The Young’uns are bringing their unique brand of harmony and humour to back to Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 5 April to present The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff.
Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation.
From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century.
Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. With their trademark harmony and humour the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.
The Young’uns have proved themselves a unique proposition – writing and performing a cappella or subtly accompanied songs that tell it how it is alongside traditional songs from their native North-East and further afield.
Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and heartwarming stories, their live show undeniably has the human touch- songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire.
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“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?” ★★★★★ The Guardian
“This Teesside trio have captured hearts- and awards - with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people – it’s a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill” ★★★★ Songlines