The Transports CD


Two national tours, Five Stars in The Guardian, the evening concert on BBC Radio 3 – and now on album. CD includes 36 page booklet. Read more.

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I co-adapted The Transports from Peter Bellamy’s famous set of folk ballads. The CD incorporates my narration with songs performed by folk luminaries such as The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane and Greg Russell. Paul Sartin arranged the songs.

We twice toured the show nationally. The Guardian gave us Five Stars and you can hear me talking about the show on BBC R4 Front Row. We recorded the show for broadcast as a Radio 3 Evening Concert on 10 January 2019.

I wrote narration to tell the tale that links Bellamy’s songs. This true story is set in the 1780s, when a poor couple from Norfolk were exiled to Australia for crimes so petty the motive was clearly to provide cheap labour for the empire. I added local stories for each town we played, contrasting locals exiled in past centuries with people who have arrived from abroad in recent years. These form part of the Parallel Lives project, by which we arranged for local refugee or migrant support groups to attend each performance.

The show was a joy to perform. here are 4,000 people at Shrewsbury Folk Festival – rising instantly in ovation.

Read more about the show and Parallel Lives at The Transports website.


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