‘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. I recently 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.

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.

Robb Johnson’s new album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie. We perform the show in London on 10 and 11 October.

My latest show is Living By The Sea, which had two recent seaside outings at Sidmouth Folk Festival and Whitby Folk Week. This show re-unites 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 in league with David Eagle of The Young’uns as the duo Muddling Through and sometimes with the mighty Dan Quinn as the duo The Bashful Boys.