Barry and Sally Childs-Helton

Barry and Sally Childs-Helton are filk writers and singers. Both Barry and Sally have PhDs in folklore from Indiana University. (That said, their song Alphabet Soup shows their feelings on the value of their doctorate and PhD degrees.) They are based in Indiana. They are former members of The Black Book Band and current members of Wild Mercy. In 2003, they were inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame.


  • Escape from Mundania
  • Paradox 1989, Space Opera House
  • Tempus Fugitives 2001, Dodeka Records (Rerelease of tracks from Escape from Mundania and Paradox)
  • First Contact (with Black Book Band)

    Pegasus Awards

  • 1988 Best Performer
  • 1994 (w/ Black Book Band) Best Performer

    Pegasus Nominations

  • 1988 Best Writer/Composer
  • 1990 Best Writer/Composer
  • 1991 (Sally alone) Best Performer
  • 1991 (Sally alone) Best Writer/Composer
  • 1992 Best Genre Crossover Con Man Blues
  • 1992 Best Genre Crossover Pearly Gate Blues (Jim & Tammy)
  • 1993 Best Performer
  • 1993 Best Writer/Composer
  • 2000 Best End of the World Song Cosmic Drain