The Pegasus Awards

Summer Russell IF


Pegasus Nominations

Year Category Song Sample
2022 Best Filk Song The Entwife  
2022 Best Writer/Composer   mp3
2021 Best Filk Song Courage Dear Heart  
2021 Best Writer/Composer  

Summer Russell is a lifelong lover of music and poetry, myth and magic, science and nature. She came home to filk much later in life than she might have wished, but she got here as soon as she could.

First, though, she was a little girl with a Casio keyboard, a room full of fairy tales, and designs on the astronaut life. Later she became a bookish dreamer who almost cried in the middle of treble choir when she sang in harmony for the first time. She learned to play the guitar as a teenager and quickly took to songwriting, powerfully influenced by traditional music from the British Isles and by the singers and poets of the folk revival. At the same time, she fell hard for rock 'n' roll, eventually building to the revelation of melodic power metal about elves and wizards. She remains a headbanger at heart to this day.

She found the Society for Creative Anachronism and spent many an enchanted night singing from fire to fire, or sharing in the warmth of the bardic circle that hinted at what was to come. She sang about warrior women before she came of age and put on armor of her own. Later, she had the honor of serving for a year as Premier Bard of the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra.

It was with wonder and gratitude that she found her way, at last, to her first OVFF. She found new life there in the wells of inspiration and kindness that never seem to run dry. Since then, she has taken every chance she can to join her friends and kindred spirits in song, whether gathered together in rooms or reaching across great distances to keep the music alive.

In 2018 she was Toastmaster at Consonance, where the community worked a feat of deep magic on her behalf. In 2019 she was Interfilk Guest at FilKONtario, and the meaning of joy and hospitality grew greater still.

Thus encouraged, she continues to write a motley assortment of songs and record them at home, grooving to the rhythm of the ocean she loves.



Representative Work for the 2022 Pegasus Awards

Voices (mp3)

Words and Music: Copyright ©2020 by Summer Russell
All Rights Reserved
Lyrics posted with permission of the author

When I worry I have nothing new to say
I go and ask the ocean
with her everchanging song
and she says oh, my daughter--
do it anyway.
I have listened just a while
I have sung so very long

But when you sing with me
it's something I have never heard before
the ringing of the rocks
around the waves upon the shore

There is a voice that wakes the water in your veins
And brings to life all breathing things

It shifts and shapes, it moves and makes, it bends and breaks
And takes its place here

When I fear that I am drifting in the dark
I look out to the stars, alone and shining distantly
And they say oh, my darling,
hold on to your spark
what you touch is changed forever
though you may not always see

But from the highest places,
all your hidden colors show
The fire in your eyes
will set the universe aglow

There is a brightness that surrounds you like the dawn
And it goes on and on and on

And love creates the light that takes a human shape
Its ways to wander
Itself to know.


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