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The Ballads of Child Migration tour to take place in November

The collective is made up of award-winning folk artists.

The Ballads of Child Migration
Credit: The Ballads of Child Migration

The Ballads of Child Migration, 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, will tour the UK in November 2018.

Narrated by Barbara Dickson, The Ballads of Child Migration is a concert presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips. It premiered at Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow last year.

The songs from the concert were recently used as part of a BBC Radio 2 dramatisation of Michael Morpurgo’s book Alone on a Wide Wide Sea. Morpurgo’s book deals with the same subject and the radio drama version reached an estimated audience of 6 million listeners.

Forced child migration is an untold part of Britain’s history. 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.

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

Each concert will be followed by a short Q&A session where the performers and other experts will answer questions about child migration.

The full dates in November are:

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 are available from / 0844 888 9991 from Friday 8th June (For Gulbenkian – / 01227 831 493)

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