Welcome to GAFilk 2016!
Guest of Honor
Michael "Moonwulf" Longcor
Michael Longcor has been a familiar face and voice in the filk and folk music communities since the early 70s when he stumbled into a filk circle at Chambanacon. His rich baritone voice and fluid guitar accompaniment, his easy-going demeanor and wicked sense of humor combine to create unforgettable music, whether on stage, in circles, or simply singing around the campfire. Michael's songs are humorous, romantic, heroic, and inspiring. He sings about familiar experiences, bravery, loyalty, ingenuity, and creativity. If you listen to Mike long enough, you might learn a thing or two about history, battles, love, and friendship. The circle is always made richer for his presence in it, and the filk community has shown its appreciation of his contributions by presenting him with six Pegasus Awards (1992 and 1995 for Best Performer, 1993 Best Humorous Song "Rhinotillexomania", 1995 Best Military Song "When Tenskwatawa Sings", 1996 for Best Eerie Song "Monster in My Head", and 2003 for Best Filk Song "Shooting Star") and nominating him for another six . He has six solo albums of his songs, and collaborated with the legendary Juanita Coulson on "What's a Hoosier?" for the Indiana Historic Society.
He is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, where he is known as Moonwulf Starkaaderson, twice king of the Middle Kingdom, and has served as baron of the Barony of Rivenstar since it was founded. He is also a member of the Dorsai Irregulars, working to provide security at conventions since his induction in 1976. He also re-enacts the French and Indian War, and Civil War, and can be seen blacksmithing at the Feast of the Hunters Moon.
His music has appeared on Dr. Demento and on NPR's "Folksong Festival," and provided the background for a BBC documentary on Rudyard Kipling. In 2014 he received the highest acclaim the filk community offers when he was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame.
He lives in Lafayette, Indiana with his wife Anne "Francoise" Nordmeyer and a clumsy and not overly smart Labrador retriever.
You're belting out a really good song, giving the performance of your lifetime. And your audience is receiving a double-whammy, because a red-headed artist of skill and style stands on the same stage transforming that really good song into a really great song. She's dancing your music with American Sign Language, translating it with such vivid expression as to render it unforgettable. You've...been...Judi Millered! Now, say, "Thank you, ma'am. May I have another?" If you're very lucky, Judy will sign for you again.
Judy Miller cut her filk interpretation teeth on a songwriter of amazing speed and skill, sharing filk stages with Tom Smith. We're talking someone who makes up intricate, hysterical, often anatomically-correct lyrics on the fly. Add Judy to the mix, and the music ramps up to levels of intricacy, hysteria, and imagery unimaginable. Ask anyone who has shared a stage with her, and they'll all tell you the same thing. "Don't watch the Judmonster while you're singing!"
Why? You'll never make it to the end of the song. She'll bust you up, she'll break your heart, she'll do some magical little move that shakes the room sideways, and if you're watching, she'll suck you down into a vortex of her imagination and leave you sputtering. We've all been there. We've all thought, "Don't look! Don't look! Don't...oh, my god! I'm looking! Aaaahhhhhh!" And when the song is finally over, there you are, shaking your head, whinging, "I watched her...I knew better, and I watched..."
Judy Miller is SO good at what she does that whole troupes of ASLers have started tag-team interpreting music at cons. They're good, but nobody signs like Judi. Nobody! She throws herself into the music with total abandon. It's not just Judi's fingers weaving the mystery; she puts her whole body and heart into every piece. See, she's a singer, too; a singer with a gorgeous voice. Judi knows what happens when the lyrics, music, and imagination merge with motion. Magic!
So...calling all filking ASLers! Would you like to sign for Judi Miller's GAFilk concert? We...want to talk to you.
Official Announcement: Copy Red Leader has decided to retire in order to focus on other musical interests. In support of their decision, Devin and Leslie, the members of Copy Red Leader, have stated that they feel it it is in everyone's best interest for Interfilk and GAFilk to select another deserving filker as Interfilk guest for the 2016 GAFilk. While Interfilk and GAFilk are disappointed that Copy Red Leader has retired as a band, we all look forward with anticipation to the continued presence of both Devin and Leslie in the filk community and their future musical efforts. The new Interfilk guest for GAFilk is Glen Raphael. We hope you will enjoy your time at GAFilk.
Glen Raphael is a nerd-folk performer whose songs cover such topics as quantum physics, bedbugs, gorillas, and the Statue of Liberty's mid-life crisis. His songs are funny, sweet, and touching.
Glen has been featured on the Dr. Demento Show and has performed in many variety shows including TinyDangerousFun!, the Earworm Funny Music Project, The Kong Show, and the Bindlestiff Family Circus Variety Hour. He has won Best Original Song awards at NCSA events and has recorded two studio albums with Mark Dann.
Rand and Erin Bellavia
Rand has been filking since 1993, when Randy Hoffman brought him to Marcon, sat him down in a circle, and said, “Play ‘View Master.’” Rand rushed home to let his writing partner Adam English know that their band Ookla the Mok had found an audience. (They were, in fact, the Interfilk guests at GAFilk back in 2004.) Fast forward to 2005 when Rand brought his then-girlfriend Erin to FKO, her very first filk convention.
Initially, Erin was content to listen, but she was gradually convinced by some of her new friends to sing – just a little – in a filk circle. The very first circle she sang in was, in fact, at GAFilk in 2007. She and Rand performed for the first time together on stage at the 2010 OVFF Pegasus Concert, and had their first full concert as Filk Waifs at FKO 23, in 2013.
Super Secret Guest
The Unknown Filker
We're not tellin'! You'll have to wait until December 1st to find out!