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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! The British Invasion! with host, Bill Plaskett

"The British are coming! The British are coming! 

Allegedly uttered by Paul Revere during the American Revolution

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "Paul Revere's Ride" (1861)

Today... the phrase the British are coming is a warning that enemies are about and a battle is about to begin... a statement of impending doom.


This isn't quite the feeling I was going for when I suggested this week's theme :)

We had such a blast with the Beatles last week that I thought it would be great fun to extend the merriment to inlude other British artists of the 60s and so... 


albeit with a twist. You can certainly sing songs from 60s British artists but there were other British invasions throughout history (ie: the expulsion of the Acadians; the defeat of the Scots at Culloden; etc.) and so songs in the trad vein are covered in the theme too. And who better to champion all things British than...



... who left the streets of London to cross the pond and take Canada by storm, co-founding the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and fathering Joel with whom he released the award winning collaborative LP SOLIDARITY. Solidarity, We stand in solidarity, We're weary but we're ready Pushing boulders up the hill...."  Sounds like a typical WTF! night to me :)

Xo Margo

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WTF! is an artistic outreach program of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. 
Now in its 9th year, WTF!
 is primarily an acoustic unplugged open-mic session for performers of all ages in the traditional & folk music vein... singers, instrumentalists and storytellers in particular.

Co-hosted by the convivial team of Cindy Campbell-Stone & Margo Carruthers with occasional guest hosts, WTF!
meets every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Local Council of Women's House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax where sing-a-longs are known to spontaneously erupt and laughter is a given. 

Come anytime after 6:30pm. Entertainment starts at 7:00
 and goes until 9:00. As always... admission is by free-will donation 
towards the Society's work. All proceeds from the sale of home-made baked goods are at the provider's discretion.

 989 Young Avenue through the Ramp Door only. The front door is unavailable at night.

PARKING – lots of parking available on the surrounding streets. There is absolutely no parking in the driveway of 
the house. It is for the sole use of the permanent tenants. There is also a pay parking lot next to 
the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.

there are four bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis during our time line - #14 and #29 plus the University Routes #10, and #18. The #7 comes as close as the corner of South Park and South.

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