Storytelling

I’ve been telling tales all my life. Now I do it on stage, usually with music. Sometimes solo, often with others. Here are some of my shows.

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Olga & Matthew

I tell traditional stories while pianist Olga Jegunova improvises around classical themes. For grown-ups and children. Shows include Diana & Actaeon and The Flaming Firebird.

Human Cargo

Delving deep into emigration, slavery and transportation, Human Cargo uses story and song to give voice to those crossing oceans in distress. Solo or with other musicians.

Strawberry Joe

Strawberry Joe is a good friend of mine who lives in my garden. He’s an elephant and he can fly. Stories about Strawberry Joe have started to appear on my youtube channel.

The Transports

Two national tours, five stars in The Guardian, The Transports tells a story of poor Brits forced abroad in chains. I co-adapted the show and performed alongside a company of folk luminaries.

Living By The Sea

A vocal voyage through communities afloat and ashore. Performed with music director Paul Sartin, the Faustus trio and local choirs. Tailored to the places where we perform.

The Collecting of Nathan Twist

New for 2021 – a detective story, of sorts, about an obscure American song collector in the 1950s called Nathan Twist. Unusual and unsettling.