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Sunday, November 18, 2012

What the Folk's first Singalong!

It is no secret that What The Folk! listening audiences love to sing. Any excuse to sing-a-long is always met with unbridled ( and usually... in tune :-) enthusiasm so... it is our great pleasure to invite you to bring your voices and join us in a chorus or two as What The Folk! presents its first ever Sing-A-Long Nite. If you are a performer... all you need to do is find a song or songs with a great chorus OR write a song or songs with a great chorus. The subject matter is totally up to you... of chorus :-) You can also tell a story with a repeatable refrain or song or a particpatory element! The first ever What The Folk! Sing-A-Long Nite is next Friday... November 23rd. Music starts around 6:30 but you can always come early for a bite of Mike's scrumptious cuisine... some of which is now Gluten free. Margo WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax where Mike's extraordinary culinary fare is approaching legendary status. Come early for a bite and stay for the entertainment which starts around 6:30 and goes until 9:00ish. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ghostly Event in the Valley with Storytellers

Name Ghost Story Gala Date Saturday October 27, 2012 Time 6:45 pm Type Literary Description For a Macarbre and beautifully grotesque experience, join us for an evening's entertainment featuring: Ghost Story Writer Steve Vernon; Storytellers Cindy Campbell, Shalan Joudry & Daurene Lewis; Singer Caleb Miles; Violinist Daniel Froese; Swing Band Jazzette & resident "Town Ghosts"... with MC Stephanie Domet of CBC's Mainstreet. PLUS Zenda the Tarot Card Reader People's Choice Costume Award Macabre Nibbles & Shocktails Silent Auction of Artwork inspired by Munch's The Scream.. Cost $10 Tickets ARTsPLACE Gallery Annapolis Royal - call 532-7069 Email arcac@ns.aliantzinc.ca mailto Telephone 902-532-7069 Telephone Number For more info, see: http://valleyevents.ca/event?id=18267

Annual Ghostly Gala on the Farm

GHOSTLY GALA “Spooky Tales & Ghoulish Ghost Stories” presented by Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum Where: Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum 471 Poplar Drive Dartmouth When: Saturday, October 27 at 7:00pm Tickets: Adults: $5 Youth 8 - 12: $3 Information: 434-0222 or 434-4306 (proceeds to support Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mysterious and Ghostly Tales! in Weymouth

Come join Joanna Jarvis for an evening of stories that may chill your bones or leave you wondering…… Special guest: Pat Jarvis who will accompany Joanna on his drums for some of the stories. DATE: Friday October 26,2012 TIME: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Weymouth Waterfront Library (in the Program Room) COST: Donation (Free will offering)

John Chiasson

For our October 18 Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions we are welcoming John Chiasson for the first time. John is known primarily for his performances as a jazz musician and the bass player for the incredible Rankin Family. We will find out all about his acoustic side with maybe a few surprises thrown in!! Coming up we have: October 25 - The Business of Music with Tim Hardy and David Findlay with guests November 1 - Play Around Sing Around November 8 – Andy and Ariana November 15 – Norma MacDonald November 22 – Celtic Rant Our concerts start at 7 and admission is by free will donation.Proceeds from kitchen sales support the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm. Please note that parking for our weekly concerts will now be in the upper parking lot of the Farm to allow the museum to get the main yard ready for the open season. The lot is just past the first entrance also on the left of Poplar drive. Watch our blogsite for updates on our line up, a few youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to: www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical presentations produced by volunteers with the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society . All free-will admission donations support the musical performance.

Sycamore Stories!

Let's all turn out to support Frank Stevens as he winds his way through family stories from the early history of the USA. www.sycamorestory.com Chebucto Coffee, 6430 Chebucto Road, starting at 7 pm. this Friday October 19. Come early for soup 'n' stuff.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bluenose Ghost Festival and Ghost Stories!

The book,Bluenose Ghosts by Dr.Helen Creighton has inspired many storytellers! Hear these scary, spinetingling tales and more!- at the Bluenose Ghosts Festival, Alderney Landing. The Storytellers Circle of Halifax and the Helen Creighton Folklore Society will be Telling Tales From the Shed while you wait to enter the Haunted House. No charge for the stories, just the Haunted House. Stop by between 6:30 and 9:pm most evenings. For more information: http://www.bluenoseghostsfestival.com/haunted_house.php Come on by...if you dare!

A Gathering of Ghosts! on Oct 11th

Storytelling Event Thursday October 11 A Gathering of Ghosts: Share Your Favourites! Halloween used to be on October 31st, now it’s the whole month, so come join us to hear the best of ghost stories. Anyone may tell, and everyone can listen! Storytellers Circle of Halifax at Just Us! Café on Spring Garden Road, Thursday October 11 at 7 pm. Contact: Linda Winham, lwinham88@hotmail.com Cindy Campbell, storysong@ns.sympatico.ca The Storytellers Circle of Halifax seeks to preserve and promote the oral sharing of stories, and to provide resources and programs for those interested in storytelling.

