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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Fall Finale of WTF: What the Folk!

Hello gang,

On Friday, November 17th... WTF invites you to our...

FALL FINALE !!!

... not the best of f words with FALL proclaiming the coming of brrrrr! winter and with it... the potential for falling which isn't any fun for ageing hips... and FINALsignifying the end of something and in this case... the end of something special which was our relationship with Spencer House but in this case... we are hoping to turn the evening into a celebration.


Bertha and her staff & volunteers have made us feel most welcome and given us a fabulous musical home for almost 3 years! We will miss their warmth and wonderful treats as we move on to a new chapter in the life of WTF! More on that to come.


But for now... as we bid a fond farewell to Spencer House and wish them well in their new endeavours... we invite performers to bring what you feel best represents your legacy during these past 3 years here... what you feel the audience most appreciates from your musical or storytelling toolbox.


As always... we encourage folks interested in acoustic music to come and listen. You will be guaranteed laughter... and not necessarily due to the quality of the musicianship :)

Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

WTF:What the Folk! Money Madness with the Haltown Stompers!

 Well hello gang...

November is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing... a mere two more WTF! nights before we have to say goodbye to Spencer House :(


But don't be sad... we are going out with a  b  a  N  g  


These last two nights will fill you with enough positive energy and musical joy to carry you through until we resume WTF!  in a new location in the new year :)


On Friday, November 3rd... we welcome back   y   a r    d ...


Guest Hosts 

   LT O W N    S O M R S

who will be sharing their lively raise the roof jug band antics

with their chosen theme of...


 M  O   E   !


 M is for the many ways of spending

 O  is what is left when you are done

is never ending and pretending

while Empty wallets really are no fun

So... for a night uplifting and empowering

With stories, songs and laughter guaranteed...

The Stompers will keep everything from souring

AndYou'll be in the  O   Y...  Ain't life sweet 


Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.




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Sunday, October 15, 2017

WTF! Seriously.

Hello gang...

It's a rare occasion when we have back-to-back WTF! weeks; however... this is one of those occasions. Last week we danced with Sandy & Thomas and this week we will be... well... here's how this week's theme was explained to me by...

Guest Host 
Joe Pitre 

"A theme? How about the serious nature of folk music (no smiling please - we're folkies)? People can bring their most serious pieces... or not. I'm meaning it in the double entendre - heavy as in protest and not so heavy fun songs".


So... it's fun he wants. 
S E R I O U S LY ?

The sun was setting in the west when the tall, dark, handsome stranger ambled into town. He was carrying an assortment of instrument cases over his ample shoulders. People stopped and stared. He asked the first local he spied: "Hey Mister! Could you direct me please to the nearest folk club?" The local spit on the ground and growled... "SERIOUSLY?"

"Why, yes!", replied the stranger. Folk music can be very serious business... or not!" 

"SERIOUSLY?" snarled the local again. Make up your mind. We ain't got none of that there two-faced kind of music here. This is a one horse town and that horse's name ain't "folk" so you'd best move along stranger. We don't want your kind stirring things up."

"SERIOUSLY?" asked the stranger incredulously. "You mean there's no anti-war, pro-environment, save the whales, ban the bomb movements here?"

"The only movements here are the ones that Nature dictates once or twice a day." And with that he loudly farted which woke the sleeper up.

"I just had the most unsettling dream!" said Joe to his patient, long suffering wife, Joan. To which Joan, holding her nose, replied... "SERIOUSLY!!!!!!!!!"


DISCLAIMER: WELL... APPARENTLY ROCK BOTTOM HAS A BASEMENT :)

Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.








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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

What the Folk! Dance!

Our next WTF! gathering will be on Friday, October 13th and we are delighted to welcome with a fervour of razzmatazz... 

GUEST HOSTS 

Sandy Greenberg and Thomas Cormier 

who have chosen the theme of

E!


Of course... there are songs for dancing and then there are songs about dance. Some songs and stories may have the word 'dance' in the title, but it doesn't necessarily mean they're about dancing and vice versa. Some of these songs and stories are actually about social commentary, living a dream, or simply having a good time no matter what the situation.


It was Friday night... a marvellous night for a MOONDANCE... and the band was playing Do The CONGA as the flashmob flayed about in a frenzy of moves fromFLASHDANCE. Everyone was out DANCING IN THE STREETThe dark haired girl they all called the DANCING QUEEN looked longingly out into the crowd and thought wistfully "I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY." Just then... as if summoned by the LORD OF THE DANCE, himself, a dapper man with the obvious sun-baked skin of many frolics in warmer climes and a definite European flair, sashayed up to her and said... "Oh TINY DANCER... COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE?He tipped his hat, bowed low, and huskily sung to her in a voice that was a cross between chocolate and sex... " My name is Leonard... DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE."


