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” Award in 2019; her song ‘Die Puppen’/’The Dolls’ might have also held a record for the most unsuccessful nomination (eight times) before it won in 2023.
She plays twelve-string guitar, recorder and piano, but will pretend to play any instrument she comes across that is not nailed down. Rafael, a Canadian-born bass, plays classical and flamenco guitar and fakes his way through bass, violin and percussion when the need arises. Their repertoire consists mostly of tragic, eerie or romantic ballads. Lately, however, Eva has revealed a funnier streak in the lyrics she writes for ‘Barbership’, filk’s own barbershop quartet, which pairs Eva & Rafael with their friends Steve Macdonald (tenor) and Katy Dröge-Macdonald (alto).

In their mundane lives, they make a living as a software manager (Rafael) and a criminal judge (Eva), but they try to think about that as little as possible. They have a teenage kid who loves to dance, act and sing, and over the years has become a filker in their own right.