Island historian and folklorist Georges Arsenault has been collecting songs and stories from Acadian Prince Edward Island since his student days in the 1970s. His 17 informants were mostly hard-working parents of very large families, some well-educated and some not.
Georges Arsenault's ground-breaking work in Acadian history and folklore is well-respected throughout Atlantic Canada. Winner of the Champlain et France-Acadie prize, Les Acadiens de l'Île, 1720-1980 (Les Editions d'Acadie) also received a certificate of merit in regional history from the Canadian Historical Society.
For several years, Georges was the host of CBC Radio Canada's l'Acadie c'matin based in Prince Edward Island. Before that, he was host of Bonjour Atlantique, broadcast regionally from Moncton.
He has authored several other books (in French) about Prince Edward Island Acadians, and collected Refrains et melodies, a CD of Acadian Folk Music of Prince Edward Island (Centre d'etudes Acadiennes, Université de Moncton).
He has authored both the French and English versions of Acadian Legends, Folktales, and Songs from Prince Edward Island. Acadian Christmas Traditions is the English translation of Noël en Acadie, published by Éditions La Grande Marée in 2005.