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Coming Up: The Transports

City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
Sunday 21 January 2018

"Stunning...truly a transport of delight" - Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

"Buy this album, but also go and see the show, in what will surely be a rich, fulfilling and memorable experience for audiences across the UK." 
- Ian Taylor, Northern Sky

After a sell-out tour in 2017, The Transports will be touring Britain again in January 2018 and we're delighted to be covering the show in Leeds. 

The Transports tells the incredible tale of families 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.

"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

More details at

January 2018

Date Title Venue
21/01/2018 - 19:30 The Transports City Varieties