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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
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
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.