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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

WTF! Frost and Fire With Bill Plaskett

WTF:What The Folk!
Friday, December 11 / 7pm
Unplugged Open Mic Format
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax
Cost: Free Will Donation

Hello gang,

Well... it was bound to happen. 2015 is drawing to a close and we have only one more WTF! session left before the New Year. We have tried to make this event super special for everyone... from those who love all things Christmas to those who would rather eat glass than hear another bloody carol :)


On Friday, December 11th... you are invited to bring your favourite song(s) and stories of the season... and then some. For your amazement and amusement ... WTF! is thrilled to welcome back...
GUEST HOST: BILL PLASKETT who has chosen the theme FROST &  FIRE!

Bill says: "With Christmas Drawing Nigh at Hand, it would be a good opportunity to take a cue from the Watersons  and do some songs of Frost and Fire. " We couldn't agree more.

THANK YOU!
Cindy and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our illustrious guest hosts this season who generously volunteered their time  and talents toward herding the cats; all of you who painstakingly adhered to the chosen themes with appropriate songs and stories and those beloved few who hardly ever followed the theme and graciously accepted our gentle teasing; those of you who never take the stage but always give rousingly thunderous support guaranteed to keep the music and stories coming week after week; and Bertha, Rick, Andrea and the other behind-the-scenes folks at Spencer House who have welcomed us with open arms and generous hearts.
WTF! would not be the success that it is without equal measures from all of you. May you have the merriest of Christmases and if Christmas isn't quite your thing... the happiest of Humbugs! We will see you all again in January.

Xo Margo (ditto, Cindy)

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 6th 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, 5596 Morris Street in Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is always a given.

Come any time 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.

If I Were A Blackbird - CD Release Gala!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Ann Fearon Hosts at WTF: What The Folk!

Folksongs, Folktales, Folklore, Folkcraft
WTF: Friday, November 27 / 7pm
Spencer House Communuty Centre
5596 Morris Street , Halifax
Cost: Free Will Donation
Unplugged Open Mic

Ann has chosen the theme of storysongs: songs that tell a story or stories that have a song. this is an unplugged Open Mic where performers can celebrate the folk genre in song or music, or in story (told not read).
Refreshments for purchase with proceeds going to Spencer House. Free parking in the back after 6pm or on the side streets.
WTF: What the Folk! is an outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Organised by Margo Carruthers and Cindy Campbell-Stone.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

What The Folk! gets SUPERSTITIOUS for Friday the 13th


WTF: What The Folk

Open Mic (unplugged)
Friday, November 13, 2015
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, NS
7-9pm
Cost: Free Will Donation

Hello gang,

Once, often twice and occasionally three times a year, the calendar presents WTF! with a fabulous opportunity to get freaky. In 2015... there were three such dates; however, we have chosen the one in November to get our freak on. Our next WTF! falls on that darling of superstitious dates... Friday the13th.

*Superstitions and Their Origins or Superstitions in General

What is a superstition in general? The widely accepted definition of superstition is that it is irrational belief and interpretation about the events from the future based on certain conclusions and acts. It is not built on logical causes and relations between actions and events.

Every nation has some sort of superstition in its tradition; some of them are so strong that they even acquire main characteristics of modern pop culture.

Will you be superstitious or not? It depends solely on you, yourself, your belief, level of education and the environment you are living in. Statistics say that only 30% of people are not superstitious - researchers warn that this number does not include those who do not want to admit it.

*Amended from Superstitions of - 2015

Superstition is something that we encounter every day. Helen Creighton says in BLUENOSE MAGIC that "People enjoy having what they call their pet superstitions, odd beliefs which for some unexplainable reason seem to act in their behalf. Indeed, they give a rather pleasurable zest to life. Other people, however, distress themselves by constantly looking for signs and omens and will go to great lengths to forestall any ill-fortune they think may be approaching them. It is a true saying that superstition follows whom superstitions follow."

Many of our Maritime superstitions have been passed down from generation to generation and are part of family inheritance. The largest body of superstitions found in BLUENOSE MAGIC  involves "ships and the sea". Not surprising really since the Maritimes are almost completely surrounded by water. Other superstitions touch on "the seasons, holidays, the human body, human behaviour and the behaviour of animals, insects and birds for example." Fascinating stuff!

