What can you say about a group that takes "Banned From Argo" and turns it into a greasy roadhouse rock and roll song? That writes a love song for a Zombie? That writes a love song for a video game emulator? You say they’re Toyboat.
Take classic rock, hard edged 70's British-style blues rock and 80's hard rock, add filk and you have Toyboat. They play a combination of classic filk songs in a style you have never heard them done on before as well as their own SF-F songs. They mash-up filk lyrics with songs you know. Some of their songs are serious, some are funny, some are just odd. They have brought their show to conventions all over the Midwest. They have made ears ring on stages, in meetings rooms, and at room parties. Individually, the members of the band have played at conventions, filk circles, coffee houses, clubs and basements all over the US. There is no safe minimum distance. Do not panic, do not try to run. Just repeat after me... Toyboat... Toyboat... Toyboat...
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November 12, 2014
So OVFF came and went, and a good time was had by all. The bad news is that Toyboat did not win the Pegasus Award for Best Performer. But, overshadowing that, the good news is that we performed the song "Paper Worlds" by Talis Kimberley, joined onstage by Talis herself. The song tied for Best Filk Song, too! If you want to see what transpired (and you know you do), take a look at our Videos page - it was rather spectacular!
September 5, 2014
So it would seem that your esteemed webmaster is a bit behind in the news. Let's see if we can make up for that...
Toyboat will be at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival (OVFF) from October 24-26, 2014 as a Pegasus Nominee for Best Performer! The Pegasus Awards are presented annually at the OVFF Saturday evening banquet to recognize and honor excellence in filking. This is Toyboat's third nomination in the Best Performer category. Fans who are interested in voting (we presume you've attended at least one convention sometime in your life) for this year's awards can fill out an online ballot through midnight on Sunday, October 19th, or vote in person at OVFF no later than Friday, October 24th, at the close of the Nominees Concert in the evening. The full list of nominees is here, and the ballot is online here . Sound clips of all nominated songs, songwriters, and performers are also available on the OVFF website.
January 6, 2013
Also, we'd like to introduce our newest miscreant... er... member, Cathy McManamon!