Sat 13 Jan 2018

Band on the Wall presents

The Transports: A Tale of Exile and Migration

A Band on the Wall Fundraiser
Join some of Britain's leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy's legendary folk ballads The Transports. Here is a rare chance to see BBC Award Winners THE YOUNG'UNS, FAUSTUS, NANCY KERR, RACHAEL McSHANE AND GREG RUSSELL together on stage.

Storyteller MATTHEW CRAMPTON 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.

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 The Dancehouse.

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.

For the PARALLEL LIVES project, the creative team behind The Transports is working with refugee and migrant organisations in each town the show visits. The project contrasts the lives of those forced to leave Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries with those who have recently arrived.

For this concert we're partnering with a remarkable local group The Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit.

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.

Watch Parallel Lives in action in Shrewsbury

Read local stories we've already gathered

Ages 16+, ages 16 - 18 to be accompanied by an adult (21+).


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

Superb... the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time.

John Tams

The Transports is truly magnificent.

Ian Croft, RnR Magazine


Nigel Schofield, Living Tradition

Thought provoking, beautifully performed, hopeful, educational, inspirational - a triumph.

Natalya Catton Wilson, EDS Magazine

One of the best stage performances in a very long time.

Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK

Moving and compelling.

Keith Savage, Arts Beat