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Photo by Greg Locke

Patch·work ˈpaCHˌwərk/
noun a thing composed of many different elements so as to appear variegated

Patchwork is a voice+electronics+visuals performance project featuring longtime creative collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Laurel MacDonald. Patchwork draws its inspiration and music from the collection of folk songs compiled by the pioneering Nova Scotian folklorist Helen Creighton, and explores a point of convergence between folk song and visual imagery, and digital audio and video technology. Mary Jane and Laurel are joined in live performance by
Phil Strong on sound design and live music/audio mix.

Patchwork has its world premier performance at Sound Symposium XVIII in St. John’s, Newfoundland in July 2016, and the show is available for bookings for the upcoming season. Please contact Sheri Jones at
Jones & Co. Artist Management for further information.

The False Knight Upon the Road
Patchwork live at Sound Symposium XVIII in St. John’s Newfoundland, July 2016

The False Knight Upon the Road is an ages-old riddle song first collected and published in the UK by Francis Child (1825-1896) and then again in Nova Scotia by Helen Creighton (1899-1989). The stage projections use cell phone emojis in a whimsical storybook-inspired style to illustrate an ancient tale of innocence versus evil in this story where, as much as the False Knight (the Devil) tries to confound the child, he is unable to do so.
Nighean Riabhaich Dhomhnaill (The Jealous Sister)
Patchwork live at Sound Symposium XVIII in St. John’s Newfoundland, July 2016

Ballads on the theme of the jealous sister are common in many Northern European languages. In this Scottish Gaelic version, a woman calls from the shore where her sister has taken her to drown. “Oh, do you not have pity on me?” asks the woman of her sister, “They will find me drowned, with my brown hair floating on the top of the sea.”
I Dyed My Petticoat Red
Living Room Concert, May 2015
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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
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