NepoTunism

If you enjoyed hearing any of the tracks played during NepoTunism, please visit the artists’ websites below and tell them you heard their song on Tadpoolery!
 

Jacob Barron (8/23)
Cat Faber (8/17)
John Anealio (7/19)
Ship of Dreams (7/13)
Paul and Storm (6/29)
Toyboat (6/15)
Jen Midkiff (6/8)
S.J. Tucker (6/1)
Tim and Annie Walker (5/25)
Mary Ellen Wessels (5/18)
Three Weird Sisters (5/11)
Chris Conway (5/4)
Pete Grubbs (4/27)
Tom Willner (4/20)
Seanan McGuire (4/13)
Ben Wakeman (4/6)
Bill Roper (3/30)
Tom Smith (3/23)
Gwen Knighton (3/16)
Riverfolk (3/2)
Graham Leathers (2/24)
Steve Macdonald (2/17)
Ookla the Mok (2/10)
Talis Kimberley (2/3)
Bill and Brenda Sutton (1/27)
Brooke Lunderville (1/20)
Marian Call (1/13)
VTW NYE Special (1/6)
Scott Snyder (12/30)
Terence Chua (12/23)
Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff (12/16)
Play It With Moxie (12/9)
Classy San Diego (12/2)
Vixy and Tony (11/25)
Seanan McGuire (11/18)
 

Episode #36 – Jacob Barron “That Utah Guy” – no album

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Episode #35 – Cat Faber “Quetico” – The King’s Lute

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Episode #33 – John Anealio “Cylon #6” – Sci-Fi Songs and “Pr0nbot” – Books, Bytes and Bots

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Episode #32 – Ship of Dreams “Ship of Dreams” – Ship of Dreams

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Episode #31 – Paul and Storm “Thanksgiving” and “Write Like the Wind” – no album

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Episode #30 – Toyboat “Zombie Momma” – Toyboat

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Episode #29 – Jen Midkiff “Not an Open Book” –

From the Pegasus Awards site: “Despite a love of science fiction and fantasy reading sparked by her sixth-grade English teacher, Jen Midkiff was unaware of fandom until veteran filkers Barry and Sally Childs-Helton introduced her to filk in 2002. She’s been working to remedy that deficiency ever since. In Wild Mercy, Jen plays harp and bass guitar, as well as providing lead and backing vocals. Her mild-mannered alter ego is a choir director at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, and she enjoys reading, knitting, making music, the company of cats, dogs, and good friends—oh, and occasionally, sleeping.”

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Episode #28 – S.J. Tucker “Cheshire Kitten (We’re All Mad Here)” – Mischief

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Episode #27 – Tim and Annie Walker “Ernest’s Face” – Dreams Incarnate

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Episode #26 – Mary Ellen Wessels “The Return” – Northeastern Travels – Conterpoint 2010

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Episode #25 – Three Weird Sisters “Mama’s Hands” – Hair of the Frog

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Episode #24 – Chris Conway “Wonder” – Alien Salad Abduction

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Episode #23 – Pete Grubbs “Blue Moon Blues” – Something This Way Filker Comes

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Episode #21 – Tom Willner [Screen Door] “Sing It Out” – Greener

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Episode #20 – Ben Wakeman “Waiting for the Light to Change” – Waiting for the Light to Change

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Episode #19 – Bill Roper “Half a Chance” – Seven Miles a Second

Bill Roper co-founded Dodeka Records with his wife, Gretchen; the label has also produced albums for an earlier featured artist, Steve Macdonald. He’s been thrice awarded a Pegasus–in ’87 for Best Schtick, ’88 for Best Filk Song (“The Wind from Rainbow’s End“) and 2003 for Best Original Humorous Song (“My Husband the Filker“)–and was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2000. He has chaired the Windycon science fiction convention twice as well as Whatcon and worked on Chicon IV, Chicon V, and Chicon 2000, and is also a longtime board member of Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago.

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Episode #18 – Tom Smith “A Boy and His Frog” – Who Let Him in Here?

From his website: “Tom Smith is NOT your ordinary filker, or even your ordinary comedy musician. With the lyrical complexity of Ashman and Sondheim, the vocal fireworks of Meat Loaf, the comedic timing of Robin Williams, and the dynamic physique of the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island, the only thing he won’t do is be boring. No one alive combines the musical chops, the bizarre yet somehow plausible premises, the catchy tunes, and the barrage of godawful puns that Tom brings to the table. And no one is likelier to break your heart with one song, your head with the next, and your funny bone with the one after that. If you only catch one concert this year, well, you should get out more — and, when you do so, go see Tom Smith live!” (Thanks, Tom, for making this easy!–Fruitcake)

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Episode #17 – Gwen Knighton “Free Fall” – Box of Fairies

Gwen is a classically trained harpist and vocalist who usually performs as a trio in Three Weird Sisters, one of whom we’ve previously featured on NepoTunism, Bill and Brenda Sutton. She was nominated for the 2003 Pegasus Award for Best Singer/Songwriter and has won several distinctions for her musical aptitude.

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Episode #16 – Riverfolk “Dreamcatcher” – Meander

Riverfolk is the Minneapolis duo of Becca Leathers (wife and partner to last week’s artist, Graham Leathers) and Chas Somdahl. Becca is a chiropractor when she isn’t making music, with a clear voice and accomplished on guitar, mandolin, Irish whistle, recorder and kazoo. Chas is a retired instructor from the University of Minnesota and a lover of jam sessions and music circles in filk, blues, rock and more, and in 2011 was welcomed as the Musical Guest of Honor at Minicon 46. The album on which this week’s tune is featured contains both original work and wonderful covers from a variety of artists, but is unfortunately a rarity and usually available only at live concerts. Contact Becca to purchase one.

