I suspect Thirteen is going to be one of those albums that gets into my brain and makes me deconstruct it until I think there are grand designs and concepts underlying the whole thing until it becomes a sort of epic that is intertwined in my imagination. One of those albums that comes out every now and then. You know the kind, probably.
- Adam Selzer

Hi! We're Vixy & Tony, a band from Seattle. We consist of Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey (vocals, percussion), Tony Fabris (guitar), Betsy Tinney (cello), and Sunnie Larsen (fiddle). We perform acoustic folk/rock/filk at SF/Fantasy conventions, filk conventions, and our friendly neighborhood coffeehouse. Here's where to find out all about us, including how to buy our albums, where to listen to our songs online, where to get our lyrics and stories about the songs, where we'll be next, and what else we're working on. Thanks for visiting!

  MUTT 2022 Friday, July 29, 2022     2:23 pm
On Saturday, August 6th at 1pm, this year's Music Under the Trees virtual concert is back! Multi-camera high def video (with improved multitrack sound this year), from Betsy's tree-filled grotto. This year's concert is streaming online at Online Concert Thing.

Music Under the Trees is two days again, this year, running from 1-3pm on Saturday and 12-2pm on Sunday. Get your ticket at Online Concert Thing, one price gets you both days of the live stream, including chatting with the performers in the online chat system. If you want a download of the concert video, too, there is a pricing tier which includes the download! This year's performers are:

Saturday, August 6th 1-3pm PDT:
Sunday, August 7th 12-2pm PDT:

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  Virtual MUTT! Sunday, August 1, 2021     3:54 pm
On Saturday, August 7th at 1pm, we'll be joining this year's Music Under the Trees concert, and this time, it's virtual! Still set in Betsy's backyard amphitheater in Redmond, this year's concert is streaming online at Online Concert Thing.

Music Under the Trees will be split into two days this year, running from 1-3pm on Saturday and 12-2pm on Sunday this year. Your ticket at Online Concert Thing gets you both days. This year's performers are :

Saturday, August 7th 1-3pm PDT:
Sunday, August 8th 12-2pm PDT:

Also, make sure to join us in the online chat alongside the concert!

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  Quarantine video! Saturday, October 31, 2020     1:46 pm
We made a quarantine video of The Girl That's Never Been! Our friend Adam Selzer specifically requested this song, he wanted to feature a new music video in the Halloween 2020 episode of his Mysterious Chicago virtual tours.

We were inspired by seeing other quarantine videos made by other bands, such as this excellent cover of Roundabout by The Band Geeks. This is the style where band members each record their parts separately in their home studios, and it gets stitched all together, split-screen style. Fun, and, epidemiologically safe! Here it is:

Happy Halloween!

  Wayward show! Friday, December 6, 2019     3:36 pm
We're doing a Wayward show at the end of this month! We're back at our favorite Wayward Coffeehouse (6417 Roosevelt Way NE #104, Seattle) on the evening of Saturday, December 28th, 2019, from 7pm to 10pm. It'll be three sets of music: a Betsy Tinney set, a Sunnie Larsen set, and a Vixy & Tony set. That's THREE ALMOST TOTALLY SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT AND NOT STRIKINGLY SIMILAR BANDS. Come join us, get warm and cozy, and finish out the year with hot beverages and cool music!
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  Summertime! Thursday, May 30, 2019     3:20 pm
Hi everyone! We're going to be part of three shows coming up this summer, with good friends and fun music. We'd love for you to join us! Here's the details:

On Saturday, June 29th at 7pm, we're having a three-way! Vixy & Tony will join The PDX Broadsides and The Faithful Sidekicks for an evening of music, fun and laughter at our favorite sci-fi coffee house, Wayward! The address is 6417 Roosevelt Way Northeast, #104, Seattle, WA, 98115. The show is free for all! Come have all the fun with us! And pop in and press the "going" button on the Facebook Event if you like.

