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Ballads Of Child Migration

In November 2018, a collective of respected musicians and singers are taking to the road to tell the moving story of Britain’s forced child migrants. The concert, presented as a series of songs, narration, slides, audio and film clips, premiered at last year’s Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow. Artists involved include John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, Chris While, Julie Matthews, John Doyle, Jez Lowe, Andy Seward and Andy Cutting, and the concert is narrated by Barbara Dickson.

The songs 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.

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. Venue information and tickets are available from ticketline.co.uk.