Traditional Music and Song of the Channel Islands

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The Channel Islands are a meeting point where British and French cultural influences – Normandy in particular – collide and mingle. This book/CD shows you the songs, music and other oral traditions which form a cultural heritage as rich and varied as it is littleknown. Either in french, english or island languages, between seafring ballads, love songs, heel and toe polkas, stories, come and discover island’s hidden charm !

This book is the first compilation from Channel Island’s recordings collections of traditional songs and musics.
As a result of a long work, it’s an important part of a big research and development project performed by La Loure and University of Caen with Guernsey Museum, Société Jersiaise, Jersey Heritage…

The recordings belongs to several fieldworks (by BBC in 1938, 1957 et 1960, by Musée national des arts et traditions populaires in 1970, by local inquiries after). They are the reflect of Channel Islands’ melting pot : one can listen songs in either english, french or island languages. Represent also instrumental airs of dance as well as other oral traditions there (narratives of life, riddle, history).

Les enregistrements du CD / The CD recordings

01. Réveillez-vous belle endormie
02. La barbière
03. There was a mouse lived in a mill
04. Heel and toe polka
05. C’est à Saint-Pierre-Lihou
06. Jean gros Jean maryie sa fille
07. Vive la compangnie
08. The Greenland Whale Fishery
09. Ce sont trois galions d’Espagne
10. Témoignage sur la pratique des chansons
11. Il était un petit navire
12. Off she goes
13. Le monsieur s’en fut au marché
14. Jean petit coq
15. L’histouaithe du nouvieau mathié
16. Reiny Renaud
17. Jean p’tit Jean qui couche d’en haut
18. En Galilée i nous est dit
19. Nan eus ket en Breiz
20. Derrière chez nous y’avait un capitaine
21. Trois jeunes soldats revenant de guerre
22. Soldier’s Joy
23. C’était un p’tit couturier
24. Le pommier doux
25. J’ai-t-encore un p’tit voyage à faire
26. Ah mon biau laurier
27. Oh mother dear
28. Après ma journée faite
29. Heel and toe polka
30. Oh si j’avais les souliers
31. Nous sommes trois filles à marier
32. Man bouonhomme est bein malade
33. Heel and toe polka
34. For the want of water
35. Le vingt-cinquième du mois d’octobre
36. Le vingt-sixième d’octobre
37. Night Smugglers in Jersey
38. The Mermaid
39. La Russe
40. Le long d’un vert bocage