LOCKDOWN NEWS. I’ve just published a new edition of Animal Farm – well worth re-reading, and it’s got illustrations and commentary for 2021. (Spoiler – there may be links to Trump and Johnson).
Welcome to Strawberry Joe. Stories about a flying elephant who lives in my garden. For the young.
‘A compelling storyteller’ 5 stars, The Guardian
‘Matthew Crampton has a great voice that entices and explains. He pulls in the audience like a magical toyshop owner. He has some joy and sorrow that he cannot keep to himself.’ Folk Phenomena
I am a storyteller, writer and folk singer. My co-adaptation of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera The Transports toured in 2018 and 2017; it was the evening concert on BBC Radio 3 – and there’s an album too!
A new storytelling project teams me up with classical pianist Olga Jegunova. We recreate old myths and tales, with my words and Olga improvising on classical themes.
Recently I toured Britain in my Human Cargo show with American folk music legend Jeff Warner, featuring local migration stories and partnership with refugee support groups through the Parallel Lives project.
Robb Johnson’s album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie.
Recently my show Living By The Sea had two seaside outings at Sidmouth Folk Festival and Whitby Folk Week. This show re-united me with Paul Sartin and the band Faustus (following our work together in The Transports) plus a folk chorus.
Human Cargo: songs & stories of emigration, slavery & transportation is my third book, following The Trebor Story and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat.
My publishing company Muddler Books recently reprinted a wonderful Victorian biography called Seventy Years a Showman.
Aside from such serious stuff, I perform music hall and singalong – sometimes with the concertina maestro Michael Hebbert or with the mighty Dan Quinn as the duo The Bashful Boys.