Matthew Crampton

Matthew Crampton is a storyteller, writer and folk singer, based in London. Here’s his personal website. Matthew publishes books through Muddler Books.

Recently Matthew has created and performed shows which use story and folk music to explore migration. Human Cargo charts the experiences of people aboard slave ships, emigration boats and transportation vessels. The Transports links a true tale of poor folk transported to Australia in the 1780s.

His Parallel Lives project charts true tales of migration across Britain, partnering with over 50 local refugee support groups from places where his shows have visited.

Matthew’s latest book is Human Cargo, stories & songs of emigration, slavery & transportation, on which the show is based. His other books include The Trebor Story, a history of the sweet firm, and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat, a book of fishing stories from the Western Isles of Scotland.

In a new project, he tells stories alongside classical pianist Olga Jegunova.

In the summer of 2018 created a new show Living By the Sea for Sidmouth FolkWeek in August 2018, together with Paul Sartin and Faustus.

Matthew can often be found in folk clubs, performing traditional songs, monologues and music hall classics. Very occasionally, you can endure his comic double-act with David Eagle of The Young’uns, called Muddling Through.

Among previous careers, Matthew worked as a speechwriter in London and Hong Kong, the administrator of an association of film producers, a dramaturg at The Old Vic theatre, a masseur and a finance director. His awards include Hebridean Fish of the Year 2008.