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Redditch and a tale of migration and exile told by cutting edge musicians

Redditch Editorial 4th Jan, 2018   0

THE team that has welcomed refugees fleeing civil war in Syria to Redditch will be making tracks to Bromsgrove for a performance at the Artrix.

The Transports – A Tale of Exile and Migration, tells in words and song the incredible story of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia.

Narrator Matthew Crampton is joined for the production by a stellar cast of cutting edge folk musicians, including The Young’uns, Nancy Kerr, Bellowhead’s Rachael McShane, and Faustus’ Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose, and Greg Russell.

Members of Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcomes Refugees will have a stall in the foyer explaining their work with modern day exiles from the Middle East as part of the Parallel Lives project which is being supported by the creative team behind The Transports.

The project will contrast the lives of those forced to leave Britain in the 18th and 19th Centuries with those who have recently arrived.

It makes 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.

The Transports was first released on record in 1977 by Peter Bellamy with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others.

Tickets for the Artrix show, priced at £22.50, are selling fast – not surprising given the cast – with only limited availability left. To snap one up, call 01527 577330, or visit

For a glimpse of what thwe show is all about, click .

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