ceilidh 16


PortlandOR US   Jan 2019


Artist Bio

Influences:   Folk, Beatles, Greatful Dead, sea shanties, country, filk

Welcome FAWMers! This is my second year on the FAWM. I've been a singer/songwriter since 1984 with two CDs, Of Shoes and Ships, and Harmony in Practice.

My 1-hr Guest of Honor concert video at the 2015 Conflikt convention can be downloaded at:


...and yes, the name is spelled wrong in the URL.
Cecilia Eng has two "eyes" ๐Ÿ˜€

While I primarily perform science fiction/fantasy "filk" songs, I also write folk and performed at the Center Theatre Stage of the Northwest Folklife Festival last year. They are streaming audio of last year's performances on their website at:


"A Crabber's Life" from last year's FAWM won 3rd prize at the Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival!


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  • @tawalker Mar 23

    Many thanks for your kind words about "Onto The Bridge" - it means a lot to me, as does that song. It is generally on the theme of "loss" - although the first section is particularly personal to me (and the subject isn't really about what one might think), the song was mostly inspired by the passing of my father-in-law last autumn. If you'd like an idea of where some of the imagery came from, try a DuckDuckGo or Google image search for

    "Hotel del Luna" bridge

    and go from there? (Also, if you wondered about the reference to "the bridge of fifty days" - a Korean word to look up in your spare time: "Samdocheon"...)

  • @musicsongwriter  Mar 20

    And thank you for both comments on Blackbird.

  • @musicsongwriter  Mar 20

    You are very welcome. I enjoyed listening very much. Loving your voice.

  • @musicsongwriter  Mar 19

    I see. Blackbird in my opinion isn't nessasary a crow although a crow looks like a blackbird. Thank you for sharing with me your thoughs.

  • @musicsongwriter  Mar 18

    Thank you for your comment on Blackbird. I didn't understand what you meant though but perhaps you meant that the bird flew away? Not sure ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jendistad  Mar 17

    In answer to your question to Eric, the site technically stays live for months yet (probably sometime in January 2021). The real question is who is still checking in here to see new comments. People tend to do a post in the forums asking who is still around, so they know their comments will be seen. Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @scubed  Mar 2

    Thank you for the comment on โ€œEverything is Sacredโ€!

  • @scubed  Mar 1

    Thank you for the kind comment on my final FAWM song!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 1

    Thanks for all the listens! I am going to start catching up on sleep and listening today!

  • @aneil Mar 1

    Thx for your comment on childhood memories will let you know when demo is uploaded ....hope I take your advice

  • @janeg  Feb 29

    You've sent me six comments! Thank you so much. And you have really aced FAWM; it's lovely to have you here.

  • @beautyspot Feb 29

    Well, you got your idea across very nicely. Which is several steeps ahead of me, as I do not even know what I am going to be saying when I record a song!

  • @nahlej381  Feb 29

    Thank u so much!

  • @infilktion Feb 25

    Thanks! There is more harmony. It just got cut from the quick take because of crying baby girl joining in.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 25

    Re: Chromium -- for sure they do. I tried some vocal harmonies but they weren't working for me. If I do anything more with it, something else will happen there.

  • @rayboneor  Feb 25

    Thanks or the kind comments! I see you've been busy and I'm looking forward to hearing what you've been up to. My parents each had a Galaxy 500, blue and red

  • @s7even  Feb 18

    Thank you so much for your feed back on โ€œIโ€™m a tear dropโ€ the third verse is now written. I just have to re-record it. Hopefully tomorrow. Thank you so much again!

  • @pvk2020  Feb 18

    Thanks for your comments. Agreed. I was done messing with it. Can always get it tighter. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ericdistad  Feb 18

    Hi @ceilidh - Thanks for all your great comments. I have a lot of catching up to do - Jen and I have been out of town for the last 10 days and so I haven't had time to do much FAWM stuff. I'm looking forward to catching up on your songs.

    We're hoping to be at the song circle on March 7th! Hopefully see you then! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tjeff  Feb 17

    Hi! Thanks so much for listening and commenting - much appreciated!

  • @cleanshoes Feb 17

    Thank you so much for all your comments. Regarding "Ghost," you can interpret it however you wish! I know what I had in mind, but I wrote it in such a way that it could be considered metaphorical, literal, sad, or--as you alluded to--a little dark and creepy... ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @timfatchen  Feb 16

    Thank you for your comments on OhTwo Oh Two and especially Epicenter. THought you might like to know, the snares were/are intended for the latter but I was too tired and too out of time to pull out the Guitar Hero drumset! (and you can't reproduce ruffles and sticks on a keyboard and be convincing!)

  • @musicsongwriter  Feb 16

    Thank you Cecilia for your kind comments.

  • @scottsimpsonmusic  Feb 15

    Thanks for the kind comments on In the Pines!

  • @billgcaldwell  Feb 14

    Thanks for the comment on "Out One Day", Muffin man is the melody for the chorus (my vocal only hints at the pitch). I agree the vocal needs to be out front more and the instruments are all wrong for this tune. Probably won't do anything else with it.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 13

    The swifts chimney saga reminds me of a forest preserve here that built a picnic shelter that was immediately colonized by bats. They ended up closing the shelter to humans, and building a new one to it--with a less-bat-enticing design! Everyone wins.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 13

    Glad you liked the pancake song. It was a good warm up for my own songs (ie, the ones I write the music and the lyrics). I do agonize about the recordings, but after the tenth try or so, it's time to just live with it and post it.

  • @hummingbear  Feb 12

    Thanks for your comments on "Song Like A Pancake" and "Little House Beside the Sea." I really appreciate them!

  • @cherok40  Feb 10

    Thanks a lot for listening to my "Chernobyl"-music - and also for your very kind comments!

  • @paiyatamu  Feb 9

    Thanks for your comment on Winter. I knew the "he" construction was awkward, but I thought I needed it for scansion. But, you're right, I don't. I think this song is a keeper, so I'm going to keep it and polish it up for performance. ๐Ÿ‘

  • @infilktion Feb 3

    Thank you! I look forward to hearing your songs as well!

  • @rayboneor  Feb 3

    Hey, thanks for the kind comment. I haven't seen Sugar Man, though I've been told it was great. I didn't think I was evoking anyone's lyrics. Can you provide me a link? Thanks

  • @suejeffers  Feb 2

    We got to hear you at FKO a few years ago when you were GOH. Nice to see you here on FAWM, I look forward to hearing your new songs!

  • @ericdistad  Jan 28

    Great to see you back! Happy Fawming!