Now she loved to DANCE TO THE MUSIC just as much as any red-blooded American girl; however... the idea of being this lizard guy's PRIVATE DANCER kind of creeped her out. She looked around for a way out of this mess. She noticed that a large crowd had gathered around one lone male dancer a few feet away. They were clapping and stomping. The faster they clapped, the more energetic the guy became. He was like MR. BOJANGLES on speed!! He began to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE  like he was possessed. With feet a-fire and limbs a-kimbo, he did THE FRUG and THE MASHED POTATOTHE LOCOMOTION and THE WATUSI. But halfway through THE TWIST... his Acadien heritage kicked in like a super sonic jet the moment he spied her, and clutching his heart, he screamed..." La reine de la dance? FAIS DO DO?" She swooned! Her heart pounded! Her eyes pleaded... "DANCE WITH ME. Please save me from THE ALLIGATOR." And that is how Sandy Greenberg met Thomas Cormier and they lived, loved, sang, and danced happily ever after.


DISCLAIMER: ALL CHARACTERS AND EVENTS IN THIS FARCE... EVEN THOSE BASED ON REAL PEOPLE... ARE ENTIRELY FICTIONAL AND ARE PROVIDED HERE TO AMUSE AND TO ENTERTAIN... NOT TO INFORM :)


Xo Margo


WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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, September 29, 2017

She Sings As She Flies- Revisiting The Helen Creighton Song Collection

She Sings As She Flies - Revisiting The Helen Creighton Song Collection

September 29th, 2017 - She Sings as She Flies • Revisiting the Helen Creighton Song Collection was conceived by Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald as a special production of their voice+electronics+visual performance project Patchwork.

First cousins and longtime professional performers and creative collaborators, Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald recently launched a performance duo under the moniker Patchwork: a project dedicated to the presentation of traditional song in a contemporary context.

She Sings as She Flies will feature Mary Jane and Laurel as Patchwork performing songs from the Gaelic and English language traditions. Joining Mary Jane and Laurel will be Nicole LeBlanc, Kirsten Olivia and Naomi Dawn Poulette, singing selections from the Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Mi’kmaq communities respectively.

Together they will present the songs in a theatrical environment, integrating the music with archival recordings and images, live vocal looping, sound design and video stage projections.
The production will look not only at the rich legacy of the music itself, but will also pose questions regarding the circumstances of Helen Creighton’s work, and the social and cultural environment then, and now.

She Sings as She Flies will be a groundbreaking presentation by five uniquely talented Nova Scotian singers, illustrating the richness, diversity and complex history behind this unique folksong collection.

https://patchworkmusic.ca/

PERFORMANCE DATES:

October 21st, 2017 - deCoste Centre - Pictou, NS (TICKETS: https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=1178819&presenter=DECOSTEN&venue=&event=&version=&tck=true)

October 27th, 2017 - Immaculata Hall/St.F.X. University - Antigonish, NS (on sale October 12th)

November 2nd, 2017 - Université Sainte-Anne - Church Point, NS (on sale October 20th)

November 3rd, 2017- Bus Stop Theatre - Halifax NS (on sale October 5th)

PATCHWORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Twitter - https://twitter.com/MusicPatchwork
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/musicpatchwork/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Grace Russell   
Gracelouiserussell@gmail.com
http://jonesandcompany.ca/

She Sings as She Flies has been made possible through the generous support of the Nova Scotia 150 Forward Fund and the Helen Creighton Folklore Society .


Sunday, September 10, 2017

WTF! What the Folk! New Season 2017

Hello gang,

WTF! welcomes you back for another season on September 22nd.

Unfortunately... the season will be short as...
... Spencer House will no longer be able to host us after November 17th. 
 

We are actively seeking a new venue and any & all suggestions will be most appreciated. Bear in mind, though, that the location must be on or very near a bus route(s) and the space should already be set up or willing to be set up for food and beverage purchases.

But enough of housekeeping... let's get on with the fun stuff for which WTF! has become notorious. And speaking of notorious...

THDORBUNGHOLES

... full of themselves from taking Lunenburg by storm during the recent Tall Ships Regatta and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival...
will be our
GUEST HOSTS

Naturally me heartys... those scurvy dogs have chosen songs and stories of the sea and/or all things in it for their theme. They expect ye sprogs &squiffys to... channel yer inner pirate, choose a swashbucklin' tale in story or song and walk the plank right up to the front door of Spencer House decked out in full buccaneer regalia where there be wenches and scallywags loaded to the gunnels with grog booty

Disclaimer: 
The HCFS can not guarantee that the aforementioned grog & booty will bear an exact likeness to that depicted in your over active imagination.

If pirates don't be yer thing... ye landlubbers can wear whatever ye want and sing & tell yer lily-livered abominations but By the Powers! ... if ye be inducin' sea sickess in the rest of us... there'll be a cat o' nine tails and a keelhaulin' afore we sends ye on yer way to Davey Jone's Locker. Ye been forewarned!

And... if the sea is not your thing and yer fearless enough to admit it... 
any body of water will do. :)

Rubber Ducky, you're the one. You make bath time lots of fun. 
Rubber Ducky, I'm awfully fond of you. Boo boo pee doop!

