Dragon as presented in the book A Practical Guide to Dragons. The contest runs until August 9, 2009. The winner and their associated library will receive a collection of books from Wizards of the Coast.

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Obituary: John Caspell

Filker John Caspell (b.1951) died on May 2. Caspell, who was also known as “Dr. Filk,” performed with Brooke Lunderville and both hailed from British Columbia. Caspell and Lunderville performed many original filksongs, including “The Space Lasers May Already Have Penetrated My Tinfoil Helmet (Despite My Extensive Field Research),” “Gone Fission,” and “Blind Date on the Island of Dr. Moreau.”

Filk Hall of Fame Inductees

Erica Neely and Frank Hayes were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario on April 4, 2009.

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