WTF:Heroes, Dreamers and Fools

Hi gang, This week on October 12th... Chebucto Coffee will be home to HEROES, DREAMERS or FOOLS.... What else is new :-) Actually... this theme was chosen by the evening's Guest Host, the incomparable Mr. Dan McKinnon, who has graciously offered to attempt to "herd the cats" before taking off for his annual British tour. We are fortunate indeed. Say a prayer for Dan :-) As for herding cats... last week was more about herding "moose". Morris and Mr. Moose would like me to convey their "moost" sincere thanks for the warm reception they received as co-hosts for FUN & GAMES night and they can't wait to return. For those of you who unfortunately missed their "antlerics" and for those who were there and want to relive the hysterics... there ARE attachments. #1 shows the two Meese in the spotlight... completely in their element. #2 shows Don Burke serenading Morris. Remember Don's Crazy English rant? If more than one goose is geese, then more than one moose must be meese? Morris isn't buying it. #3 shows Leo Feinstein entrancing/horrifying us with the tale of Rene's desperate hunt to shoot the moose before the moose finds HIM. Can't blame him really... considering the alternative. Notice the absence of Morris & Mr. Moose. Hmm! Subject matter too close to home? Too Deliverance? They ARE cousins after all :-) #4 shows Michael Thompson boldly breaking from tradition to go wahwahwahwah waltzing with Moose and enjoying every hilarious minute. The bears are history now :-) We laughed. We laughed so hard we cried. We couldn't believe what came out of the mouths of moose. It was a fabulous night of FUN & GAMES. This week will be no less stellar and guess what? In addition... Mike will be holding a Pre-Folk Barbecue on the deck outside from 4:30 - 6:15 and he has graciously offered to split the proceeds 50-50 with us. It's a definite win-win! So please... kick your predictably boring dietary plans to the curb and skip breakfast. Take a pass on lunch. Just say "no" to snacks and show up at Chebucto Coffee absolutely famished for food & folk. A better combination can not be found in Metro. Xo Margo WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions for Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. will feature singer/songwriter Alex Hickey. Alex is an energetic and entertaining performer with a repertoire of original songs showcasing her imagination, wit and wisdom. Joining Alex for this great evening will be another amazing musician Jude Pelley who was recently at the Rose and Kettle in his duo "Pennybrook". Coming up we have: October 11 - Alex Hickey October 18 - John Chiasson October 25 - The Business of Music with Tim Hardy and David Findlay with guests November 1 - Play Around Sing Around November 8 – Andy and Ariana November 15 – Norma MacDonald November 22 – Celtic Rant Our concerts start at 7 and admission is by free will donation.Proceeds from kitchen sales support the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm. Please note that parking for our weekly concerts will now be in the upper parking lot of the Farm to allow the museum to get the main yard ready for the open season. The lot is just past the first entrance also on the left of Poplar drive. Watch our blogsite for updates on our line up, a few youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to: www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical presentations produced by volunteers with the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society . All free-will admission donations support the musical performance.

Foc'sle Party!

Nocturne Foc’sle Party Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Saturday, October 13, 2012 Nocturne event – 6 p.m. to 12 Midnight The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in collaboration with the Helen Creighton Folklore Society will re-launch the Helen Creighton Sea Songs collection as part of the annual Nocturne events on Saturday, October 13 at the Museum. Events will feature music, storytelling, and a special presentation of artwork by internationally renowned artist Tom Forrestall. The Sea Songs CD is a selection of the actual field recordings made by Dr. Helen Creighton during her years of collecting folk songs and stories from around our region. The tracks on this recording include many sea songs, sea shanties and the stories behind them as told and sung by the tradition bearers in our communities. Music will include performances by members of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, which includes Dan McKinnon who was the principle researcher behind the collection of sea songs on the recording project. Performances will also include sea songs from the sea shanty group "The Dory Bungholes"; storyteller Cindy Campbell will do a story and song from the Creighton Collection; and a special "flash mob" musical performance by Scott MacMillan based on his acclaimed work Celtic mass for the Sea; Rosalee Peppard will be singing some traditional songs; Vince Morash and James Crouse will perform some original sea songs; and the five-member group "From The Heart" will perform some songs inspired by the Sambro Lighthouse as well as some other sea songs. There will also be a special performance by Jay Perry of the “Shannon and Chesapeake” which was one of the songs collected by Dr. Creighton from Catherine Gallagher in the early 1940s. This performance will be held in the Navy gallery where displayed are actual artifacts from the famous naval engagement of the War of 1812. Events are scheduled between 6 p.m and midnight. A detailed schedule will be posted at the museum and on the museum's website.

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society will be there!

THE BLUENOSE GHOSTS FESTIVAL Today at Alderney Landing the Bluenose Ghost Festival was launched. “Fear the Darkness, Haunted House” is open from 6:30pm to 9:30pm October 11th to October 13th and October 17th to October 31st. Admission is $10.00. Bea MacGregor, Executive Director Alderney Landing said, “All bets are off, we have delivered the Best Haunted House in the Province.” There are a few key ingredients involved in making an amazing scary haunted house: Creators, Mike McGillivray and Randy Mathews, live and breathe the Haunted House 365 days of the year. Alderney Landing staff supporting and participating in the development and promotion. Funding support from Canadian Heritage. Special effects from Tour Tech East, Easyhome, Canadian Maritime Engineering, First Fence, and Boultier’s Costume Rentals. Rain or shine we have people covered, compliments of Commercial Tent. Dressing and prop rooms are provided by Kent Mobile Shelters. The Chronicle Herald and 101.3 The Bounce promoting the venue. A hundred and fifty volunteers dedicated to giving an exceptional show each and every night. Outstanding year round volunteers, such as; Zelda Brannen, Kye Glenham, Sharon Karas, and Dylan Phillips, Bea MacGregor said, “We do have a couple of G Rated special matinee performances on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th.” This is also the perfect time to visit the Alderney Landing Farmer’s Market, featuring the Pumpkin Food and Folklore Festival. Cindy Campbell, Vice Chair and storytelling liaison with the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, said “I am excited to be a part of the Festival, what would be a better way to educate people about Dr. Helen Creighton, then to tell stories. Leola Leblanc, creator of the Geary Street online Media Tour “Departures”, gave a visual tour that people can visit online either at www.bluenoseghostsfestival.com or www.alderneylanding.com. Leola said, “I now have a deep spiritual connection with the cemetery and enjoyed working with the youth and members of the community to create this Google maps educational piece.” Both can be found in the Shops at Ghoulville outside the Haunted House. Kim Farmer, Fine Arts Programmer at Alderney Landing said, “Don’t miss the Nocturne Art at Night -Collaborate Alderney, October 13th. Alderney Landing is transformed into a vigorous mix of artists, performers, human touch, balloons, and heavy machinery. She said, “The 101.3 Bounce Media Wall features the Alderney Landing Youth Horror Movie Trailer Screening.” Tessa Mendel, Co-Artistic Director, Halifax Theatre for Young People announced their production “The Monster Under the Bed.” Tessa said, ”it is a funny, profound story that includes fantastical flying sequences and monster chases, and is an exploration of the monsters that live inside all of us, and a celebration of imagination and its ability to help us face our fears.” Suitable for ages 5 and up. All performances take place in the Alderney Landing Theatre, Oct 19th to 26th, child/youth $10, adult $15, family of 4 $40. Bea MacGregor said “we are also pleased to have the following two theatre productions”; Houdini: The Man, The Mason and The Master Magician, (October 29th, 30th, 31st). Maritime Marionettes “Rumplestiltskin” Oct 29, 30th, 31st. For more information visit www.alderneylanding.com

Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's September and that can only mean one thing...

... the students have moved back into Mr. Roger's neighbourhood and Mr. Rogers must now move his garden gnomes inside. I have spent the summer moving from Halifax to Dartmouth where garden gnomes don't live in fear of Frosh week and are free to forage all Fall. Good thing too as there's no room for them to move inside yet :-) Maybe YOU'VE been moving or possibly staying put but moving stuff around. Maybe like the Jeffersons you've been moving on up. Maybe you've gotten a bigger bed and your cat can now move over. Maybe your cat doesn't like the new bed and has moved on down the line where everybody moves like Jagger. Meoooowwww! No matter... Whatever state your move is in... bring whatever moves you to WTF! Friday, September 14th. We will be so moved to see you all again and hope that you haven't moved away. Just in case you've missed the obvious... the theme for this week is MOVES. Xo Margo WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lazy Hazy Crazy Songs and Stories of Summer

Well gang... I have some good news and I have some not so good news depending on your level of need for a regular infusion of bi-monthly Friday nite folk music. Firstly... the good news... next Friday, June 22nd... WTF! will be welcoming summer in fine style. We will be rolling out the red carpet and rolling in the aisles with as many lazy, hazy, crazy songs of summer (and stories) as we can cram into one evening. Can't promise any Rolling Stones but there's a good chance that we'll be Rollin' in the Deep end and you can expect some serious eye rolling :-) Now for the not so good news... next Friday, June 22nd... will be the last WTF! nite until we resume again on September 14th. Awwwwwwwww! But don't despair... think of it as a time to add new songs or stories to your repertoire. A perfect opportunity to impress us all come September. You'll be the one completely devoid of a suntan... rockin' A Whiter Shade of Pale... but wow!... all those self imposed days and nights cloistered in the basement perfecting your chops will be worth it. We will be absolutely gobsmacked :-) So please... come out next Friday as WTF! welcomes summer and then goes off to enjoy it until September. Bring something LAZY (or someONE). Bring something HAZY ( or someONE). Bring something CRAZY (or someONE). Bring all three or mix and match. You can even come to just look and listen but remember... what happens in Chebucto Coffee STAYS in Chebucto Coffee :-) Xo Margo WTF! is an outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax. As always... admission is by free-will donation towards the Society's work.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

WTF: As We Turn Our Hands to Labour

Hi Gang, Yes... you heard it right. On May 25th, WTF! will be guest hosted by the always effervescent Vince Morash... singer, songwriter, artist, actor, one quarter of the beloved Dory Bungholes, one step away from trouble and one of the amazing forces behind the extraordinarily popular Rose & Kettle Concert Sessions. The theme will be... "As We Turn Our Hands To Labour". Vince says: " with so much turmoil in the news it might be fitting to have a night of songs and stories about jobs on land and sea, past and present... from coal mines to fishing, from woods to factories there are hundreds of songs available. It might be nice to recognize also what each singer does or doesn't do or has done in his or her working life." Expect a slightly different format as WTF! encourages each guest host to conduct the evening as he or she sees fit. Knowing Vince... there will definitely be a few fits ... mostly of giggles :-) So please mark your calendars and plan to board the good ship WTF! A night with Vince at the helm is _____________. [PICK ONE] (a) not to be missed! (b) not to be too concerned about if the police are close by! (c) not a bad time to be far far away! (d) nothing you'd admit to attending to friends and family! (e) nothing less than all of the above and then some! Xo Margo WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax. 6:30 - 9pm As always... admission is by free-will donations towards the Society's work. Coffee, tea, Delicious Soups and Baked Goods are available for purchase. Mike is a great cook!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chebucto Stories and Music!

