New book-CD documents CI oral history

1st December 2018

A new book-CD has brought together oral history collections of the Channel Islands, for the first time.

‘Traditional Music and Songs for the Channel Islands’ features original source recordings of oral history from Guernsey, Sark and Jersey.

The book looks in detail at oral traditions in the islands, and comes with 40 tracks from the original recordings captured from as early as the 1930s.

It’s understood the majority of sources came from two surveys.

The first was collected by Peter Kennedy, who visited the islands on behalf of the BBC in 1957 and 1960.

The other was from Claudie Marcel-Dubois and Marguerite Pichonnet Andral who visited for the French Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in 1970.

There are a range of songs featured as part of the book, including some in French, English and the native languages of Guernésiais, Jérriair and Serquais.

Normandy association La Loure produced the publication, with the University of Caen and Guernsey Museums as major partners in the project.

The book is on sale now for £15.99 at the Guernsey Museum at Candie.

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