"A man is defined by his actions, not his memories."
— Total Recall
The Filk track at Archon will be even more exciting this year, expanding with new voices and a very full concert lineup. Here's what you can look forward to at Archon 41!
The Archon Filk Track concert schedule is getting finalized and is listed below. Also, since Cat's mundane life schedule is quite complicated next weekend, below you will find the Tin Filker subject announced 1 week early, so you get TWO WHOLE WEEKS to write your song.
Our author Guest of Honor, Seanan McGuire, will be doing an appearance to help satisfy the demands of her Filking gene, which is, in her case, both prominent and prolific.
Matthew Morrese of Canticles Productions is bringing back Alexander James Adams for a sneak peak of their new Shadows of Our Past album, the second aria in the Canticles series, being released on collectible vinyl the end of the year.
Canadian phenomenon Leslie Hudson will appear, having added Archon to her cross country Goddess Revolution Tour.
Random Fractions are coming down from the north to enhance our musical presence. We get the added benefit of Cathy McManamon also doing a solo set. The Unusual Suspects are also on the schedule. More to come - Stay tuned!!!
The Archon 41 Tin Filker subject is: ZOMBIES AND MONSTERS AND ELVES, OH MY!
Two whole weeks this year! Set your alarms and mark your calendars - WRITE SOMETHING! BE THERE! You have until Sunday October 1st to write at least 2 verses and a chorus, or it's equivalent. Entries may be performed by the songwriter or someone else, but the song's author must be present. Performances will be Sunday 1:00pm in the St. Clair (where open filking is) with the Dead Puppy Filk immediately following. Winner's song will be the featured on the first page of the Archon 42 Filk Book.
Please bring 3 copies of your lyric for the judges. Check the Archon Facebook page for an announcement of who the celebrity judges will be this year!
7:00pm - Canadian phenomenon Leslie Hudson Goddess Revolution Tour concert.
8:00pm Canticles Concert - Composer Alexander James Adams and Creator Matthew Morrese bring the world of Aegis to life in song.
9:00pm OUR FABULOUS AUTHOR GOH SEANAN MCGUIRE takes the stage - NOT TO BE MISSED!
10:30pm (approx.) OPEN FILKING - Free songbook!
12:00pm Magic Mark and Magical Wanderings invite you to embark on a sonic journey. Two musical partners in crime present songs of fear, politics, science fiction, fantasy and the filk community.
1:15pm Due to C. S. Marks (the 'Elfhunter' series author) having a close encounter with horse, Gary "MoFilker" Hanak will be filling in.
2:00pm Cathy McManamon and Alexander James Adams join their mighty, magical forces of guitar, fiddle, and voice for a concert of their combined music that you will not forget.
3:00pm Inner Darkness Panel - Dealing with trauma and stress. Come explore with us the various techniques we can call upon as creators to express, to share, and to hide the truth in plain sight. With Leslie Hudson
4:00pm Resident Archon filk band The Unusual Suspects with guest Gary Hanak bring you songs of sorcery, stardust and science.
5:00pm Random Fractions - Cathy and Jason combine guitar, bass, and vocals with "random" guest Magic Mark for a set including songs from their newly released album.
9:00pm After Masquerade Jam - join us for a rockin' music jam while you await the Masquerade results.
10:30pm (approx.) OPEN FILKING. If you didn't get it Friday night - Free songbook!
1:00pm TIN FILKER songwriting contest (see subject below)
2:00pm DEAD PUPPY FILK
Send submissions and questions to:
Archon PR Chair and Filk Program Assistant
is a fiction writer, filker and song writer from St. Louis, Missouri, part of the filk band The Unusual Suspects along with her daughter, Valerie Ritchie and Mark Ewbank (and of whom Cat's late husband, Bari Greenberg, was an integral part.) She's appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, the DAW anthologies Sword & Sorceress 11 and Four Moons of Darkover, (under the name Sandra C. Morrese) and most recently in Sword & Sorceress 29 with a story co-authored with Bari. She also spent 14 years as the advertising director for the SFWA Bulletin. She and Bari opened Mountain Cat Media LLC, producing their band's 2012 debut CD, Accidental Filk Band, and in 2013 the couple's duet CD, Romancing the Filk. Cat is currently also the Public Relations Chair for Archon.
Gary was the Filk GoH at NameThatCon 12--Conzilla, M.O.O.N.Con 1, and Duckon 20. (He was scheduled to be the Filk GoH at Daranacon 1, but, sadly, Daranacon did not achieve lift-off.) He was a regular guest at ShowMeCon when it was active in St. Louis, and once was sort of an invited guest at Windycon.
In 2013, he was nominated for Best Performer and had three songs nominated for Pegasus awards, and in 2014 had the honor of winning the Pegasus for Best Classic Filk Song. He has won multiple song contest awards at OVFF, including Audience Choice for his 2012 song contest entry "We Dared to Dream", and second place for his 2014 entry "Sticky Situation".
In March of 2015, he was the Interfilk Guest at Consonance in San Francisco.
In April of 2017, Gary was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario, and won 2nd place for his contest entry, "Wandering the Digital Highway", and 1st place for his Penguin Contest entry, "Collops for the Bibliothecaries"
Gary started on the accordion (don't ask...it was almost 60 years ago), and in the intervening decades has added guitar, piano, bass, and ukulele. (Everybody plays the ukulele.) He also sings, has directed a barbershop chorus, and done the occasional stint as a choir director.
Gary has been saddled with the dubious distinction of being the Archon Filk chair for the last couple decades. Since the program has not died yet, he considers this to mean the effort has been at least marginally successful. When not working as an engineer for a large defense contractor in St. Louis, he plays around town as part of the duo "Not Wired Right" and as a solo under his own name.