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Human Cargo-emigration, slavery and transportation

severed-head 11 Apr 16 - 11:09 AM
FreddyHeadey 22 Jan 17 - 05:38 PM
FreddyHeadey 29 Nov 17 - 09:10 AM
Jack Campin 29 Nov 17 - 09:58 AM
Jim Carroll 29 Nov 17 - 10:41 AM
FreddyHeadey 29 Nov 17 - 11:42 AM
TheSnail 29 Nov 17 - 12:36 PM
Jack Campin 29 Nov 17 - 01:14 PM
TheSnail 29 Nov 17 - 01:50 PM
FreddyHeadey 21 Apr 18 - 04:50 AM
Bonzo3legs 23 Apr 18 - 07:41 AM
Bonzo3legs 15 Jun 18 - 08:39 AM
FreddyHeadey 15 Jun 18 - 10:06 AM
wysiwyg 15 Jun 18 - 10:54 AM
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Subject: Human Cargo
From: severed-head
Date: 11 Apr 16 - 11:09 AM

Stories and songs of emigration, slavery and transportation. A show (and soon to be released book) written by Matthew Crampton.
"Matthew Crampton has taken a fresh look at the worlds of slavery and emigration.
He's unearthed some fascinating stories and, crucially, added folk song to let us hear from those whose voices are usually silenced.
Songs give such a distinct perspective on history - and this book gives us an elegant, vital insight into human suffering and survival." Review by Cerys Matthews.
Next performances of the show will be in London, UK on 13th and 14th May 2016. Previous shows have sold out. Tickets available now.
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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 22 Jan 17 - 05:38 PM

"An unusual blend of TED-style lecture and close harmony folksong, HUMAN CARGO: Stories and Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation has wowed folk club and festival audiences alike. It draws on Matthew Crampton's book of the same name.

Written and performed by storyteller/singer Matthew Crampton (the narrator for the 2017 "The Transports" thread.cfm?threadid=161172#3827656) with Chris Hayes and Jan North – aka The London Lubbers – HUMAN CARGO is a topical examination of migrants' experiences from the past. Matthew Crampton's stories take us right onto the emigration boats, slave ships and transportation vessels. He deftly shows how 18th and 19th century migrants faced similar horrors to those trafficked and transported today.

Between stories, the London Lubbers weave folk songs from the period. These include fresh versions of classics such as All Around My Hat, Essiquibo River and The Blue Cockade, alongside less-known treats such as By The Hush and Carrying Nelson Home; and some remarkable rarities such as Goodbye My Riley-O."

And another link
SoundCloud with The London Lubbers in the show
https://m.soundcloud.com/user-919240888/human-cargo-summary-of-the-show



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And a date for 2017
Portslade, (Brighton/Hove) 2 March 2017
http://www.railwayroots.co.uk/programme/index.html 


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo - 2018
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 09:10 AM

from a recent email

New Human Cargo tour
I'm putting together a new Human Cargo show with the American folk legend Jeff Warner.
Together we'll tour Britain next May/June[2018].

Building on The Transports, this all-new show will blend story, politics and history with top-notch folk music.

The Alan Bearman agency are currently booking our dates, which I'll announce soon.
Do get in touch if there's a venue you'd like us to play.


"Various dates available throughout May and June with specific tour periods 2 - 7 June and 12 - 24 June 2018." Matthew Crampton

http://alanbearmanmusic.co.uk/artists/human-cargo-matthew-crampton-jeff-warner/

bearman@btinternet.com


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 09:58 AM

Is that the same Alan Bearman who conducted a right-wing vendetta against Dave Harker and Malcolm Taylor for years?

If so, I take it he approves of slavery as a manifestation of the free market in action?


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 10:41 AM

"a right-wing vendetta "
Not sure that this is accurate
I was around at the time and particularly friendly with Malcolm Taylor
I was left with the impression that Bearman's tirade was directed at Harker's appalling 'hit-list' approach to folksong scholarship, where he went through every collector and researcher he could lay hands on and tore them to shreds in order to prove there was no such thing as folk song - his vehicle for doing so was his rather shoddy "Fakesong"
Harker's ideas were so 'well received' that at a conference he attended in Sheffield he announced that he would no longer engage in debate due to the overwhelmingly hostile reception they were eliciting
Malcolm's role in all this was very much a case of 'Malcolm in the Middle'
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 11:42 AM

Jack, idk.

Jack, Jim, could you please start another thread to discuss Alan Bearman and put one simple link to it in this thread
which is mainly about Matthew Crampton's book\show Human Cargo.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: TheSnail
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 12:36 PM

"Is that the same Alan Bearman who conducted a right-wing vendetta against Dave Harker and Malcolm Taylor for years?"
No, that was Chris Bearman. Best to check your facts before sounding off.


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Jack Campin
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 01:14 PM

OK. "Human Cargo" looks like a great idea and it seemed a bit weird that somebody like the appalling folk-Bearman I'd encountered would be promoting it.

(The only Bearman I've had anything to do with was the unfolky author of "Qadhafi's Libya").


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: TheSnail
Date: 29 Nov 17 - 01:50 PM

There's more than one Bearman in the woods.


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 21 Apr 18 - 04:50 AM

TOUR DATES 2018


St Alban's MAY11 The Maltings Arts Theatre.

Blackburn MAY12 Mellor Brook Community Centre.

Settle MAY13 Victoria Hall.

Cardigan MAY16 Theatr Mwldan.

Bristol MAY17 St George's

Torrington MAY23 Plough Arts Centre.

Newcastle JUN02 Gosforth Civic Theatre.

