Featuring award-winning folk artists: Boo Hewerdine, Katriona Gilmore, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe and Andy Cutting. Narrated by John Leonard.
The concert, presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at 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 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.
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.