Acadian Legends, Folktales and Songs from Prince Edward Island
Translated by Sally Ross
1-894838-02-5 / $18.95 CDN / $15.95 US pb
The Acorn Press
For this translation of the popular, award-winning book Contes, legends et chansons de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard, Georges Arsenault gathered songs and stories from Acadian storytellers and folksingers of Prince Edward Island. They repeated to him the words they had gathered by lamplight in the early part of the 20th century, when singing the old songs and telling the well-remembered stories were still the most popular form of entertainment. Included in this collection are eight stories, 13 legends, and 23 songs with lyrics with the musical notation.
Georges Arsenault has written several other books about Prince Edward Island Acadians and has released a CD of the folk music he collected. He is the co-host of Radio Canada’s L’Acadie c’matin, Prince Edward Island’s French morning program.