Eight centuries ago, the residents of an island just off the Normandy coast of France pledged their allegiance to the British Crown.
Guernsey native Andrew Lawrence-King directs the Harp Consort in a selection of songs from the island.
But for the people of Guernsey, "allegiance" certainly didn't mean giving up a colorful and vivid cultural identity.
To this day, islanders remain proud and fiercely independent, and they have kept alive a unique local language, Guernesiais.
A new CD of ancient songs from the Isle of Guernsey has been released by the Harp Consort: Les Travailleurs de la Mer. Director Andrew Lawrence-King, a native of Guernsey, talks about the project, subtitled "Ancient Songs from a Small Island."