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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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
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Storytellers Circle of Halifax - Tales of the Night Manager with Pat Dickson

As night manager of a downtown Halifax hotel, Pat Dickson met them all: 
...the good, the bad and the ugly, the brides and bridezillas, the barber shoppers, the naked men, the drunks, the gamblers, the hookers and the boas.  And the strange questions!  Pat survived them all and will tell you all about them. Her lips are not sealed. 

An Evening with Clary Croft on Eventbrite


https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-evening-with-clary-croft-tickets-33830438753



Friday, May 12, 2017

Tales of Heart, Hope, and Humour - Jun 3


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.

Folksongs, Folktales, Folklore

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents "Drumsong Stories"

The Storytellers Circle of Halifax presents "Drumsong Stories"
Featured teller: Joanna Jarvis, accompanied by her husband Pat, African Drum Carver/Drummer
Followed by Open Mic (10 min stories)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Spencer House, 5596 Morris Street, Halifax
Free admittance - donations will be gathered.
Stories begin at 7PM but come early and enjoy homemade treats and coffee/tea.
For further information phone Pat Dickson, 902-434-6055

Joanna Jarvis is originally from Ottawa and moved to Nova Scotia in 2007. 
She is a Professional Storyteller, part-time Library Clerk at the Digby Library, a member of the Storytellers Circle of Halifax,  Storytellers of Canada,  and founder of the Weymouth Storytellers Circle (Unfortunately on hiatus due to time constraints).  Combining music, singing and puppetry Joanna delights in spinning original stories, folk tales, historical, humorous,  mysterious and chilling tales for schools, seniors, fund raisers, churches and other venues. She also provides storytelling workshops.  Together with her husband Pat Jarvis( African Drum Carver/Drummer) she tells Drumsong Stories as well as performing drumming or assisting him with Drum Workshops.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Storytellers Circle presents Liz Newkirk April 20, 2016

Please note  this is a departure from our our regular 2nd Thursday of the month
because of the way Easter falls this year.