On Saturday, July 20th at 8pm, we will be the backup band for our beloved Sunnie Larsen for the release concert of her new album, The Space Between Notes! The show will also include our good friends The Bohnhoffs and Dr. Mary Crowell. The show will be at the Columbia City Theater, at 4916 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98118. Tickets are $15 for the general public, and if you're a Kickstarter backer, make sure to check your update emails for information about your ticket discount! And feel free to chime in on the Facebook Event if that's your thing.

On Saturday, August 3rd at 3pm, Vixy & Tony will be part of the annual Music Under the Trees concert! Betsy's backyard amphitheater in Redmond is the setting for a warm summer afternoon and evening full of music! Check back here for ticket and location details which are coming soon.
Music Under the Trees will run from 3pm to 9pm this year. That's slightly shorter than last year, but it will be packed with equal amounts of awesome! All these wonderful folks will be performing at Music Under the Trees this year:
Music Under the Trees sells out every year, so keep an eye out for the advance tickets and grab them as soon as they become available!

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  Norwescon and Sunnie Kickstarter! Friday, February 1, 2019     3:33 pm
Norwescon approaches! Well, in a few months it does.

Our concert is scheduled for 4pm, Saturday, April 20th. we will be accompanied by Betsy and Sunnie, and we'll be preceded by Megathruster at 3pm and our beloved Betsy at 2pm.

The Norwescon program grid isn't up yet, but be sure to check back there later for all the fun goodness at the con, and to double check if the schedule has changed. Things can get a little fibbly wibbly timey wimey at cons, after all. Other concerts at the con include Alexander James Adams at 6pm Friday, Celt Check at 5pm Friday, Shubzilla at 4pm Friday, Lady Heather at midnight Thursday, Aaron Shay at 11pm Thursday, and Leannan Sidhe at 10pm Thursday.

In the meantime, Sunnie has a Kickstarter for her upcoming solo album! Get thee over there to donate and get rewards!

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  Congrats, Pegasi, and... new video! Saturday, October 20, 2018     9:41 pm
Congratulations to the Pegasus winners!

This year was a good crop! The 2018 Pegasus winners are here, and I hope everyone is having a great time at OVFF! Sorry we couldn't be there!

We were at home this weekend working on something different... this new video! Of our newest song! It's our first public performance of the song, from Music Under the Trees in August, and of course it's got some fantastic string playing by Betsy and Sunnie. Enjoy!

This is part of our fledgling new official Vixy & Tony YouTube channel! So... erm... like and subscribe, I guess?

  Orycon! Thursday, October 4, 2018     3:32 pm
Vixy & Tony, and lots of friends, will be playing at Orycon 2018 in Portland!

We'll have the full band of Vixy and Tony and Betsy and Sunnie there, and we will also be the backup band for their guest of honor, our good friend Seanan McGuire, who will be doing a concert of her own. And if that weren't enough, the amazing Mary Crowell, the music guest of honor, will also have a concert, and I expect that some subset of our band will be playing with her as well!

It all happens on Saturday evening, November 10th. The schedule is tentative at this time, and it's a convention, so these things can change on a dime, so check the schedule when you get there. But as of this writing, the schedule was planned to be Betsy solo set at 5pm, Vixy and Tony at 6pm, Seanan McGuire at 7pm, and Mary Crowell at 8pm, all shows in the Timberline room.

See you there!
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  Music under the trees is back! Tuesday, July 17, 2018     6:25 pm
Coming up on Saturday, August 4th at 3pm, we'll be joining in Music Under the Trees! A warm summer evening full of music, surrounded by trees in Betsy's backyard amphitheater.

This year's amazing lineup:
It's wonderful and magical every year, and always sells out, so get your advance tickets soon!
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  Norwescon! Wednesday, March 7, 2018    11:21 am
Norwescon is coming up! We have a concert there at 3pm, Saturday, March 31st. Betsy and Sunnie will be with us, and this will be the second year that we're in the "big hall", aka Grand Ballroom 3. We'll be preceded by Megathruster at 1pm and Leannan Sidhe at 2pm, so come join us for an afternoon of music!

