and explanations, or they can be simply played and allowed to speak for themselves. Beginning with British filker Mike Whitaker in 1992, 40 filkers were the beneficiaries of Interfilk subsidies in its first decade. If between-song conversations and noise get out of hand, it's common to hear someone shout "Filker up!" as a signal to end the conversations so that the next person can have their turn. While many of those original songs faded into obscurity, some remained popular for decades. Npac is open to any public school student in grades 4.
These efforts grew to include raising funds for traveling filkers. A container full of some type of token such as poker chips is supplied for the circle. Similar to the Drum Circles and Bardic Circles found at SCA events and other fannish events, filk circles can be formed in any location where filkers gather. Full appreciation of a parody requires familiarity with the original, but appreciation of a contrafactum may not. Anyone with an interest in filk can nominate songs or individuals for the awards, and anyone can vote. Style and content edit, filk has been defined as folk music, usually with a science fiction or fantasy theme, but this definition is not exact. A b Jenkins, Henry the king's college essay prize (1992). The purpose of a filk circle is for musicians to share songs with other musicians, so performing and listening are given equal emphasis. The hobbyist and itinerant nature of filk events (especially filk circles) gives some advantages to acoustic-vocal soloists and small groups, who need only carry a lightweight instrument or two and whose rehearsals do not need to balance scheduling logistics against regular work and other obligations. Strangers No More We Sing Filk Music, Folk Culture, and the Fan Community". "Filk Music: What is it?" Archived 31 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
A b Gold, Lee; m "Concert Circle Etiquette" (PDF). Etiquette edit The etiquette of the filk circle begins with a respect for all music, including (and perhaps especially) amateur music and amateur performers. I believe that becoming a member of npac encourages students and those around them to expand their experiences, develop their talents and find the confidence to conquer the world!" - Loretta Ables Sayre, Tony Nominated Actress. The entire process is administered by the ovff convention committee. 6 Some are parodies of songs from popular culture, others are parodies of existing filk songs. Some convention organizers in the 1980s began inviting guests specifically for their filking. I have watched students blossom and command the stage in their performances.