‘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 has just toured the country; it was the evening concert on BBC Radio 3 on 10 January and is on the i-player til 8 Feb. In May/June I’ll tour a new version of my show Human Cargo with American folk music legend Jeff Warner. Human Cargo: songs & stories of emigration, slavery & transportation is my third book, following The Trebor Story and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat.
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. I also work in schools, perform in care homes, write sitcoms and give talks.