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Saturday, February 3, 2018

WTF:What the Folk! The Beatles or The Beetles or other inspirations

Hello gang,

WOWSERS!!! 

If you were there... you know what I mean. We had the most wonderful turnout of regulars and newcomers for our inaugural WTF! night at Wright House and Cindy and I would like to express our sincere appreciation for both your support and your patience.  It was touch & go at times in the kitchen; however, everyone survived!


Our second WTF! night in this fabulous new venue just happens to fall on February 9th." What is so special about February 9th?", you may well be asking. Well... if you have to ask...then you weren't there... glued to your family's T.V. set as musical history was made.


Sunday, February 9th, 1964 

marked the first appearance of 

THE BEATLES

** LIVE **

on the Ed Sullivan Show.

An estimated 73.3 million Americans gathered around television sets

 to see what all the excitement was about.


Now I don't expect that we will be able to top that number at WTF! [ although we came close last week ] but let's see how many folks we can entice to bring some Beatles memorabilia in the form of a song or a story. Maybe even a personal anecdote about where you were and what you were doing a little past 8 pm on Sunday February 9, 1964 when John, Paul, George and Ringo... four young lads from Liverpool, took the stage in what was to become the touchstone event for an entire generation.


PRIZES!!!!

For those who dare to wear an Edwardian suit or... for those who still have hair... a mop top haircut.


And if The Beatles are not your thing... then think outside the literal box and go for songs and stories about beetles or other bugs or how about car songs or stories about a beloved Volkswagon Beetle? You are never locked into the theme unless you want to be :)


NOTE: We hope to have the coffee & tea brewing considerably faster this week and the treats will all be home-made courtesy of Nancy Jarrett. Anyone who has never before tasted Nancy's guilty pleasures will immediately be asking... "Why isn't Jim Smith the size of a house?" :)


Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 9th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mic session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the convivial team of Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Council of Women's House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is a given. 


Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts at 7:00
 and goes until 9:00. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work.

ENTRANCE 
 989 Young Avenue through the Ramp Door only. The front door is unavailable at night.

PARKING – lots of parking available on the surrounding streets. There is absolutely no parking in the driveway of 
the house. It is for the sole use of the permanent tenants. There is also a pay parking lot next to 
the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.


BUS ROUTES – 
there are four bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis during our time line - #14 and #29 plus the University Routes #10, and #18. The #7 comes as close as the corner of South Park and South.


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Friday, January 19, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! Unplugged open mic : Historical January restart

Welcome  to 2018!

I know that you have all been going half mad with a curious mix of wonder and worry as to whether or not What The Folk! is ever coming back. Well... worry no more but hang on to the wonder because...


WTF! will be returning in a glorious new venue... the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax.


Because this is a setting with a history... we are going with the theme of...

H I S T O R Y 

...historical songs and stories, and if not exactly historical, then songs and stories with a real story behind them. I have asked Pat Dickson to open the evening with her compelling story about businessman and philanthropist George Wright, the man for whom the house is named. 

As for the rest of you... you're on your own but remember please... I said

historical, not hysterical
however...

 this is WTF! so I wouldn't rule it out :)

Xo Margo

Please see below for notes on ENTRANCE, PARKING, BUS ROUTES


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 9th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mic session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the convivial team of Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is a given. 


Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts at 7:00
 and goes until 9:00. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. There will be beverages and treats for sale as well.

ENTRANCE 
 989 Young Avenue through the Ramp Door only. The front door is unavailable at night.

PARKING – lots of parking available on the surrounding streets. There is absolutely no parking in the driveway of 
the house. It is for the sole use of the permanent tenants. There is also a pay parking lot next to 
the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.


BUS ROUTES – 
there are four bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis during our time line - #14 and #29 plus the University Routes #10, and #18. The #7 comes as close as the corner of South Park and South.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF NSARM aka Nova Scotia Archives

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! Open Mic returns at new venue

Hello gang,

I know that a lot of you have been inconsolable ever since it was announced that we would have to leave our beloved Spencer House but... weep no more. It gives me great pleasure to announce that WTF! has found a new home and it is fabulous!

As of January 26th, 2018... we will be meeting as usual every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax. 

This is an extraordinary place... both of beauty and of history and so I ask you to please take a few moments to acquaint yourself.

http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7324

The space we will be using consists of the acoustically rich large double parlour, the sun porch, the kitchen, and the butler's pantry. There is a washrooom and facilities are available to prepare tea and coffee; however, unlike Spencer House... there is no on-site baker to create mouth watering desserts and so we are looking into options. Perhaps going on post Christmas sweets diets is in order :)

The actual civic address is 989 Young Avenue. Entrance at night is through the Ramp Door only. 