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Episode #15 – Graham Leathers (no website) “Nantucket Sleighride” – Reality Check

Graham Leathers’ diverse talents have allowed him to experiment in an array of creative fields including music, film, stage, radio, and the culinary arts. His eclectic musical styles ranging from blues to rock, Celtic to Bluegrass to folk and filk, led him to receive the 2005 Pegasus Award for this week’s featured tune.

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Episode #14 – Steve Macdonald and Kerstin “Katy” Dröge-Macdonald “Home” (no album)

Steve’s deep musical talent has earned him more than half a dozen Pegasus Award nominations and nearly as many awards for his work, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame. Reflecting on “relationships, with storytelling elements pulled from his own experience and the experiences of friends and family”, his music is personal and emotive. Steve can sometimes be found touring Renaissance fairs and festivals performing as “Gallamor the Bard”, an alter ego through which he has produced two albums of original music, Gather Day and Drive-by Barding. Katy has partnered Juliane “Ju” Honisch since 1991 in Ju & Katy. She has a natural talent for music, playing both 6- and 12-string guitar, accordion and the bouzouki, a type of Greek lute reminiscent of a mandolin.

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Episode #13 – Ookla the Mok “Welcome to the Con” – Nerdvana

“Fandom’s Own Rock Band”, comprised of the unlikely duo of a caricaturist and a librarian (who were also former roommates), have been making music together since 1993. Followed adoringly by their own personal dance/character/comedy/theatrical troupe, The Nerd Circus, Ookla the Mok makes music about the nerdiest of nerddom. If you’ve ever watched the Disney animated show Fillmore!, Ookla the Mok segued you into the action with the theme song.

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Episode #12 – Talis Kimberley “Small Mended Corners” – Archetype Café

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Episode #11 – Bill and Brenda Sutton “Un Chanson Sans Amour” – Owling at the Moon

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Episode #10 – Brooke Lunderville “The Wreck of the Crash of the Easthill Mining Disaster” – Brooke vs. John: Steel Cage Match

Brooke is an accomplished banjo and banjola player from Vancouver whose featured selection this week won the 2009 Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song. Brooke has also been nominated twice for Best Writer/Composer. She’ll be appearing at the Pacific NW Filk Convention Conflikt Jan 27-29 and the San Francisco Filk Convention Consonance March 2-4.

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Episode #9 – Marian Call “Flying Feels Like” – Vanilla

This lovely Anchorage-based filk artist performs without agent or manager, self-sustained by independent fan-driven online marketing efforts. After completing a full 50-state concert tour in 2010, she went on to produce an entirely fan-funded, eclectic and whimsical double album Something Fierce. She describes herself as sounding ” … a little like Joni Mitchell meets Jason Mraz meets Regina Spektor — or perhaps like the lead church choir soprano went all Ani DiFranco.”

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Episode #8 – VTW Productions New Year’s Eve Special – Vixy and Tony “Six-String Love” (from Thirteen) and Scott Snyder “Feygrass” (from Filk Memories – FilKONtario ’10)

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Episode #7 – Scott Snyder “Secrets” – Filk Memories – FilKONtario ’10

Hailing from Austin, the filk artist better known as ‘Bardic Lug’ also creates music for video games. His nimble fingers, lyrical talent and country/bluegrass twangy baritone have earned him several Pegasus nominations and the 2002 SAM for Best Performance at a Con.

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Episode #6 – Terence Chua “A Companion’s Christmas” (no album)

A man of many talents, Terence taught himself to play guitar and has since written a variety of creative filk songs on subjects ranging from law to Microsoft to Star Trek and Spiderman. Terence has also published a collection of short science fiction stories, The Nightmare Factory (out of print), and currently has another novel in progress, The Lion in Winter. Terence is currently the only filk artist he knows of in Singapore.

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Episode #5 – Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff “High Desert” – Möbius Street

Perhaps best known for their parodies and viral video “Midchlorian Rhapsody”, the Bohnhoffs have produced two full albums of original filk music and earned a Pegasus Award for the first of their three parody albums. Maya has also written several books and short stories and collaborated on many more.

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Episode #4 – Play It With Moxie “The Pomegranate Tango” – Play It With Moxie Live

Jazz, swing and blues from Atlanta. Play It With Moxie’s new live album will be released at the Georgia GAFilk Convention on January 6, 2012.

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Episode #3 – Classy San Diego “Third Time’s the Charm” – Fighting the Good Fight

Punchy, lively ska out of Oklahoma City, featuring the Tadpool’s own Mulligan on drums. Check out their Bandcamp page to listen to some great tracks off their ‘Fighting the Good Fight’ EP.

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Episode #2 – Vixy and Tony “Emerald Green” – Thirteen

This Seattle filk duo came together at Orycon and went on to create Thirteen, which includes the Pegasus Award-winning track heard on the show, and win the Best Performer Pegasus Award in 2008.

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Episode #1 – Seanan McGuire “Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves” – Wicked Girls;
Episode #21 “My Story is Not Done” – Wicked Girls

Fine, fun filk out of Northern California. Seanan has three albums available and is also a cartoonist and published author.

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