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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.


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www.helencreighton.org
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Best Open Mic in town!

WTF:What the Folk-unplugged open mic.
The second and fourth Friday of every month.
At 7pm (6:30 seating)
Spencer House
5596 Morris Street
Halifax,NS
Cost: Free Will Donation toward the Helen Creighton Folklore Society's work.

Friday, April 21, 2017

For the Birds! WTF: What the Folk returns to normal? - on April 28

Hello gang....

After much rescheduling over the winter months... WTF! is pleased to announce that we will be resuming our regular schedule - every second and fourth Friday of the month - starting on April 28th until the end of June when we break for our usual summer hiatus.

And speaking of June... WTF! has not had a Guest Host since June 2016... the horror! 

Well... that is about to change and in honour of this momentous occasion... and to do my part in helping promote and celebrate National Poetry Month... I have composed a poem to welcome our gulliblevictims (oops! I mean gracious volunteers :)


It was WTF! night and the line-up went right up to Spring Garden Road and back down.
     There never had been folkies so keen to be at the front of the crowd.
With limited seating, there was lots of bleating if somebody dared push in line.
     To hear the complaining, griping and 'splaining....  you'd think it a capital crime.

A man walking by just had to ask why such a large crowd had been gathered.
     Someone jumped in with guitar and a grin and a very sad tale soon unravelled.
"For months now we've suffered through Margo as host enduring her much offbeat humour
     But word's going round that a new host's been found... everyone here's heard the rumour."

"And so we await... hoping that Fate will rejuvinate all who have gathered.
     Saved from that lass who's a pain in the ass with all of her incessant blather."
Then the door opened wide and what they all saw inside made some of them queasy and wince.
     "Margo's absurd! But they're FOR THE BIRDS!! Good grief! It's Pixie and Vince."

And you wonder why it's been a challenge to entice guest hosts of late :)


For the record... the phrase for the birds is an idiom meaning worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example: WTF! is for the birds, let's get the bleep out of here. I'm pretty sure that Vince Morash and Pixie Currie did not have this is mind when choosing the theme; however, if you feel so inclined... in addition to songs and stories celebrating birds and all the things that birdies do like building nests, taking fanciful flights or dropping presents on your head... WTF! invites you to share something absolutely worthless. Like I did with my poem. Go ahead... do your worst :)

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.

Photo: Nova Scotia Archives, Helen recording Mrs Edward Gallagher (Catherine)







Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thank you, Helen!


In celebration of International Woman's Day, we honour Canada's First Lady of Folklore, Dr Helen Creighton:
Folklorist, author, writer, teacher, radio personality, oral recording expert, auto driver, ambulance driver, landlord, canoeist, tennis player, wheelbarrow pusher, adventurer, lover of tea, dreamer.
Thank you for helping to pave the way for women!
(Photos: Nova Scotia Archives)




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Storytelling Workshop - Book your spot!

Storytelling Workshop

Professional Storytellers in partnership with the Storytellers Circle of Halifax

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax strives to preserve the long established tradition of storytelling in Nova Scotia. It promotes the art of oral storytelling by nurturing and inspiring both seasoned and novice tellers, and by providing opportunities for tellers and listeners of all ages, cultures, and communities to come together to share and experience the power of stories.

Workshop:  A Touch of Magic:  The Art of Telling Folktales

This 4-hour workshop is designed for those who have had some experience telling tales in the oral tradition and would like to discover more about telling folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, etc. 
As a participant, you will have the opportunity to 

explore the rationale for including folktales and world tales in your storytelling repertoire

learn how to select the “perfect” tale for teller, audience, and occasion

become aware of cultural sensitivity in telling world tales

develop skills to enrich and enhance your storytelling through full use of the imagination and the senses in both mastering and presenting your tale

refine and polish your presentation through awareness of such elements as gesture, intonation, facial expression, and movement

Please note:  The last two topics will develop skills of use in telling any type of tale (personal, family, historical, etc.)

Participants should bring a prepared five-minute tale to share.

