|Three Weird Sisters|
The band at Ohio Valley Filk Fest 2012.
|Members|| Mary Crowell|
Brenda Sinclair Sutton
Teresa Gibson Powell
|Past members||Gwen Knighton|
Three Weird Sisters is a band from Atlanta, Georgia. The group performs filk music (science fiction/fantasy folk music) with harp, double bass, guitar, and bodhran accompaniment. Their albums include Hair of the Frog and Rite the First Time.
Filk music is a musical culture, genre, and community tied to science fiction/fantasy/horror fandom and a type of fan labor. The genre has been active since the early 1950s, and played primarily since the mid-1970s.
The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BC. The instrument had great popularity in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, where it evolved into a wide range of variants with new technologies, and was disseminated to Europe's colonies, finding particular popularity in Latin America. Although some ancient members of the harp family died out in the Near East and South Asia, descendants of early harps are still played in Myanmar and parts of Africa, and other defunct variants in Europe and Asia have been utilized by musicians in the modern era.
The double bass, or simply the bass, is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra.
The original members consisted of Gwen Knighton, Brenda Sinclair Sutton and Teresa Gibson Powell. In 2004 Knighton married Joe Raftery and moved to live with him in England. Mary Crowell joined the band late 2004, making it possible for the band to perform in Knighton's absence. However, Knighton still continues to collaborate with the band.
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.
In 2002 the band won two Pegasus Awards for Best Performer and Best Chilling/Spine-Tingling Song with "In a Gown Too Blue", as well as being nominated for Best Song That Tells a Story with "Song of Fey Cross".
The Pegasus Award is the premier award in the Filk music field. It is given annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF).
The group was approached by Warner Bros. for permission to use their name in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire , but negotiations were dropped when the Canadian band Wyrd Sisters sued the film studio to prevent the reference from being made.
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