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Matthew Crampton & Jeff Warner

Human Cargo: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation

Human Cargo is an epic night of story and song, featuring two masters of the craft. Storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton brings a new adaptation of his acclaimed book Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation.

An inspired collaboration unites Matthew with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner. Together, they cast fresh light on human migration, giving voice to those actually aboard the slave ships and emigrant boats and, crucially, framing today’s heated issue with history and humanity.

The performance also features stories researched locally, as part of the Parallel Lives project.

An elegant, vital insight into human suffering and survival
Cerys Matthews

Matthew Crampton stirred the folk scene with his adaptation of Peter Bellamy’s The Transports. Securing full houses and standing ovations in venues across Britain, critics agreed Matthew’s re-imagining helped lift Bellamy’s brilliant concept to new levels. Formerly a leading speechwriter, and teacher of rhetoric at places like London’s Globe Theatre, Matthew is now known as a storyteller, author and folk singer (with a growing sideline in music hall).

Jeff Warner is one of America’s foremost interpreters of traditional music, well loved for his ability to connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives of people from past centuries. Born to one of America’s most eminent families of folksong collectors, and a founding officer of Folk Alliance International and past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, Jeff’s pedigree is matched by his remarkable ability to entertain people from both within and outside the world of folk music.

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Human Cargo: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation