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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WTF! Starts September 23rd!


Our 2016-2017 season starts on the fourth Friday, September 23rd!  At every WTF!, we try to have a theme for performer songs, stories, music...but if you don't have anything for the theme, that's okay, just do what Don Burke does and perform anyway!
The theme for the 23rd is FOOD.
Listeners and performers, see details below:

WTF! What the Folk! 
Folk Songs, Folk Tales, 
Folk Craft, Folk Lore

Every second and fourth Friday of the month (Sept- June ) from 7-9pm. Seating at 6:30.

Open Mic format (unplugged). 
All welcome: listeners; singers, storytellers, musicians (see below for performers notes).

Spencer House
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Cost: Free Will Donation towards the programs of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Creighton collection materials such as books and CDs are available for purchase. Also, visit our website.

Refreshments and baked goods for sale; proceeds from the treats go to Spencer House.

Parking is behind Spencer House after 6pm or on the side streets.

WTF! Celebrates the folk and oral traditions as well as the work of Dr. Helen Creighton.
WTF! Recognizes the value of oral history and tradition by honouring tradition bearers of the past and present, as well as, new creative works and performers.

As Helen might say: Come All Ye!

Hosted by Margo Carruthers and Cindy Campbell-Stone of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

WTF! Performers please note:
Sign up upon arrival - see the Host. Please sign up by 6:45 at the latest to guarantee a spot.
Instruments go in the green (purple) room.
Please respect other performers and keep your performance no longer than 5 minutes including intros and conclusions. 
Longer performances may be possible but must be cleared with the Host before event starts.
You are pretty much guaranteed one 5 minute set but may be asked to do another 5 minute performance so come prepared.
The Host has the final say on the flow of the evening.
There is a house guitar to use, if you like, as well as, a music stand and stool.
It's a friendly listening crowd so don't worry, just have fun!

Ann and Leo doing a duet

Jon playing the shortest song ever!

Cindy getting ready to tell a story


James and June doing a funny tune with actions!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

WTF:What The Folk! Returns in September

It's official! Your folk fix is back after a summer hiatus. We will start off on the fourth Friday of month, September 23rd, 2016
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, N.S.
7-9pm, 6:30 for seating and snacks.
Cost: free will donation to the Helen Creighton Folklore Society programs
Unplugged Open Mic event

We last gathered in June when Clary Croft hosted a fantastic send off for the summer.
Here are some highlights from last year:


Haltown Stompers: Jay Perry on the saw


Haltown Stompers


Norm Walker- special guest from Regina


Don Burke of Singalong Jubilee fame


Joe Petrie


Jim Morrison


Leo Feinstein


Alex Hickey


Anne Fearon


Karen Robinson


Sandy Greenberg having fun with the camera!

We have lots of fun at WTF. It's a very friendly atmosphere for listeners and performers, both amateur and professional. Hope to 🎶see you in September 🎶
Your usual or unusual hosts: Margo Carruthers (left), Cindy Campbell-Stone(right), Clary (the Rose) Croft in the middle presenting us with WTF notepads to keep us on track. Too bad we are permanently derailed as you can tell by the costumes ( or is that deranged?). No matter, we all have fun.





Monday, June 6, 2016

Allll- a -Booooarrdd!....For WTF: What the Folk!

YWTF:What the Folk!
Unplugged Open Mic
7-9 pm (seating at 6:30)
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, N.S.
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month


Well hello gang...
June is busting out all over and that can mean only one thing. A mere two more WTF! nights left until summer break. But don't be sad... these last two nights are going to be exceptional, filling you with enough musical joy to carry you through until September. 

On Friday, June 10th we have... back by popular demand... with the theme of TRAINS...
Guest Hosts 
THE HALTOWN STOMPERS
who will be sharing their lively raise the roof jug band antics.
For the uninitiated... A jug band is a band employing a jug player and a mix of traditional and home-made instruments. These home-made instruments are ordinary objects adapted to or modified for making sound... like the washtub bass, washboard, spoons, bones, stovepipe and kazoo.

No doubt we'll see some of these wild & crazy instruments and hear some wild & crazy music as these four wild & crazy guys - Señor Fantastico, Darth Fiddler, Washboard Jimmie, and Jay Zed take us on a musical TRAIN ride. 

Note: I said TRAIN "ride" not TRAIN "wreck"...
... although that could be great fun too :)

Of course... bring a tune or two of your own or a story whether you have a jug or not and join the juggernaut as WTF! hops the TRAINS. And here's a fabulous clip from Fred Eaglesmith with lots of really cool images of vintage TRAINS to get you in the mood. All a-boooooard!

Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 7th 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 all the neighbouring streets.



Friday, May 20, 2016

C - C - C - C Changes at WTF:What the Folk!

