Filk is the music of science fiction fandom.
Originally it started out as homage to our favorite books, movies and TV
shows, but these days it covers a wider range, from cats to computers to
humor and parody and everything in between.
I first get started in filk back in about 1980 or so but
dropped out after a few years for a number of reasons. In 2003 I bought a banjo
something I had wanted to do for a long time, and taught myself to
play. Four years later I brought the banjo to a filk circle at Norwescon,
and things haven't been the same since.
These days I go to conventions up and down the West Coast,
playing my banjo, singing my songs and having a good time, whoever I'm with,
wherever I am. Check the bottom of the page for a list of the cons I would
like to attend during the 2015 con season after taking most of the last two years
off due to lack of funds.
someday have some chord sheets for my songs to put up
here, and hopefully a few MP3s; in the meantime, here's a recording
of my song Dark Lullaby
from the Conflikt 4
commemorative CD. That's the lovely and talented C. D. Woodbury on guitar,
who was Conflikt VI's toastmaster. Enjoy.
West Coast Filk and SF Conventions, 2015
Will I attend any of these? Who knows? But after having had to take
a couple of years off because of flat-brokedness, I hope to get to a few this year.
I'm only listing cons here where there's a chance I might attend. There
are numerous other fine west coast cons, like Rustycon and Confluence.
January 39-Feb 1
Good heavens, have we already done seven of these? Cecilia Eng
is this year's GOH, and the Faerie Tale Minstrel himself, Alexander James Adams, will be the Toastmaster,
with Interfilk guest Toyboat.
Hoping to be back this year because this is where all my geeky friends
hang out and Dara Korra'ti always does a bang-up geek music track. George R. R. Martin is GoH
San Diego, CA
The big peripatetic western science fiction convention, this year
combined with San DIego's Conchord filk con. GoH: Spider Robinson
I think they're taking the year off because of the next entry . . .
Just about the biggest thing in SF fandom this and every year. Tom Smith (former Conflikt GoH)
is one of the Guests of Honor.
Vancouver (ish), BC
I always have a good time when I go to VCon. Not much on their website yet.
A gencon with a great filk track built out of Wotto and potrzebie by
Daniel Reitman and Andrew Ross.