There is no parking on the premises as the driveway is reserved for the building's tenants; however, there is plenty of parking on Young, Inglis and South Park plus there is a pay parking lot next to the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.

For those who choose to leave their cars at home... there are at least 5 bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis - #14 and #9 plus the University Routes #10, #17 and #18.

I expect that we will have some minor adjustments at first; however, I also expect that it will be nothing our merry musical band can't handle with humour, humility, and grace :)

Margo


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall Finale of WTF: What the Folk!

Hello gang,

On Friday, November 17th... WTF invites you to our...

FALL FINALE !!!

... not the best of f words with FALL proclaiming the coming of brrrrr! winter and with it... the potential for falling which isn't any fun for ageing hips... and FINALsignifying the end of something and in this case... the end of something special which was our relationship with Spencer House but in this case... we are hoping to turn the evening into a celebration.


Bertha and her staff & volunteers have made us feel most welcome and given us a fabulous musical home for almost 3 years! We will miss their warmth and wonderful treats as we move on to a new chapter in the life of WTF! More on that to come.


But for now... as we bid a fond farewell to Spencer House and wish them well in their new endeavours... we invite performers to bring what you feel best represents your legacy during these past 3 years here... what you feel the audience most appreciates from your musical or storytelling toolbox.


As always... we encourage folks interested in acoustic music to come and listen. You will be guaranteed laughter... and not necessarily due to the quality of the musicianship :)

Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

WTF:What the Folk! Money Madness with the Haltown Stompers!

 Well hello gang...

November is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing... a mere two more WTF! nights before we have to say goodbye to Spencer House :(


But don't be sad... we are going out with a  b  a  N  g  


These last two nights will fill you with enough positive energy and musical joy to carry you through until we resume WTF!  in a new location in the new year :)


On Friday, November 3rd... we welcome back   y   a r    d ...


Guest Hosts 

   LT O W N    S O M R S

who will be sharing their lively raise the roof jug band antics

with their chosen theme of...


 M  O   E   !


 M is for the many ways of spending

 O  is what is left when you are done

is never ending and pretending

while Empty wallets really are no fun

So... for a night uplifting and empowering

With stories, songs and laughter guaranteed...

The Stompers will keep everything from souring

AndYou'll be in the  O   Y...  Ain't life sweet 


Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.




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Sunday, October 15, 2017

WTF! Seriously.

Hello gang...

It's a rare occasion when we have back-to-back WTF! weeks; however... this is one of those occasions. Last week we danced with Sandy & Thomas and this week we will be... well... here's how this week's theme was explained to me by...

Guest Host 
Joe Pitre 

"A theme? How about the serious nature of folk music (no smiling please - we're folkies)? People can bring their most serious pieces... or not. I'm meaning it in the double entendre - heavy as in protest and not so heavy fun songs".


So... it's fun he wants. 
S E R I O U S LY ?

The sun was setting in the west when the tall, dark, handsome stranger ambled into town. He was carrying an assortment of instrument cases over his ample shoulders. People stopped and stared. He asked the first local he spied: "Hey Mister! Could you direct me please to the nearest folk club?" The local spit on the ground and growled... "SERIOUSLY?"

"Why, yes!", replied the stranger. Folk music can be very serious business... or not!" 

"SERIOUSLY?" snarled the local again. Make up your mind. We ain't got none of that there two-faced kind of music here. This is a one horse town and that horse's name ain't "folk" so you'd best move along stranger. We don't want your kind stirring things up."

"SERIOUSLY?" asked the stranger incredulously. "You mean there's no anti-war, pro-environment, save the whales, ban the bomb movements here?"

"The only movements here are the ones that Nature dictates once or twice a day." And with that he loudly farted which woke the sleeper up.

"I just had the most unsettling dream!" said Joe to his patient, long suffering wife, Joan. To which Joan, holding her nose, replied... "SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!"


DISCLAIMER: WELL... APPARENTLY ROCK BOTTOM HAS A BASEMENT :)

Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.








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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What the Folk! Dance!

Our next WTF! gathering will be on Friday, October 13th and we are delighted to welcome with a fervour of razzmatazz... 

GUEST HOSTS 

Sandy Greenberg and Thomas Cormier 

who have chosen the theme of

E!


