CRANKIE ISLAND SONGS
TRADITIONAL IRISH SONG ARCHIVE
Welcome to the Crankie Island website. Singer, Cathy Jordan and Artist, Peter Crann collaborated to set up this video archive of Irish traditional songs. These original art and music creations are presented by using a "Crankie Box". This is a vintage storytelling device using scrolling illustrations to depict the meaning of each song.
WHAT IS A CRANKIE?
The Crankie Box
The Crankie box is a vintage storytelling device. It uses hand-cranked rolling illustrations to add a visual to stories, music and song. They come in many styles and sizes, and can be crudely made from up cycled material or more polished, like a mini-theatre. Closely related to puppetry, the illustrated scroll can be accompanied by shadow puppetry among other styles.