Sunday, March 12         1:00-5:00p.m.     Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax  
$65 for non-members
$60 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members

Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  

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To reserve your place, or for more information, contact Liz Newkirk 
902 477-1474    or   lnewkirk@ns.sympatico.ca

Please register on or before: Wednesday, March 8

Liz is an experienced , professional storyteller and workshop presenter. She is a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can tell a story!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Doing research or a project? Apply for a Grant

Every year, the Helen Creighton Folklore Society offers Grants In Aid to researchers or projects with a folk focus or interest. Check out the Grants In Aid information on the website http://www.helencreighton.org or check out the link below:

DEADLINE: FEB 28, 2017 
Please, spread the word!

https://www.facebook.com/HelenCreightonFolkloreSociety/posts/1324158454289776

Folkcraft in Nova Scotia


In celebration of African Heriatge Month and Mi'kmaq Heritage Day, here is a link to an article about the craft of basketry in Nova Scotia:


https://www.facebook.com/HelenCreightonFolkloreSociety/posts/1324194397619515

Thursday, February 16, 2017

WORKSHOPS for Beginner and Intermediate Storytelling

Storytelling Workshops

Professional Storytellers in partnership with the Storytellers Circle of Halifax

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax strives to preserve the long established tradition of storytelling in Nova Scotia. It promotes the art of oral storytelling by nurturing and inspiring both seasoned and novice tellers, and by providing opportunities for tellers and listeners of all ages, cultures, and communities to come together to share and experience the power of stories.

Workshop 1:  Getting Started

 

This 3-hour workshop will introduce participants to the age-old art of oral storytelling.   Using examples, active participation, and helpful tips, we will explore 

selecting a tale that “fits” the teller, audience, and occasion, 
mastering the chosen tale through visualization and imagination
performing the tale so that it comes alive for listeners
pre-performance warm-ups and relaxation techniques

 

Sunday, Feb. 26         1:00-4:00 p.m.       Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax    

$55 for non-members

$50 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members

 

Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  

 

 

Workshop 2:  A Touch of Magic:  The Art of Telling Folktales

 

This 4-hour workshop is designed for those who have had some experience telling tales in the oral tradition and would like to discover more about telling folktales, wonder tales, legends, myths, etc. 

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to 

 

explore the rationale for including folktales and world tales in your storytelling repertoire
learn how to select the “perfect” tale for teller, audience, and occasion
become aware of cultural sensitivity in telling world tales
develop skills to enrich and enhance your storytelling through full use of the imagination and the senses in both mastering and presenting your tale
refine and polish your presentation through awareness of such elements as gesture, intonation, facial expression, and movement

 

Please note:  The last two topics will develop skills of use in telling any type of tale (personal, family, historical, etc.)

 

Participants should bring a prepared five-minute tale to share.

 

Sunday, March 12       1:00-5:00p.m.   Spencer House, 5596 Morris St., Halifax  

$65 for non-members

$60 for Storytellers Circle of Halifax members

 

Presenter:  Liz Newkirk  

 

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To reserve your place, or for more information, contact Liz Newkirk

902 477-1474   or   lnewkirk@ns.sympatico.ca

 

Please register on or before the following:

Workshop 1:  Wednesday, February 22        

Workshop 2:  Wednesday, March 8

 

Liz is an experienced , professional storyteller and workshop presenter. She is a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax and Storytellers of Canada/Conteurs du Canada. She firmly believes everyone has a story to tell, and everyone can tell a story!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES for WTF:What the Folk!

Hi folks,

There are a few upcoming calendar changes to our WTF! schedule due to Spencer House commitments conflicting with the second Tuesdays in both February and March therefore...

... please be advised that...
... Instead of February 10and 24th...

the February WTF! dates are February 17th and 24th

... Instead of March 10and 24th...

the March WTF! dates are March 24th and 31st

I will still be sending out the regular blurb one week prior to each WTF! night but I thought that if you knew in advance... you could mark these changes on your calendar right now so you don't end up at Spencer House in error. After all... there's nothing sadder than a drooling What the Folkie deprived of pie :)

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.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Get in Shape for WTF:What the Folk!

WTF: What the Folk! Unplugged open mic

Friday, January 27, 2017 / 7pm (do open at 6:30 for seating, treats and performance sign up)

Spencer House Community Centre

5596 Morris Street, Halifax, NS

Cost: Free will donation

Supported by the Helen Creighton Folklore Society


Hello folks!

After missing the entire month of December due to rescheduling, weather closures and Christmas... things are starting to take SHAPE at WTF!


First of all... congratulations to Leo Feinstein, the lucky winner of the GIFTS & GIVING draw at our last WTF! Leo chose to take home Helen Creighton's Bluenose Ghosts. Cheer up all those whose names were not drawn. We promise to hold more such popular fun events in the future.

