In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece.
This new production features musical arrangements by Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus. Two-time BBC Folk Award winners The Young’uns bring their trademark live dynamism. Further musical excellence comes from Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead’s Rachael McShane, Faustus’ Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.
Storyteller Matthew Crampton has created fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration.
Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There’s seldom been a more vital moment to bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music’s power in portraying the way the world actually works.
After a sell-out tour across the UK in 2017,The Transports is delighted to be touring once more in 2018.
★★★★★ Stunning….truly a transport of delight – The Guardian
One of the best stage performances in a very long time -Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK
Please note there is a £2 ticket commission fee included in the price of the ticket.
The Transports is delighted to partner Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers for our Cheltenham show as part of their Parallel Lives project – charting local migration stories across Britain. Watch Parallel Lives in action in Shrewsbury on the YouTube video below!
Read local stories The Transports have already gathered for their website here.
A Tale of Exile and Migration
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