Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer

Musical Migrants – Possible New Series

24 December, 2013

Earlier this week I heard that BBC Radio is interested in commissioning a fourth series of Musical Migrants from me. I’ve made 15 of these programs so far and, if you’re interested, you can read a little about them on my Radio page. Series 4 is not yet confirmed but the prospect that it might be means that I am once again looking for people to take part.

Here’s the lowdown on what I’m looking for – any tips or leads would be most gratefully appreciated:-

Musical Migrants are people who have moved to a new place specifically because of their love for a particular type of music in which their new home is rich. For example: to Texas for conjunto music, to Portugal for fado etc. They can be professional musicians, amateurs or beginners. In fact they don’t have to be musicians at all. They may have just moved or have been in their chosen home for years. Ideally they should still be living there. It doesn’t matter where they’ve come from but they do need to feel comfortable speaking English. That said, I already have a number of strong candidates from the USA and Canada and because I try to find people with a range of voices from different backgrounds, I’m ideally looking for migrants who originate in other parts of the world.

If you fit – or know anyone who fits – the bill, please let me know.

Rachel with musical migrant and Cajun musician, Ann Savoy.