Patchwork: She Sings As She Flies – Revisiting The Helen Creighton Song Collection | September 29th 2017

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)
November 2nd, 2017 – Université Sainte-Anne – Church Point, NS (on sale October 20th)
November 3rd, 2017- Bus Stop Theatre – Halifax NS (on sale October 5th)

Patchwork on Social Media:

Media Contact:
Grace Russell
[email protected]

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.

Mary Jane performs Boxwood Festival in Lunenburg, July 29th | May 29th 2017

Join Mary Jane in Lunenburg at the end of July for Boxwood – an astonishing gathering of musicians and remarkable opportunity to connect and workshop with top tradition bearers from across a wide variety of musical traditions – in one of Atlantic Canada’s most magical places! Mary Jane is set to perform the Boxwood Festival Concert Finale on July 29th.

Workshop Registration:
Schedule & Ticket Information:

Boxwood Canada 2017 Public Events Schedule

Friday June 30: Harp Celebration Concert – $25 each, $10 for students (door only)
Sunday July 23: Opening Concert – $25 each, $10 for students (door only).
Wednesday July 26: Baroque concert – $25 each, $10 for students (door only).
Friday July 28: Ceili dance – Free and open to the public
Saturday July 29: finale concert – $30, $15 for students (door only).

Public events are presented by the Boxwood Festival Society. Tickets may be purchased in three ways:

-On-line via PayPal on here.
-After June 1 at Shop On The Corner in Lunenburg; 263 Lincoln St., Lunenburg, 902-634-3434
-At the door for each event starting roughly 30 minutes before starting time

Keep up with Boxwood on social media:
Instagram: @boxwoodfestivals
Twitter: @boxwoodfestival

Sound Symposium Concert Review: “Patchwork” – Mary Jane Lamond, Laurel Macdonald & Philip Strong | August 15th 2016

By Jing Xia, Sound Symposium

I knew,

from the very beginning,

from the first syllable resonating in the air,

from the first image coming into view,

that I fell in love with it.

I have watched many voice performances, I buy music videos often and I am quite familiar with digital audio. However, I thought I knew nothing about these four things when I sat in the audience that night: voice, video, electronics, and imagery. Mary Jane Lamond, Laurel Macdonald (voice) as well as Philip Strong (sound mixing) converge them in such a beautiful way, and I can’t find a suitable word to describe how beautiful it was.

Lamond and Macdonald reimagined and reset some traditional Canadian folk songs collected by Helen Creighton. By using electronic sounds and effects, they made songs rich, continuous and intuitive. There were three elements to the performance: the video with electronic sound and the voice with live recording and looping. Lamond’s and Macdonald’s voices were realistic sounds in that room and I could feel it through the vibrating air, parting lips, and even the emotional eyes. The electronic sound track and the video were like something beyond the real. Rigid video often influences the way audiences think, especially during a feeling process of musical performance – in this case the video images gave me a way of exploring and enjoying the music. [READ MORE]

Patchwork at Sound Symposium | July 18th 2016

I’m so excited to have finally performed Patchwork for the first time last week as a part of Sound Symposium in St. John’s with Laurel MacDonald and Philip Strong. Here is an image from the show –


See you at Celtic Colours! | June 23rd 2016

Very happy to be performing at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Celtic Colours this October.
Very much looking forward to seeing everyone and playing some music in front of the wonderful audiences Celtic Colours draws!

Big congrats to everyone at Celtic Colours for 20 years of your amazing festival!
See you there!

Mary Jane & Wendy celebrate International Women’s Day with The Ann Terry Society | February 18th 2016

ATP March 9

“Following our passion & finding our voices.”

Join Mary Jane & Wendy March 9th at United Heritage Church to celebrate International Women’s Day with The Ann Terry Society!