The entire Norwescon program grid is up, so check out all the stuff you'll want to see! May I recommend the other concerts in Grand Ballroom 3? Our beloved Betsy Tinney has her own concert on Thursday night at 9pm, Alexander James Adams is not to be missed, he plays on Friday at 4pm, and throughout the weekend there will be many other music and music-related panels going on. Dara has put up a snapshot here of all the music goodness happening at Norwescon this year, so check it out.

See you there!
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  Wayward! Saturday, November 18, 2017    11:24 am
Coming up on Saturday, December 2nd, we are back with a holiday season concert at our favorite Browncoat gathering place, Wayward Coffeehouse! We'll have the whole band there to rock your stockings off!

The event starts around 6pm and the music will start some time after that. Bronwyn is planning a Firefly costume contest, a trivia quiz, and a raffle. JOIN US!
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  Wow! Thursday, October 26, 2017     8:12 pm
FenCon was amazing, and we played a bunch of concerts which made us very happy and very tired. Then we turned right around and went off to OVFF which was also amazing, and where, again, we played a bunch of concerts and were very happy and very tired. And then we won a Pegasus Award for We Are Who We Are! And Betsy, Sooj, and Cade won an award for Alligator in the House! Thanks so much, to all the filkers who nominated and voted in this year's awards! There were a lot of great songs and performers in the ballot this year, making choices very hard.

Next up, we're going to give Betsy's new album its sendoff, on Saturday, November 4th. The Kenmore Community Club that we all know and love will be the venue for the release party for Wyverns in the Winery! Also featured will be Vixy & Tony, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff, and string trio improvisation by Betsy, Sunnie, and Geli. It will be a fantastic evening, and if her last release party is any indication, it'll sell out, so get your tickets now!

Then to finish off the year, we'll be back at Wayward Coffeehouse on Saturday, December 2nd, so come be warm and cozy with us!
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  Fall and winter shows! Tuesday, September 12, 2017     1:36 pm
Hey everyone!

We are currently rehearsing for our upcoming appearance at FenCon in Dallas, and having a ton of fun. We're planning a great concert with the four of us plus some guests, and also there will be solo concerts by Betsy and Sunnie. There are also other great musicians coming to FenCon, including our good friends Mary Crowell, Alexander James Adams, Leslie Hudson, and Scott Snyder. There is expected to be a significant amount of cross-pollination of musical acts, of course, so if you're at Fencon this year, you might get to see a supergroup or two. Or five. And oh yeah, there's an SF convention happening in there somewhere, too.

We are also all going to be at OVFF this year, where we will be the the backup band for 2017's Guest of Honor, Seanan McGuire!

And then we have new shows to announce coming up:

Saturday, November 4th, we will be playing in Kenmore at the CD release party for Betsy's new album, Wyverns in the Winery! We will also be joined by our wonderful friends Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff!

Saturday, December 2nd, we will be back at Wayward Coffeehouse!
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  Summertime! Thursday, July 27, 2017     5:48 pm
Outdoor Trek this weekend!

This coming Sunday, we're opening for Outdoor Trek! We'll be there on the evening of July 30th. Music at 6pm, Trek at 7pm. We'll have Sunnie with us! This year, the TOS episode being portrayed Shakespeare-in-the-park style will be "Day of the Dove".

Then in September, all four of us will jet down to be the Music Guests of Honor at FenCon in Dallas!, and there will be some other amazing musical friends in attendance too, hopefully there will be some band blending!
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  Norwescon! Saturday, April 8, 2017    10:16 am
Norwescon is less than a week away! We are playing a set there, at 4pm, Saturday, April 15th. This year, it's in a different place than usual. We're in Grand Ballroom 3 - big hall, big hall.

