The Transports - A tale of exile and migration

Sage Two

The Young’uns
Nancy Kerr
Rachael McShane
Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Join some of Britain’s leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballad opera The Transports. Here is a rare chance to see BBC Award Winners The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead together on stage in a new production of this outstanding work.

Listen: BBC Radio 4 – Samira Ahmed meets David Eagle from The Young’uns to talk about The Transports.

In his 60s work with The Young Tradition and in a long solo career, Peter Bellamy was an influential torchbearer of traditional song in the UK. In 1973 he finished “The Transports”. At a time when migration makes headlines daily, this tale of past migration shows how little has changed in the global movement of desperate people. The accompanying project Parallel Lives charts – town by town – those who once left Britain with those who have recently arrived.

Hear Mike Waterson singing “The Black and Bitter Night” from the original recording, which also featured a roster of the top traditional musicians of the day.

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