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‘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 singer. Sometimes light – singalong, music hall and jokes. Sometimes serious – storytelling, politics and books. Sign up to stay in touch.

LIGHT: My new show Have a Banana! is a fun, thoughtful look at the power of singalong. I also perform comic songs and monologues at folkclubs, theatres and for seniors.

Isolation led to some, erm, Lockdown Larks. Here’s the bass yodel. Here’s the music hall rap. And here’s some Les Dawson.

SERIOUS: 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 pianist Olga Jegunova. Our latest show is an adaptation of The Little Prince.

Look out for Strawberry Joe. Stories about a flying elephant who lives in my garden.

Recent high profile shows include Human Cargo, which toured nationally, and Living by the Sea.

Robb Johnson’s album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie. Christmas 2022 sees me performing with Robb in his Murder At The Grange Xmas show.

Human Cargo: songs & stories of emigration, slavery & transportation is my third book, following The Trebor Story and Tales from the Angler’s Retreat.

My publishing company Muddler Books recently reprinted Animal Farm and a wonderful Victorian biography called Seventy Years a Showman.

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