Kathy Mar has been making folk and filk music longer than a lot of people have been around. She was a professional folksinger and street performer in Denver before she discovered filk, the music of science fiction & fantasy fandom. She’s gone on to record several filk albums and won awards in filk music.
And yes, she is a woman of size.
One of her songs from 1988 is still as timely as it was then.
We are surrounded by technology a flood that’s rising still
And we are praying we’ll survive it or we’re sure we never will
And all our speed and skill and reach will soon be taking us to space
It’s a great day in the morning for our funny human race
But we’re frightened of our future and we’re scared to move along
So we scream that our technology is dangerous and wrong
Back-to-nature cannot save us but the stars could be our crown
If we can drink up this river before we drown
Last.fm has a great version of “Drink Up The River” and other songs of Kathy’s.