Jock’s Jocks - Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War

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Product Code: BK10020

Jock’s Jocks

Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War
Jock Duncan - Co-published with the European Ethnological Research Centre

Between the 1930s and 1980s, folk singer Jock Duncan interviewed 59 First World War veterans from Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perthshire – from 14 regiments. He transcribed his interviews in the rich variations of Scots in which they were spoken (with some in standard English).
The result is a unique and illuminating collection of first-hand witness testimony to the horror and humour, of the Great War. 

An Introduction explains the background to the interview-collecting and includes a detailed timeline of key battles and events.

Jock’s Jocks is unique in that the large majority of the interviews are presented in rich Scots dialects, retaining the character and authenticity of the speakers.

Jock Duncan, a retired engineer now in his nineties, is an entertainer and singer, particularly of North East of Scotland traditional ballads. 

Gary West edited the book. He is an academic at Edinburgh University, a musician and broadcaster and author of a one-act musical play, Jock’s Jocks, based on these testimonies.


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