Xo Margo 

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.


NS Archives photo: Helen Creighton 
While collecting, sometimes Helen had admirers:
" A tall, lean bewhiskered man came to the MacLeod's one day and tried to flirt with me. He said if I'd come back he'd shave his whiskers off and get a new eye."
- Page 70, 'A Life In Folklore' by Helen Creighton, McGill Ryerson, 1975.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Next WTF!

Hello folkies,

WTF:What the Folk! Unplugged open mike returns on Friday, September 22, 2017!
Special guest hosts: The Dory Bungholes

6:30 doors open for seating
7pm start time
9pm finish
Performers please get your name on Margo's list before 6:50.
Spencer House on Morris Street, Halifax
Cost: free will donation towards the programs of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society

See you there!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WTF: What the Folk! Takes no Prisoners...

Happily... summer has arrived but sadly... you all know what that means. 

After June 23rd... WTF! will be on hiatus for two months but...

 ... to fill your hearts with an equal & lasting measure of musical joy...  

... we have invited Guest Hosts... 

The Haltown Stompers 

... who for some strange & twisted reason known only to them and their medical professionals have chosen to send us off on our summer adventures with the delightful theme of...

PRISON 

Even before Society's massive uptick of incarceration in the 80s - even before the phrase "War on Drugs" was coined in 1971 - the matter-of-fact portrayal of incarceration has been reflected in pop culture, namely music. You can find it as far back as Lead Belly's prison and work songs - ones that lament his own incarceration, Jim Crow-era treatment, poverty and existential malaise - in the 30s and 40s. 

There is an excellent BBC interview which reveals how Nelson Mandela used music to raise spirits among himself and his fellow inmates: touching grin-inducing anecdotes of how he and his fellow prisoners would sing the subversive workers' folk song 'Shosholoza' as they endured back-breaking shifts at the lime quarry, or how they would put on concerts every Christmas to boost morale. And an interview with Mandela's best friend Eddie Daniels reveals how he'd frequently treat everyone to renditions of the old Scottish song 'Bonny Mary of Argyle'. In prison there were subversive folk songs that they could sing and get away with and the music would resonate through the prison walls. *Abridged from various sources
Whether emanating from a prisoner of circumstance like Lead Belly... or a prisoner of conscience like Nelson Mandela... these simple prison songs are not just historically vital, but are among some of the most moving and beautiful songs you'll ever hear.

I Know Why The CagedBird Sings *  Maya Angelou 


I know that's all very esoteric and possibly confusing but I wanted you to consider that not all prisons are actual brick and mortar. You can be a prisoner of your own literal mind. Of course you can bring songs like Folsom Prison Blues, Midnight Special, Jailhouse Rock, etc. but I also wanted to encourage you to think outside the box (or in this case... cell :)

Xo Margo
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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Dory Bungholes in Concert

Hi folks,

Just when you thought it was safe to get your dinghy out of winter storage and head out on the high seas... be forewarned:

THE DORY BUNGHOLES 
have broken free of their moorings and are heading your way.


On Friday, June 2nd at noon in the Courtyard...  the Dory Bungholes will kick off the media launch for the upcoming Tuesday Tunes summer concert series at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

On Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00... the Dory Bungholes will present the first concert in the Tuesday Tunes series in the Courtyard of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Dory Bungholes are: 
Vince Morash and Jon Stone trading barbs, baritone & bass
Margo Carruthers anchoring the alto with a bit of sass
and tenor... Jay Perry who takes no prisoners on the "high Cs".


You do not want to miss these scurvy dogs before they are run out of town...
... again :)

Xo Margo






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Monday, May 22, 2017

WTF Karma

WTF: What the Folk 

Unplugged open mic

Friday, May 26, 2017 

7-9 pm (6:30 seating)

Spencer House

5596 Morris Strett, Halifax


"What goes around... comes around"

One of the most interesting concepts that we all stumble across in our lives sooner or later is that of KARMA. In fact, Karma is such an important teaching tool that it features in many of the world's major religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism. 


*Karma essentially means that this happened because that happened. 
In other words... karma is the law of cause and effect. 
Karma can also be neatly defined through Newton's third law: 
every action has an equal or opposite reaction.


Join Guest Host JIM SMITH as we sing songs and tell stories wherein the protagonists get what they give. If they're mean... they get bad karma ~ bad things willhappen. If they're kindly and nice... they get good karma ~ good things willhappen. You might also want to consider songs or stories wherein karma is deserved but has not yet been doled out. And if you are completely stumped... you can always go with songs and stories featuring cars and/or dear old ma.

According to the great philosopher Mick Jagger...

 "You can't always get what you want but... if you try sometimes... you might find you get what you need." 


KARMA

No need for revenge.

Just sit back & wait. 

Those who hurt you 

will eventually screw up 

themselves 

& if you are lucky... 

God will let you watch.

courtesy of  www.lonerwolf.com


Xo Margo


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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 8th 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.


Helen Creighton, Folklorist
www.helencreighton.org
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