Howard had his first experience hearing filk music in 1976, and the combination of science fiction and his long-standing enjoyment of folk music made filk a natural fit.
His repertoire includes many of the old filk songs, no longer often performed, and an eclectic mix of Celtic folk, military ballads, and classic filk, ranging from ‘ose to silly, with driving rhythms. As a percussionist, he began with a tambourine, then mastered the bodhran. He is often asked to provide back-up to filkers and is always ready to teach, or give tips to anyone who expresses an interest in his chosen instrument.
Howard was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2011.