Faith Nolan  at Camp Naivelt  FAITH NOLAN

Welalien Ache, thank you, everyone again for your love and solidarity in getting The Jailhouse Blues released, YAY! we got the album recorded pressed and  distributed to women prisoners  and there allies. In the  Faithnet I want to share with you  news about the two new jail projects I am working at for the next year , a sistering singing group and update you about  camp sis.please feel free to check out the  song below "Countin the Cash" in solidarity with all of us who have been through the psychiatric industrial complex-  by Faith Nolan


 This sunny ,rainy summer and I gave thanks everyday for  the sun, earth and sky, Well  Summer is over. you can see my new goodtimes banjo  in the pic. The  album launch  is finished and I am getting the songs out to media, slowly. I did a week of kids and adult choirs at  Camp Naivelt  this summer which was great fun and what a wow  weekend of  concerts with wonderful Naivelt performers where we  celebrating Pete Seeger who  performed at Naivelt and had the annual peace tea..As I approach sixty I  am so happy to have been building decks(3) and a new porch , feeling joy and strength in the piney woods. Now I am back and forth from Toronto to the Piney woods. To start the Fall I will be two new music empowerment programs  at two womens jail in Ontario. Along with songwriting, voicing and learning ukulele , guitar and banjo  we will be trying out some music theatre.Thanks to ETFO and Kathleen Loftus for this ongiong support of the programs. Toyin, Pamela,Dinah,  Pat A, Bo-Yi,Nadan, and Ash and I met as  group  over the spring and have corordinated  six new volunteers women to come into one jail this fall to begin  new writing, yoga, music and support programs for our sisters inside. Some women are  working on  getting transportation together so women and children can visit and arranging for rides for sisters  who are released. One exciting Toronto Community  event we will hold later this  Fall will be   a  coat raising ( bring a coat  to come to the concert , these coats will be  given to women in jail ) 

I am also looking forward to doing song workshops  at Maggies with 2 spirited workers in Toronto. I also begin singing workshops  this fall at  Sistering a safe space for women who are marginalizeds, poor, isolated on Thursdays. This summer Camp Sis was lucky enough to have  our 2 spirited elder and caretaker of the land  Doreen Silversmith stay at Camp sis. Doreen hosted the women who visited , camped and  made gardens.  Toyin and family+ friends are  building  a cabin they will stay in. Along with Patricia K. they are helping winterize the main house where Doreen  stays, Patricia K.  is  also making plans to build  a cabin at Camp Sis.Women have been fundraising at Camp Sis to pay the taxes and we  will be  holding a pay the tax event to get Camp Sis taxes together. Next summer 2015  we will once  again hold the Camp Sis Retreat  and Music Festival. 

need any info please email me at :  

The Voices of Freedom Choir may start up again in January 2015 so holla back if your interested ,   peace , joy and justice, faith nolan

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Jail House Blues: Sept 2013

D-OED Blues : A.K.A Dead Time Blues.mp3

free download:  enjoy the first recorded  song for the jail house blues


My name is Faith Nolan. For the the past six years I’ve been co-ordinating and collecting songs in my music workshops in two Ontario prisons. My new recording, a worthwhile project "I am a Prisoner", needs help to get done. As an independent singer songwriter for 30 years I spent time doing music for schools, unions, jails, countless benefits for AIDS, Homelessness, Anti-racism, etc… I have worked with Angela Davis, Odetta, Pete Seeger to name a few and been involved with music for women in jails for more than two decades. It is time to record this jailhouse music and I am asking for your help.


What is dead time?

Dead time is the time a person spends in jail before his or her bail hearing and time spent in jail after an unsuccessful bail hearing, but before a trial or sentencing hearing.

This type of jail is more accurately referred to as a pretrial custody centre. These places typically have less resources for the inmates than a prison or penitentiary, where an inmate will serve out a sentence. They are hubs, like an airport or a bus station, where people wait to figure out where they’re going next. The cells will typically be more crowded than in prisons or penitentiaries and there is little for the inmates to do. Rehabilitation programs and counselling services are non-existent or in short supply.



Faith at OFL

Music is a place of healing through the music. When women sing and write they express truth and raw emotions. This sharing helps them be present and take a break from their troubles. These songs will help heal in times of trouble.

What I’m Looking For?



That is why I am asking your help with this 12 song Cd and digital recording + songbook, T-shirt project. I’ve estimated I will need around $3.500 and raising more I will be able to continue collecting and dispersing the words of the silenced, the neglected, the abused, the not seen or heard women, who are growing in numbers on our streets. The proceeds from sales will go to creating a fund to give women housing upon release from jail. This musical voice will be heard and a few women from jail will be out of the streets and most importantly that these lives and their stories are documented artistically in their own voices.

Please go to my website to donate to this project 


to donate Proof of Concept

Of course, I wouldn't ask you to contribute without having heard a note, so I'm making a full-length preview track from the album available to download for absolutely free.

many thanks , we"lallien, Ache, to a better world 

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