Human Cargo

“An elegant, vital insight into human suffering and survival” Cerys Matthews

“If you get a chance to see Matthew Crampton’s story-and-song ‘Human Cargo’ show, do not miss it.” Songlines

This May/June I’m touring a new version of my show Human Cargo with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner. We’ve already announced some dates – but more are coming. Sign up if you’d like to hear if we’re performing near you.

The show’s based on my latest book Human Cargo: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. This blends story and folk song to give voice to emigrants, slaves, convicts and other human cargo from the 18th and 19th centuries. You can buy the book here.

Jeff Warner & Matthew Crampton (pic Tim Chipping)

There’s lots more about the book and show at

“Incredibly inspiring, deeply moving and ultimately inspirational.” Sean Cooney, The Young’uns

“Beautiful, powerful, poignant and informative.” Ilyaz Hajat, The Refugee Council

Listen to me chatting with Cerys Matthews about Human Cargo on her BBC 6 Music show.


Here are some of the many illustrations in the book:

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