SPECIAL NIGHT AT CHEBUCTO COFFEE THIS FRIDAY MAY 18, 7 pm!! The Storytellers Circle of Halifax brings stories of all sorts, and has invited some of the Helen Creighton Foklore Folk to add their "songs that tell stories" to the evening. Should be a great and eclectic mix, starting at 7:00 and ending when we finish! Chebucto Coffee is on 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Kline, near North and Oxford. Come early for great food before the show!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Old and New at WTF!

Hi gang, We're nearing the end of April and that can mean only one thing... there's another scintillating WTF! evening ahead. Make sure you leave Friday, April 27th free for joining in the fun. Bring something OLD or something NEW because that's the theme this time. Perhaps you have an old favourite; maybe a favourite that's really old like a Child Ballad; or maybe you've written a great new song and want to share it with our legendary appreciative listening audience. Either way... we're here for you. Truth be told... we wouldn't be here without you :-) The music starts around 6:30pm and goes until a wee bit past 9:00pm. Mike suggests that if you are planning to partake of his culinary delights, you should consider coming early before the tables disappear to make room for us all. Then again... there's something charming about a room full of formerly sedate adults giggling hysterically while trying to delicately eat from bowls and plates precariously balanced on their laps. Do I hear "food fight" next :-) Xo Margo WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road, corner of Chebucto & Kline in Halifax. As always... admission is by free-will donations towards the Society's work.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Fortune and Misfortune at WTF!

Hi everyone,

Just when you thought you'd like to come out to sing & play with those
purveyors of lilting lunacy at What the Folk!... they go and pick a
date that is not for the faint of heart and then... to tempt Fate even
further... they choose to challenge with the theme: FORTUNE and/or
MISFORTUNE.

Of course this being the Titanic Commemorative week, the theme is
quite apt as there were many on board with fortunes of the monetary
kind; some considered themselves fortunate to be sailing on this
remarkable vessel; and a lot met with misfortune as did the ship.

Then again... Friday the 13th is perfectly misfortunate if you are
superstitious. But... don't let black cats, ladders and the like keep
you away. Whether you choose to sing, play or tell a tale... fear not.
You will be safe with us whether your preference is supernatural fun
OR super natural fun :-)

Xo Margo

WTF! is a musical outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore
Society. We meet every second and fourth Friday of the month at:

CHEBUCTO COFFEE, 6430 Chebucto Road,Halifax (corner of Chebucto & Kline)
6:30 -9pm (Come for supper and a table before 6pm. Mike always has something yummy to eat...great coffee too!)

As always... admission is by free-will donations towards the Society's work.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tea and Tales

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents
A Celebration for World Storytelling Day:

Tea and Tales

Let your imagination take flight as you listen to stories from here, there and everywhere told in the oral tradition and rooted in the world of Trees, this year's international theme.

Saturday, March 31st
2-4pm
Scott Manor House
15 Fort Sackville Drive
Bedford, NS
Admission: $5.00

For more info: Linda Winham at 835-3180 or lwinham88@hotmail.com

Thank You from WTF!

Hi all,

Our 2nd anniversary party was an amazing success thanks to so many people.
Firstly... to all of you who came out to share your music & stories
and to those who just came to listen. And what listening there was to
be had!

Huge thanks go to our gracious musical host, Clary Croft, whose easy
charm, folkloric knowledge and personal anecdotes of "Life with Helen"
elevated the evening to another plane. And that voice! WoW!!! Cindy
and I have a hard act to follow!

A most grateful thank you to the artists who donated their
professional CDs for our door prizes... Clary Croft, Rosalee Peppard,
Vince Morash, David Greenberg, and Margo Carruthers. Congratulations
to all who left with one. You MUST however give them a good home. No
ultimate frisbeeing :-)

Congratulations to Don Burke who won the bonus prize for sharing a
song from the Creighton Collection... He's Young But He's Daily
Growing. No not Don... that's the title of the song. Don's way over
the hill :-)

A heartfelt thank you to Kelly Brindle and Sharon Brow for providing
the lovely anniversary cake. How they got the the Helen Creighton
Folklore Society logo iced on top is a tale worthy of Helen's
collecting!

And thanks must go to Cindy Campbell for sharing books and photos from
her personal collection of Helen Creighton memorabilia and displaying
them for all to see and peruse upstairs during break while we sampled
that enticing cake.

Those of you who were in attendance last night know that through the
generosity of your free-will donations over the past two years, WTF!
now has over $1200.00 burning a hole in our basket. Cindy announced
that it is our intention to use these donated funds to re-issue our
popular double CD... Songs of the Sea: Traditional Folk Songs and
Narratives from the Dr. Helen Creighton Collection which has been out
of circulation and much requested. Thank you all for making this
possible.

And lastly... we thank Chebucto Coffee's Mike MacInnis for his
extraordinary hospitality. Last night's party went until 10:00 and
Mike showed no signs of being the least bit inconvenienced.

Our next WTF! in April will be on Friday the 13th and fittingly we
have offered the theme of FORTUNE and/or MISFORTUNE for those of you
who want the challenge. Sadly... due to the way the calendar runs...
this will be in 3 weeks time. Then again... those of us who were there
may need three weeks to recover from the celebration! :-)

Xo Margo

Saturday, March 17, 2012

WTF! and the Not So Terrible Twos!

