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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!


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.