The Young’uns Biography
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 – songs of conscience, songs of warmth and wit, songs to provoke, songs to inspire.
Renowned for their pitch perfect harmonies and rapid fire humour, their live show undeniably has the human touch. Always engaging, frequently heart-warming, they have built an enviable audience rapport. They are an act that truly takes the cliché out of the “make you laugh, make you cry”
Just two years after giving up their day jobs, Stockton Folk Club’s star pupils have had a milestone year with the release of their third studio album Another Man’s Ground, an appearance at America’s Folk Alliance, collectively celebrating their 30th birthdays and racking up accolades including Best Group in the FATEA Awards and Best Live Act in the Spiral Awards.
A decade of performance around the country, national radio sessions, more than 40 festival appearances (Cambridge to Glastonbury) and increasingly acclaimed album releases has delivered a gregarious, sharply honed, pull no punches act that clinched the Best Group trophy at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Cardiff – a hugely popular result that saw them beating off opposition including the mighty Bellowhead.
Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.
In 2016, The Young’uns gloriously repeated their 2015 success at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards by picking up the “Best Group” award for the second consecutive year in front of a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Teesside trio return in 2017 with an extensive October UK tour and an eagerly anticipated new album, ’Strangers’, which is a collection of folk songs for our times – a homage to the outsider, a eulogy for the wayfarer and a hymn for the migrant.
Quotes for Strangers
“Exceptional songwriting – an album to match their formidable live reputation”
“Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency – and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket”
★★★★ 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”
“This collection surely marks Sean Cooney’s arrival as one of the very best songwriters of the modern day – you can’t imagine a Best Original Song award list that doesn’t include Be The Man or Dark Water”
– Colin Irwin, fRoots
“Hugely captivating – a brilliant folk act”
– Stuart Maconie BBC 6 Music
“They are truly beloved on the folk scene. The whole album is moving and topical”
– Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radios 2 & 6
– Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this album is the best thing they’ve ever done – chock full of brilliant material”
– Mike Harding
“The Young’uns fourth album is their best yet – a classic centred on the inspirational songs of Sean Cooney. Songs filled with humanity and compassion -powerful and moving”
★★★★★ RnR Magazine
“Proof that British folk is in vigorous and moral health”
★★★★★ New Internationalist Magazine
“Three voices creating a choir of sound”
– Lopa Kothari, BBC Radio 3
“They look set for glory with this album”
– Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales
“Incredibly moving – you guys are life enhancers”
– Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3
“Uplifting, inspiring, it’s time to lay out the red carpet and invite Sean Cooney to step forward as a premier league songwriter. Put your boots on Dark Water as Best Original Song at the BBC Folk Awards”
– Louder Than War
“Strangers holds its ground against any album by Guthrie, Seeger or MacColl –Brexit has the album it deserves”
– Bright Young Folk