Perhaps you have a family superstition to share? Maybe you know a song or story with a superstitious element? Or perhaps you're one of those who scoff at the notion of superstitions? Regardless of where you stand on the subject... WTF! invites you to bring something relevant to this theme... like good luck or bad luck or elements involving superstitions pertaining to..." ships and the sea; the seasons, holidays, the human body, human behaviour and the behaviour of animals, insects and birds".

On Friday the 13th... get out of bed on the right leg but do not cut your nails. Head on over to WTF!... making sure to kill the first three snakes you see but do not kill a spider. Should you walk under a ladder, keep your fingers crossed until you see a dog. And remember a barking dog never bites. And neither will we if you choose to bring a song or story on another topic :)

Xo Margo

And for those of you who fear things that might go "bump" in the night (you know who you are)...

Be assured...

horseshoes have been hung over the entrance to Spencer House with the heel part down

just in case.

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 6th 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. (House guitar available for playing)

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, 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.

Let The Fur Fly! with Clara Dugas


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Article: The Seventh Child of the Seventh Child or the Magic of Seven by Cindy Campbell-Stone

It is seven days until All Hallows' Eve and it being a superstitious time of the year, I've been thinking about the magic and power of the number seven.

The number seven is a magic or lucky number that abounds throughout folklore, stories and songs. I first became aware of it as a child when I was simply told that seven was a lucky number especially in games such as one potato, two potato. Later, I read a lot of folktales and fairy tales where the number seven was important in one way or another, such as in the seven dwarves of Snow White fame. Much later in life I encountered the power and magic of seven when I heard a tale by an Irish storyteller who told about the seventh son of a seventh son. I was intrigued.

According to folklore, the seventh son born of a seventh son is said to have healing powers and quite often becomes the healer of the community or a doctor of medicine. These healing powers can also apply to the seventh daughter of a seventh son or daughter. Although the seventh daughter is often referred to as a witch for her unusual powers.
The seventh son or daughter are best known for curing the King's Evil which is a swelling of the throat (tuberculosis). It is called the King's Evil only because the first recorded 'cure' of the neck swelling was said to have been by the touch of a King (Edward the Confessor, and later other Kings or Royalty) via the power of God. Of course, the number seven is mentioned in the Bible where the number seven predominates in the Old Testament along with the significance of the seven days of Creation according to Christian belief.

Nova Scotia had its share of seventh sons of seventh sons according to Bluenose Magic by Helen Creighton:
  • In Peggy's Cove, only the seventh son of a seventh son could cure the King's Evil.
  • Old Richard Flemming from Sambro Head was the seventh son of a seventh son.When he was young it seems he cured himself of a cut leg he received while chopping in the woods. It was then he knew what he could do. He once cured a man who was spitting blood, a minister with a bad leg, a man with a tortuous gathered finger (likely arthritic?). Often, he didn't even have to touch the person or see them, just get them to believe that he had the power of the seventh son of the seventh son and they would be cured. He was known in the community as Dr. Flemming.
It is said that the seventh son or daughter was born with the gift of charming.
  • In Seabright, there was a man who 'charmed for the eyes' named Barkhouse. He would take his finger and run it over the skin around the eye while saying words in German. 'Then he would turn the head back and blow in the eye'.
  • In Sydney, there was a seventh daughter who cured a child of a lump in the throat by rubbing it. She did the same for a fellow with a lump on his leg. Afterwards he didn't need crutches.
  • From the Scotch in Louisbourg: 'Put a ten cent piece in water and use this water to bathe child's neck so many days. The water will turn black. In this case it was done by a seventh son.'
  • And then there was Andrew Sinclair of South River Lake. He had many cures including one for goitre.
But even if you don't believe in the power of the seventh child, the number seven has significance in other ways.

