Consonance 2004 

Pictures from Consonance 2004, San Jose, CA.

Leslie Fish performs as one of the oracles in Live Radio 8-ball, Jane Mailander and Lynn Gold act as interpreters.

I put covers of a few songs into the hat for my turns up at 8-ball, one of which was a very introspective and thoughtful song. I had no idea that Paula Cole's 'The Ladder' could possibly get big laughs, but I swear, as God is my witness, it did. You had to be there to understand why. Such is the fickle nature of the 8-ball...
Leslie Fish performs as one of the oracles in Live Radio 8-ball, Jane Mailander and Lynn Gold act as interpreters.



I put covers of a few songs into the hat for my turns up at 8-ball, one of which was a very introspective and thoughtful song. I had no idea that Paula Cole's 'The Ladder' could possibly get big laughs, but I swear, as God is my witness, it did. You had to be there to understand why. Such is the fickle nature of the 8-ball...

Steve Macdonald sits in with Dandelion Wine during Friday night's open circle. It was my first time hearing Dandelion Wine, and their sound was just amazing.
Steve Macdonald sits in with Dandelion Wine during Friday night's open circle. It was my first time hearing Dandelion Wine, and their sound was just amazing.

Four Shillings Short has Kristoph Klover help out with a rousing chorus of 'You're Not Irish, You Can't be Irish, You Don't Know Danny Boy.' (3.8 megabyte AVI file)
Four Shillings Short has Kristoph Klover help out with a rousing chorus of 'You're Not Irish, You Can't be Irish, You Don't Know Danny Boy.' (3.8 megabyte AVI file)

Christy plays a solo on the hammered Dulcimer during the amazing Four Shillings Short concert. (3.7 megabyte AVI file)
Christy plays a solo on the hammered Dulcimer during the amazing Four Shillings Short concert. (3.7 megabyte AVI file)

Aodh plays a solo during the same song. Four Shillings Short are amazing to watch and are not to be missed if they come to your area. (3.7 megabyte AVI file)
Aodh plays a solo during the same song. Four Shillings Short are amazing to watch and are not to be missed if they come to your area. (3.7 megabyte AVI file)

Kristoph Klover and Margaret Davis perform to a packed house on Saturday afternoon. Marvelous, as always!
Kristoph Klover and Margaret Davis perform to a packed house on Saturday afternoon. Marvelous, as always!

Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff are accompanied by some weirdo on backing guitar.
Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff are accompanied by some weirdo on backing guitar.

My concert set on Saturday included the debut of my parody 'A Day in the Life of a Straight Guy.'
My concert set on Saturday included the debut of my parody 'A Day in the Life of a Straight Guy.'

Franklin Gunkelman was our Interfilk guest from Germany. He was wonderful and amazing, a master of languages. Even though English is his second language, his songs often included very clever linguistic tricks, such as one song with deliberate mis-pronunciations of key rhymes that had us rolling on the floor. He was also a very good sport about dressing up in a goofy outfit to perform in the presentation of the musical 'Dr. Who and the Torians'.
Franklin Gunkelman was our Interfilk guest from Germany. He was wonderful and amazing, a master of languages. Even though English is his second language, his songs often included very clever linguistic tricks, such as one song with deliberate mis-pronunciations of key rhymes that had us rolling on the floor. He was also a very good sport about dressing up in a goofy outfit to perform in the presentation of the musical 'Dr. Who and the Torians'.

This is very hard to explain in a photo caption. You really had to be there to appreciate it. Basically, Franklin is wenching the Interfilk wench. Told you it was hard to explain...
This is very hard to explain in a photo caption. You really had to be there to appreciate it. Basically, Franklin is wenching the Interfilk wench. Told you it was hard to explain...

Franklin carries Kathleen Sloan out of the room as part of the Wenching. I didn't see what they did in the hall, and I'm not sure I want to know.
Franklin carries Kathleen Sloan out of the room as part of the Wenching. I didn't see what they did in the hall, and I'm not sure I want to know.

Jeff Bohnhoff wenches Joey Shoji. Jeff turned down my attempt to blackmail him, so this photo goes up for the world to see.:-)
Jeff Bohnhoff wenches Joey Shoji. Jeff turned down my attempt to blackmail him, so this photo goes up for the world to see.

:-)

John Creasey gets Wenched.
John Creasey gets Wenched.

Eloise Mason has collapsed in the corner during Saturday Night's concerts. Okay, everybody, collective 'AAAAAaaaawwww...'
Eloise Mason has collapsed in the corner during Saturday Night's concerts. Okay, everybody, collective 'AAAAAaaaawwww...'

The Bohnhoffs watch the concert with Amanda asleep in their laps. Collective 'AAAAAaaaawwww' number two...
The Bohnhoffs watch the concert with Amanda asleep in their laps. Collective 'AAAAAaaaawwww' number two...

Dandelion Wine perform their Saturday night set.
Dandelion Wine perform their Saturday night set.

It was a packed house during the Saturday concerts.
It was a packed house during the Saturday concerts.

Paul Kwinn in open circle on Saturday night. He was getting over a cold and didn't have any voice. For the whole con, people were singing his songs for him while he played.
Paul Kwinn in open circle on Saturday night. He was getting over a cold and didn't have any voice. For the whole con, people were singing his songs for him while he played.