We'll be preceded by our pals the PDX Broadsides at 2pm and Celt Check at 3pm, so make sure to come early for all the awesomeness! And of course, there's everything else going on at Norwescon, so we'll see you around the con!

Coming up this summer, we're the Music Guests of Honor at FenCon 2017, Sep 22-24 in Dallas! All four of us will be there! This one's going to be super fun!
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  Winter fun! Tuesday, January 17, 2017    12:21 am
Conflikt is coming up in less than two weeks, and we're the Toastband! There will also be a lot of other awesome folk there, doing some amazing concerts. Don't miss it!

Oh! And our good friend Molly Lewis has been busy, releasing some fun Patreon videos, some of which we had a hand in making recently, shot in Betsy's cozy basement studio. Check them out! Here's one of them:

And of course, we're still pretty psyched about our still-new album, which people have been saying nice things about. By the way, if you bought the album online and have interesting things to say about it, it's super helpful to leave a review at the site you bought it from, if the mood strikes you.

Enjoy the winter weather, and remember to keep the spirit in your heart.

Upcoming, we can be found at:
Toastband at Conflikt 2017, Jan 27-29, 2017, Seattle
Concert at Norwescon, Apr 15, 2017, Sea-Tac
Music Guests of Honor at FenCon 2017, Sep 22-24, Dallas
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  Release Day! Thursday, November 3, 2016     9:13 pm
Where to pick up We Are Who We Are:

Directly from us, or from the filk dealers, at OVFF this weekend.
Directly from us at our Seattle release concert on December 16th.
Physical mail-order from CDBaby.
Digital from Bandcamp.
Digital from Amazon.
Digital from iTunes.

CDBaby will go through an initial period where they run out of physical copies, then we restock them, lather, rinse, repeat. Be patient if it gets back-ordered. Filk distributors, please contact us directly to arrange for us to stock you up.

Please let us know what you think! We'd love to hear what you have to say about the album. Perhaps we'll even quote you in the blurbs in the left column of the web page. Also make sure to check out the "Behind the Music" sections of our Music Page. Hit any BtM link on that page to get the behind the scenes details of the making of the song.

Here's where we can be found in the near and far future:
Wayward release concert, Dec 16th, 2016, Seattle
Toastband at Conflikt 2017, Jan 27-29, 2017, Seattle
Music Guests of Honor at FenCon 2017, Sep 22-24, Dallas
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  It's Done! Saturday, October 22, 2016     1:29 pm

Assuming all the magical CD shipment and digital distribution faeries get all their T's dotted, the release date for our second studio album, We Are Who We Are, will be Friday, November 4th, 2016! Not coincidentally, that also happens to be the first day of OVFF this year, where we are the Guests of Honor. We are planning to hold a small release party while we're there at OVFF (Friday night after the Pegasus concert). We hope that those of you coming to OVFF can make it. We're also doing a local Seattle release concert on December 16th.

When it's released on November 4th, these URLs will be the two main places you can buy it:

Physical copies on CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/vixytony2
Digital copies on Bandcamp: https://vixyandtony.bandcamp.com/

(Remember, those links either won't work, or won't show you the album, until November 4th.)

Many other digital distribution sites will have it as well, including iTunes and Amazon. CDBaby might run out of physical copies at first, we'll restock them ASAP when they do, so place your order with them and be patient if it gets back-ordered. If you're a filk distributor, please contact us directly to arrange to get some copies for your stock.

Here's the track listing:

01. Burn It Down
02. Missing Part*
03. I Hope You Don't Mind
04. Likho's Lullabye
05. Eight-Legged Blues (Live)
06. Dawson's Christian*
07. The Girl That's Never Been
08. Anna
09. We Are Who We Are
10. Uplift*
11. We Can Be Anything
12. Just a Dream
13. Trouble
14. The River

* Dawson's Christian is written by Duane Elms, and we are using some of Jordin Kare's modified lyrics to it. Uplift is written by Andrew Eigel. Missing Part is written by Seanan McGuire.

