‘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 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. Coming this autumn – The Little Prince.
Look out for Strawberry Joe. Stories about a flying elephant who lives in my garden. For the young.
Robb Johnson’s album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie.
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 with the concertina maestro Michael Hebbert.