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The Ballads of Child Migration

The Ballads of Child Migration (Delphonic DELPH119)

The Ballads of Child Migration
Songs for Britain’s Child Migrants
Chris While & Julie Matthews, Jez Lowe, Boo Hewerdine, O’Hooley & Tidow, John McCusker, John Doyle, Coope Boyes & Simpson

Delphonic Music DELPH119 (CD, UK, 9 October 2015)

Between 1869 and 1970, around 100000 British children were sent overseas without their parents by leading British churches and charities. Most—possibly around 90000—were sent to Canada until the migration there of children under 14 was banned in 1928. Migration organiations then increasingly turned their efforts to Australia where around 7000 children were sent until the schemes wound down in the 1960s. Several hundred British children were also sent through similar schemes to New Zealand and the then Southern Rhodesia.

Produced and recorded by Andy Seward;
Executive producer: John Leonard;
Project coordinator: Gordon Lynch;
Sleeve design by Bryan Ledgard


Chris While & Julie Matthews [1, 6, 9, 11];
Jez Lowe [2, 4, 8, 12];
John Doyle [3];
Coope Boyes & Simpson [5, 8];
The Network Choir [5];
Belinda O’Hooley [5, 7, 14];
Heidi Tidow [5, 14];
John McCusker [7];
Boo Hewerdine [10, 13];
Kris Drever, Ian Carr, Andy Seward, Michael McGoldrick, Alan Kelly, Iain MacDonald, Emma Reid, James Mackintosh, Andy Cutting, Ewan Vernal;
The Network Choir conductor Shawm Bradley;
didgeridoo by The Great Babu aka Bob Adams


  1. [CW, JM] Small Cases Full of Big Dreams (4.30)
  2. [JL] Barnardo’s Party Time (3.18)
  3. [JD] Liberty’s Sweet Shore (5.01)
  4. [JL] Snow to Nova Scotia (4.03)
  5. [CB&S, BO’H, HT] Whither Pilgrims Are You Going (3.26)
  6. [CW, JM] Devil’s Heart (3.50)
  7. [JL, JMcC, CW, JM, BO’H] Leaving All We Know (4.00)
  8. [JL, CB&S] Landfall (4.08)
  9. [CW, JM] Pinjarra Dreams (5.36)
  10. [BH] The Village Bell (3.50)
  11. [CW, JM] Alien Land (5.08)
  12. [JL] Tainted Blood (3.44)
  13. [BH] The Man That I Am (4.14)
  14. [BO’H, HT] Why Did I Leave Thee? (4.26)

Tracks 1, 6, 11 Julie Matthews;
Tracks 2, 4, 8, 12 Jez Lowe;
Track 3 John Doyle, Catherine Peterson Doyle;
Track 5 Frances Jane (Fanny) Crosby, William Batchelder Bradbury, 1859;
Track 7 John McCusker;
Track 9 Chris While;
Track 10 Boo Hewerdine, Kris Drever;
Track 13 Boo Hewerdine;
Track 14 words Frederick Henderson, music Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow