Clary Croft in Concert

Music in the Courtroom with Clary Croft

Presented by Kings County Museum and Deep Roots Music Festival

37 Cornwallis Street, Kentville


Tickets $20 available by phone 902-678-6237 BUY TICKETS HERE

It promises to be a magical night of music in the historic courtroom at the Kings Courthouse Museum when Clary Croft brings his beautiful tenor voice, impeccable musicianship and deep knowledge of folklore to share.

Clary is cited in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada for his contribution to Maritime folklore and his ongoing research into the traditional music of the Maritime provinces. For twelve years he performed and researched regional folk songs and folklore at Nova Scotia’s Sherbrooke Village restoration site.

A protégé and fellow folklorist of Nova Scotia’s Helen Creighton, Clary published “Helen Creighton, Canada’s First Lady of Folklore”, an intimate biography of Helen in 1989.  Helen began to collect the folk songs and lore of Nova Scotia In 1928 and in 1987 Clary was responsible for cataloguing the Creighton Collection for the public Archives of Nova Scotia.

Helen had quite a relationship with – albeit through correspondence- with another collector of songs whose roots are deep in Nova Scotia. Carrie Grover was born in 1879 near Sunken Lake into a musical family where she learned hundreds of songs and fiddle tunes. Later in life she had them transcribed and recorded at the Library of Congress where Creighton’s collection is housed as well.

Clary will perform traditional songs from the Creighton and Grover collections as well as songs from some of his favourite Maritime songwriters mixed with several of his own originals.

With a blend of story and song, Clary offers an intimate evening of music and lore –  a celebration of life in the Maritimes.