The Transports


The Show

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.

Press Reviews

★★★★★ "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

"Outstanding"
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.

JMI HEADLINES:

JMI Signs The Gift (May 20, 2018)

Tony McManus Headed West in May (May 10, 2018)

Peterborough Show Rescheduled for Keelaghan-McManus Double Bill (May 1, 2018)

James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe to Tour North America in the Fall (April 12, 2018)

And Best Album Goes to... The Young'Uns! (April 9, 2018)

JMI Signs Folk Legend, Peggy Seeger (March 23, 2018)

Ray Bonneville to Perform Western and Ontario Dates in March (February 20, 2018)

Black Umfolosi to Embark on North American Tour in February (January 27, 2018)

Australia's Shane Howard to Perform Western and Northern Dates (January 11, 2018)

Martin Simpson New Studio Album Released on Topic Records (December 19, 2017)

A Grammy Nod for Guy Davis! (November 30, 2017)

Martin Simpson to Tour Canada in October 2019 (November 29, 2017)

Quartette Christmas Coming to the Maritimes (November 15, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Touring Central Canada (November 11, 2017)

Vishtèn Touring Western Canada This Month (November 8, 2017)

The Young'Uns to Tour Canada in November (October 31, 2017)

Tony McManus Headed for Western Canada (October 1, 2017)

England's Moulettes Touring Canada in October (September 23, 2017)

JMI Signs Wales' Calan! (September 22, 2017)

Guy Davis to Tour Canada in October/November (September 18, 2017)

Claire Lynch Returning to Maritimes in October (September 13, 2017)

Two JMI Artists Included in the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time (July 26, 2017)

JMI Signs England's The Transports (July 25, 2017)

Sylvia Tyson and Cowboy Junkies to Headline Kingsville Music Festival (July 17, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin to Headline Mammoth Canada Day Show in Thunder Bay (June29, 2017)

JMI signs Austin's Band of Heathens (June 27, 2017)

Claire Lynch US and Canadian Summer Dates (June 26, 2017)

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in 2018 (June 26, 2017)

Moulettes Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)

Young'Uns Canadian and Overseas Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)

England's "Best Folk Group" to Tour Eastern Canada (June 20, 2017)

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