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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WTF: What the Folk! Takes no Prisoners...

Happily... summer has arrived but sadly... you all know what that means. 

After June 23rd... WTF! will be on hiatus for two months but...

 ... to fill your hearts with an equal & lasting measure of musical joy...  

... we have invited Guest Hosts... 

The Haltown Stompers 

... who for some strange & twisted reason known only to them and their medical professionals have chosen to send us off on our summer adventures with the delightful theme of...

PRISON 

Even before Society's massive uptick of incarceration in the 80s - even before the phrase "War on Drugs" was coined in 1971 - the matter-of-fact portrayal of incarceration has been reflected in pop culture, namely music. You can find it as far back as Lead Belly's prison and work songs - ones that lament his own incarceration, Jim Crow-era treatment, poverty and existential malaise - in the 30s and 40s. 

There is an excellent BBC interview which reveals how Nelson Mandela used music to raise spirits among himself and his fellow inmates: touching grin-inducing anecdotes of how he and his fellow prisoners would sing the subversive workers' folk song 'Shosholoza' as they endured back-breaking shifts at the lime quarry, or how they would put on concerts every Christmas to boost morale. And an interview with Mandela's best friend Eddie Daniels reveals how he'd frequently treat everyone to renditions of the old Scottish song 'Bonny Mary of Argyle'. In prison there were subversive folk songs that they could sing and get away with and the music would resonate through the prison walls. *Abridged from various sources
Whether emanating from a prisoner of circumstance like Lead Belly... or a prisoner of conscience like Nelson Mandela... these simple prison songs are not just historically vital, but are among some of the most moving and beautiful songs you'll ever hear.

I Know Why The CagedBird Sings *  Maya Angelou 


I know that's all very esoteric and possibly confusing but I wanted you to consider that not all prisons are actual brick and mortar. You can be a prisoner of your own literal mind. Of course you can bring songs like Folsom Prison Blues, Midnight Special, Jailhouse Rock, etc. but I also wanted to encourage you to think outside the box (or in this case... cell :)

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.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Dory Bungholes in Concert

Hi folks,

Just when you thought it was safe to get your dinghy out of winter storage and head out on the high seas... be forewarned:

THE DORY BUNGHOLES 
have broken free of their moorings and are heading your way.


On Friday, June 2nd at noon in the Courtyard...  the Dory Bungholes will kick off the media launch for the upcoming Tuesday Tunes summer concert series at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

On Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00... the Dory Bungholes will present the first concert in the Tuesday Tunes series in the Courtyard of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Dory Bungholes are: 
Vince Morash and Jon Stone trading barbs, baritone & bass
Margo Carruthers anchoring the alto with a bit of sass
and tenor... Jay Perry who takes no prisoners on the "high Cs".


You do not want to miss these scurvy dogs before they are run out of town...
... again :)

Xo Margo






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Monday, May 22, 2017

WTF Karma

WTF: What the Folk 

Unplugged open mic

Friday, May 26, 2017 

7-9 pm (6:30 seating)

Spencer House

5596 Morris Strett, Halifax


"What goes around... comes around"

One of the most interesting concepts that we all stumble across in our lives sooner or later is that of KARMA. In fact, Karma is such an important teaching tool that it features in many of the world's major religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. 


*Karma essentially means that this happened because that happened. 
In other words... karma is the law of cause and effect. 
Karma can also be neatly defined through Newton's third law: 
every action has an equal or opposite reaction.


Join Guest Host JIM SMITH as we sing songs and tell stories wherein the protagonists get what they give. If they're mean... they get bad karma ~ bad things willhappen. If they're kindly and nice... they get good karma ~ good things willhappen. You might also want to consider songs or stories wherein karma is deserved but has not yet been doled out. And if you are completely stumped... you can always go with songs and stories featuring cars and/or dear old ma.

According to the great philosopher Mick Jagger...

 "You can't always get what you want but... if you try sometimes... you might find you get what you need." 


KARMA

No need for revenge.

Just sit back & wait. 

Those who hurt you 

will eventually screw up 

themselves 

& if you are lucky... 

God will let you watch.

courtesy of  www.lonerwolf.com


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.


Helen Creighton, Folklorist
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Best Open Mic in town!

WTF:What the Folk-unplugged open mic.
The second and fourth Friday of every month.
At 7pm (6:30 seating)
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street
Halifax,NS
Cost: Free Will Donation toward the Helen Creighton Folklore Society's work.

Friday, April 21, 2017

For the Birds! WTF: What the Folk returns to normal? - on April 28

Hello gang....

After much rescheduling over the winter months... WTF! is pleased to announce that we will be resuming our regular schedule - every second and fourth Friday of the month - starting on April 28th until the end of June when we break for our usual summer hiatus.

And speaking of June... WTF! has not had a Guest Host since June 2016... the horror! 

Well... that is about to change and in honour of this momentous occasion... and to do my part in helping promote and celebrate National Poetry Month... I have composed a poem to welcome our gulliblevictims (oops! I mean gracious volunteers :)


It was WTF! night and the line-up went right up to Spring Garden Road and back down.
     There never had been folkies so keen to be at the front of the crowd.
With limited seating, there was lots of bleating if somebody dared push in line.
     To hear the complaining, griping and 'splaining....  you'd think it a capital crime.

A man walking by just had to ask why such a large crowd had been gathered.
     Someone jumped in with guitar and a grin and a very sad tale soon unravelled.
"For months now we've suffered through Margo as host enduring her much offbeat humour
     But word's going round that a new host's been found... everyone here's heard the rumour."

"And so we await... hoping that Fate will rejuvinate all who have gathered.
     Saved from that lass who's a pain in the ass with all of her incessant blather."
Then the door opened wide and what they all saw inside made some of them queasy and wince.
     "Margo's absurd! But they're FOR THE BIRDS!! Good grief! It's Pixie and Vince."

And you wonder why it's been a challenge to entice guest hosts of late :)


For the record... the phrase for the birds is an idiom meaning worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example: WTF! is for the birds, let's get the bleep out of here. I'm pretty sure that Vince Morash and Pixie Currie did not have this is mind when choosing the theme; however, if you feel so inclined... in addition to songs and stories celebrating birds and all the things that birdies do like building nests, taking fanciful flights or dropping presents on your head... WTF! invites you to share something absolutely worthless. Like I did with my poem. Go ahead... do your worst :)

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.

Photo: Nova Scotia Archives, Helen recording Mrs Edward Gallagher (Catherine)







Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thank you, Helen!


In celebration of International Woman's Day, we honour Canada's First Lady of Folklore, Dr Helen Creighton:
Folklorist, author, writer, teacher, radio personality, oral recording expert, auto driver, ambulance driver, landlord, canoeist, tennis player, wheelbarrow pusher, adventurer, lover of tea, dreamer.
Thank you for helping to pave the way for women!
(Photos: Nova Scotia Archives)




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Storytelling Workshop - Book your spot!

Storytelling Workshop

Professional Storytellers in partnership with the Storytellers Circle of Halifax

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax strives to preserve the long established tradition of storytelling in Nova Scotia. It promotes the art of oral storytelling by nurturing and inspiring both seasoned and novice tellers, and by providing opportunities for tellers and listeners of all ages, cultures, and communities to come together to share and experience the power of stories.

Workshop:  A Touch of Magic:  The Art of Telling Folktales

This 4-hour workshop is designed for those who have had some experience telling tales in the oral tradition and would like to discover more about telling folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, etc. 
As a participant, you will have the opportunity to 

explore the rationale for including folktales and world tales in your storytelling repertoire

learn how to select the “perfect” tale for teller, audience, and occasion

become aware of cultural sensitivity in telling world tales

develop skills to enrich and enhance your storytelling through full use of the imagination and the senses in both mastering and presenting your tale

refine and polish your presentation through awareness of such elements as gesture, intonation, facial expression, and movement

Please note:  The last two topics will develop skills of use in telling any type of tale (personal, family, historical, etc.)

Participants should bring a prepared five-minute tale to share.

Sunday, March 12         1:00-5:00p.m.     Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax  
$65 for non-members
$60 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members

Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  

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To reserve your place, or for more information, contact Liz Newkirk 
902 477-1474    or   lnewkirk@ns.sympatico.ca

Please register on or before: Wednesday, March 8

Liz is an experienced , professional storyteller and workshop presenter. She is a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can tell a story!