But before that can occur... we must seriously get in SHAPE.
 And what a coincidence!! The theme for our next WTF! on January 27th is... 

SHAPES


... Could be literal SHAPES like circles, squares, triangles, tetrahedrons :)

... And then there's the SHAPE that a person may find themselves in. 
Like most of us after our Christmas excesses :)

Or... the SHAPE of things to come. 

Look no further than our neighbours down south. Today they inaugurated what could be the most masterful of SHAPE shifters ever OR the most ship SHAPE Commander-in-chief of all time... or a bit of both :) 

Whatever the eventual outcome, we can be sure that there will be a lot of whipping into SHAPE going on below the border. With the potential for a gunfight to erupt any minute at the OK Corral... it's time for all the pretty little snowbirds to get out of Dodge in reality - Tombstone - how apropos!!! I've heard that foreigners could become target practice:)

** DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed above should in no way reflect either positively or negatively upon the members of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, their families or friends. They are nothing more than the ravings of a deranged person with far too much free time on her hands.

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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WTF:What the Folk! Friday the 13th! Gifts and Giving.

Hello all you folkies! Bet you are ready for a folk fix after nearly two months of being WTF: What the Folk deprived! 
Well get ready for this Friday, the 13th as we ring in the new year with the theme Gifts and Giving. Maybe you have a song or story about gifts or giving or a mention of the word gifts, giving or presents, or perhaps you can give the gift of a new song or story just learned or created. Maybe you have a story or song about this past Holiday season? Or you can just do a Don Burke and play a song that doesn't fit the theme! 
Whether you are a performer or listener, we'd sure like to see you on:
Friday, January 13, 2017
7pm ( doors open at 6:30 for seating and treats, and for performer sign up)
WTF: What the Folk: unplugged open mic
Spencer House Community Centre
5596 Morris St, Halifax, NS
Cost: free will donation towards the programs of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, https://www.helencreighton.org

Parking is behind the Centre after 6pm or on the sides trees.
Refreshments and Homemade treats available for purchase, made by the fabulous cook, Stephanie, at Spencer House. Her pies are delish!

Free Course on Song Collecting

This course on song collecting would also likely have some crossover information for story collecting too.


SCC Pathway - Free Online Course Official Launch Press Release 

New free online course in song collecting - 6 week duration Launching on 16th January 2017 on OpenLearning.com Now open for registration: http://bit.ly/SCC-Pathway

OpenLearning is a MOOC platform that allows anyone to create, run, teach and enrol in a course (free or private). Sign up today and join in a community of life long learning!

This course was created by the Song Collectors Collective to train the next generation of song collectors in four pathways toward song collecting (index...

The Song Collectors Collective are launching a new free online course, ‘Pathway’, empowering a new generation of song collectors in the UK, Ireland and beyond. Commencing on 16th January participants will discover the rich world of song and story collecting, learned via weekly lectures and in peer to peer forums. The 6 week course appeals to lovers of song and folklore who wish to pursue their own research, fieldwork and archiving, giving the confidence to those not within academic institutions to seek out vanishing oral cultures. The Course has been created by Dr Duncan Williams from Plymouth University alongside folk singers and song collectors Sam Lee and Tommy Black Roff

Oral traditions, from bothy ballads, shanties, traveller songs and laments to football chants, surround us at home and abroad. Yet such expressions are often overlooked and undervalued in the digital age. The project will help bolster the song collecting movement by training participants in tasks including: researching, recording, indexing, editing, archiving and publishing. 

Via weekly online lectures, Pathway introduces the last 150 years of song collecting, folklore and ethnomusicology, before preparing participants with all the necessary moral codes and ethical considerations. The course then splits into four streams covering the major aspects of song collecting, quickly engaging the group in activities and allowing participants to learn from lectures and from each other. 

The Song Collectors Collective is a the coming together of individuals united by their common desire to celebrate, document and support singing and other oral traditions. Consisting of an online archive of recordings, a support network for song collectors and a number of annual events, the collective is at the forefront of efforts to document singing practices in contemporary UK and Ireland. 

Pathway begins 16th January and lasts 6 weeks until 6th MarchSign up today to start your own journey! http://bit.ly/SCC-Pathway

This course was created by the Song Collectors Collective to train the next generation of song collectors in four pathways toward song collecting (index...

LINKS https://www.openlearning.com/courses/song-collectors-pathway/http://songcollectors.org