★★★★★ “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
“Superb…the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time” John Tams
After a sell-out tour across Britain in 2017, The Transports is delighted to be touring once more in January 2018. The show will also feature as a BBC Radio 3 Evening Concert in the new year.
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to Australia in the 1780s. With fresh script and musical arrangement, these famous songs by Peter Bellamy re-emerge within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up of musicians includes THE YOUNG’UNS, FAUSTUS, NANCY KERR, RACHAEL McSHANE and GREG RUSSELL.
Storyteller MATTHEW CRAMPTON presents fresh narration for the show, amplifying its central tale into a broader exploration of exile and migration. New musical arrangements have come from PAUL SARTIN of Bellowhead and Faustus.
The Parallel Lives project links The Transports with stories of migration past and present – charting town by town across Britain the way people have left, and people have arrived, in search of better lives.
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.
“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”
“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
Read more reviews here.