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The Transports

Peter Bellamy. Wake The Vaulted Echoes

The Transports at Whitby
Various Artists
RED 011 (cass, UK, 1993)
This was a memorable performance of Peter Bellamy's ballad opera,
The Transports , recorded by Dave Howard at
Whitby Folk Festival, August 1992.

The Cast

Henry Cabell: Damien Barber
Susannah Holmes: Eliza Carthy
The Turnkey: Mike Bettison
The Father: John O'Hagan
The Mother: Norma Waterson
Abe Carman: Martin Carthy
The Shantyman: John Eaves
The Convict: Chris Sugden
The Coachman: Tim Laycock
Street Singer: George Faux

(George Faux provided his own fiddle accompaniment)

The Ensemble
John Kirkpatrick
Mike Lynskey
Vince Edwards
Ian Blake
Chorus of 37 persons, including Kate Rusby,
Kathryn Roberts and Jenny Bellamy

The Transports
Free Reed FRRD 021/022. 2 LP,UK, November 1977

related internet links

an essay in five parts


The Transports 2004 [click for larger image]
The Transports 25th Anniversary Edition 2004. Free Reed FRDCD 21/ 22


  1. Cockersdale: Black & Bitter Night (4:14)
    From the Cockersdale album Doin' the March
  2. Jim Lawton: Raking the Embers (0:33)
  3. Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie: The Ballad of Henry and Susannah - 1 (1:02)
  4. David Jones: Us Poor Fellows (4:12)
    From the album From England's Shore
  5. Joel Griffiths: The Robber's Song (3:42)
  6. Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie: The Ballad of Henry and Susannah - 2 (2:31)
  7. Grace Notes: The Leaves in the Woodland (4:07)
  8. Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie: The Ballad of Henry and Susannah - 3 (1:11)
  9. Witches of Elswick: I Once Lived in Service (4:31)
    From the Witches' album Out of Bed
  10. Chris Sugden: The Ballad of Norwich Gaol (2:46)
  11. Laura Hockenhull & Pete Morton: Sweet Loving Friendship (3:27)
  12. Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie: The Ballad of Henry and Susannah - 4 (1:59)
  13. Damien Barber & John Kirkpatrick with The Wilsons & Grace Notes: The Black and Bitter Night (5:01)
  14. Mal Jardine with Jamie O'Dywer: The Humane Turnkey (3:56)
  15. John Roberts: The Plymouth Mail (4:14)
  16. Coope Boyes & Simpson: The Green Fields of England (4:56)
  17. Kimber's Men: Roll Down (4:03)
    From the album See You When the Sun Goes Down
  18. Steve Tilston: The Still and Silent Ocean (5:00)
  19. Simon Nicol & Chris Leslie: The Ballad of Henry and Susannah - 5 (2:24)
  20. Fairport Convention: Dance: The Convict's Wedding (2:09)
  21. Tim Moon: Black Concertina (2:40)
    Live at Bacca Pipes Club, also on the album Anger and Kiss
  22. Peter Bellamy: Roll Down (excerpt) (2:04)
    Live at The Focal Point, St Louis, Missouri, 1991

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