And yes, that's a remake of "The Girl That's Never Been" you see there. Full-rock-band production. You'll love it.

As if that's not enough, we also would like to announce that we're going to be the Music Guests of Honor at FenCon 2017, September 22-24, in Dallas!

Other upcoming appearances are: GOHs at OVFF, November 4-6, 2016, Worthington, OH (as was mentioned above), Wayward release concert on December 16th, and Toastband at Conflikt 2017, Jan 27-29, 2017, Seattle, WA.

Are you excited? Because we sure are!

  More shows! Monday, July 4, 2016     5:45 pm
We've got a few shows coming up to tell you about!

We're opening for the one of the wonderful, delightful Outdoor Trek shows again this year. We'll be there on the evening of July 23rd. Music at 6pm, Trek at 7pm. We'll have Sunnie with us and it's going to be great, as always.

After that, it's another annual event: Music Under the Trees! Make sure to get your tickets early as this one is sure to sell out quick. This will be August 6th at 3pm, and it runs all afternoon and well into the evening. Come join us for a warm summer evening in the shade!

Then we'll be back at Wayward Coffeehouse for the annual Sereniversary party on Saturday, September 24th. We'll do a set of music at 7pm, and another one at 9pm, with a one-hour break in between for socializing and a Firefly trivia contest. Come join us for tasty food and drink and fun!

Then it's two cons: We are GOHs at OVFF and the Toastband at Conflikt coming up in November and January, respectively. You might not want to miss out on OVFF this year, since we might have a surprise or two up our sleeves.

Rock on!
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  Ad Victoriam! Thursday, February 18, 2016     9:04 pm
Hello from the sunny-but-cold Commonwealth, where we are the Featured Filkers at Boskone 2016! We have two concerts this weekend, a 1-hour set on Friday night, and a shorter set on Saturday night. We have only been here a few hours, and the staff at the Westin has been awesome to us more than once already.

It's my first time here, and I've already seen a few important landmarks from the air and from our hotel window, such as Bunker Hill, The Castle, The CIT, and Sanctuary Hills. (Seriously, though, from the air during the winter, this area looks quite post-apocalyptic.)

We're also really excited about how we're going to be the Guests of Honor at this year's Ohio Valley Filk Fest. We can't wait! And then we get to be the Toast Band at Conflikt 2017! Whoa!

Ad Victoriam!
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  2015 and 2016 shows! Friday, October 23, 2015    10:28 pm
Fall is upon us! And Doc and Marty finally arrived! But more importantly, something even more amazing arrived: Thanksgiving Versus Christmas, the album of the star-studded musical that Molly made! We're the house band and we're all over this thing, and it's downright hilarious. Grab it at Bandcamp:

We've got some shows coming up that we're excited about. They are:

Saturday, November 21st, 2015, we will be at Orycon 2015! We'll play on Saturday night with Betsy and Sunnie, and we'll be backing up Betsy and Kaede on Sunday afternoon. And our pals the PDX Broadsides will be there too, since they're the music GOHs this year!

Saturday, February 20th, 2016, we will be the Featured Filkers at Boskone 2016, where Vixy and I will try not to get snowed in. And also to have an awesome time! Our show will be some time on Saturday night, come warm up with us!

Saturday, November 5th, 2016, we are proud to announce that we're the Guests of Honor at OVFF 2016! We're super excited, and we'll be bringing Betsy and Sunnie out there with us! It's going to be an amazing weekend of awesome music!

See you all there!
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  Hugos and Wayward! Friday, September 4, 2015    12:13 am
Worldcon was amazing! The smoky skies in Spokane were appropriately post-apocalyptically epic, as were the history-making Hugo Awards. We played a really fun concert, despite the fact that I threw my back out during the afternoon sound check and was hobbling for the rest of the con. It's not quite "bleeding for my art", but it felt like it. We still had a blast and everything was awesome.

