September 29th, 2017 – She Sings as She Flies • Revisiting the Helen Creighton Song Collection was conceived by Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald as a special production of their voice+electronics+visual performance project Patchwork.

First cousins and longtime professional performers and creative collaborators, Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald recently launched a performance duo under the moniker Patchwork: a project dedicated to the presentation of traditional song in a contemporary context.

She Sings as She Flies will feature Mary Jane and Laurel as Patchwork performing songs from the Gaelic and English language traditions. Joining Mary Jane and Laurel will be Nicole LeBlanc, Kirsten Olivia and Naomi Dawn Poulette, singing selections from the Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Mi’kmaq communities respectively.

Together they will present the songs in a theatrical environment, integrating the music with archival recordings and images, live vocal looping, sound design and video stage projections.
The production will look not only at the rich legacy of the music itself, but will also pose questions regarding the circumstances of Helen Creighton’s work, and the social and cultural environment then, and now.

She Sings as She Flies will be a groundbreaking presentation by five uniquely talented Nova Scotian singers, illustrating the richness, diversity and complex history behind this unique folksong collection.

Performance Dates:
October 21st, 2017 – deCoste Centre – Pictou, NS [Tickets]
October 27th, 2017 – Immaculata Hall/St.F.X. University – Antigonish, NS (on sale October 12th. To reserve tickets contact: StFX Celtic Studies Dept, Immaculata Hall (902-867-2300) or the Music Dept, Gilmora Hall – 902-867-2106)
November 2nd, 2017 – Université Sainte-Anne – Church Point, NS (on sale October 20th. To reserve tickets contact: or call (902) 769.3288 )
November 3rd, 2017- Bus Stop Theatre – Halifax NS [Tickets]

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Grace Russell

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.

She Sings as She Flies From left to right: Naomi Dawn Poulette, Nicole LeBlanc, Mary Jane Lamond, Kirsten Olivia, Laurel MacDonald. Photo by John David

We just finished a week-long workshop in preparation for our October 2017 tour of She Sings as She Flies, with guest artists Naomi Dawn Poulette, Nicole LeBlanc and Kirsten Olivia. During a break from the brainstorming and music making photographer John David took our first-ever group portrait, on location near our rehearsal space in Cape Breton.

Stay tuned for our show dates and details, coming very soon!


Mary Jane and I are back in beautiful Glendale, Cape Breton, Canada for our first development/rehearsal sessions for Patchwork’s new production and tour. Can’t wait to bring it to the stage in October 2017!

: ) Laurel


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