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Transylvanian information Edit
Tom Smith is part of the Transylvania Polygnostic University music faculty. He was granted tenure for writing the TPU fight song, and is slowly working on a to counter that atrocious piece of Valois propaganda from that Reichenbach tool-of-the-establishment. He also wrote the Mechanicsburg , for which he received a commendation from the Town Council and free coffee for a month from the best coffee shop in town.
Notable characteristics Edit
Tom Smith, a/k/a The World's Fastest Filker, has a sunny smile, a rare wit, and a way with words. He has also been known to compose a rejoinder for a filk he's hearing for the first time while listening to it, and present the instant follower immediately thereafter.
He is not your ordinary comedy musician. With the lyrical complexity of Ashman and Sondheim, the vocal fireworks of Meat Loaf, the comedic timing of Robin Williams, and the dynamic physique of the Skipper from Gilligan's Island, the only thing he won't do is be boring.
The only recording artist to be featured on both NPR's Sound and Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, and writer of the official chantey for "Talk Like A Pirate Day", Tom has been praised by such diverse folk as Christine Lavin, Larry Niven, and Randy Milholland. He has sixteen albums so far, blending comedy, tragedy, science fiction, fantasy, romance, popular culture, politics, religion, and the occasional recipe with virtually every genre of music you can imagine.
Starting out at science ficton/fantasy conventions, Tom has been branching out more to house concerts and regular gigs the past couple of years. He arranges and records a lot of stuff at home, using MIDI, loops, and all manner of software gadgetry… but on stage, it's just him and his guitar, in a high-energy, family-friendly performance filled with laughter, shtick, and really, really bad puns.
So far, Tom's got fourteen Pegasus Awards for Excellence in Filk, three OVFF Songwriting contests, an animated music video ("Enterprising Man" from the second Babylon Park video) and a spot in the Filk Hall of Fame.