Vixy's husband's design for the 2015 Hugo Award bases had to be kept secret until the con, which was a hard thing to do, because we think they look amazing. Now that the con is over, you can see pictures which don't quite do these gorgeous bases justice. If you're interested in how the bases were made, Fishy, with the help of our beloved Kevin "K" Wiley, has made a really interesting video showing the bases, their design, and their construction, in detail.

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Video: Making the 2015 Hugo Award Base
(There's also a shorter montage video, without narration, set to Betsy's "Gentle Storm".)

Coming up, on Saturday, September 26th, we are back at our musical home, Wayward Coffeehouse for their 10th Sereniversary Party! Come join the celebration with us!

  Music under the trees! Friday, July 17, 2015     4:40 pm
We had so much fun last weekend with the PDX Broadsides! Thanks to everyone who came out to see us! We shall endeavour to do something similar some time soon. Maybe we come down to PDX or something, eh?

Next, up, this coming Sunday and the following Sunday, the afternoons of July 19th and July 26th, we are opening for the delightful Outdoor Trek again this year! They are a local troupe who, each summer, stages a TOS Trek episode, Shakespeare-in-the-park-style. They're wonderful and you should see them. And come a little early on one of the next two Sundays to catch our opening set!

Then, on Saturday, August 1st at 3pm, we're doing Music Under the Trees again this year! It's music and food all afternoon and evening, in the gorgeous tree-covered grotto in Betsy's back yard. Of course Sooj will be there, as will In Like a Lion as well as Kaede Tinney. It's going to be wonderful, so make sure to get your advance tickets soon because it will likely sell out this year as it has in the past.

After that, we'll be at Worldcon, where Vixy's husband Fishy will be supplying his custom-crafted bases for this year's Hugo Awards. Oh, and we're playing two concerts with Betsy there; time and date details still being worked out.

And to round out the summer, on Saturday, September 26th, we'll be back at Wayward for the 10th Sereniversary! Wow, Waward has been around for 10 years?! I suppose it's no coincidence that we've been playing there for 10 years too. Come join the festivities!

  Summertime! Friday, July 3, 2015     1:37 pm
Westercon is upon us! We're here in San Diego, where it's so humid that mushrooms are growing inside my guitar. Despite that, we're having a great time and everyone is being so nice to us. We just got done rehearsing for tonight's concert with Seanan McGuire and Steven Brust, and we're just getting ready to head over to hear Eben Brooks and Allison Lonsdale play.

Coming up next weekend, on Saturday Night, July 11th, we'll be returning to the wonderful wooden stage at Soulfood in Redmond, where we will be joined by the hilarious, talented, and adorable PDX Broadsides! We want all our Seattle-area fans to see them, since they haven't had a chance to play in our area very much. They're great, come join us!

July rolls on with even more stuff, including opening for the delightful Outdoor Trek a couple of times, and a house concert at Betsy's place coming up after that. Keep an eye on our schedule for all the updates!

  More misprinted CDs. Sorry! Wednesday, April 29, 2015     7:11 pm
A while ago, we got an email from a fan who'd bought one of our CDs at a show, took it home, unwrapped the factory-applied shrink-wrap, and played it, only to find a completely different band's music was stamped into it. The packaging was correct and the silkscreening atop the CD was correct, but the manufacturer stamped the wrong music on that copy. (Our CDs are manufactured, aka "stamped", not "burned" on a CD-R like many other short-run discs.)

We had hoped it was just a one-off fluke, but, a German Filk distributor just discovered three more with the same problem. Argh!

We'll be hand-testing all our CDs now before selling them, but please let us know if you happen to get one that's mis-stamped. For instance, some distributors might still have un-tested copies at this time. If you find a problem, drop us an email. At your option, we'll either ship you a correct copy, or, give you a Bandcamp download code, whichever you like.

Thanks for your patience, everyone!

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