WTF:What the Folk!
Unplugged Open Mic
7-9 pm (seating at 6:30)
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, N.S.
Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month


Well hello gang, 

WTF! is luck personified! With both Cindy and Margo taking a temporary break from hosting... CHANGES will be in the air on Friday, May 27th as we welcome back perennial favourite...  Mr. VINCE MORASH.

Most of us know Vince as a prolific singer-songwriter with a gift for songs that truly reflect everyday life. Like the minstrels of old... Vince has travelled from his birthplace in the iconic fishing village of Peggy's Cove all across this great country meeting and greeting and turning his experiences into songs that showcase his unique perspective on the people and the place. Within his huge collection of original songs, you will find everything from the challenges of making a living as a fisherman to the everyday struggles of more land locked folks like donut shop servers.

WTF! is thrilled to turn the evening over to this wonderful wordsmith and purveyor of unrestrained spontaneous wit. Be prepared to hear some fine music and have your funny bone tickled to boot :)

Phil Ochs wrote:

Sit by my side, come as close as the air
And share in a memory of gray
And wander in my words
Dream about the pictures that I play of changes

He could have been speaking about Vince. Come to think of it... 
... an introduction by the legendary Phil Ochs beats anything else I could say all to heck :)

Moments of magic will glow in the night....

Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 7th 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 all the neighbouring streets.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's a real Numbers Game at WTF: What the Folk!

WTF:What the Folk! 
Unplugged open mic
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street, Halifax
7-9pm  (seating at 6:30)
Cost: Free Will Donation

Hello gang,
Time flies! Be sure to set your clocks for 6:30 p.m. on the evening of Friday May 13th. You don't want to be delayed when WTF! shines its spotlight on songs and stories utilizing NUMBERS or on anything related to NUMBERS. Count your lucky stars that you are among the chosen few to be invited as WTF! travels through time & space. It's a real NUMBERS game and it's all adding up.

For example: Consider songs utilizing NUMBERS in their titles like The 3 Ravens and 500 Miles [trad], or more contemporary ones like When I'm 64 [Beatles], Workin' 9 to 5 [Dolly Parton] and for the more adventurous... 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad [Meatloaf]. And there are those with NUMBERS within like Gordon Lightfoot's Early Morning  Rain with its 707 set to go or if you prefer train travel... Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans with its 15 cars and 15 restless riders, 3 conductors and 25 sacks of mail.

And in local folklore... Helen Creighton's BLUENOSE GHOSTS cites the following NUMBERS under Superstitions: Good and Bad.
One crow sorrow... Two crows joy...
Three crows a wedding...  Four crows a boy...
Five crows sixpence...  Six crows gold...
Seven crows... [whispering] a secret that's never been told.

Sounds ominous or... maybe it's not. Maybe the secret involves the lucky number 7. Did you know that the seventh son of a seventh son was said to have magical powers or the second sight? I would think that the second sight would come in handy if you were to ride a Bicycle Built For Two all by yourself :)

We all know that H2O is necessary for life but if you sail the salty H2O of the 7 seas... never set sail on a Friday. It's most unlucky! And there's an old superstition that says that if you hear 3 knocks in a row that seemingly have no cause... it's a forerunner foretelling that someone you know will die. Last night there were Four Marys... tonight there'll be but 3 :(

Have you ever considered why the number 3 is so prevalent in folktales? Aside from stories requiring a beginning, a middle and an end there is much more to consider.* And in Japanese culture, the number 4 is unlucky because it is sometimes pronounced shi, which is the word for death... [Gasp!] ...which brings me to the poor much maligned number 13. 

I decided that with Friday being the 13th... we had best steer clear of that one lest we find ourselves 6 feet under :)
Xo Margo.
* For those of you academic types looking for more information on NUMBER symbolism and the cultural associations of some numbers, let me recommend a visit to: 
http://www.britannica.com/topic/number-symbolism#toc248160

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 7th 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 all the neighbouring streets.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home is where the WTF:What the Folk heart is...

First of all... Cindy & I would like to thank all of you who so generously participated in our first ever fundraising initiative... the IRISH benefit night for Spencer House... either through a monetary contribution or through the donation of talent OR... in many cases... through both :)

It was a wonderful turnout with some fabulous music. Don't fret if you missed it. There is more where that came from :)


On Friday, April 22nd... WTF!  Welcomes the ever gracious Jim Smith as guest host. 

 Jim is an educator, entertainer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, a natural raconteur and a really nice guy.

Jim has chosen the theme of  HOME.

 As he told me... There are lots of songs about people home sick, homeless, leaving home, going home, homely:-) etc. 

And you can bring along something home spun. Maybe spin some yarns :)

And keep the home fries burning. It's gonna be a smokin' hot night you don't want to miss. 

Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 7th 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 all the neighbouring streets.