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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WTF:What the Folk! Friday the 13th! Gifts and Giving.

Hello all you folkies! Bet you are ready for a folk fix after nearly two months of being WTF: What the Folk deprived! 
Well get ready for this Friday, the 13th as we ring in the new year with the theme Gifts and Giving. Maybe you have a song or story about gifts or giving or a mention of the word gifts, giving or presents, or perhaps you can give the gift of a new song or story just learned or created. Maybe you have a story or song about this past Holiday season? Or you can just do a Don Burke and play a song that doesn't fit the theme! 
Whether you are a performer or listener, we'd sure like to see you on:
Friday, January 13, 2017
7pm ( doors open at 6:30 for seating and treats, and for performer sign up)
WTF: What the Folk: unplugged open mic
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris St, Halifax, NS
Cost: free will donation towards the programs of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, https://www.helencreighton.org

Parking is behind the Centre after 6pm or on the sides trees.
Refreshments and Homemade treats available for purchase, made by the fabulous cook, Stephanie, at Spencer House. Her pies are delish!

Free Course on Song Collecting

This course on song collecting would also likely have some crossover information for story collecting too.


SCC Pathway - Free Online Course Official Launch Press Release 

New free online course in song collecting - 6 week duration Launching on 16th January 2017 on OpenLearning.com Now open for registration: http://bit.ly/SCC-Pathway

OpenLearning is a MOOC platform that allows anyone to create, run, teach and enrol in a course (free or private). Sign up today and join in a community of life long learning!

This course was created by the Song Collectors Collective to train the next generation of song collectors in four pathways toward song collecting (index...

The Song Collectors Collective are launching a new free online course, ‘Pathway’, empowering a new generation of song collectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Commencing on 16th January participants will discover the rich world of song and story collecting, learned via weekly lectures and in peer to peer forums. The 6 week course appeals to lovers of song and folklore who wish to pursue their own research, fieldwork and archiving, giving the confidence to those not within academic institutions to seek out vanishing oral cultures. The Course has been created by Dr Duncan Williams from Plymouth University alongside folk singers and song collectors Sam Lee and Tommy Black Roff

Oral traditions, from bothy ballads, shanties, traveller songs and laments to football chants, surround us at home and abroad. Yet such expressions are often overlooked and undervalued in the digital age. The project will help bolster the song collecting movement by training participants in tasks including: researching, recording, indexing, editing, archiving and publishing. 

Via weekly online lectures, Pathway introduces the last 150 years of song collecting, folklore and ethnomusicology, before preparing participants with all the necessary moral codes and ethical considerations. The course then splits into four streams covering the major aspects of song collecting, quickly engaging the group in activities and allowing participants to learn from lectures and from each other. 

The Song Collectors Collective is a the coming together of individuals united by their common desire to celebrate, document and support singing and other oral traditions. Consisting of an online archive of recordings, a support network for song collectors and a number of annual events, the collective is at the forefront of efforts to document singing practices in contemporary UK and Ireland. 

Pathway begins 16th January and lasts 6 weeks until 6th MarchSign up today to start your own journey! http://bit.ly/SCC-Pathway

This course was created by the Song Collectors Collective to train the next generation of song collectors in four pathways toward song collecting (index...

LINKS https://www.openlearning.com/courses/song-collectors-pathway/http://songcollectors.org 

Friday, December 16, 2016

CANCELLED: WTF for December 16th, 2016

CANCELLED: WTF for December 16th, 2016

Hello everyone,

Sadly... I have to tell you that Spencer House is CLOSED for the day due to the dangerously frigid weather plus snow squalls making for iffy driving conditions for staff living outside the downtown; therefore... our beloved WTF! (our final one for 2016) will have to be cancelled for this evening :((((((

The theme of GIFTS and GIVING will be held over until our next WTF! (our first for 2017) on January 13th. 

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays. May you give and receive the perfect gifts.

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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Change of date for December WTF

IMPORTANT WTF BULLETIN!!!!
WTF date for DECEMBER only has changed from the 2nd Friday of the month (9th) to the third Friday of the month (16th).