Of course... there are songs for dancing and then there are songs about dance. Some songs and stories may have the word 'dance' in the title, but it doesn't necessarily mean they're about dancing and vice versa. Some of these songs and stories are actually about social commentary, living a dream, or simply having a good time no matter what the situation.


It was Friday night... a marvellous night for a MOONDANCE... and the band was playing Do The CONGA as the flashmob flayed about in a frenzy of moves fromFLASHDANCE. Everyone was out DANCING IN THE STREETThe dark haired girl they all called the DANCING QUEEN looked longingly out into the crowd and thought wistfully "I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY." Just then... as if summoned by the LORD OF THE DANCE, himself, a dapper man with the obvious sun-baked skin of many frolics in warmer climes and a definite European flair, sashayed up to her and said... "Oh TINY DANCER... COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE?He tipped his hat, bowed low, and huskily sung to her in a voice that was a cross between chocolate and sex... " My name is Leonard... DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE."


Now she loved to DANCE TO THE MUSIC just as much as any red-blooded American girl; however... the idea of being this lizard guy's PRIVATE DANCER kind of creeped her out. She looked around for a way out of this mess. She noticed that a large crowd had gathered around one lone male dancer a few feet away. They were clapping and stomping. The faster they clapped, the more energetic the guy became. He was like MR. BOJANGLES on speed!! He began to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE  like he was possessed. With feet a-fire and limbs a-kimbo, he did THE FRUG and THE MASHED POTATOTHE LOCOMOTION and THE WATUSI. But halfway through THE TWIST... his Acadien heritage kicked in like a super sonic jet the moment he spied her, and clutching his heart, he screamed..." La reine de la dance? FAIS DO DO?" She swooned! Her heart pounded! Her eyes pleaded... "DANCE WITH ME. Please save me from THE ALLIGATOR." And that is how Sandy Greenberg met Thomas Cormier and they lived, loved, sang, and danced happily ever after.


DISCLAIMER: ALL CHARACTERS AND EVENTS IN THIS FARCE... EVEN THOSE BASED ON REAL PEOPLE... ARE ENTIRELY FICTIONAL AND ARE PROVIDED HERE TO AMUSE AND TO ENTERTAIN... NOT TO INFORM :)


Xo Margo


WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
 
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts around 7:00
 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of baked goods and beverages from the Spencer House kitchen will go to help support the operation of Spencer House.

Parking is available on site behind the building after 6:00pm, and on some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.

Friday, September 29, 2017

She Sings As She Flies- Revisiting The Helen Creighton Song Collection

She Sings As She Flies - Revisiting The Helen Creighton Song Collection

September 29th, 2017 - She Sings as She Flies • Revisiting the Helen Creighton Song Collection was conceived by Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald as a special production of their voice+electronics+visual performance project Patchwork.

First cousins and longtime professional performers and creative collaborators, Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald recently launched a performance duo under the moniker Patchwork: a project dedicated to the presentation of traditional song in a contemporary context.

She Sings as She Flies will feature Mary Jane and Laurel as Patchwork performing songs from the Gaelic and English language traditions. Joining Mary Jane and Laurel will be Nicole LeBlanc, Kirsten Olivia and Naomi Dawn Poulette, singing selections from the Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Mi’kmaq communities respectively.

Together they will present the songs in a theatrical environment, integrating the music with archival recordings and images, live vocal looping, sound design and video stage projections.
The production will look not only at the rich legacy of the music itself, but will also pose questions regarding the circumstances of Helen Creighton’s work, and the social and cultural environment then, and now.

She Sings as She Flies will be a groundbreaking presentation by five uniquely talented Nova Scotian singers, illustrating the richness, diversity and complex history behind this unique folksong collection.

https://patchworkmusic.ca/

PERFORMANCE DATES:

October 21st, 2017 - deCoste Centre - Pictou, NS (TICKETS: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1178819&presenter=DECOSTEN&venue=&event=&version=&tck=true)

October 27th, 2017 - Immaculata Hall/St.F.X. University - Antigonish, NS (on sale October 12th)

November 2nd, 2017 - Université Sainte-Anne - Church Point, NS (on sale October 20th)

November 3rd, 2017- Bus Stop Theatre - Halifax NS (on sale October 5th)

PATCHWORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/MusicPatchwork
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/musicpatchwork/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Grace Russell   
Gracelouiserussell@gmail.com
http://jonesandcompany.ca/

She Sings as She Flies has been made possible through the generous support of the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund and the Helen Creighton Folklore Society .