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‘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

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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. Coming this autumn – The Little Prince.

Look out for Strawberry Joe. Stories about a flying elephant who lives in my garden. For the young.

Recent high profile shows include Human Cargo, which toured nationally, and Living by the Sea.

Robb Johnson’s album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie.

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 Animal Farm and 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.

Isolation has led to some, erm, Lockdown Larks.  Here’s the bass yodel. Here’s the music hall rap. And here’s some Les Dawson.

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