The Ballads of Child Migration

In November 2018, a collective of brilliant and respected musicians and singers are taking to the road to tell the moving story of Britain’s forced child migrants, with The Ballads of Child Migration.

Narrated by Barbara Dickson, and featuring award-winning folk artists: John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting.*

The concert itself is presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, where it was described as “without doubt the most memorable concert of the festival.”

The songs in this concert were recently heard as part of a major BBC Radio 2 dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book Alone on a Wide Wide Sea, which deals with the same subject. The radio drama, including the music, starred Toby Jones and Jason Donovan and reached an estimated audience of 6 million listeners.

“One of the pre-eminent song collections of recent times, poignantly re-telling one of the most important stories to have emerged from these islands” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 

Forced child migration is a little known and dark part of the history of Britain. More than 100,000 children from Britain were sent overseas (to places including Australia and Canada) with the promise of finding a better life. Some did find the happy lives they longed for; many others found only hardship, abuse and loneliness.

The Ballads of Child Migration is a tribute to those children, some of whom were sent abroad as recently as 1970.

After each concert there will be a short Q&A session where members of the audience can ask questions of the performers and other experts about child migration.

November 2018:

Monday 12th – Folk In The Barn, Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Tuesday 13th – Saint James Church, Clerkenwell, London

  • Wednesday 14th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Thursday 15th – The Albert Hall, Nottingham
Friday 16th – Floral Hall, Southport

Tickets available from www.ticketline.co.uk / 0844 888 9991 from Friday 8th June.

This tour is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is produced by 7digital – the digital music and radio services company that also produced the BBC Radio version of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea.

* The producers reserve the right to change the line up.

Andy CuttingAndy SewardBarbara DicksonBoo HewerdineCambridgeCambridge Corn ExchangeCambridgeshireChris WhileJez LoweJohn DoyleJohn McCuskerJulie MatthewsMichael McGoldrickO’Hooley & TidowThe Ballads of Child MigrationTheatre