So March is wrapping up and April is staring us in the face, and it looks busy.
Jeff has been working with Seanan McGuire on her new album (to be named), as well as with Scott Snyder and Mark Osier. We are also putting together songs for our next album.
The big deal in April is the beginning of a new project with (redacted). Yes, we are working on an album with (mystery talent). No, I can’t tell you more than that, else I would have to exile you to Transylvania where I suspect I still have relatives who vant to drink your blood.
We are already slated for Baycon in May, so I’m looking forward to that, as well, and there have been noises coming from other states in the Union about new projects. Jeff or I will post about them as info becomes leakable.
A tidbit from Seanan’s album—it will include a wonderful song that goes with her next novel release Sparrow Hill Road, and has the same title. Plus, there will be a new “mad scientist” song, replete with voiceovers by the Minionettes (Maya Bohnhoff and Mary Crowell). The mad scientists will be played by Seanan and guest evil genius, Paul Kwinn.
Margaret & Kristoph
This year’s Consonance (THE Bay Area Filk Convention) was better than ever. We had international guest Rika Körte as a houseguest for several days the week before the con, which was delightful. It also gave us time work up some music together such that Jeff and I both performed in her set and she performed in ours.
We also performed with Kristoph and Margaret on what is probably my favorite song in their expansive repertoire. I refer, of course, to Jack Daw—which is a song about the Fisher King legend.
On a very personal note, this is the first actual convention I’ve done since having body parts replaced with nice bionic ones (I, Borg) and it was fantastic. I danced myself silly. I jumped up and down. I walked. Take that, gravity!
The week after Consonance, we once again formed the core of Seanan McGuire’s Traveling Circus and Snake Handling Show for her Half Off Ragnarok release party. (This is Book Three in her Incryptid series.) This time the performers were us, Paul Kwinn and Beckett Gladney, and Rika Körte back from a short trip up to Seattle. We wove together two sets of music between raffle drawings and Seanan’s madcap Q&A sessions. Much fun was had by all—except for the trying to find a place to park in San Francisco part. We have another book event coming up in May at Borderlands for the release of Sparrow Hill Road.
This weekend, Seanan will be in the studio working on her next (soon to be named) CD. News at 11.