Beverley JUN03 East Riding Theatre

Liverpool JUN05 Philharmonic Hall

Shoreham-by-Sea JUN07 Ropetackle Arts Centre

Exeter JUN12 Phoenix

Dorchester JUN13 Shire Hall

Halesworth JUN14 The Cut.

London JUN15 King's Place.

Matlock JUN16 Matlock Florence Nightingale Hall

Bedford JUN17 The Place

ticket links on
https://matthewcrampton.com/index.php/index-phpindex-phpshows/ 


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 23 Apr 18 - 07:41 AM

Hoping to see this in London or St Albans.


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 08:39 AM

Has anyone seen this show yet?


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 10:06 AM

No.
Review here though. :

"Featuring American traditional music legend Jeff Warner, Human Cargo blends TED-style storytelling with folk concert, to ask how does humanity actually evolve? Charting cruelties past and present, it delves deep into journey, migration and life, with each performance includes local stories from the Parallel Lives project and partnership with a local refugee or migrant support group, which in Beverley’s case was Open Doors Hull.

Human Cargo is very moving and a very thought-provoking show, ultimately uplifting and emphasising the need for shared experience, that will stay with audiences for a long time and should be seen by everyone, though will sadly probably be seen by the already open minded and not the tabloid believers who would benefit most.

Matthew Crampton uses his natural charm, brilliant talent for storytelling, and extensive research for real good, bringing to life those real individuals whose histories have been forgotten, beautifully blending their stories in an engrossing and fascinating way both with each other as well as with the here (locally to each venue on the tour) and the now, and working in perfect harmony (in the musical and non-musical sense) with Jeff Warner. Matthew also at the beginning of the second act displayed his talent for music hall and proved he would not be out of place as a musical leading man.

Jeff not only was a wonderfully accomplished banjo and melodeon player (and talented puppeteer), but sang with a beautiful solemn Americana singing voice that if you closed your eyes immediately transported you to the 18th and 19th century church congregations and the ships whose human cargo sang the songs to pass on their stories and keep their hopes alive.

The 14 musical numbers offered something for everyone from gospel to shanties and ancient ballads, with lyrics that naturally complimented Matthew’s words and Jeff’s voice, cleverly inserted with recorded extracts, and like any good folk gig, the opportunity for the audience to join in on occasion."

http://www.lastnightidreamtof.co.uk/spoken-word/human-cargo-3-june-2018-east-riding-theatre-beverley/


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 10:54 AM

Is there a CD to accompany the book, yet? Or YouTube clips?

~S~


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 08:16 PM

Very interesting show, never knew about the "English Clearances"!!


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 15 Jun 18 - 08:21 PM

Very annoying that all disabled parking bays near to Kings Place have been replaced by cycle facilities. London has been taken over by an infestation of cycles!!!


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Subject: RE: Human Cargo-emigration, slavery and transportation
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 17 Jun 18 - 05:27 AM

These were the songs sung by Jeff Warner in the show:

LONG TIME TRAVELLING An American gospel song well-known in both white and black churches, it first appears in print in 1844. This version comes from North Carolina mountain singer Frank Proffitt.

HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE Written in 1854 by America's greatest song writer of the 19th century, Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864). He composed more than 200 songs including Beautiful Dreamer, Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) and Oh Susanna.

SHALLOW BROWN is a 'shanty' or work song, used to help 19th century sailors with their heaving and hauling tasks. Most shanties are of African-American origin, this one from the Caribbean.

POOR WAYFARING PILGRIM was widely sung in the American south, dating back to the 18th century. The field recording is of Linzy Hicks and family, Beech Mountain, North Carolina, 1966, recorded by Anne and Frank Warner.

LOWLANDS A shanty, possibly drawn from an Anglo-Scots ballad. This version concerns a lover drowned in a seafaring region - the Lowlands -which maybe off Holland, Virginia, Australia or the Caribbean.

SING FARE YOU WELL Another shanty, this one sung to song-collector Cecil Sharp in 1915 by John 'Shanty-Jack' Short (1839-1933) of Watchet, Somerset. John was a shanty-man aboard 19th century American sailing ships.

SWEET BY AND BY A popular American gospel song, written in 1868 by S. Filmore Bennett and Joseph P. Webster. The field recording is of Frank Proffitt, Watauga County, North Carolina, 1940 by Anne and Frank Warner.

AWAY IDAHO Attributed to Frank French in 1864, about one of many gold rushes in the American west - and about human hope and determination to find a better life.

AN INVITATION TO NORTH AMERICA The words come from an 18th century broadside found at the Library of Congress. The tune Lillibulero dates back to at least the English Civil War.

BETTER HOME Gospel song, probably early twentieth century.

BONNIE JAMES CAMPBELL An ancient Scots ballad said to be about the 1594 Battle of Glenlivet. The field recording is of Frank Proffitt, Watauga County, NC, recorded by Anne and Frank Warner in 1960.

BY THE HUSH Also known as Paddy's Lamentation, it was collected by Edith Fowke in 1957 from logger O. J. Abbott in Ontario, Canada. Irish-Americans contributed much to the Union victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

SWEET SUNNY SOUTH A mid-19th century song, probably out of American minstrelsy, that speaks to the memory of home and longing to return.

LONESOME VALLEY An early 20th century gospel song coming from both the Anglo and African-American communities. It was recorded by the famed Carter Family in 1930—and many times since.

THE PEOPLE IN STORIES:

PETER WILLIAMSON from Aberdeen
OLAUDAH EQUIANO from Essaka
SOPHIE CLIFTON & OLIVE KING from Brighton
ISLANDERS from South Uist and Benbecula
HASHEM ALSOUKI from Haran al-Awamid

Matthew is a superb storyteller. The PA could have been a little louder, as there was slight noise spill from a concert in the other hall. Last performance is this evening at The Place in Bedford.


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