With their rare ability to combine the art of storytelling, perfect harmonies and sparkling wit, everyone at Folk by the Oak are big fans of The Young’uns, and we were thrilled to announce them for our 2021 festival, and devastated when, due to a positive Covid-19 test, they had to pull out just days before the festival. Thankfully, and to the delight of the audience on the day, our wonderful festival patron Jim Moray stepped in to perform a wonderful set - no mean feat when you haven't played live in over a year AND are MC'ing the festival all day - Thank you Jim!
Their 2015 performance on our Acorn Stage was so well received that in 2018 we invited the Teeside trio (Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes) to perform on our Main Stage, where they once again enthralled and delighted us. They performed old favourites and songs from their album, Strangers, described as a ‘record for troubled times’ and ‘an antidote to Brexit,’ a bold, profound and resonant collection of songs showcasing the songwriting talents of Sean Cooney.
Their latest release The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is a unique musical account of the life of an extraordinary man from their native North East England. Soon to be a major theatre show (directed by Lorne Campbell – the Last Ship) it tells the extraordinary story of one working class hero’s journey through some of the most tumultuous events of the early 20th century – hunger marchers, anti-fascism demos, the Spanish Civil War - with warmth, passion and humour and, most movingly, features the real spoken voice of their eponymous hero.
Three time winners of the prestigious BBC Folk Awards, The Young'uns are one of the hottest properties on the UK Folk and Acoustic scene. Performing mainly accapella, these 3 huge hearted, brass lunged lads from the North of England sing folk songs for our times with heart and humour.
We are delighted to be bringing back these down-to-earth lads whose uplifting voices, spine tingling harmonies and raucous humour will make them the perfect act to share with our festival family this summer!
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? ★★★★★- Colin Irwin, The Guardian -
One of he best live acts I have ever seen – quite amazing – at the top of their profession, performing with vim, vigour and utter integrity- Mike Harding -
Magnificent - destined to become hailed as national treasures before long ★★★★★- Maverick -
Strong songs of social commentary ★★★★- The Telegraph -
Incredibly moving…..The Young’uns are life enhancers- Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 -