The following are some examples of the power of the number seven from Bluenose Magic:
  • 'When you have seven peas in a pod, put them over the door and the first man to come in, you will marry.' (Windsor, NS - English and German)
  • 'At Western Head my sisters second child was sick with indigestion and they told her it was liver growed. All she needed to do was to pass it (child) round the table leg backwards seven times.' (Liverpool, NS - Irish)
  • 'Rain before seven, clear before eleven. That is, if it starts after twelve at night or before eleven in the morning.' (Victoria Beach, NS - English and Dutch)
And, of course, Mother Nature gets in on the number seven action with this observation:
  • 'Every seven years the trees bear a heavy growth of cones. They are extremely heavy this year (1948)'. (Victoria Beach, NS - English and Irish).
So do the math and check the trees!

Or, if you happen to be looking for buried treasure, keep this story in mind from Devils' Island near the mouth of Halifax Harbour (retold from Bluenose Magic):
  • Devil's Island is pretty bare nowadays but once it had a lot of trees. Over the years the trees were cut and the wood used for such things as lobster traps and firewood. There was also a lake in the middle of the island and one day, two boys, Dave Henneberry and Ned Edwards were walking by and saw a big barrel floating. Ned was going to shoot the barrel but Dave was afraid there was a treasure in the barrel with a ghost guarding it. It was strange for the barrel to suddenly appear in the water and even stranger when it suddenly disappeared in front of their eyes. They never say it again. On the mainland, Old Enos Hartlan told them that treasure appears 'every seven years for a bath'. They waited but never seemed to see it again or be able to figure out the exact time.
As far as I know, no one has ever found it. This happened in 1928, so do the math, and if you want to try searching for treasure yourself on the island, go for it. The lake may have been drained but that may make the treasure easier to 'catch'! May the luck of the seven be with you.

Oh, and in case don't know anyone who is the seventh child of a seventh child, or the number seven doesn't seem lucky for you, try the number three.

Good Luck!
Cindy Campbell-Stone,
Storyteller

Article by Cindy Campbell-Stone: The Seventh Child of the Seventh Child or The Magic of Seven, copyright 2015. Use by permission only.

Resources:

A Dictionary of Superstitions by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem, Oxford University Press, Britain, 1989.

Bluenose Magic by Helen Creighton, Nimbus Publishing Limited, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2004.

Many works by Dr Helen Creighton are available at public libraries or for purchase by contacting Evergreen House,
Dartmouth Heritage Museum,
26 Newcastle Street,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 3M5
http://www.dartmouthheritagemuseum.ns.ca/

Cindy Campbell-Stone is a storyteller and singer living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is Vice President of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, a member and past president of Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada, a member and past chair of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax, and a member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society.
cindystoryteller@gmail.com

Contact the Helen Creighton Folklore Society: www.helencreighton.org
Dartmouth Heritage Museum,
26 Newcastle Street,
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 3M5


Thursday, October 22, 2015

WTF: Changes and Exciting News!


On October 16, 2015 at 11:04 AM Margo Carruthers wrote:

Hi gang,
As you know, WTF! is held on the second and fourth Fridays of every month; however, the fourth Friday of October, the 23rd, conflicts with Safe Harbour: Refuge from the Storm, a fundraiser concert at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to assist Syrian refugees settling in Halifax.


This partnered event with Waterfront Development, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Helen Creighton Folklore Society and the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation has invited some of WTF!s most talented regulars into the Small Craft Gallery from 7 to 9pm. Join Clary Croft, Vince Morash, Ann Fearon, James Crouse, Dan McKinnon and a host of special guests for an evening of community support, awareness and song.

WTF! returns on the following Friday, October 30th with
spooktacular evening 
Guest Hosted by
 the ghoulish Mr. Leo Feinstein
Leo is offering up a theme he calls
 "Oh Horrors!"

Bring a creepy song or story. Maybe a creepy friend. Come disguised as someone or something creepy. PleasE don't feel limited by the stereotypical definition of horror. There are endless horrors permeating the times through which are living such as man's degradation of the environment and man's inhumanity to certain of its peoples. And let's not forget the biggest horror of all... governments... packs of privileged people who could make a huge difference and choose not to.

Of course, being this close to Hallowe'en we encourage costumes. Come, if you dare, as a politician. You may just get a pie in the face although it would seem criminal to treat the scrumptuous pies of Spencer House in such a wasteful manner. Then again... on a positive note... you will be able to lick the pie off your face... thus receiving a prized perk for very little effort. Just like a real politician :)
Xo Margo
* The above views have not been officially sanctioned by the Board. They are on me. :)

WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 6th 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, 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. 


