Erin and Rand are making an album!

Erin and Rand are making an album!:

erin-go-blog:

erin-go-blog:

And we’re running an Indiegogo campaign to help us do it! Go to the link for all the juicy details! I’ve hashtagged some subjects and fandoms that will appear on the album.

Please help us meet our goal before it ends on December 21.

Sharing our indiegogo campaign again…please check it out/share widely! There’s only one week left!

Oh, and here’s a sneak peek of 3 of the tracks! At the link, you’ll find rough mixes of “Do As Peggy Says,” our ode to Peggy Carter; “Fighting the Black Thing,” inspired by A Wrinkle In Time, and “Orphan Black,” a musical adaptation of the season 5 trailer

Erin and Rand’s filk album

erin-go-blog:

erin-go-blog:

As you may know, my husband and I are working on an album together. I’ve already shared our Indiegogo link once, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight a really special fundraising perk.

In 2013, we were invited to be the Filk Waifs (Toastmasters) at FilKONtario and our dear friend @seananmcguire​ agreed to write our bio for the program book.

Of course, if you know Seanan at all, you’ve already guessed that what she supplied was no ordinary bio: she wrote an original short story, casting the two of us as characters. That story has only appeared in the program book, until now!

Campaign pledges of $30 or more get you a digital copy of that bio/story! And that’s not all the Seanan you’ll find on this project!

One of the tracks is a parody of Seanan’s song “Dear Gina,” with lyrics by me and @meravhoffman​. The song imagines that October Day has gained sentience outside book world, realizes that Seanan is the one doing all of these horrible things to her, and threatens revenge. 😀

(Additionally, Seanan is going to supply us with some vocal tracks!)

I hope you’ll click the link and find out more about our project!

Via Bella CD: Indiegogo

Reblogging for the evening crowd.

Leslie Hudson House Concert 10/29 in Jersey City

meravhoffman:

Leslie Hudson is appearing live at my house. If you’re local, please RSVP to the Facebook event so we can put out enough chairs.

Please feel free to boost this to local filkers and your local music loving friends.

Details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/299205620596549/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%223%22%2C%22ref_newsfeed_story_type%22%3A%22regular%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%22361%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D sorry for the horrid link!

tigertaur:

patrexes:

today (friday aug 4 2017), bandcamp is donating 100% of their proceeds to the transgender law center [link: x].

this applies to all proceeds, regardless of whether or not the artist is trans themselves, but you should still take this opportunity to support trans artists – here’s the transgender tag [x], here’s the trans tag [x], and here’s the transcore tag [x], if you wanna look around. or you can go by my (impeccable) taste! i suggest picking up

  • together not together by winter sisters [x]
  • god forbid anyone look me in the eye by two steps on the water [x
  • the magic fountain LP by the magic fountain [x
  • soft hits by ashby and the oceanns [x]
  • uncertain transitions by wren, like the bird [x]
  • girl particular by bella trout [x]
  • VEIL by lich [x]
  • body trauma by naive sense[x]
  • undertaker by disemballerina[x]
  • as i am by mya byrne 

    [x]

  • GLITTER BOMB by EEKUM SEEKUM 

    [x]

  • from rotting fantasylands by lauren bousfield 

    [x]

  • the long lost art of getting lost by a stick and a stone [x]

https://blacksquares.bandcamp.com/

It’s a good day to stock up on some Alexander James Adams!

https://alexanderjamesadams1.bandcamp.com/

Filk Stream This Sunday!!

dog-of-ulthar:

scribefindegil:

Hey friends! A few of my wild Life Things have calmed down and also I have at least temporarily won my battle with technology, so I’m going to get back to having regular virtual folksings again!

For those not familiar, I stream myself singing folk and filk songs. Everyone is welcome to listen, make requests, and sing along! I work primarily from Rise Up Singing and Rise Again for folk songs (songlists here and here). My filk collection is a little more eclectic–lots of Leslie Fish and Julia Ecklar as well as some of my own stuff. If you have something you want to hear and aren’t sure if I know it, drop me a message! Given enough notice, I can probably learn it.

I’m planning to start this Sunday, July 9th, at 2pm and go until my voice and/or fingers give out.

(that’s 2pm central time, for the record)

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

filkyeahfilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.

The deadline for submitting to the Contata 8 songbook is April 30!  Want to have one of your songs appear in our songbook?  Now’s your chance.

“Um … what kind of song could I submit, if I wanted to do that?”

I’m glad you asked me that, random citizen!  It’s pretty simple really: the only major requirement is that it needs to be a song you wrote.  (Yes, you can submit on behalf of another songwriter, but only with their explicit permission and ideally only by their request.)

“What if it isn’t a new song?”

That’s totally fine; old songs are welcome.

“What if I only wrote the lyrics?”

That’s not only fine, that’s a fundamental filk subtype!  Just put somewhere in your submission the name of the original tune that your lyrics are meant to be sung to, and credit the original writer.  (If you mean that your song is a collaboration with somebody else, then you should submit it jointly with credit to both of you.)

“What if I wrote original music for it?”

If you want to include sheet music or chord notation of any kind, and/or a link to a sound file online, that’d be great!

“Does it have to be about something nerdy?”  

For broad values of ‘nerdy’ and even broader values of ‘have to’, you could say that.  If you’ve got any experience with filk, you may already know just how varied song topics get.  (If you don’t, you may want to check out a link roundup and sampler here.)

“Do I get a copy of the songbook if my song is in it?”

Why yes, you do!  All Contata attendees and all songbook contributors will get a digital copy of the songbook.  (Contata attendees will also have the option to buy a printed copy for $5.)