WTF! and the Not So Terrible Twos!

What The Folk! is two years old and there's nothing terrible about it!
We are thrilled to invite you to share in a Special Anniversary
Evening with us on Friday, March 23rd at our warm & welcoming new
home... Chebucto Coffee, 6430 Chebucto Road.

There will be no free will admission for this occasion. The party is "on
us"!

We will be giving out allegedly fabulous doorprizes throughout the
evening and who knows what else. The night's theme will be
"traditional". Bring a song or story from the Creighton Collection and
you will be eligible to win the night's bonus prize too.

Musician, author & folklorist Clary Croft will guest host this event
so you may want to arrive early to get a good seat. As always... the
music starts at 6:30 and usually goes a bit past 9:00.

WTF! is a bi-monthly coffeehouse and musical outreach program of the
Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

Songs of Protest!

The Thursday March 22 edition of the Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions
will feature a special evening of songs from the labour movements of
the 30s and 40s. Called "Songs of Protest", the evening will feature
Leo Fienstein joined by Margo Carruthers, Adele Megann, and Ernest
Laidlaw. Songs of that era were a major tool in building solidarity
amongst oppresed labourers and tradespersons as well as serving as the
"social media" of the day to spread the word throughout society of
coming social change. Come join us as we stage an "old fashioned union
meeting" and learn about how music helped change society.

Leo will also be interviewed by Bev Lamb on CKDU's Touchstone this
Saturday, March 17 at about 11 a.m. so tune in to 88.1 FM to hear more
about what we are looking forward to.
Find us at the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm on Poplar Drive, just
off Otago Drive in Cole Harbour across from the Cole Harbour Shopping
Centre.

Watch our blogsite for updates on the rest of the line-up, a few
youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past
shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to:
www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical
presentations produced by volunteers in collaboration with the Cole
Harbour Rural Heritage Society and the Harbour Folk Society. All
proceeds from the sale of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour
Heritage Farm Museum and all free-will admission donations support
the musical performance.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Annual General Meeting

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society will hold it's Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 17th at the Alderney Gate Library,Tynes Room, 2-4pm.
All are welcome to join us and discover more about the society and the works of Dr. Helen Creighton.

Upcoming Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions

A fixture on the Toronto music scene, Dave Borins arrives at the Rose
and Kettle on Thursday March 15. This versatile singer/songwriter has
been given rave reviews everywhere he has played, and we are delights
to have him join us as winter turns to spring on the farm.

Coming up:

March 22 - Leo Feinstein and friends "Songs of Protest"

Find us at the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm on Poplar Drive, just
off Otago Drive in Cole Harbour across from the Cole Harbour Shopping
Centre.

Watch our blogsite for updates on the rest of the line-up, a few
youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past
shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to:
www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical
presentations produced by volunteers in collaboration with the Cole
Harbour Rural Heritage Society and the Harbour Folk Society. All
proceeds from the sale of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour
Heritage Farm Museum and all free-will admission donations support
the musical performance.

Monday, February 27, 2012

WTF! What the Folk!

We had a grand time at What the Folk the other night at Chebucto Coffee. Lots of fine songs, stories and laughs. Joleen Gordon also brought us a gift of a beautifully woven Mik'maq style tall basket that she made herself. We use this fine example of folk craft to hold free-will donation money for WTF nights! Thanks Joleen!

Our next WTF night if Friday, March 9th and the theme is Irish.
6:30-9:00...or a wee bit later.
Last time, Mike had featured Seafood Chowder along with the regular fare.
Great coffee, fine tea, yummy baked goods,delish panini's, succulent soups!
Come for supper!
Cheers!
Cindy

Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions

The Thursday, March 1 edition of the Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions
beginning at 7 p.m. features a unique combination of three different
instruments in the hands of some accomplished musicians. Our evening
will feature Kate Dunlay on Fiddle; Alys Howe on Harp; and Nick
Zwaagstra on the accordion. Each of these amazing performers will
showcase their instrument in solo pieces. For a real treat, they have
come up with a few tunes which combine the voices of these three
"intriguing instruments". This will be an impressive evening for sure!

Sunday March 4:
A brand new feature of the Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions will occur
on Sunday, March 4 when we hold our very first Sunday evening
Play-Around-Sing-Around. Bring an instrument, a tune, your voice or
just your ears to enjoy a great evening of musical sharing and fun.
Same time as our regular Thursday night session running from 7 to 9.
As usual, lots of treats from the Rose and Kettle kitchen. June
Trenholme facilitates this great way to spend a late winter Sunday
evening


Find us at the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm on Poplar Drive, just
off Otago Drive in Cole Harbour across from the Cole Harbour Shopping
Centre.

Watch our blogsite for updates on the rest of the line-up, a few
youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past
shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to:
www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical
presentations produced by volunteers in collaboration with the Cole
Harbour Rural Heritage Society and the Harbour Folk Society. All
proceeds from the sale of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour
Heritage Farm Museum and all free-will admission donations support
the musical performance.

Monday, February 20, 2012

WTF! February 24th starts at 6:30pm - New Spot

Hi gang,

Those of you who were there last week at WTF's inaugural night at
Chebucto Coffee know what the rest of you missed. It was freaking
amazing! Singers and players we'd never seen before at WTF! in the
previous two years at Just Us! seemed to come out of the woodwork.

