I am a storyteller, writer and singer. My work is sometimes light …  and sometimes serious.

‘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

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

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

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


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

Olga & Matthew is my storytelling project with pianist Olga Jegunova. Our latest show is an adaptation of The Little Prince

Robb Johnson’s album Ordinary Giants features me singing four songs as his Uncle Ernie. Recently we performed 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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