Any questions?  Our inbox is always open.

The window for submitting to the Contata 2017 Songbook has been reopened!

The new deadline is May 31, 2017.  Ten days left to submit a song!

Last chance to submit is tomorrow!

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.

The deadline for submitting to the Contata 8 songbook is April 30!  Want to have one of your songs appear in our songbook?  Now’s your chance.

“Um … what kind of song could I submit, if I wanted to do that?”

I’m glad you asked me that, random citizen!  It’s pretty simple really: the only major requirement is that it needs to be a song you wrote.  (Yes, you can submit on behalf of another songwriter, but only with their explicit permission and ideally only by their request.)

“What if it isn’t a new song?”

That’s totally fine; old songs are welcome.

“What if I only wrote the lyrics?”

That’s not only fine, that’s a fundamental filk subtype!  Just put somewhere in your submission the name of the original tune that your lyrics are meant to be sung to, and credit the original writer.  (If you mean that your song is a collaboration with somebody else, then you should submit it jointly with credit to both of you.)

“What if I wrote original music for it?”

If you want to include sheet music or chord notation of any kind, and/or a link to a sound file online, that’d be great!

“Does it have to be about something nerdy?”  

For broad values of ‘nerdy’ and even broader values of ‘have to’, you could say that.  If you’ve got any experience with filk, you may already know just how varied song topics get.  (If you don’t, you may want to check out a link roundup and sampler here.)

“Do I get a copy of the songbook if my song is in it?”

Why yes, you do!  All Contata attendees and all songbook contributors will get a digital copy of the songbook.  (Contata attendees will also have the option to buy a printed copy for $5.)

Any questions?  Our inbox is always open.

The window for submitting to the Contata 2017 Songbook has been reopened!

The new deadline is May 31, 2017.  Ten days left to submit a song!

Last chance to submit is tomorrow!

Programming announcement: Guest of Honor concert

contata-nefilk:

This year, Contata continues its proud tradition (on the principle that anything you do three times in a row is a tradition) of non-vocal guests!

2005: Guest of Honor Carla Ulbrich came down with laryngitis, so the GoH concert featured “Carla-oke” – audience members requested songs for Carla to play on her guitar while they sang.

2008: Toastmaster Tom Smith injured his leg only weeks before the convention, so the Toastmaster concert became a “sing Tom Smith covers” benefit concert to raise money for his medical bills and recovery.

2011: Guest of Honor Judi Miller, sign interpreter extraordinaire, performed with all her usual non-vocal brilliance during everybody else’s concerts – and also sang during her own show.  (No accidents or illness interfered.  We thought we might be onto something.)

2014: Guest of Honor Amy McNally, phenomenal fiddler, also sang some during her concert – but mostly played to beat the devil.  (We made notes.  Definitely a trend worth pursuing.)

Which brings us to …

2017: Guest of Honor Bob Kanefsky, filk’s premiere parodist! … who very seldom sings in public.  So our GoH concert this year will be a Kanefsky Cabaret, or Kabarefsky, in which other filkers will sing Bob’s parodies on stage.

Interested in being a Kabarefsky performer?  Contact merav.hoffman(at)gmail(dot)com, or drop a note in our ask box!

Announcement: Song Contest Topic!

contata-nefilk:

The topic for Contata 2017′s song contest will be: “Socially Transmitted Earworm (or, I Got It From …)”

Entries must be new songs written since the end of last year’s NEFilk convention (i.e., after July 3rd, 2016). Songs set to original tunes and parodies of existing tunes are both acceptable.

All entries must be performed at the convention. If you cannot attend (or prefer not to perform), someone else may present your entry.

A copy of the lyrics should be provided at the time of performance for the use of our judges. Songs are judged on the quality of the lyrics and appropriateness to the topic, not on the quality of the performance.

Call for Volunteers

contata-nefilk:

The Contata Con Committee Needs YOU!

Any convention depends on a lot of hands to keep things running. This year at Contata, we’re calling for volunteers in advance so we can get a head start on scheduling, and so nobody has to spend too much time helping out before they get back to enjoying the con.

We need people to help out with:

  • Registration Desk – putting together and handing out registration packets, tracking materials for pre-registered members and selling at-the-door memberships
  • Ops – making and posting signage, going to places where people need help with things and helping them, hauling boxes and other items (but not at the cost of your back).
  • Security – short shifts checking to make sure people are wearing badges, staying out of restricted or locked areas, and abiding by the convention’s Code of Conduct
  • Con Suite – supervising the con suite so the staff can take much-needed down-time, preparing and arranging snacks, cleanup, assisting with a shopping run if needed.
  • Circles – We need people to anchor circles. To be in the circle, moderating, and making sure people get a turn to perform. To draw out shy people, encourage people to take turns and be courteous, and to occasionally perform, or prompt others to do so.

Volunteers will get a shiny badge sticker and our undying gratitude. Volunteers who commit to assisting by June 14 will also receive an acknowledgment in the program book (unless you prefer otherwise) and a small care package.

If you’d like to help out, head over to our signup questionnaire form over here! If the form gives you any trouble or if you have any questions, please reply to this post or drop by our ask box.

Contata 2017 songbook: call for songs

contata-nefilk:

Submissions for the Contata 8 songbook are officially open!  Got a song you want to contribute?  Click here to find out where/how to submit it.

Also: this year at Contata we plan to have at least one jam session. Want to suggest a song to play? Watch this space for updates.

Please signal-boost this in your other fannish communities, or wherever else you think appropriate.