WTF: What The Folk! , unplugged open mic
Folksongs,Folktales,Folklore,Folkcraft
Friday, December 16, 2016 
***NOTE: DATE CHANGE!!! This is the third Friday in December**** WTF resumes in the new year.
Hope to see you all there!
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street, Halifax
7-9pm, seating at 6:30 (set-up 6:15-6:30)
Cost: Free will donation
Performers: The theme on Dec is Gifts and Giving

Friday, November 18, 2016

WTF: Ups and Downs

From folk luminary Bob Dylan's winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to the death of one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries, Leonard Cohen... these last few weeks have seen unparallelled ups and downs in the world of folk music and beyond.


On Friday, November 25th, WTF! acknowldges recent extraordinary world events with the theme of UPS & DOWNS. You can bring songs by Bob or Leonard, of course... any song at all regardless of the theme OR...


... you can choose songs or stories from another artist about the UPS & DOWNS that life visits upon all of us... maybe something with the words UP or DOWN in the title OR...


... bring your own composition... a song or story inspired by your own UPS & DOWNS or the UPS & DOWNS of friends or neighbours. Like Bob and Leonard and the electorate of the USA... none of us are immune to the vagaries of life.


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 some of the neighbouring streets. Avoid areas displaying Permit Parking signs.

Friday, October 28, 2016

WTF! A Scary Celebration!

WTF: What The Folk! , unplugged open mic.
Friday, October 29, 2016
Hope to see you all there!
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street, Halifax
7-9pm, seating at 6:30 (set-up 6:15-6:30)
Cost: Free will donation
Performers: The theme on Oct 29 is Halloween: spooky, ghostly, horrifying tunes, tales, lore or songs.
Come in costume or scary hat  and you might win a prize!

Here are some scary pics from last year:
The scary shiny guy in the middle is Clary who presented Margo and Cindy with WTF notepads!



Friday, September 30, 2016

Review of the Play, A Ghostly Encounter, inspired by the HelenCreighton Collection.

Helen Creighton and Doreen Senior were 'visiting' the community of Memory Lane in Lake Charlotte last night for A Ghostly Encounter. It was a delightful visit and a successful theatre production of Eastern Shore Players. The play was in five acts and the audience moved from location to location for each act, much of which, was outside.

Helen Creighton, played by Ginny Mendl, and Doreen Senior,played by Thea Wilson Hammond seemed to fit the parts in both look and manner. Helen's looks of disbelief and Doreen's looks of puzzlement were priceless. Even their 1930ish costumes were believable from Helen's red ensemble to Doreen's outfit including warm coat and sensible shoes. Their arrival by car was one of the memorable scenes.

It was nice to see a mix of actors of all ages. The younger actors were enthusiastic with challenging contradictory parts and emotional dialogue such as Lloyd, the minister, played by Clarice Bowser and Mary, played by Jessica Coffin. A couple of the younger actors had logistically challenging feats such as the river scene in the final act. Kudos to Niko Wilson-Henkelmann who played Abbie, and to Emma Saunders, who played young Grace, for their incredible boat scene. Supporting actors of all ages were challenged to keep the dialogue flowing with vocal interjections and body language indicative of their characters such as the Bootlegger played by Tim Lambert or Sam, the Garageman/booted spirit played by Joan Monk. Many, if not all, of the actors used words in their dialogue or actions indicative of a different time and place; particularly Jack, the Fisherman played by Gordon Hammond. The changing settings also reflected the era as the audience moved from the United Church, Village Garage, Fishermans Storehouse, Little Harbour Schoolhouse, The Webber House to Dufferin pond.

The entire cast and crew, including the tech and staging teams, dealt with logistically challenging scenes to create memorable snapshot moments such as a view of a house from the outside in. The script highlighted the importance of oral history to communities by including songs, lore, superstition and stories throughout the play. These were the things that Helen went looking for in her travels all over the Maritimes, and as in the play, she sometimes had to be picky about what she recorded. Much depended on what organisation she was collecting for, why she was collecting, or even many supplies she had left for recording the material.

The great number of stories, songs and lore that Helen amassed are part of our collective culture in Nova Scotia. It is so nice to see the oral tradition being honoured in this delightful community production by a small, dedicated theatre company. As a museum, Memory Lane continues to engage audience with interesting events highlighting a particular era. This play, A Ghostly Encounter, is one of the gems.


NOTE: This play, A Ghostly Encounter, was partially funded by the Grant-In Aid program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

PHOTOS: Helen ( in red) and Doreen (dark coat, white collar) arrive by car, and are introduced to the villagers. 




Helen collecting stories with her recording machine, Doreen sitting and taking notes.

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!