Slavery stories mixed with folk music

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 May 2018

Jeff Warner and Matthew Crampton.

Jeff Warner and Matthew Crampton.


A storyteller is working with an American folk singer to put on a show about slavery and emigration.

Human Cargo will mix Matthew Crampton’s writing with Jeff Warner’s songs by weaving stories of emigrants and slaves to shed fresh light on today’s migrations.

Crampton will tell stories of individuals forced into exile in the 18th and 19th centuries, including a woman from Bristol.

Mary Ann Newman was charged with shoplifting in 1851 and was sentenced with transportation and forced to live in Australia.

Crampton said: “Mass migration is a defining dilemma for the world.

“Giving it an historic perspective can detoxify the debate. Adding local stories helps people find their own place in the story.”

Human Cargo will take place at St George’s Bristol, in Great George Street, tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm.

Tickets, priced £5-18, are available at or on 08454 024001.

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