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Alexander James Adams (born November 6, 1962) is an American singer/songwriter who sings in the Celtic and World genres. He is known for using fiddles, guitars, and bodhran in his music. Alexander James Adams is also a well-known name in the Filk scene.

He began his music career in the 1980s, playing at science conventions and Renascence fairs. In the late 80s, he co-founded a Celtic rock band named "Phoenyx". They released one album, "Keepers of the Flame", before they disbanded in 1991 and he went solo again.

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Alexander is a transgender man who went by "Heather Alexander" until 2006. His last performance as Heather was in OryCon 2006 (a scifi/fantasy convention). He still credits songs done during that period as being by Heather Alexander and says that he was a changeling child.


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  • Dark Is Evil: "The Black Unicorn" is about a soul-stealing, all-black unicorn.
  • Faerie Court: "Faerie Queen" is about a woman who battles with a faerie queen who wants to steal her fiance.
  • The Fair Folk:
    • "Faerie Queen" is about a woman who spots fairies dancing in the forest. It turns out they had returned from a hunt and their prey was her fiancee. She gets him back by beating their queen at playing on the fiddle.
    • "Dance in the Circle" is about fairy rings and how fairies can steal souls.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Pour Your Brother" is a drinking song bordering on a Drunken Song.
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  • Reincarnation Friendship: "Old Souls" is about a deja vu feeling that some people feel towards certain friends.
  • Stand Your Ground: "March of Cambreadth", arguably his best-known song, describes medieval soldiers fighting to defend their homeland.
  • Woman Scorned: "Black Jack's Lady" is based off the Scottish folk ballad "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy". In it a woman sleeps with a man named Black Jack. When she wakes up the next morning alone, she ends up hell-bent and furious.

Alternative Title(s): Heather Alexander

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