The Transports

I’m performing with The Transports, a words-and-music show I adapted from Peter Bellamy’s famous set of folk ballads. It’s a delight to appear alongside folk luminaries such as The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane and Greg Russell. You can book tickets for our next national tour in January. (Our last tour sold out in advance at most venues, we’re already nearly full at some venues for January).

The Guardian gave us Five Stars and you can hear me talking about the show on BBC R4 Front Row. We’ve recorded the show for broadcast as a Radio 3 Evening Concert on 10 January. You can now pre-order our album, due for release on 12 January.

I wrote narration to tell the tale that links Bellamy’s songs, which were arranged by Paul Sartin. This true story is set in the 1780s, when a poor couple from Norfolk were exiled to Australia for crimes so petty the motive was clearly to provide cheap labour for the empire. I add local stories for each town we play, contrasting locals exiled in past centuries with people who have arrived from abroad in recent years. These form part of the Parallel Lives project, by which we arrange for local refugee or migrant support groups to attend each performance.

You can read much more about the show and Parallel Lives at The Transports website. Here are some video highlights of the show and, below, some photos from our 2017 tour (Mike Ainscoe) and recording the album in Sheffield (Elly Lucas)