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Record Thanksgiving at WTF:What the Folk!


WTF: What the Folk! Open Mic
October 9, 2015/ 7-9pm
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, NS

On Friday, October 9th, WTF! gleefully welcomes GUEST HOSTS ; that effervescent husband & wife music & comedy tag team: Paul and Martha Healy.

At first... since Friday leads into the Thanksgiving weekend, they were thinking of going with a Thanksgiving theme. But then... as Paul, in full storyteller mode, delightfully concluded during last week's ADVENTURE theme... parenting a teenager during what should be their relaxing retirement years made all the other evening's adventures pale in comparison. Paul had us in stitches as he advised us to never become a father at 50 :)

But... if it weren't for the teenager... we wouldn't have this week's theme because Paul then proceeded to tell us that his daughter had brought home from a summer family visit a treasure trove of vinyl, some of which Paul had never seen and some which he no longer had, but remembered fondly so... he then suggested that we all dig out our old vinyl LPs and look for songs we haven't thought about for thirty years or more and bring them to the next WTF!

So... for the first time ever in the 6 year history of WTF! we have a dual theme:

RECORD THANKSGIVING!

If you are thankful... bring songs or stories of thanks. We have much to be thankful for, especially during this harvest season. If you are thankful for your vinyl... bring songs or stories from there. Maybe combine the two. Songs and stories of thanks which you found on your vinyl. The combinations are endless as will be the cameraderie and laughter. WTF! gives thanks for all of you who make our evenings such huge fun.

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone and Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts.
WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Like us on HCFS Facebook or check out the HCFS website .

Now in its 6th year, WTF! is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

WTF! meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at SPENCER HOUSE, 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.

A new season and new adventures at WTF: What the Folk! Come and see what the excitement is about.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

We're Baaaack! for another great year at WTF:What The Folk!



WTF: What the Folk! Open Mic
September 25, 2015/ 7-9pm
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, NS


Well gang...

How was your summer?

Did you manage to accomplish all those unfinished projects you had been putting off this winter or did you just laze it up at the cottage?
Perhaps you learned to body surf or wind surf at the beach? Maybe you hunted for fossils at Joggins? Better that than being one :)
Perhaps you travelled to new and exotic places. Maybe you hung out in bars or let so much hang out that you spent your summer behind bars :)

I am sure that wherever you went and whatever you did, you met with an ADVENTURE or two and so... that's the theme for next Friday, September 25th when WTF: What The Folk! returns to beautiful Spencer House from summer hiatus.

Bring songs or stories of ADVENTURE!
 If you are reluctant to share true tales due to privacy concerns and/or legal muzzling... you can always make them up :)

Co-hosted by the ever-jovial Cindy Campbell-Stone and Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts.

WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Like us on HCFS Facebook or check out the HCFS website .

Now in its 6th year, WTF! is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mike session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.
WTF! meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at SPENCER HOUSE, 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.

A new year and new adventures at WTF: What the Folk!
Come and see what the excitement is about.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

It's a Hootennanny! for the last WTF! - special guest hosts, The Haltown Stompers!

It's a Hootennanny! 
Friday, June 26th, will be our end of season summer sendoff and to help us go out in fine style, we are thrilled that guest hosts,THE HALTOWN STOMPERS will be sharing their lively raise the roof antics and jug band sensibilities.

Just so as you know... 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 crazy instruments and hear some wild and crazy music played by four wild and crazy guys and a gal. Of course... bring a story or  tune or two of your own whether you have a jug or not and join the juggernaut as WTF! hoots into summer.

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen CreightonFolklore Society.
Now in its 6th 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 (from Sept-June) at SPENCER HOUSE, 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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Clary Croft at WTF:What the Folk!