Bill Plaskett treated us to three gorgeous a cappella traditional
standards that had us singing along in glorious (mostly) harmonies;
Dan MacKinnon's twelve-stringed Guild guitar's voice almost rivaled
Dan's for power and beauty; Bob Ardern ventured all the way from
Lunenburg to preview two compelling instrumentals from his soon to be
released CD; and a most accomplished young harpist, Alys Howe,
recently arrived from the other coast, sang an exquisite Gaelic song
and then played a blistering set of Cape Breton tunes on the harp.
[Drop jaw here]

And the best part... we get to do it all over again next Friday the 24th!

Come early and have supper. The food is great and the hospitality even
greater!Music starts at 6:30 and goes until 9:00 or if it's anything
like last week... even later.
And like last week... we remain theme-leth. You can thing any thong
that thuith your fanthy :-)

xoxo Margo

WTF: What the Folk!
folksongs folktales folklore folkcraft
Friday February 24, 2012
Open Mic Format: Cost Free Will Donation
Chebucto Coffee
6430 Chebucto Road
Halifax
6:30 starts.

Come for Supper too! This Friday's feature on the menu: Seafood Chowder!
Reasonable prices, delish food, coffee and tea.
WTF meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

WTF! What the Folk exceeds expectations!

Oh my! Oh my! It's been two nights and I am still high!
High on the folk spirit from Friday night's What the Folk at Chebucto Coffee!

It was a record turnout! Folkies just kept comin in the door! I couldn't believe the turnout: our regular folks, new folks, young folks, old folks, folks we hadn't seen in a dog's age.
And the music! Gee-tars, Banjo's, Fiddles , Harps kept hands clappin , toes tappin and a few tears of joy!
And the performers: Dan McKinnon, Alys Howe, Bill Plaskett, Bob Ardern, Jim Smith, Vince Morash, Don Burke, Sean Hall, Kate Dunlay, David Greenburg, The Dory Bungholes(with honorary Bungs), Leo Feinstein, Susan and Chris Godwin, Marian Chisolm , Mike McInnes and of course Cindy Campbell and Margo Carruthers, yer singing hosts!

Our new place, Chebucto Coffee, was wonderful to us. The hospitality was superb and so very welcoming. Big thanks to owner, Mike McInnes and staffer, Mr Goode for taking care of us and being very flexible and patient with the ever expanding crowd.
Mike even closed the night with a couple of songs on the guitar. Nice!

A fantastic night!
With a big sigh of contentment,
Cindy

Friday, February 10, 2012

WTF! Tonight!

Hope to see everyone at the new place: Chebucto Coffee., 6430 Chebucto Road (corner of Chebucto and Kline - kinda at the end of North Street)

We start at 6:30pm and can go until nearly 9pm.

Come earlier and grab a bite to eat. There are lovely soups and chili and panini, cookies, muffins, coffee and tea for sale. Yum!

All welcome!Bring singalong voices and instruments or just enjoy the hand clappin and toe tappin good time! We're a fun bunch.

Cheers!
Cindy

Monday, February 6, 2012

WTF: Has a New Home Starting February 10th!

Well...

Just when you thought there would be no music this week...
SURPRISE!!!! Not only will there be music... you will also be able to
hear it. WTF! has a new home!

Our new home is Chebucto Coffee, 6430 Chebucto Road [corner of
Chebucto and Kline].
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chebucto-Coffee/154237034609082

They are ecstatic to have us and gracious in their willingness to help
iron out any kinks that may arise. Truly... they have gone out of
their way to extend the most welcome of welcome mats.

And did I mention food? Real aromatic food? Tasty food like chili,
soups, biscuits, panini, baked goods, etc....AND a delicious selection
of coffee and teas!.

This Friday, February 10th we will embrace 2012 in this comfortable
new space and hope see both old and new friends. The MUSIC WILL START
AT 6:30 and run until nearly 9:00. Come early and have supper why
don't you?

Due to the late notice, it will be a potpourri evening. Bring anything
you may have prepared for the postponed theme nights or something
completely different. Maybe you just want to watch. Whatever the
case... please bring yourselves... we have greatly missed you.

The Anniversary Party is still a go. Details TBD.

Margo and Cindy

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WTF! on Febraury 26 - CANCELLED!

Sorry Folks. WTF has been cancelled for February 26 because Just Us Cafe is closed on Fridays in January.
WTF Resumes on Friday February 10th with a blast celebrating 2 years of WTF!

WTF! What the Folk!
The Helen Creighton Folklore Society will be celebrating its 2nd WTF! Anniversary:

Friday, February 10th, 7-8;30 pm
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road
Featured Host: musician, author & folklorist, Clary Croft.

Open Mic format. Expect a good time via singing, storytelling and allegedly fabulous door prizes! Bring a song or story from the Helen Creighton Collection to be eligible for the night's bonus prize.

WTF! meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at Just Us Café.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Finger Lickin' Good: Stories from the Sack, Part 2

I just heard about this group who meet to tell stories in Halifax.They meet about every months.The next meeting is in February.
Check it out,
Cindy

From Blowhard on Facebook:

Thanks everyone who came out to last night's Lost and Found - a great night! Blowhard's next theme will be part of the Sex Festival on Monday Feb 27th - Finger Lickin' Good: Stories from the Sack, Part 2. We are looking for your sexy stories including any leads for a sex neurologist, a gigolo and an abstainer - email blowhardpresents@gmail.com!

