The Ballads Of Child Migration:

Songs For Britain's Child Migrants  

Jez Lowe, John McCusker, Chris While, Julie Matthews & Belinda O'Hooley

Released: October 9, 2015
Label: Delphonic Records DELPH119 (Smooth Operations Productions)


Between 1869 and 1970, around 100,000 British children were sent overseas without their parents by leading British churches and charities . These government  funded migration schemes claimed to offer boys and girls the opportunity of a better life in Britain’s Empire, in places like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia. Many migrants never saw their homes or their families again.

This collection of songs from some of the leading lights of the British folk scene highlight the plight of these youngsters who often endured hard labour and inadequate living conditions far removed from that which was promised, far away from their friends and family. This very special CD includes a 20 page full-colour booklet explaining the stories and inspiration behind the songs.

The migration schemes were aimed at children ‘deprived of a normal family life’ – those placed in charitable homes or workhouse schools by families unable to cope with poverty or ill-health. Many parents believed their children were heading for a better life, but in many cases the reality was far different. In Canada, they were often ostracised by the new families that housed them, seen as little more than cheap labour, and were forced to work long hours or face physical beatings. In Australia, some children were sent to work on remote farms, cut off from much of the rest of civilization and living in terrible conditions. The Ballads of Child Migration have been written to keep alive the memories of these experiences.

Track listing

01 Small Cases Full Of Big Dreams - Chris While and Julie Matthews
02 Barnardo's Party Time - Jez Lowe
03 Liberty's Sweet Shore - John Doyle
04 Snow To Nova Scotia - Jez Lowe
05 Whither Pilgrims Are You Going - Coope Boyes & Simpson, Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow and The Network Choir
06 Devil's Heart - Chris While and Julie Matthews
07 Leaving All We Know - Jez Lowe/John McCusker/Chris While/Julie Matthews/Belinda O'Hooley
08 Landfall - Jez Lowe, Coope Boyes & Simpson
09 Pinjarra Dreams - Chris While and Julie Matthews
10 The Village Bell - Boo Hewerdine
11 Alien Land - Chris While and Julie Matthews
12 Tainted Blood - Jez Lowe
13 The Man That I Am - Boo Hewerdine
14 Why Did I Leave Thee? - Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow

Price: £14.99

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