“What is Filk?”

This panel was held in the Hyatt Baker room on Friday afternoon at 1PM. From the start, these musicians were comical, demonstrating how the filking community is more than a gathering; it’s family.

This panel explained what filking is. Its origins started in 1936, and it has evolved into a genre of folk music geared to science-fiction/fantasy fans. As Leslie stated, “It’s folk music of the future.”

Filking can be either dependent, based on something you would have to know the background for the song to make sense, or independent. The latter is a style in which, somewhere in the song, the premise is explained.

Filking is becoming more and more prevalent. Some of the artists also make CDs. As in any genre, you have some that are better known than others. There is always room in this family for more. The group is so much fun and so jovial, you can’t help but feel welcome.

After some discussion, the audience was lucky enough to hear some filking. It was so entertaining. If filking is something you have never experienced, then see if you can go to one of the other panels this weekend. It really is something everyone, even kids, can enjoy.

Author of the article

Amanda Faith

Award-winning author Amanda Faith may have been raised in Dayton, but her heart and home is in the South. With a lifelong love of teaching and writing, she had plenty of encouragement from teachers and friends along the way. Loving a good puzzle has always been a fascination, and writing gives her the outlet to put all the pieces together. Being adventurous and loving to try new things, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves in unusual situations. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how they interact, taking them on journeys they would never have normally experienced. Her current adventure working as a high school English professor turned Media Specialist, writing, and doing paranormal investigations doesn’t slow her down from having a great time with a plethora of hobbies. Her published credits include several short stories, poetry, several journal articles, her doctoral dissertation, and her award-winning book Strength of Spirit. With multiple degrees, she has a passion for learning and exploring new venues. She is a staff writer for The Daily Dragon at Dragon Con.

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