The Helen Creighton Folklore Society is named in honour of folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989),

who collected and published traditional music, stories and lore of Maritime Canada.

More about the Society

Helen Creighton
Folklorist: Dr. Helen Creighton

Recordings for Sale: CD’s, downloads

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Film Spotlight:

Marine Highway, produced by Margaret Perry

Margaret Perry (1905-1998) was born in New Brunswick and became a travelling projectionist working in film production until settling in Nova Scotia. From 1945-1969, she worked for the Nova Scotia Film Bureau as a film producer.

For many years her work was forgotten but now it has been digitalized including Marine Highway which she produced in 1959:

“A travelogue of Dartmouth and Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore, including footage of Helen Creighton recording folksongs, local artists at work and recreational activities in the area.”

Near the end of this film, you will see Helen recording Edmond Henneberry, Eastern Passage. The closing song is Diane Oxner singing The Nova Scotia Song aka Farewell to Nova Scotia.

https://archives.novascotia.ca/perry/films/?ID=37

Bluenose Ghosts Story Spotlight:

News and Events

McMillan’s Camp Boys at Helen Creighton Folk Club

The ’Boys’ have been regulars at the Folk Club from the beginning. Their music is in the style of Appalachian Folk with great harmonies. A show not to be missed!

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/421747868227
Helen’s Birthday Tea
Helen Creighton Folk Club
We’re back!!! Helen Creighton Folk Club featuring Amy Lou Keeler. Open Mic too.

Ghosts!
Kids! Do you know a scary story?
Ghost Story Writing Contest for Kids!

Forerunners are warnings of impending death.
Forerunners are warnings of impending death.

Congratulations to Bev Lamb!

Bev Lamb is a supporter of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society and he is often seen at our events including our new Folk Club open mic.
Bev sometimes features songs and folklore from the Helen Creighton Collection on his radio show, Touchstone, and he has interviewed members of the Society on its varied folk programs, events and recordings.

Bev has just received the NCRA Community Radio Award in the Folk catogory. Bev has been at CKDU Radio as a programmer since 1985. you can catch his show every Saturday from 10am-12pm.
Thank you Bev for your continued support over the years. Congratulations on a well deserved recognition!

Folk club featuring Basil
The Helen Creighton Folklore Society requests your help with our Giving Challenge.
For the month of June, every $1 you give enters us to win $20,000 from @CanadaHelps.
With your support, we’ll be able to increase our Grants-In-Aid program and help others to collect, preserve and promote community and cultural projects. Donate here.

Coming up!

This special folk event will present featured performers followed by an open mic. Doors open at 6:30pm. Event starts at 7pm. Performers, please arrive by 6:45 to sign up.

Cost: Free Will Donation towards the featured performer and the Society’s work.

The Lunenburg County Music Festival is pleased to announce the following:

There were 4 classes of performances devoted to songs from the Helen Creighton collection:

10 years & under, 14 years & under,16 years & under, 18 years & under

Featuring a total of 8 entrants.

The two highest placements in these classes were:

Junior: Breton Hayden, performed “Green Bushes”

Senior: Sofia Andreu, performed “Mary Hamilton”

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society would like to congratulate Breton and Sofia, recipients of the Helen Creighton Award! Thank you!

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society sends our appreciation to all the participants for performing songs from the Helen Creighton Collection. It’s so important to honour the songs of our ancestors.

The Helen Creighton Award is given annually for performances of material from the Helen Creighton Collection at Nova Scotia Music Festivals for Students.

Helen Creighton Folk Club!

This premiere folk event will present featured performers followed by an open mic. Doors open at 6:30pm. Event starts at 7pm. Performers, please arrive by 6:45 to sign up.

Cost: Free Will Donation towards the featured performer and the Society’s work.

Open Mic Event!
Helen Creighton Folk Club

Celebrating African Heritage Month!

Dr. Helen Creighton during her lifetime career of collecting folk songs and folklore from the Maritimes recorded many songs from Nova Scotia’s Black communities. Some of the highlights of those field recordings from the 40s, 50s and 60s are complied in an album called “Sankofa Songs: A Legacy of Roots and Rhythm”, African Nova Scotia Songs.

Sankofa Songs
Sankofa Songs CD

Bandcamp digital recording

Strange Valentines

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society is pleased to receive a generous donation from the Strange Valentines!

The Strange Valentines are Australian David Farrel and Nova Scotian Janet Mills. They just released a new album called Heroines and Scoundrels on Bandcamp.

The album honours the collections of Helen Creighton and Roy McKenzie with the Strange Valentines’ versions of songs, such as, the romantic, Broken Ring, and the tricky, Dick Turpin and the Lawyer.

“The stories of these songs are amazing, I can’t believe how much drama there is. You’ve got romance, you’ve got bushrangers and highwaymen, there’s serial killers, poisonings, it’s kind of incredible. And the strong defiant women of the time, really something. The stories pull you in, I can easily see how a night of entertainment in the 1700s would have been absolutely compelling. We knew we had to do something with these songs” [Janet on song research] 

Congratulations and a big thank you to the Strange Valentines!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society regrets to inform everyone that the Grants In Aid Program has been postponed until 2023. 

Due to various impacts from the pandemic, Grants In Aid will not be accepting applications or fulfilling any grants for 2022. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back here or the Grants In Aid page for any updates.

In memory of Paul Healy

Paul Healy was a friend and supporter of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Recently a donation to the Society was made in memory of Paul. 

He liked to tell stories and sing at our open mic’s. He had a great sense of humour, a love of puns, and a joy of life that was contagious.

Paul will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

A Poem and Heartfelt Message From WTF:What the Folk

Hi everyone,
Well… we’ve certainly been through a much longer hiatus than any of us would have even thought possible back in February 2019. Yes… it’s been that long since we’ve gathered for music and merrymaking at Wright House, our home away from home, in Halifax’s south end every second Friday of the month.
But… as hard as it has been for us humans… we are capable of understanding the rationale behind our absence but what about Wright House? Are historic houses capable of feelings? Of course they are… especially on Christmas Eve when disbelief is suspended and all things are possible.
With that premise in mind…I have penned you a poem (see below) reflecting the spirit of Christmasses past; embracing the spirit of friends who have passed; sharing the spirit of love and goodwill that is within each and every one of us. And within each and every thing… especially on Christmas Eve 🙂
Xo Margo
A heartfelt Merry Christmas from the Helen Creighton Folklore Society and What The Folk!

Read Poem: WTF Night Before Christmas

Read and Listen: Oxen on Christmas Eve

Read and Listen: The Cherry Tree Carol

Read: Christmas Crossing: an illuminating story

Happy Holidays for Leo Guyette

A lovely Christmas present was given to Leo by his family via donations to the Helen Creighton Folklore Society. Leo is a regular audience member at our open mic sessions at WTF: What the Folk (before we had to suspend gatherings due to the pandemic).
We miss seeing Leo, his smile and enthusiasm. Hopefully, we can all gather again for WTF in 2022.

A very Merry Christmas to you, Leo!

Giving Tuesday November 30, 2021!

Well, you did it! You made our very first Giving Tuesday a success and donated more than our goal of $1000. There are still a couple of donations to arrive yet for a grand total and we are so thankful for anything you can donate at anytime.
Thank you so much for being a folk friend.

Be a Friend anytime. Its easy to donate and support the Helen Creighton Folklore Society.

Audience at WTF: What the Folk open mic
WTF: What the Folk open mic at the Local Women’s Council House, Halifax 2014-2015

WTF: What the Folk!

WTF open mic is on a long hiatus because of the pandemic. We tried having a WTF outside in the summer but the weather didn’t cooperate. We had hoped to have a WTF in November 2021 but alas, it did not work out. We will try again when restrictions are lifted. WTF will be back! So stay tuned.