the ballads of child migration: songs for britain's child migrants (CD, £9.95)
Contributors of this special album include critically-acclaimed folk artists such as Chris While, Julie Matthews, John McCusker, Jez Lowe, Boo Hewerdine, Kris Drever, Belinda O'Hooley & Heidi Tidow, John Doyle, Ian Carr, Michael McGoldrick, Andy Cutting, Coope Boyes and Simpson. In memory and in honour of these child migrants a group of leading songwriters and musicians from the British folk scene have recorded this collection of songs in an effort to highlight the plight of these youngsters, who often endured hard labour and inadequate living conditions far away from their friends and family. Between 1869 and 1970, around 100,000 British children were sent overseas without their parents and without consent. These migration schemes were aimed at children believed to be 'deprived of a normal family life', that's to say orphans and children living in poverty. Some found new lives and happy circumstances but many more were merely used as slave labour. They were put to work on farms or sent into domestic service and their stories are littered with tales of sadness, abuse, loneliness and hardship. Tracks: Small Cases Full Of Big Dreams - Chris While and Julie Matthews / Barnardo's Party Time - Jez Lowe / Liberty's Sweet Shore - John Doyle / Snow To Nova Scotia - Jez Lowe / Whither Pilgrims Are You Going - Coope Boyes & Simpson, Belinda O’Hooley & Heidi Tidow / Devil's Heart - Chris While and Julie Matthews / Leaving All We Know - Jez Lowe/John McCusker/Chris While/Julie Matthews/Belinda O'Hooley / Landfall - Jez Lowe, Coope Boyes & Simpson / Pinjarra Dreams - Chris While and Julie Matthews / The Village Bell - Boo Hewerdine / Alien Land - Chris While and Julie Matthews / Tainted Blood - Jez Lowe / The Man That I Am - Boo Hewerdine / Why Did I Leave Thee? - Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow. Deluxe CD Box set with extended and detailed booklet.
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