Matt Leger has been a fixture in the eastern US filk scene for over three decades, and has the extensive back catalog of original songs and parodies to show for it, though he’s never put out a single album of his own. He is perhaps best known for his Pegasus Award-winning original song, “A Simple Country Doctor” and his more recent parody, “Evil Is A Four-Letter Word, Too” (AKA “The Evil Overlord Song”). Matt’s music displays a range of styles and subject matter, from urban hip-hop (“Vampire Slayer Rap”) to anthemic ballads (“Names Upon the Wall,” “Come the Dawn”), silly parodies (“I’m A Toad Again”) and the just plain twisted (“The Dead Rover”).
Mary Mulholland has always found community in music, whether in choirs (in the US, Ireland and Australia), folk groups, or as a Catholic Church cantor and longtime amateur singer/songwriter. When she walked into a filk circle at the annual Shore Leave convention near Baltimore, MD in July 2001, she found another community…and Matt found the woman who would eventually become his wife. Mary has amazed people for decades with the beauty and power of her singing voice and songwriting. In addition to filk songs (“Beloved,” “Voyager,” “Exile’s Song,” “”Hobie,” “The Light of Our Days,” “Always and Never”), she has also penned folk, spiritual and political tunes (“Cha Til Arthur,” “Psalm,” “The Call,” “Five Months After”) drawn from her Irish-American heritage and personal experience.
Mary and Matt are making their first joint appearance as guests at a filk convention. It is also their first West Coast convention. They have just come from appearances as performers and panelists at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, in London, England, UK in August of this year.