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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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January 6, 2012

Also, we'd like to introduce our newest miscreant... er... member, Cathy McManamon!

December 30, 2012

We have more shows! See us at ConFusion (January 18-20, 2013) and Capricon (February 7-10, 2013)

September 7, 2012

Toyboat's second Guest of Honor appearance is March 29-31 at Marcon, in Columbus, Ohio. No, fandom didn't learn from the first GOH appearance, and decided to inflict Toyboat on itself a second time.

December 9, 2011

Capricon (February 9-12, 2012) will see the most frightening concert of all, Toyboat Unclogged! Yes, we will give up our electric guitars and spend a quiet, contemplative hour with acoustic guitars, basses, keyboards and real drums. Yeah, right, quiet and contemplative. We'll just find a way to be just as loud and aggressive acoustically!

September 12, 2011

In October, we are once again honored by the members of the filk community with a Pegasus Nomination. Along with Amy McNally, Playing Rapunzel, Stone Dragons and Tricky Pixie, we are nominated in the Best Performer category. If you consider yourself a member of the filk community (and you should), go take a look at this year's ballot.

Keep an eye here for more show information coming soon!

August 4, 2011

After a bit of time off this summer due to family (chosen and biological) illnesses, surgery (good thing Mike doesn't play guitar with his feet, although he may argue that point...), and just lots of other life (don't talk to me about life...), starting in the fall, Toyboat will be back louder than ever!

Here is what we have so far!

This year's Windycon (November 11-13, in Lombard, IL) marks the return of Tomboat.

We are also Filk Guests of Honor at SFContario in Toronto, November 18-20.