Matthew Crampton

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The London Lubbers are an occasional shanty group, comprising Jan North, Matthew Crampton and Chris Hayes.

Our latest show is HUMAN CARGO: songs & stories of trafficking & transportation - a words & music exploration of slavery, emigration, the Highland Clearances and convict transportation. We link stories & first-hand accounts from the 18th & 19th centuries with songs, mainly from the period, some more modern. A mix of TED-style lecture, close harmony concert and rousing singalong, it’s an unusual approach to the critical issue of refugees today. And it’s proving popular...

… we’ve spent the summer touring Human Cargo around festivals. Recently we were in the studio recording the show, and hope to release a CD soon.

If you would like to hear about future dates - or have ideas for venues or folk clubs who might want to host Human Cargo - please contact us here.

And now: HUMAN CARGO - the book.



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The London Lubbers singing under sail, aboard the Victor barge during the 2015 Harwich Shanty Festival.

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Performing Human Cargo at the wonderful Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead, London on 9th November 2015.

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The London Lubbers perform Human Cargo at Walthamstow Folk Club 31st January 2016.

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Performing Human Cargo at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth FolkWeek 2016

The audience for Human Cargo at Greenbelt, August 2016

The London Lubbers at York Rise Street Party, September 2016 (having been introduced on stage by Ed Miliband…)