Folk musicians retell legendary ballads

A tale of exile and migration will be evocatively told by some of the finest folk musicians in the country  at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre on January 27 and the Guildhall Theatre in Derby on January 29.

Join the musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads The Transports. The event marks a rare chance to see BBC Award Winners The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead together on stage.

The Transports tells the remarkable true tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile in 1787 to the new colony of Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this legendary show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration.

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

This new production combines The Transports’ incredible music with spell-binding story-telling.

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.

For tickets go to http://www/derbylive.co.uk or  http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk