Thursday, January 11, 2018

WTF: What the Folk! open mic returns at new venue

Hello gang,

I know that a lot of you have been inconsolable ever since it was announced that we would have to leave our beloved Spencer House but... weep no more. It gives me great pleasure to announce that WTF! has found a new home and it is fabulous!

As of January 26th, 2018... we will be meeting as usual every second and fourth Friday of the month at the historic George Wright House [aka the Women's Council House] located on the corner of Inglis Street and Young Avenue in the south end of Halifax. 

This is an extraordinary place... both of beauty and of history and so I ask you to please take a few moments to acquaint yourself.

http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=7324

The space we will be using consists of the acoustically rich large double parlour, the sun porch, the kitchen, and the butler's pantry. There is a washrooom and facilities are available to prepare tea and coffee; however, unlike Spencer House... there is no on-site baker to create mouth watering desserts and so we are looking into options. Perhaps going on post Christmas sweets diets is in order :)

The actual civic address is 989 Young Avenue. Entrance at night is through the Ramp Door only. 

There is no parking on the premises as the driveway is reserved for the building's tenants; however, there is plenty of parking on Young, Inglis and South Park plus there is a pay parking lot next to the apartment building at 1030 South Park Street.

For those who choose to leave their cars at home... there are at least 5 bus routes that pass by the corner of South Park, Young and Inglis - #14 and #9 plus the University Routes #10, #17 and #18.

I expect that we will have some minor adjustments at first; however, I also expect that it will be nothing our merry musical band can't handle with humour, humility, and grace :)

Xo Margo


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Ómós - An evening of traditional Irish song, music and storytelling

Ómós - An evening of traditional Irish song, music and storytelling
Dec 1, 7:30 pm Kings College Chapel, doors open at 7:00
Kings Chapel is a wonderful acoustic venue. The concert is sponsored by An Cumann.
Freewill Donation at the door
Many Halifax storytellers already familiar with musicians Mossie Scanlon and Cian O Morain from County Kerry. Cian is also a great storyteller, and gave a wonderful workshop on Irish epic stories for us several years ago. Mossie is a sean-nós singer. Sean-nós is a highly ornamented traditional style of solo, unaccompanied singing in Gaelic.
They are joined for this concert by Finbarr Condon-English from Co.Tipperary. During his formative years, he spent some time learning Classical and Jazz music in London. Finbarr's first love however, is Traditional Irish music, being resident violinist at Brú Ború, Cashel, Co. Tipperary for many years. This position has presented multiple musical missions to foreign shores, acting as a cultural ambassador. Such audiences have included The World Expo Shanghai 2010 and Millan 2015 (accompanying the President of Ireland on both occasions), EU summits in Brussels and Dublin castle as well as tours to Lesthoto, Swaziland and Mozambique. Finbarr plays for Irish Set Dancers, and we may see a couple of sets during the evening.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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


She Sings as She Flies •




Revisiting the Helen Creighton Song Collection was conceived by first cousins and longtime creative collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald as a special production of their Patchwork vocal performance project.
She Sings as She Flies features Mary Jane and Laurel performing songs from the Gaelic and English language traditions. Joining them are Nicole LeBlanc, Kirsten Olivia and Naomi Dawn Poulette, singing selections from the Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Mi’kmaq communities respectively. The songs are integrated with archival recordings and images, live vocal looping, sound design and video stage projections.
The production looks not only at the rich legacy of the music itself, but also poses questions regarding the circumstances of Helen Creighton’s work, and the social and cultural environment then, and now. She Sings as She Flies is a groundbreaking new production by five uniquely talented Nova Scotian singers, illustrating the richness, diversity and complex history behind this unique folksong collection.
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.

Tickets at: http://www.tickethalifax.com/events/48365267/she-sings-as-she-flies