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I still owe a post on Strowlercon, but I have to share the exciting news from O.V.F.F. A lost tribe of Filkers wandered out of the wilderness to return to the fold.

The Utah Filk Organization (U.F.O.) started about five years ago when a group of filk fans in the Salt Lake City area decided that filking once a year at CONduit in Salt Lake City was not enough. They started meeting for twice a month housefilks. Within a year the CONduit ConCom approached them and said something along the lines of “We want there to be filking at the con, but we don’t have anyone making it happen right now. Do you think you could arrange a couple of filk panels and maybe a concert?” Of course over the years they have hit issues familiar to filk smofs: 1. Getting the word out to the filk fans at large that they are there. 2. Getting the concom to fund filk guests.

To meet these challenges they decided to produce a CD of their local talent to sell to raise money (UFO First Contact, 16 tracks, all original songs or original parodies). They then sent a core group of seven members to O.V.F.F. to promote their con, sell their CD’s and connect with the larger filk community.

They performed a clever song during the One-shots, entered the song contests, and (politely) fit in some songs in the open circles. From what I hear there are another dozen members of UFO who couldn’t make the trip. CONduit XXI: Caped CONduit will be held May 27-29, 2011 (memorial day weekend) at the Radisson Downtown in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Date: 2010-10-26 12:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
It's a bit confusing that they used the same initials as United Filkers of Ontario. But a good pun should be used more than once!


Date: 2010-11-04 09:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We had no idea until we got to OVFF that there was another UFO. However, seeing how many planets there are out there, all the UFOs can't come from just one place, can they? So there are Ontario aliens and Utah aliens. It makes sense.

Date: 2010-10-26 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh they ARE wonderful and fun and gracious and WE SO HAVE TO KEEP THEM!

They even brought their own projector and hooked it up to their lap top and displayed words on the wall so everyone could sing along. If they didn't have the words, by the time the performer (wether it be Ell or Gary or somebody else) got done explaining what they were about to sing, the sheer Googling skills of the computer operator had (in most cases- at least on Friday night) the words found, copied and displayed for all to see.

And their just fun people!

I'm so glad I was there to see and hear and meet them. I have their cd now too :)

Date: 2010-10-27 12:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] batyatoon
We definitely have to keep them. :D

Date: 2010-10-30 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We have seen the future of the Hymnal Sing, and it is them.

Back from the Away Mission...

Date: 2010-10-28 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dawnya thill (from
We had a great time out at OVFF and the aliens all arrived safely back in Utah. We really loved meeting everyone and all the way home were discussing which Filk Cons we'd try to do next and how we were going to do OVFF Next year life and fundage permitting! Thank you all for having us and we'll very happilly be kept :P We're working on our website and should have the site up that's listed on the CD in a couple of weeks at the latest. In the interim if you'd like to contact U.F.O. we're at and you can also find us on facebook at!/group.php?gid=228284391337

Much <3 from all the U.F.O Aliens here in SLC!

The Looonnnnnggggguh-guh-guh Trip Home

Date: 2010-10-30 07:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For those interest in our trip report (3800+ miles RT), I have a brief synopsis available at


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