The Transports in Leeds
City Varieties, Leeds
Sunday 21st January 2018
????? "Stunning...truly a transport of delight" Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
After a sell-out tour in 2017, The Transports tours Britain again in January 2018 - and we're delighted to bring the show to 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, Faustuss, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShaneane and Greg Russell Musicsell.
Storyteller Matthew Cramptonpton 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. In Leeds we're delighted to be partnering Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network.
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 http://www.thetransportsproduction.co.uk/
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