Clary Croft is guest hosting at WTF:What the Folk! On Friday June 12 / 7pm. The theme is Joni Mitchell or songs and stories inspired by her. It's the second last WTF before the summer break so come all ye to Spencer House Community Centre, 5596 Morris Street, Halifax. Cost: free will donation. What the Folk is an outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Celebrating Gaelic Awareness at Halifax Public Libraries: Kate and Margo

Adult » Gaelic Awareness Month
Gaelic Mouth-Music & Fiddle Tunes Puirt-à-bial agus Puirt air an Fhìdhill
with Kate Dunlay & Margo Carruthers
Learn about Puirt-à-beul, or “tunes from a mouth”, compare fiddle tunes with their associated puirt, and sing examples.
Nova Scotia Gaelic AffairsGaelic
Central
Thursday, May 28/12:00 pm

Kate and Margo are also board members of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. We are so proud! Will be a great time.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Appalachia Night! with Jim Smith

WTF! invites you to bring songs and stories that reflect aspects of the Appalachian culture. Maybe an old ballad - the original storysong - or a fiddle tune or two. You can even conjure up a story or tell a tall tale. Or just come to listen and enjoy. All welcome!

Friday May 22, 2015
7pm
Spencer House Community Center
5596 Morris Street, Halifax, NS

This unplugged Open Mic is an outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Cost: Free will donation towards the Society's work.

Refreshments available - proceeds towards Spencer House.

So get yourself off the couch, away from the telly, take a break from gardening....and enjoy a wonderful evening of laughter, music and stories.


Monday, May 4, 2015

WTF! What the Folk: Hosted by Dan McKinnon

* "Unite and unite, and let us all unite for summer is a-comin today.
And whither we are going we all will unite, in the merry morning of May."
 Happy May Day! Welcome to May! The month guaranteed to put a bounce in your step and a smile on your face. Have a listen to Steeleye Span singing *Padstow. You will be bouncing 'round the Maypole grinning ear to ear in no time at all.
This intro will make perfect sense when you know two things.
                                                                                                                         
ONE... on Friday, May 8th... WTF! will be guest hosed by Dan McKinnon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, historian and musical storyteller extraordinaire freshly back home from his annual UK tour. For this occasion, Dan has chosen the theme...SONGS THAT INSPIRED YOU.

Two...I have long been inspired by Steeleye Span with their heartstoppingly daring arrangements of traditional songs combined with Maddie Pryor's mesmerizing voice.

But what about you?
Perhaps you have a favourite group or singer whose music has touched you or inspired you to add one of their songs to your repertoire. Maybe you were inspired to learn to play a musical instrument or learn another language because of the beauty of a piece of music. Or... perhaps the mere sound of the caliope inspired you to run away and join the circus.
Whatever your inspiration... there's a song to be sung and a tale to be told about how it came to be yours. Sharing while riding a unicycle or walking on stilts is optional :)

 Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.
Now in its 6th year, WTF!
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, 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 onsite at the back of the Centre after 6pm, and on all the neighbouring streets.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

WTF! What the Folk! Guest hosts: Vince and Pixie!

WTF! What the folk.
Open mic. 
Folksongs, folk tales, folk music. 
Featuring guest hosts: Vince Morash and Pixie Currie.
The nights theme is the human condition....whatever that means.
Bring friends, family, neighbours and yourself! 

Friday, April 24 / 7pm 
Spencer House Community Centre, 
5596 Morris St, Halifax. 
Cost: free will donation.
An outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tales Light Up The Darkside in April - with special guest, Nancy Muzzatti


Wishful Thinking at WTF! What The Folk.



 WTF!What the Folk
Open Mic
April 10th/7pm
Spencer House Community Centre
Morris Street, Halifax, NS
Cost: Free Will Donation

Our second WTF! evening takes place this Friday, April 10th at our fabulous new venue... Spencer House. We regret having to cancel March 27th due to weather threats that really didn't materialize; however, that just gave you two extra weeks to perfect your songs & stories of WISHFUL THINKING for this week :)
For those of you who haven't yet checked out the new space, Cindy took numerous candid shots of our first Spencer House evening and posted them to the Helen Creighton Folklore Society's Facebook page.
As you can see, the turnout was really great with lots of old and new musical friends but the star of the show was really Spencer House. It's roomy, comfy and oh so convivial! But don't just take my word for it...  you really should come out and see for yourself. Parking is available for free on site in the back, and on any neighbouring streets. No excuse :)
WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Now in its 6th 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 and Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF! meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at SPENCER HOUSE, 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.