Search This Blog

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Wind and Rain Can't Keep Some Folk Away!

It was a blustery, rainy evening at What The Folk on Friday night. There were some very brave folks who managed to plow against the wind, brave the rolling Macdonald Bridge, and drive around fallen branches to sing, tell and play over the rain and wind pounding on the windows.
Between the singin' and the tellin', there was interesting discussion about folk songs, stories and lore.
Here are a few highlights:

Margo sang a beautiful Gaelic song about highlanders coming to Nova Scotia and lamenting about the mountains back home in Scotland. This led to a discussion about making houses and creating homes on barren land vs thickly wooded land, and about new ways vs old.
Jon led a shanty or two with everyone joining in. This led to discussions about the use of shanty singing as work songs.
George sang The Song of New Scotland from the 1750's, the oldest English speaking song written about Nova Scotia. This led to a discussion about ballads.
Jay sang a ballad of the sea, and Margo sang harmony.
Cindy told a story about Uncle Russ and His Prize Pig, then sang a folksong her Uncle Carl used to sing called Mary of the Wild Moor.
Kate played a couple of Cape Breton tunes on the fiddle in Em, as she was feeling very E-minorish because of the weather.
All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend an evening with a cuppa hot brew amoung great company. Although, there was more discussin' than usual, it was very interesting, I learned a few things, had a grand time.
Alas, the evening ended too soon and we had to brave our way out into the storm. We drove back over the Macdonald Bridge, and  I couldn't help but compare the motion of the bridge in high wind to the rocking of a ship in stormy seas. As I gripped the steering wheel, I 'imagined ' my grip on the wheel of a ship and heard the rhythm of a sea shanty echo in my mind.

Looking forward to the next WTF on Friday, March 12.
Yours in folk,
Cindy

Thursday, February 25, 2010

WTF: What The Folk

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society presents:

WTF: What The Folk
folksongs, folktales, folkart, folklore

Friday, February 26th
6:30pm - gathering and grabba cuppa
7-8:30pm - performances
Just Us Coffee Shop
Spring Garden Road
Halifax,NS

Open Mic - unplugged
Cost: free will donation

All are welcome - Folk performers and listeners
Tell friends.
The coffee and tea are delicious.
The fun is contagious!

WTF meets on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
Helen Creighton Folklore Society: www.helencreighton.org

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love, Loss, Longing

WTF: What The Folk
Folklore, Folksongs, Folkart, Folktales

What The Folk is having it's first theme night
Love, Loss, Longing: Something for Every Valentine Mood

Friday, February 12, 2010
Just Us Cafe
Spring Garden Road

6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 pm WTF starts
8:30 pm Wrap Up

Open Mic, Unplugged Format
Cost: Free Will Donation

Hosts:
Margo Carruthers 425-3828
Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What The Folk

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society presents:

WTF: What The Folk
Folklore, Folksongs, Folkart, Folktales

Every Second and Fourth Friday of the Month
Just Us Cafe
Spring Garden Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia

6:30 gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00pm  WTF begins
8:30pm Wrap Up

Open Mic, Unplugged Format
Cost: Free Will Donation


Hosts:
Margo Carruthers 425-3828
Cindy Campbell 466-0157