October 25 – 27, 2024

The Ohio Valley Filk Fest is the world’s largest fan-run filk convention, for all fen with a song in their heart.

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Picture of Eva and Rafael Van Daele-Hunt (Pair O'Dice) sitting in front of some beautiful garden flowers.

Guests of Honor: Pair O’Dice

Pair o’ Dice are Eva and Rafael Van Daele-Hunt, fanatical roleplayers and long-time filkers who live in Southern Germany. They have been a couple since 1998 and have loved to sing together from day one, although it took them years to officially form a band. They were Guests of Honor at the 2018 ‘Frühlingsfest der Filksmusik’ (DFDF). Eva, a classically-trained soprano, is their songwriter. She won a Pegasus “Best Writer/Composer” […]

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Toastmaster: Franklin Gunkelmann

Muggle name: Frank Gunkelmann, 58, German (You might know the tune to sing this to) Has two kids and has a wife Born in 1965 Franklin Franklin Gunkelmann Nerd and Knight, likes Scifi Flicks Filks since 1986 Franklin Franklin Gunkelmann Come on, Franklin, you can do it Steer the con, put your voice into it Tell us why, show us how Look at where you came from, look at you […]

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Picture of Xap Esler at a windy coast; the hair is blown in her face.

Honored Listener: Xap Esler

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, (OK, a few years ago in Illinois) a fellow Callahanian invited xap to her first SF con. While wondering its dim halls late-night she literally stumbled across her first filk circle & was immediately hooked. She finally managed to make it to OVFF for the first time in 2009, and has only missed two since. Along the way she’s attended […]

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Picture of Heather Preston on a porch framed by lovely tree branches and flowers.

Interfilk Guest: Heather Preston

Heather is an astronomer and planetarium director with a music habit. She got into filk in her late teens but then experienced “filkus interruptus.” With occasional forays to cons when she was working at Space Telescope Science Institute and later in the Seattle area, she was only able to maintain a tenuous connection to this wonderful music (a bit more luck with Irish Trad). Covid and the move to Zoom […]

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