The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected
by exile to the new colony overseas. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show
re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration.
The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young'uns, Faustus,
Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.
In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic
Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further
generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece.
This new production features musical arrangements by Paul Sartin of Bellowhead and Faustus.
Two-time BBC Folk Award winners The Young'uns bring their trademark live dynamism. Further
musical excellence comes from Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead's Rachael McShane, Faustus' Benji
Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.
Storyteller Matthew Crampton has created fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central
tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration.
Mass migration is a defining dilemma of today. There's seldom been a more vital moment to
bring back The Transports – not just a great music experience, but a sharp reminder of folk music's
power in portraying the way the world actually works.
After a sell-out tour across the UK, The Transports is delighted to be bringing the show to
Canada in 2018.
★★★★★ "Stunning….truly a transport of delight"
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
★★★★ "an ensemble success….ten voices uniting in magnificently lusty, rousing chorus"
Rob Adams, The Herald
"Truly stunning ensemble singing and individual instrumental virtuosity"
Chris Kenny, Songlines
"Superb…the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time"
John Tams, Actor and Recording Artist
"The Transports is truly magnificent"
Ian Croft, RnR Magazine
Nigel Schofield, Living Tradition
"Thought provoking, beautifully performed, hopeful, educational, inspirational - a triumph"
Natalya Catton Wilson, EDS Magazine
"One of the best stage performances in a very long time"
Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK
"Moving and compelling"
Keith Savage, Arts Beat
The Guardian Live Review
The full Guardian Preview Piece
Later in 2017, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting the full show from the BBC Radio Theatre in
London. Tickets were snapped up in two days.