A bit o' background:
Why do we tell stories? “Because it’s how we understand the world. It’s how we learn. It’s how we form memories” says Stephanie Domet. Domet is one of the four storytellers who have brought Blow Hard to Halifax. Blow Hard is a public storytelling session that happens about once every three months.

For the cost of five dollars, there is food and plenty of entertainment.

Founded by: Stephanie Domet, Andrea Dorfman, Tara Doyle and Jackie Torrens, they wanted the public to experience the gift of a told story. The evening also serves to give storytellers, both amateur and professional,a chance to ply their craft.

Storytelling is how people pass on their knowledge and wisdom. It is the craft which formed our creation myths. Though ancient, the experience of a told story is mesmerizing. Even though society revels in 3D movies on the IMAX screen, the experience of one person relaying a story to a handful of other people is as captivating as the newest media form. Andrea Dorfman, another of Blow Hards organizers, shares that storytelling “made me connect to different people in a different way. It’s profound.” From these recognitions, Blow Hard was born.

On a cold December morning, three of the four Blow Hard organizers met with me at the Smiling Goat cafe on South Park St. in Halifax. Getting three storytellers around one table meant a symphony of sounds - there was no need to ask questions. The three women recounted there experiences and there thoughts.

The women shared how anything goes at Blow Hard. But there are two rules that storytellers should adhere to.The first rule is that the told story must be true and the second rule is that no written notes are allowed. However, if a storyteller chooses not to heed the advice of the organizers, the only repercussion is that the audience’s experience is diminished. With paper “you’re not telling a story anymore, you’re reading it. There’s almost a glass wall [between you and the audience]” explains Tara Doyle.

A Blow Hard evening consists of four prepared stories, each told by a different presenter. These are four members of the community who have prepared a tale to last about ten minutes. Each storyteller is introduced by a member of the organizing team who may take the opportunity to recount a story themselves. As a half-time show, Blow Hard opens the microphone to the audience so that anyone itching to tell a story has a forum to do so.


Blow Hard advertises by word of mouth (appropriately) and through their website. Organizers are involved because they love the craft - not for any monetary return.

The Blow Hard session held on Monday, November 2nd focused on the topic of Sibling Rivalry.


Veronica Simmons was the first presenter. That evening, Simmons detailed how her perception of her sister influenced who she became and how she later had to work to overcome the internal stereotyping that she had done.


“I try to pick a couple of people in the audience to connect with and gage their reactions to what I am saying,” said Simmons. It is this connection formed between the audience and the storyteller which helps make the evening so magically intimate.


Organizer Stephanie Domet notes that it’s this intimacy which Blow Hard tries to capture. Each evening’s performance is different and each session is different. But it is always extraordinary.


Blow Hard has had about 20 sessions over the course of four years. The 80 people in attendence in November was probably the biggest crowd the event ever attracted. Held at Fred’s on Agricola street in Halifax, Domet says if the evening attracts an even bigger audience they will have to start turning people away. “The space right now is perfect. We wouldn’t want to move anywhere.”
~ Jen Powley

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cancellations For January!

Sorry folks, the following events are cancelled:

Thursday, January 12th: due to bad weather

Storytellers Circle of Halifax gathering at Just Us Cafe,Spring Garden Road, 7-8:30pm

Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions: Brook Miller featured, Cole Harbour Farm Museum, Cole Harbour, 7-9pm

Friday, January 13the AND Friday, January 27th
What the Folk! at Just Us Cafe on Spring Garden Road, 7-9pm.

Just Us Cafe will be closed at 7pm on Friday evenings in January.


WTF will resume on Friday, February 10th with a special surprise theme: TBA.

Check back here for more info after February 1st.

In the meantime....keep singin' and tellin'!

Yours in story and in song,
Cindy

Monday, January 9, 2012

What the Folk this Week!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Hope to see you at What the Folk this week when we will be celebrating 'New Things, New Stuff, Stories, Songs...whatever new!"

Hope to see you there!
Just Us Cafe
Sprig Garden Road
6:30 pm grabba cuppa
7pm the fun starts.

Cost: Free will donation

Cheers!
Cindy and Margo

Southshore Tellers in Mahone Bay!

The Southshore Tellers will be telling winter stories at the Biscuit Eater
in Mahone Bay on January 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Come join us for a cup of coffee,a sweet and good stories on a winter's
night.
An even sweeter deal: tonight the stories are free for listening!

For more information, contact, Clara Dugas at 1-902-527-2241.

Brooke Miller at the Rose and Kettle!

This Thursday January 12 edition of the Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions will feature the incredible Brooke Miller, one of Canada's brightest stars in the constellation of Canadian singer/songwriters. This is a return engagement for this skilled guitarist and creator of top-shelf contemporary folk oriented music. Her appearance last year at the Rose and Kettle is still being talked about. She has a brand new self-titled CD in release internationally on Itunes, CD and vinyl, with another one on the way soon. Don't miss this chance to see her in the unique surroundings of the Rose and Kettle.

Coming up for the month we have Sandy Greenberg on January 19 and Al Macdonald with Richard Fortier on January 29th.

Find us at the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm on Poplar Drive, just off Otago Drive in Cole Harbour across from the Cole Harbour Shopping Centre.

Watch our blogsite for updates on the rest of the line-up, a few youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to: www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical presentations produced by volunteers in collaboration with the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society and the Harbour Folk Society. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum and all free-will admission donations support the musical performance.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What The Folk! Something New!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

WTF: What The Folk! Something New!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

Friday, January 13th
6:30pm Gathering and grabba cuppa
7:00 - 8:30pm – Performances
Just Us Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road

Theme this week is Something New! Whatever that means to you!

Format: Open mike unplugged. Cost: free will donation
If you are free on Friday, please join us. Tell your friends and family.
The space is cozy, the coffee is great and the fun is contagious!

Yours in folk,
Host/co-ordinators: Margo Carruthers 425-3828, Cindy Campbell 466-0157

WTF: What the Folk! meets, same time and place , every second and fourth Friday of the month.

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Presents:

MERRY CHRISTMAS
from
What The Folk!
folksongs . folktales . folkcraft . folklore

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all thru Just Us!
Not a singer was singing nor making a fuss.
The coffee pots hung by their handlers with care
In hopes that the singers soon wouldn’t be there.

The Chai tea and Nestle were snug in their drawers
While creatures with sugar crumbs danced on the floors.
Big Mama in her headband and I in my toque
Had just settled down from a night of abuse.

When out side the door there arose such a clatter
The creatures all scurried to the cookie dough batter.
Away to the window we flew without poise
Tore open the shutters and threw up. The noise

Of the crooners arrested our ears
And the lack-lustre music gave rise to our fears
When what to our mortified eyes did we see
But guitars out of tune and eight tinny folkies.

With a little old guy’s verses so out of sync
We knew in an instant we needed a drink.
More rapid-fire E chords this chorister played
And he whistled and shouted and called more by name.

“On D-chord… some dancing and prancing you vixens…
On C-chord… Hey stupid! It’s dawning you’re ditz’n.
To the top of the chorus… to the top of the call
Now bash away… smash away… clash away all.”


The dry heaves were worse than Wild Hurricane wine,
So we ran to the bathroom ‘cause we knew the signs.
While out on the sidewalk the choristers ceased.
”Thank the Good Lord for that! At last… we’ll have peace!”


And then, as we tinkled, we heard on the stairs
A God-awful wailing that gave us both scares!
As we stuck out our heads and were looking around,
Down the staircase the whole of them came. Oh the sounds!


They were dressed… well some were… from their heads to their feet
In 60s clothes tarnished with Patchouli and Deet!
A rumble of noise overwhelmed front to back,
As these tone-challenged meddlers broke in for a snack.


Their eyes how they wrinkled! Their pimples how scary!
Their cheeks were like Moses! Their noses were hairy!
They drooled! Little mouths were drawn on with lipstick
And the beards on the women made both of us sick.


They stumbled upright. One held tight to his teeth.
And the bloke in the circle was dead we believed.
He had a broad’s face but his clothes were all wrong
And they shook him and laughed when he didn’t respond.


They were chummy that bunch and hungry as well
And we hid in the bathroom to help save ourselves.
The twinkies, the pie and fists full of bread
Soon gave us to know there’d be nothing left.


They spoke with their mouths full and sang that way too
Come to think of it… they sounded better. Who knew?
And Ladyfingers aside… saved the best for the end,
Cinnamon buns to take home for their friends!


They sprang to their feet! Well they tried but they couldn’t…
They were too stuffed with carbs that they’d eaten but shouldn’t.
But I heard them exclaim, ‘ere they passed out that night,
"Happy Christmas to all, we done it up right!" 

With apologies to
Clement Clarke Moore (1779 -1863)

Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions

To all of our wonderful Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions family, welcome to 2012!

A reminder that this Thursday. January 5 we start an hour earlier at 6 p.m. with our annual pot luck feast followed by our first Play-Around-Sing-Around of the New Year. Bring along a dish you would like to share, as well as your instrument, a tune, your voice or just your ears for a wonderful evening of sharing some good food and good times.

As a special feature we are also having an ugly sweater contest. Admit it. We all have one somewheer, so dig it out and you just might win an alledgedly fabulous prize!

Stay tuned for next week too when we welcome back for a return engagement Brooke Miller. Brook has a brand new CD and she has been touring the country and beyond and getting rave reviews.

So, join us this Thursday at 6 at the Rose and Kettle.

Find us at the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Farm on Poplar Drive, just off Otago Drive in Cole Harbour across from the Cole Harbour Shopping Centre.

Watch our blogsite for updates on the rest of the line-up, a few youtube videos of our performances, and a few highlights from past shows. Just google "Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions" or go to: www.roseandkettleconcertsessions.blogspot.com

The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions are a weekly series of musical presentations produced by volunteers in collaboration with the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society and the Harbour Folk Society. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments go to support the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum and all free-will admission donations support the musical performance.

M

Tales For A Winter Night

TALES FOR A WINTER NIGHT:
Our all-time favourites !

by the

Storytellers Circle of Halifax

Thursday, January 12, 2012 7-8:30 pm

Just Us! Cafe
5896 Spring Garden Road, corner of Carleton
www.justuscoffee.com

Over the years, our winter storytellings have
brought forth stirring tales from many traditions:
stories of the dark and cold, the return of the light;
stories of fortitude and survival in harsh conditions;
stories to warm cold hearts.

Perhaps you have a story to share,
or come just to listen and wonder.

Always open to the public. Resolve to
exercise your imagination in 2012!

Anytime after 6:30; stories start at 7:00.

Contact: Linda Winham
lwinham88@hotmail.com
storytellingnovascotia.blogspot.com