Human Cargo

The Transports

The London Lubbers

Storytelling & Music Hall

Other books and projects

Matthew Crampton

songs & stories


‘A compelling storyteller’ 5 stars, The Guardian

‘Crampton has a great voice that entices and explains. He pulls the audience in like a magical toyshop owner. He has some joy and sorrow that he cannot keep to himself.’ Folk Phenomena

STOP PRESS - We tour The Transports again around Britain in January 2018. Details on The Transports website.

MORE STOP PRESS - I’m collaborating with American folk music legend Jeff Warner to tour Human Cargo next Spring. Dates to be announced soon.

THE TRANSPORTS is going well. I wrote new narration for this famous set of folk ballads, which was a delight to tour with The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane and Greg Russell.

In January we enjoyed full houses and standing ovations nationwide. The Guardian gave us Five Stars and you can hear me talking about the show on BBC R4 Front Row. In August we brought the show to 4,000 people at Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August, and we’ve recorded the show for a special Radio 3 Evening Concert, for early 2018. Our album comes out in January to co-incide with our national tour. More at The Transports website.

My latest book is HUMAN CARGO: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. See my dedicated Human Cargo site for extracts, pictures, music & video.

I’ve joined forces with David Eagle of The Young’uns in a very silly duo called MUDDLING THROUGH. I also perform music hall solo and with concertina genius Michael Hebbert.

Fancy a groan? Hear highlights of a recent Music Hall show.

I’ve started storytelling in schools and performing music hall in care homes.  Do get in touch if you’d like to book me.


The Transports

10-24 January, national tour

Human Cargo with Jeff Warner

Touring Spring 2018


Hear All the Good Times are Past and Gone from my first duo concert with the wonderful Jan North.

Listen as I join Sam Lee, while he sings to nightingales

Watch a short film about The Big Muddler

Hear that old music hall classic She was Poor but She was Honest

Precious Memories - featuring the voices in my head

Watch Shallow Brown in the bar

New York Gals in another bar

Hear a tragic story - The Hokey Cokey Gang

My goodness, it’s The Young ‘Uns Podcast, the latter part recorded around my kitchen table. (Scroll down to above the 4th June show)


The Transports

January/February, national tour.

Human Cargo + The London Lubbers

Thursday 2nd March, 8pm, Portslade nr. Brighton. Railway Roots Club

Taigh Chearsabhagh

Mon 26 June, North Uist

Human Cargo solo show

Lighthouse Bookshop

Tue 27 June, Edinburgh

Human Cargo solo show & Scotland book launch.

Muddling Through, London

Thursday 20 July, Horseshoe EC1R 0AG

Debut music duo with David Eagle.

Sidmouth Folk Week

4-11 August, Devon

Music Hall & singalong with Michael Hebbert

FolkEast Festival

18-20 August, Suffolk

Music hall and storytelling

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The Transports, Saturday 26 August

BBC Radio Theatre

30 August, recording The Transports for broadcast on BBC Radio Three.

London Folk Festival

2 September, session with The London Lubbers


Tuesday Treats

Tue 7 June 1pm, London, free

Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead

Rare dual concert with the amazing Jan North.

Music hall, folk, blues, stories.

Have You Forgotten Yet?

The truth about the Somme

Sun 19 June  7pm, London

Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead

I’m putting together a words-and-music show to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. A benefit for No Glory.

Sidmouth Folk Week

Mon 1 Aug. 3pm, Manor Pavilion.

The London Lubbers perform Human Cargo.

FolkEast Festival

19-21 Aug. Suffolk.

The London Lubbers perform Human Cargo.

Greenbelt Festival

Sat 27 Aug. 5pm.

The London Lubbers perform Human Cargo.

London Folk Festival

Sat 3 Sept, Cecil Sharp House

The London Lubbers run a session.

York Rise Street Fair

Sat 11 Sept, London NW5

The London Lubbers perform a set.

SE London Folklore Society

Thu 15 Sept. Details TBC

Solo appearance.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London

Sat 24th Sept. The London Lubbers perform Human Cargo at the Nest Collective’s Shanty Sessions

British Music Hall Society

Member’s Show

Tue 8 Nov. CAA, Covent Garden, London

Performing dress-up music hall.

Sharps Folk Club

Tue 6 Dec. 8pm. Cecil Sharp House, London

Solo show of music hall.

Talking to Cerys Matthews about Human Cargo on BBC 6 Music.

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Here’s a recent TV interview, straight after performing on the Cutty Sark in London.

Here’s me talking to BBC R4 Front Row about The Transports.