I believe that was probably Terence Chua, who is from Singapore
(in reference to this post)
Unfortunately not very many, but a few! Sorry this took me like a week to get back to you; I had to consult with @animatedamerican and…I was avoiding my responsibilities, to be honest (yes, there’s a point at which tumblr messages count as “responsibilities,” somehow).
But I can point you towards Terence Chua, whose niche seems to be songs about Lovecraft to the tune of ABBA, and
Errol Elumir, half of Debs & Errol, Debbie Ohi, the flutist (and sometimes propsmaster) of Urban Tapestry, also a children’s book author, and Ariel “Abbie” Cinii, who I unfortunately can’t find any recordings of, so here’s her blog, but she did win a Pegasus Award and is also a writer.
I know there are more, because I’ve run into a few and not gotten their names, so if anyone knows any more please send suggestions! Even if it’s just “hello I am not white and into filk but don’t really perform” because that’s still filking and I want people to make friends.
xpost from my mainblog because it’s relevant, and because there’s a much better chance of me tracking down more Filkers of Color over here
The Midnight Contingent – The deliciously sinister third album of Cheshire Moon! – http://kck.st/2kZ4OVS
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.
Tomorrow January 22nd–time tba but probably mid-to-late afternoon Central? My voice is a little scratchy so I need to give it time to warm up.
Tell your friends!
If you haven’t been involved in this in the past, what’ll happen is that @scribefindegil will post a link to a livestream when it goes online, and you can tune in a listen, sing along, and request songs. She knows a ton of filk and folk and has an amazing voice, so I highly recommend it!
I’m VERY glad, and because you have said this I am now going to get off my ass and queue some more things.
(honestly people saying nice things 100% keeps this blog running, since filk is such a small community I can’t rely on notes to see if people care, they gotta tell me – and EVERY time I am SO happy, it is so NICE gosh I love people)
I am SO sorry I left this message sitting here for…over a month because I am lazy and bad at blogging. Honestly the reason I let this whole blog go fallow for months at a time is I sometimes have trouble answering the question of where to find new filk myself D:
…but I do at least have some advice. One of the most popular online platforms for filk is Bandcamp, though unfortunately the “filk” tag there seems to be split between actual filk and people using the word either as a nonsense sound or as not English. Poke around in the filk tag, or the “geek” and “nerd” tags for a while and you’ll at least find something. There’s some on Soundcloud, too, but the organization is, if anything, worse.
There’s a bunch on YouTube as well – mostly older releases (lots of Leslie Fish) and live recordings from cons, which are always worth looking at, even if the sound quality is usually lousy.
A handful of filkers have personal websites, but usually the only way to find out about those is for someone to tell you, unfortunately.
And the best way to find people who can tell you is to go somewhere where the filk is LIVE! I highly recommend any filk convention, but unless you get lucky that’ll involve a bit of travelling – there’s a list of them here. There are also plenty of cons-at-which-filk-happens. Stay away from newer cons, and anything specializing in comics or anime. You want the (usually small) sci-fi and fantasy conventions that have been around since at least the 80′s (or Dragoncon, which has everything). Check out the official musical guests (most cons, old and new, have music of some kind) – and see if you can find any info about after-hours room parties. That’s when the good shit happens.
There are a decent number of people who host regular filk circles in their homes, but again, they can be infuriatingly well-hidden. I know there are regular events in southern California and Minnesota, so they’ve got to happen other places. If you find one, don’t worry about not knowing anyone there; they’re all a bunch of old nerds who will be delighted and a little baffled to see new people.
Good places to keep an eye on for filk news and new music are the Facebook pages “Filker” and “F is for Filker”. They’re closed groups just to cut down on spam, but just send the admins a message saying you’re interested in getting involved with the community and they’ll be happy to let you in. If you make a post in either of those asking “are there any filk things happening soon near [x-place]” I’m sure you’ll get something!
RIGHT, NOW TIME FOR RECOMMENDATIONS!
Based on your interests, I think you should definitely start by checking out old Heather Alexander recordings, especially of Mercedes Lackey songs – start with the “Magic, Moondust, and Melancholy” album; it’s all on YouTube.
Beth Kinderman is one of my personal favorites who I don’t think is nearly well-known enough
That should keep you busy for a while, but I invite anyone to add more recommendations and/or advice!! Because honestly I need it too.
Hey people! Last week, you may have been aware, @scribefindegil did a sort of virtual singalong, livestreaming herself singing folksongs with the idea that people could either listen or look up the lyrics and sing along wherever they were. Because it’s really hard to get a bunch of people in one room together to sing anything, and it’s much easier to get people to be on the internet.
Well now it’s MY TURN. Tomorrow starting at 4 PM Pacific Standard Time (an hour later than Araxie did it, because I’ve got things to do) and going as long as people are interested, I will have my guitar and be there for you to request songs from, hopefully with a half-decent microphone, but I make no promises.
Why? Because I like singing, and it’s better with people, and the world is pretty fucked up right now, and singing is good and pure. I’ll post a link to the stream when it’s ready, so stay tuned.
VIRTUAL FOLKSING FOR TODAY (NOVEMBER 18TH) IS ONLINE NOW (4:30 PM UNTIL WHENEVER) AT THIS LINK
I’m going to try a virtual folksing tomorrow (Friday the 11th) at 5pm Central. Hope that’s early enough that the UK people can catch some of it. We’ll go until either my voice or my fingers give out.
If you want to request things that aren’t in Rise Up Singing or Rise Again (or filk standards) you can let me know in advance and I’ll see if I can find chords.
I will be there! You should be there.
Okay, I have an idea. How many people (looking at you Carleton friends and filk friends) would be interested in a virtual folk/filksing?
We can set up a regular time, have someone with a guitar host (maybe alternate between me and @dog-of-ulthar), and then that person leads while other people can make requests and sing along wherever they are. We wouldn’t all be able to hear each other but we’d know the other people are there.
@axonsandsynapses, who is now a mod on this blog, has gone through our entire archive twice today, once to improve my (frankly abysmal) tagging system, and once to repair every single youtube link, because apparently today tumblr declared war on us specifically
she is a hero and a scholar and you should all go say nice things to her
I’m so glad! And kind of sorry I haven’t posted…anything in a while. Recently anything that takes a lot of googling has seemed unreasonably difficult, and using my spare time to watch three seasons of Inuyasha has seemed like a good idea.
BUT I’ve got a few submissions in my inbox, and it’s about time I got off my ass and started Generating Actual Content for once, so maybe I’ll start existing for real again soon >.>