Blake Hodgetts and Michelle Dockrey in open circle on Saturday. Blake is doing a surprisingly good job playing 'The Little Blue Man' on Matt's guitar. Blake is just learning to play the guitar, partly because it's a more portable instrument than the keyboard.

Michelle is putting the finishing touches on a parody of Blake's song 'Boundless'. She made him sing it cold, right from the handwritten page, it was great.

I'm jealous, because her parody is based on the same idea I had during the recording sessions ('...there's a hundred and seventy verses to go...'), but I never got mine more than a few lines past that original idea. Hers was very funny and had some clever things that I would never have come up with, so I'm glad I never finished mine.
Blake Hodgetts and Michelle Dockrey in open circle on Saturday. Blake is doing a surprisingly good job playing 'The Little Blue Man' on Matt's guitar. Blake is just learning to play the guitar, partly because it's a more portable instrument than the keyboard.



Michelle is putting the finishing touches on a parody of Blake's song 'Boundless'. She made him sing it cold, right from the handwritten page, it was great.



I'm jealous, because her parody is based on the same idea I had during the recording sessions ('...there's a hundred and seventy verses to go...'), but I never got mine more than a few lines past that original idea. Hers was very funny and had some clever things that I would never have come up with, so I'm glad I never finished mine.

Alex Bohnhoff performs a new song he wrote while the doting parents look on. Blake and I talked about how amusing it is to watch Jeff watch Alex play. Here, Jeff demonstrates 'the look'...
Alex Bohnhoff performs a new song he wrote while the doting parents look on. Blake and I talked about how amusing it is to watch Jeff watch Alex play. Here, Jeff demonstrates 'the look'...

This is the second of two good circles on Saturday night. You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many acoustic guitars in one room.
This is the second of two good circles on Saturday night. You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many acoustic guitars in one room.

Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover play in the hall in the Sunday morning light. Absolutely gorgeous music.
Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover play in the hall in the Sunday morning light. Absolutely gorgeous music.

I thought the light from the window made such a beautiful scene that I actually went to the trouble to run up to my room to grab the camera to take these pictures.
I thought the light from the window made such a beautiful scene that I actually went to the trouble to run up to my room to grab the camera to take these pictures.

Michelle and Matthew Dockrey, otherwise known as 'Escape Key', perform their wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon.
Michelle and Matthew Dockrey, otherwise known as 'Escape Key', perform their wonderful concert on Sunday afternoon.

Another packed house, enjoying the performance immensely.
Another packed house, enjoying the performance immensely.

Scott Snyder performs his set on Sunday. Very funny stuff!
Scott Snyder performs his set on Sunday. Very funny stuff!

Scott Snyder performs a song with Trout accompaniment. (2.1 megabyte AVI file)
Scott Snyder performs a song with Trout accompaniment. (2.1 megabyte AVI file)

One of the props for 'Dr. Who and the Torians'. Definitely click so you can read the text.
One of the props for 'Dr. Who and the Torians'. Definitely click so you can read the text.

Katy helps out with Steve Macdonald's concert set on Sunday.
Katy helps out with Steve Macdonald's concert set on Sunday.

Blake and Michelle perform 'NamariŽ' ('Farewell'), a duet he composed for this con. It's told from the point of view of Aragorn and Arwen, at the moment of their parting at Rivendell, when they thought they would never see each other again.
Blake and Michelle perform 'NamariŽ' ('Farewell'), a duet he composed for this con. It's told from the point of view of Aragorn and Arwen, at the moment of their parting at Rivendell, when they thought they would never see each other again.

I can't say enough good things about this duet. The melody is hauntingly beautiful, and the way Blake has written the interplay of the two parts is just mind-blowing. And their performance of the piece is a critical part of it, the two lyric lines have to intertwine *just* right in order for the piece to work. They performed it flawlessly. It was truly a jaw-dropping moment when they played it.
I can't say enough good things about this duet. The melody is hauntingly beautiful, and the way Blake has written the interplay of the two parts is just mind-blowing. And their performance of the piece is a critical part of it, the two lyric lines have to intertwine *just* right in order for the piece to work. They performed it flawlessly. It was truly a jaw-dropping moment when they played it.

As always, the Dead Dog (er, Dead Mosquito) on Sunday night was the best part of the whole con. This was the largest Dead Dog I'd ever seen, filling two adjoined rooms and going strong until well past 4am.

It's not clear whether Steve Macdonald has his Palm Pilot set on Stun or Kill...
As always, the Dead Dog (er, Dead Mosquito) on Sunday night was the best part of the whole con. This was the largest Dead Dog I'd ever seen, filling two adjoined rooms and going strong until well past 4am.



It's not clear whether Steve Macdonald has his Palm Pilot set on Stun or Kill...

'The Unsingable Filksong' has chords that require fingers past ten.
'The Unsingable Filksong' has chords that require fingers past ten.

One of Scott Snyder's songs had to do with palm pilots, and everyone is doing the wave-the-lighter bit, but with backlit screens instead...
One of Scott Snyder's songs had to do with palm pilots, and everyone is doing the wave-the-lighter bit, but with backlit screens instead...

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